The Michael S. Brown Village Center houses the high-impact programs featured in the Mungo Exchange: the Career Center, Undergraduate Research and Postsecondary Fellowships, Community-Based Learning and International Programs. Wightman and Lesesne halls typically house students in their third year. They are named for Wofford presidents – the Rev. William May Wightman, Wofford’s first president who served from 1854 to 1859, and Dr. Joab M. Lesesne Jr., Wofford’s ninth president who served from 1972 to 2000.
The Michael S. Brown Village Center completes the senior-living community with loft-style apartments. The building also features a dining location, grocery store, classrooms and the high-impact programs featured in the Mungo Exchange: the Career Center, Undergraduate Research and Post-graduate Fellowships, Community-Based Learning and International Programs.
For the past 25 years, Wofford has been ranked in the top 15 in the country for the percentage of students who study abroad for academic credit and a part of the Bonner Scholars program. Both of these high-impact programs have created a culture of study abroad and community-based learning on campus.
Wightman Hall and Lesesne Hall typically house students in their third or junior year. These suite-style residence halls are named for Wofford presidents: the Rev. William May Wightman, Wofford’s first president who served from 1854 to 1859, and Dr. Joab M. Lesesne Jr., Wofford’s ninth president who served from 1972 to 2000. Wightman was a Methodist minister, professor, fundraiser, newspaper editor, friend of Benjamin Wofford and founding chairman of the Wofford College Board of Trustees. Wightman is credited with helping Benjamin Wofford decide to invest in the creation of a college, and he gave the keynote address at the laying of the cornerstone of Main Building. Lesesne joined the college as a member of the faculty and quickly became the first director of Interim and assistant dean of the college. Lesesne helped shepherd the college through the admission of women as residential students. The college went through a major growth phase — both in enrollment and facilities — during Lesesne’s tenure. The college also moved from NAIA and NCAA Division II to Division I and entrance into the Southern Conference. He coached football for the Terriers and taught classes after retirement.