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Appalachian’s LGBT Center to be named for local university benefactors and volunteers

BOONE—The LGBT Center located in Appalachian State University’s Plemmons Student Union will be named for university benefactors Bo Henderson and Ed Springs of Charlotte and Blowing Rock.

A dedication ceremony for the Bo Henderson and Ed Springs LGBT Center will be held Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. in Room 106 in the student union. The public is invited to attend.

The center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students opened Oct. 3, 2008, to provide resources, support, information and a welcoming atmosphere for LGBT individuals and their allies. The center is operated by a graduate assistant and a student volunteers.

Bo Henderson, a 1979 graduate of Appalachian’s Department of History, and his partner, Ed Springs, have supported university programs and activities since 2001.

Springs is owner of Edward H. Springs Interiors based in Charlotte, where he and Henderson are interior designers and consultants.

Henderson has been a member of the University Libraries Advisory Board since 2011. The Blowing Rock couple have supported students at Appalachian with their time and generous contributions to An Appalachian Summer Festival, The Appalachian Fund, University Libraries Student Employee Scholarship and an endowment they created to support the LGBT Center.

Their philanthropic activities and volunteerism derive from their desire to enhance the Appalachian experience for students.