Local philanthropist Joan Brock donates $15 million to Longwood University


FARMVILLE, Va. (WAVY) — Joan Brock, a local philanthropist and widow of Co-Founder of Dollar Tree Macon Brock, Jr., is donating $15 million to Longwood University. 

The university made the announcement on Wednesday. It’s the largest gift in the school’s history, a title that was previously held by the Brocks for their $5.9 million donation back in 2016. 

According to Longwood, this most recent contribution by the 1964 graduate will be used for the construction of a new campus events center that will bear her full name.

The Joan Perry Brock Center will be used for university-wide ceremonies, athletic events, lectures and concerts. The facility is now in its early design stages. Construction is expected to be completed by the spring of 2022.

The center will be used as a home for Longwood’s men’s and women’s Division 1 basketball programs. It is expected to seat between 2,500 and 3,000.

Preliminary estimates of the total cost of the building range from $35 million to $40 million.

The Brocks previous gifts to the university were used to create a unique series of place-based transformational learning experiences for students, a student success center building and Brock Commons, a pedestrian walkway in the center of its campus.

Brock’s husband passed away in December of 2017

In addition to being a co-founder of the Chesapeake-based Dollar Tree, he served as its CEO for 10 years.

The Brocks are known for their charitable efforts throughout Hampton Roads and the state. Their contributions have created the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock Environmental Center, Old Dominion University’s Brock Commons Amphitheater and the M. Foscue Brock Institute for Community and Global Health at Eastern Virginia Medical School, just to name a few. 

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