Campbell to officially dedicate Smith Hall, nursing school Sept. 21

BUIES CREEK, North Carolina—Campbell University will officially dedicate its Tracey F. Smith Hall of Nursing & Health Sciences and Catherine W. Wood School of Nursing during a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 1 p.m.

The ceremony — open to the public — will be held at the newly opened Smith Hall, located on Campbell’s Heath Science Campus off U.S.-421 in Lillington, about a mile from the university’s main campus in Buies Creek.

Smith Hall is a 72,000-square-foot, four-story, state-of-the-art teaching facility designed to be a space for collaborative learning and team building. It houses Campbell’s physical therapy and physician assistant programs, as well as the Catherine W. Wood School of Nursing. Campbell’s inaugural cohort of 46 nursing students began classes Wednesday, Aug. 24.

Expected speakers at the dedication ceremony will include Dr. J. Bradley Creed, Campbell’s president; Dr. Thomas Colletti, director of Campbell’s physician assistant program; Dr. Gregory Dedrick, director of Campbell’s physical therapy program; and Dr. Nancy Duffy, director of Catherine W. Wood School of Nursing.

Also expected to attend are the namesakes of the building and school: Tracey F. Smith and Catherine W. Wood.

Smith is married to Henry Smith, a 1967 graduate of Campbell and a member of the Campbell Board of Trustees. He was the founding owner and president of Carolina Medical Products. The couple has one daughter, Hannah.

Wood graduated from Rex Hospital’s nursing school and obtained a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1989. She spent many years working as a staff nurse in orthopedics and neurology at Gaston Memorial Hospital. She is married to Luby Wood, a member of the Campbell University Foundation’s Board of Trustees and a former resident of Gastonia, North Carolina. He retired from Lowe’s Corporation and has managed a car wash chain and his family’s farming and land interests. The couple live in Raleigh.

This event is open to the public, but RSVPs are encouraged at