Former Sen. David Weinstein was joined by more than 100 friends and family to celebrate the naming of the Health Sciences Building in his honor.
A ceremony to reveal the David F. Weinstein Health Sciences Building, now permanently etched across the glass front, was held May 26.
The building is home to the undergraduate and graduate Nursing and Social Work departments. During his 13 years as a senator, Weinstein guided some $92 million to UNC Pembroke for building projects, including $29 million for the Health Sciences Building.
He was instrumental in a $6.9 million special appropriation to build the first new residence hall in 25 years. From a successful $2 billion bond referendum, Weinstein carved out $57 million that transformed the university.
Weinstein joined the university’s Board of Trustees in 1992 and served two years as chairman. He served until his selection to the general assembly in 1997. The former Lumberton mayor was instrumental in changing the name of the university which helped boost enrollment.
Weinstein has repeatedly proclaimed, and again during the ceremony, that the funding of the Health Sciences Building was his greatest accomplishment as a legislator.
“I continue to believe that UNCP is the jewel in the crown of Southeastern North Carolina,” he said. “This is an honor I will never forget.”
Weinstein was joined by his wife, Bobbie; his son, Aaron; daughter, Melinda; and nephew, David Gordon.
“Sen. Weinstein has been a monumental game changer for this university,” said Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings. “David Weinstein recognized the need for trained health care professionals in this region.
“When he went to Raleigh, he went to work for us,” he said. “The result is this building, which is the largest construction project in university history.”
Sen. Weinstein was awarded the first Alumni Association Special Award of Distinction in 2010. He established a $25,000 endowed nursing scholarship in 2013. He also established the Max Weinstein Endowed Scholarship in History, in honor of his father.
When his synagogue, Temple Beth El, closed, he guided its final fund balance of more than $28,000 to UNCP.