Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

Carroll Capital Markets Training & Trading Center


Back in 1998, Winthrop officials envisioned building an auditorium to serve the College of Business Administration. The building, Vivian Moore Carroll Hall, opened this fall adjacent to the Thurmond Building with a much grander focus.

“First and foremost for our students, we want to use the building for training,” said Roger Weikle, dean of the business college. Students from across the university will take classes in the building to increase their financial literacy, while high school teachers will receive economic educational training through the Center for Economic Education. Business groups also are encouraged to use the building.

Carroll Hall contains the Carroll Capital Markets Training and Trading Center with 24 computers, a 12-foot electronic stock market ticker board and conference room. It has a 198-seat auditorium with television monitors and adjoining conference room, instructional computer classrooms, a computer science lab and collaborative team learning rooms for up to eight students to work in small groups.

“The building is not just about technology. It is the access to information to see how markets connect so our students can learn about the leading indicators to predict what will happen,” Weikle said of the $7 million facility.

The business community will experience Carroll Hall for the first time at the Oct. 28 M.B.A. lecture given by Larry Carroll, whose family donated $1.25 million toward the building. Carroll is president of Carroll Financial Associates, a Charlotte-based financial planning and investment management firm. His wife, Vivian ’73, worked in financial services for 20 years before retiring. She began serving a term as president of the university’s Alumni Association Executive Board in July.

Vivian Carroll noted that as a result of the economic downturn and questionable ethics by some in the financial services industry, many young people today have negative feelings about the stock market and financial services as a career. “However, Larry, our son Kris and I have all had long successful careers in financial services,” she said. “We hope that students will get enthusiastic about this career option because of their experiences at Winthrop.”

At the Sept. 25 building dedication, President Anthony DiGiorgio announced that the building’s auditorium will be named the Whitton Auditorium for the late David Whitton Inman, who graduated from Winthrop in 1993 and worked for the Carroll’s family business. He also proclaimed that the student lounge located on the second floor will be named the Suzanne Kirsh Community Service Student Lounge for the late wife of long-time S.C. Rep. Herb Kirsh. The Clover representative was key in securing $1 million in state funding for Carroll Hall.

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