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Academic Wing of Appalachian’s Holmes Convocation Center Named for Former State Representative David H. Diamont

diamond.jpgBOONE–The complex that houses Appalachian State University’s Department of Health, Leisure and Exercise Science was named for former state representative David H. Diamont during ceremonies today (May 10) on campus. Diamont, a resident of Mount Airy, also received the university’s Dougherty Medallion during the College of Fine and Applied Arts graduation ceremony. The medallion recognizes an individual’s contributions to the university, region or state.

“Naming this complex in David Diamont’s honor is an appropriate tribute to an individual who has dedicated his life and career to serving the citizens of northwestern North Carolina — as a legislator for 20 years and for more than three decades as an educator, coach and mentor to public school students,” said Harvey Durham, vice chancellor for academic affairs.

“Through his efforts on behalf of the university and its students as state representative, he was the catalyst in making the convocation center, which houses this complex, a reality,” Durham said.

A career educator, Diamont has taught in the public schools and coached middle school and high school football for more than 30 years. He currently teaches at East Surry High School.

Diamont served in the state legislature from 1975-95. He was a member of the House Education Committee in 1977 and 1983 and was vice chairman of the committee in 1985 and 1987. He was vice chairman of the House Higher Education Committee in 1977, and served as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee on Human Resources in 1979, 1983 and 1987. Diamont was vice chairman of the House Committee on Banks and Thrift Institutions in 1985 and 1987. He chaired the House Appropriations Committee in 1992.

While a member of the state House of Representatives, Diamont was a lead advocate of plans to replace Varsity Gymnasium with a student activity center. The center evolved to become the Holmes Convocation Center, which houses the Department of Health, Leisure and Exercise Science and the multipurpose Seby B. Jones Arena.

The David Diamont Complex, located in the Holmes Convocation Center, contains more than 48,000 square feet of academic space, including offices, classrooms, meeting space, and laboratories and the human performance lab, which offers a fitness-testing program for the community. The department is one of the largest on campus with approximately 700 students. The facility opened in fall 2000.

The department offers undergraduate degrees in athletic training, exercise science, health promotions, physical education and recreation management. Graduate degrees are offered in exercise science and sports management.

Diamont earned a master’s degree from Appalachian in 1972. He is married to Debby Severs Diamont. They have three children: Ashley, David and Hunter.