Gleason-Hairston Terrace Hall
Gleason-Hairston Terrace offers apartment living for upperclassmen. Each fully-furnished apartment has a living room and kitchen. The residence is comprised primarily of four-person (2 double bedroom) apartments and eight-person (4 double bedroom) super apartments. There are a few single bedroom suites.
Gleason-Hairston Terrace, constructed in 2005, is named in honor of Dr. Eliza Atkins Gleason, the daughter of WSSU founder, Dr. Simon Green Atkins, along with Rufus and Mary Hairston. Dr. Eliza Atkins Gleason was the first African-American to receive a doctorate degree in Library Science.
Rufus and Mary Hairston are proud alumni of WSSU and generous benefactors of the university. Rufus Hairston was the first African-American to serve on the Winston-Salem Teachers College Board of Trustees. He received his pharmacy degree from Shaw University and served as president of the National Pharmaceutical Association. Mary Hairston, who received a degree from Winston-Salem Teachers College, was a key factor in the construction of the first public library for African-Americans in Winston-Salem. Upon the death of her husband in 1971, she began to make financial contributions to the university on an anonymous basis. After her death in 1995 at age 100, these contributions became a matter of public record. From their estate, the Hairstons have donated approximately $1.3 million to Winston-Salem State University.