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The Future is Here

Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of Ed Hinkle and Talmadge Hinkle Silversides, Davidson-Davie Community College now has the potential for enormous expansion—a future “Link Campus.”

On September 20, 2009, the Davidson-Davie Community College Foundation announced that it had received from Hinkle and Silversides a gift of 183 acres of land, located across Business 85 from our current Davidson Campus.

The land was originally owned by their grandfather, Henry T. Link, a legend in the furniture industry and an innovator who introduced mass production in furniture-making. Mr. Link led Lexington’s Dixie Furniture Company as it became the largest bedroom furniture manufacturer in the world.

Vision For Link Campus

The Link land will house facilities and programs that will bring incredible new opportunities to our students and our local and regional communities. An amphitheater, a nature conservation complex, miles of recreation trails, and a sustainable pine plantation are part of the vision for the new campus—a campus that will retain its natural setting while teaching students and our community about innovations in sustainability.

The potential vision for the new campus includes recreational facilities unlike any found in our area, such as:

  • 3,500-seat arena for sporting events and community functions
  • Baseball stadium
  • Tennis complex
  • Softball and soccer fields

Close by could be a wind power generator—a symbol of sustainable energy and of Davidson-Davie’s expanding curriculum of green technologies. And one day, groups of schoolchildren – and adults – may find themselves in the proposed animal sanctuary or aquarium, part of Davidson-Davie’s recently-formed Zoo & Aquarium Science program, one of only seven programs of its kind in the United States.

Naming Link Campus

The decision to name the campus after Henry Link was easy. In addition to owning the land, he also was involved in the early planning that led to the creation of Davidson-Davie Community College. To Link’s grandchildren, it became clear that the land is a “link” between Davidson-Davie’s past and its future. To Davidson-Davie, it became clear that Link’s grandchildren, Hinkle and Silversides, are among the new generation of heroes of the College.


Jenny Varner
Vice President of External Affairs
Executive Director of the Davidson-Davie Foundation
336.249.8186, ext. 4685