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In February, Saint Leo University broke ground on the Wellness Center, which will be located on the west end of campus by Lake Jovita. The 59,000-square-foot facility will create an environment for holistic health and well-being that integrates student recreation, fitness, health services, counseling services, and campus ministry.

The groundbreaking ceremony included remarks from Dewey Mitchell, chair of the Saint Leo University Board of Trustees, who welcomed everyone.

“This day is finally here; praise God,” said Mitchell. “This is a wonderful amenity for the university and the community.”

Dr. Jeffrey D. Senese, Saint Leo president; Celine-Deon Palmer, Student Government Union president 2019-2020; D. Dewey Mitchell, Saint Leo Board of Trustees chair, break grown for the Wellness Center.
Dr. Jeffrey D. Senese, Saint Leo president; Celine-Deon Palmer, Student Government Union president 2019-2020; and D. Dewey Mitchell, Saint Leo Board of Trustees chair, break ground for the Wellness Center.
Dr. Senese speaking at the Wellness Center Groundbreaking
University President Jeffrey D. Senese emphasizes the impact the Wellness Center will make on the region.

Dr. Melanie Storms, senior vice president, served as the emcee, and Sister Roberta Bailey, prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Florida, provided those in attendance with a historical perspective on the property. University President Jeffrey D. Senese made remarks about the benefits of the Wellness Center, and Abbot Isaac Camacho, OSB, a Saint Leo alumnus, blessed the site.

Construction is underway with plans to open the Wellness Center in Fall 2021.

Work is underway to build a center for mind, body, and spirit at University Campus.

When construction on the Wellness Center at University Campus is completed in Fall 2021, it will be a physical representation of Saint Leo’s mission, serving students and the greater community in mind, body, and spirit. The center, located on the west end of campus, will provide a variety of features, making it a one-of-a-kind building and possibly the envy of other colleges and universities.

Wellness Center Pool PerspectiveMajestic Views
Sitting 17 feet from the ground, the patio and pool deck will offer a 180-degree view of Lake Jovita.

Resort-Style Pool
The pool will offer two lap lanes, an area to play volleyball and basketball, and a shallow area for lounging. It will be the largest infinity-edge pool at any university or college in Florida.

Healthy Nourishment
A cafe will feature healthy options, including smoothies, salads, wraps, and snacks. An outdoor poolside barbecue and seating area will include a large gas grill and firepit.

Mind, Body, and Spirit
Students will be able to receive services from University Ministry, Counseling & Prevention Services, and Recreation, in addition to routine medical care through a community health care provider.


Fitness Floor
The fitness area on the second floor will provide cardio equipment, free weights and machines, as well as a dance studio with a variety of scheduled class programming.Wellness Center Fitness Floor

Community Health
At the front of the building on the first floor, a community health care provider will offer services to Saint Leo students, employees, and potentially the greater community.Wellness Center Community Health

Functional Space
A large multi-purpose gymnasium overlooking the lake boasts an indoor walking track, and it can be converted for a variety of events—from basketball games and meetings to wedding receptions and formal galas.Wellness Center Functional Space

Renderings courtesy of S3 Design, Inc.


Give to Wellness

Building this new facility on campus will require the financial support of generous donors. If you would like to make a gift in support of the Wellness Center, contact Carla Willis, vice president of University Advancement, Marketing, and Communications, at (352) 588-8644 or carla.willis@saintleo.edu