Benedictine University became the first four-year Catholic University in Arizona with the grand opening on August 27, 2013. This historic moment was celebrated with a blessing and a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the new academic building in downtown Mesa, Arizona.
Gillett Hall is named to honor Willis Gillett, chairman of the Benedictine University Board of Trustees. An old hospital was renovated and has the capacity for nine classrooms, including an interactive classroom with non-traditional, flexible furniture, a nutrition lab featuring kitchenettes with residential appliances, a computer lab, chapel and a "Spirit Store", which will sell Benedictine merchandise. It also has a library center and a community room.