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Miami trustees approve capital requests

12/10/1999

Miami University’s board of trustees today (Dec. 10) unanimously approved submitting a six-year capital improvement request totaling $62 million to Ohio’s board of regents.

The capital improvement request covers the six-year period 2001-2006.

Most of the projects on the university’s Oxford, Hamilton and Middletown campuses involve upgrading utilities and other infrastructure needs or continuing rehabilitation work already underway on older structures. Two new initiatives are the proposed renovation of Warfield Hall, built in 1962, and Kreger Hall, built in 1931 and last remodeled in 1971.

The legislature will adopt a capital improvement budget by June 30, 2000.

Trustees also unanimously approved giving Richard Norman, vice president for finance and business services, the authority to establish fees for distance learning courses and professional workshops that vary from those set by the board in June 1999.

The flexibility will allow Miami to work with school districts to meet the needs of K-12 teachers for continuing education without seeking board approval each time such a workshop is offered. In addition, it will permit the university to be competitive in offering distance learning courses, according to Norman.

It is anticipated that only a limited number of courses will be offered each semester under the flexible rate structure.

In other action, trustees:

* Elected new officers for 2000. Fred Lick Jr. will serve as chair next year with Roger Howe, vice chair; Fred Wall, secretary; and Chandra Shah, treasurer.

* Heard a presentation from Rip Haley of Grenzebach, Glier & Associates about the outlook for a potential future capital campaign. Haley, whose firm recently surveyed prominent alumni, told trustees Miami is in a favorable position to launch a campaign. He recommended continuing to work toward establishing overall campaign priorities and goals.

* Approved awarding contracts totaling $4.3 million for the Student Athletic Development Center. Total cost of the center, to be built adjacent to Millett Hall, is not to exceed $5.5 million. The center will provide training, conditioning and academic facilities for Miami’s student athletes. The initial bids were rejected because they exceeded cost estimates.

* Approved establishing a major in women’s studies effective next semester.

* Approved changing the name of the department of religion to department of comparative religion.

* Approved separating the speech pathology and audiology programs from the communication department and establishing the new department of speech pathology and audiology.

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