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August 2009

Release Date: Aug. 7, 2009ASU Logo

Texas Tech Regents Approve Budget, Construction Projects

A budget of $97,998,558 and two major building projects for Angelo State University received approval of the Board of Regents of the Texas Tech University System during a regular meeting Friday (Aug. 7) in Lubbock.

The new budget reflects a 4.7 percent increase over the ASU budget of $93,611,494 adopted last fall.

Board members okayed ASU to begin work on a $7 million renovation and expansion of the Center for Human Performance to provide a student recreation facility for ASU students. The project will add 18,000 gross square feet to the existing facility. The two-story addition will include an expanded weight room, an elevated jogging track, a climbing wall and expanded aerobic facilities. The project will also support specific academic programs within the Physical Therapy Department. The facility will be funded from fees approved by a vote of the student body.

Regents also approved a $4.38 million renovation of the first floor of the Porter Henderson Library to provide an information commons for students. The renovation will cover two-thirds of the first floor and other areas in the building to provide a high-tech environment for electronic research, individual and group study, and audio/visual presentations. The project will also provide a coffee/snack bar as well as separate and secure entrances so students can use the facilities after normal library hours.

In other business, the board authorized the execution of a deed transferring the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts building to the non-profit organization which operates the museum. The board also approved the university entering into a long-term lease for 3,657 square feet of classroom space in the building and 1,600 square feet of space outside the facility for an annual amount of $55,200. The space will be used to teach various university art classes.

Regents also heard a report on plans for improving student health services through the University Clinic. The university has sought proposals from area health providers to outsource the student health care. Outsourcing will expand the level of care available to students and reduce the challenge the university faces in maintaining adequate staffing for the clinic.

In other business, the board approved the ASU Student Handbook; authorized the hiring of Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates as consultant in the search for a new ASU provost; and approved appointments with tenure of Dr. Kenneth J. Heineman as new head of the History Department and Dr. Shawn T. Wahl as new head of the Communication, Drama and Journalism Department.