Regents approve $7 million in capital improvements

More additions are coming to Sam Houston State University. 

In swift action on Thursday, members of the Texas State University Systems Board of Regents granted capital improvement projects totaling $7 million in  facilities inside of Huntsville.

The largest of the capital improvement projects is $5 million in enhancements at Gibbs Ranch, which serves as a learning laboratory for students enrolled in the agricultural science program at Sam Houston State University. Gibbs Ranch provides the necessary land and animal resources to serve as a component for instructional and research programs.

The project will include a new classroom building, horse stalls and site improvements. The project will be funded by the Higher Education Fund and charitable gifts.

Officials say that they will relocate the equestrian program to Gibbs Ranch due to the current facility reaching its “useful life” and also due to the fact that the relocation will “allow for the current location to be utilized for other programs.”

In other action, regents also approved a $2 million capital expenditure for a new beach volleyball court and tennis complex for SHSU club sports.

The complex will be built on property adjacent to the main campus at the intersection of Bowers Boulevard and Sycamore Avenue and will house the new SHSU competition beach volleyball team.

Other action taken by regents included:

• Ratification for the Bowers Boulevard utilities and Town Creek drainage project. The plan converts the project to capital project status and increases the total project cost from $3,900,000 to $4,359,137.

• Approval of a graduate certification in healthcare quality and safety and in special education transition services.

• Approval of a bachelor of business administration in supply chain management.

• Approval for a change in semester credit hour decrease to the Master of Science in Biology, in the Department of Biological Sciences.

• Approval for the purchase of Direct Marketing and Enrollment Management Services to support student recruitment from March 1, 2019 to Aug. 31, 2021.

Regents honors locals

The Texas State University Systems Board of Regents also honored two locals during their meeting. Dr. Bill Jasper, a professor of mathematics education at SHSU, was recognized for his outstanding work as a faculty member and was presented a Regents’ Teacher Award medallion.

The regents also awarded the Staff Excellence Award to Mac Woodward. Woodward, the director of the Sam Houston Memorial Museum, was recognized for his outstanding work as a staff member and presented a Regents’ Staff Excellence Award medallion.

The next meeting of the Texas State University Systems Board of Regents is scheduled for May 23-24 at the LBJ Student Center on the campus of Texas State University in San Marcos.