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Board of Regents Meeting Update

02-12-2015

The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents concluded its meeting today and took the following actions that relate to Tarleton.

Honorary Doctorate

The Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters will be awarded to entrepreneur Lance Crosby, the Stephenville native and Tarleton alumnus who initiated the innovative cloud infrastructure service.  This nomination was made with the unanimous support of our Honorary Degree Selection Committee.  The degree will be awarded at our May commencement.  Mr. Crosby created SoftLayer, the largest privately owned hosting company in the world, and sold it to IBM in 2013.  Crosby has received numerous business awards and recognitions and was honored as the Outstanding Young Alumnus in 2012 by the Tarleton Alumni Association.

Utility and Infrastructure Improvements

The Regents approved $25 million in utility and infrastructure improvements at Tarleton, beginning later this fiscal year. The project will address infrastructure issues regarding abandoned internal streets, storm water drainage and overhead electrical service lines. Vanderbilt Street, the main east-west pedestrian pathway, carries a large amount of surface storm water when it rains, which is very obstructive at times.  Lillian and Vanderbilt will be made pedestrian friendly, and power lines will be set underground to avoid electrical outages.

New Lease Agreement for Residential Housing

A ground lease to Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions will allow a third phase of residential housing construction to begin in two separate projects. The first project will consist of two four-story buildings to house 614 students and the second will remodel 184-bed Traditions Hall and expand it to add 330 beds.  Traditions will become the home for Honors College students.  These projects will be done in time for the opening of the Fall 2016 semester.  They will add to our commitment to having our students in residential living and learning communities, a positive factor in student retention.

Graduate Program Approved

The Regents approved the Master’s in Social Work degree. We will offer this program beginning this Fall, and expect to grow the program to more than 70 students within a few years.

Thanks to all of you for what you do each day to make Tarleton the premier student-focused university in Texas and beyond.

Sincerely,

F. Dominic Dottavio, Ph.D.
President