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Regents approve transfer of Langdon Center to Granbury

Tarleton State University
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFriday, February 10, 2012

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents voted Feb. 9 to approve the transfer of Tarleton State University’s Dora Lee Langdon Cultural and Educational Center to the City of Granbury.
The Granbury City Council already voted Nov. 1 to accept the center, which is located adjacent to the city’s historic downtown area, and continue to operate it as a public arts, culture and educational venue.
“We are certainly pleased the board of regents approved it,” said Granbury City Manager Wayne McKethan. “It will be a great asset to the city and we look forward to the continuation of the arts and cultural events that are the heritage of that property.”

Gordon HouseTarleton officials cited budgetary considerations as the primary factor in the donation of the center to the City of Granbury.

“The Langdon Center has served as a wonderful venue for a variety of cultural, educational and social interactions between the university and the Granbury community, and only after profound consideration of the limitations that come from our reduced budget in these economic times have we considered this option,” said Dr. Rick Richardson, vice president for institutional advancement at Tarleton. “The fact that the City of Granbury will use the center to expand its own vision for growth as a cultural destination for the state of Texas means this well-loved asset has found the perfect new home.”

Richardson credited Granbury writers and arts enthusiasts Charles and Dominique Inge, Tarleton Foundation board member Sam McGowan and Granbury Chamber of Commerce President Mike Scott with serving as special advisers to the university in preparing the terms of the donation and guiding the approach to the City of Granbury.

Tarleton State UniversityA member of The Texas A&M University System
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