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Legislature approves funding for first Tarleton Fort Worth campus facility
Tarleton State University - Fort Worth Artist's concept of a fully developed Tarleton State University campus in Fort Worth.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—An all-purpose academic and administrative building for the new Tarleton State University Fort Worth campus is among the projects included in the Texas Legislature’s approval of $3.1 billion in state construction.

If signed by Gov. Greg Abbott, a bill authored by Rep. John Zerwas and Sen. Kel Seliger, would provide nearly $40 million to build the first structure on 80 acres along the Chisholm Trail Parkway donated by The Walton Group of Companies.

“This is a vital step forward for the university,” said President F. Dominic Dottavio. “The Fort Worth building will enable us to open a new campus and better provide higher education opportunities for the area’s booming population. As the only public university providing bachelor’s degrees in Fort Worth, we are helping to fill the professional workforce needs of the region.”

Dr. Dottavio said that the university sincerely appreciates Rep. Craig Goldman, Rep. Charlie Geren, and Sen. Jane Nelson, as well as the entire Fort Worth area delegation, “for leading the charge on this effort.” Also, legislators outside the Fort Worth area, such as Rep. J.D. Sheffield, Sen. Craig Estes, Rep. DeWayne Burns and Rep. Doc Anderson “were especially helpful.”

Tarleton Fort Worth currently has more than 1,600 students in 48 degree and certificate programs, including education, criminal justice, nursing, social work and business, among others. With Fort Worth among the fastest growing cities in the nation, the number of students is expected to climb to 2,500 by the time the new building opens, possibly in 2018.

Current Tarleton Fort Worth programs are offered at the Hickman Building, 6777 Camp Bowie Blvd. and the R. C. Shaffer Building, 1501 Enderly Place, Fort Worth.

“Once the governor signs the bill it will be the last major step Tarleton State needs to bring an outstanding public university campus to Fort Worth,” said Rep. Goldman, “and the economic benefit to our city and region will be astonishing.”

Fort Worth City Councilmember Jungus Jordan, said “The fact that Tarleton State has secured approval to build a new Fort Worth campus in southwest Fort Worth along Chisholm Trail Parkway is great news. Access to high quality educational opportunities and institutions provides a strong anchor for great communities, strong economic development and a bright prosperous future.”

“The passage of this bill is great news for Tarleton State University, the citizens of Fort Worth and Tarrant County and the regional economy,” said John Vick, president of Walton Development & Management, South USA. “With this funding committed, Walton, the City of Fort Worth, the North Texas Tollway Authority and Tarleton can work together to make this campus a reality.”

The new campus, situated at the southwest corner of the intersection of Chisolm Trail Parkway and Old Granbury Road, is planned as an anchor at the heart of Walton’s Rock Creek Ranch development, which will create commercial, mixed use and residential spaces.

The concept for the new campus is to build on Tarleton traditions and create visual connections with the university’s Stephenville campus, while introducing innovative spaces, new strategies for teaching and learning, and flexibility for future needs.

The concept plan is being developed by Broaddus Planning, the same firm that created the new Campus Development Plan for Tarleton’s Stephenville campus.

Tarleton is working on infrastructure for streets and utilities with Walton, the City of Fort Worth and the North Texas Tollway Authority. A north-south street will create access to the property while forming the western edge of the campus. A new on-off ramp from the tollway also is envisioned.

Tarleton State University, a member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven educational experience marked by academic innovation and exemplary service, and dedicated to transforming students into tomorrow’s professional leaders. With campuses in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian and online, Tarleton engages with its communities to provide real-world learning experiences and to address societal needs while maintaining its core values of integrity, leadership, tradition, civility, excellence and service.


Contact: Harry Battson, Assistant Vice President – Marketing & Communications

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Tarleton State University - Fort Worth

Artist's concept of a fully developed Tarleton State University campus in Fort Worth.