Board of Regents Meeting Update
In an effort to keep you up to date on actions taken by The Texas A&M System Board of Regents that pertain to Tarleton, here’s a recap of the meeting that concluded today.
Continuation of environmental science degree
The regents authorized Tarleton to continue offering the master of science degree in environmental science. Because of a low number of graduates, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recommended closure of this program in a November 2013 letter to the regents. Tarleton requested and was granted an exemption, allowing the institution to implement planned changes, build enrollment and graduates and, if necessary, terminate the program at some later date if the effort does not result in the required number of graduates.
New appointment for Dr. Kyle McGregor
The board approved the appointment of Dr. Kyle W. McGregor as vice president for advancement and external relations at Tarleton. In this role, he will assume responsibility for providing leadership of the development, external relations, marketing and communication functions of the university as well as serving as the principal liaison for federal and state legislative activities. Please join me in congratulating Dr. McGregor.
New residence hall
The board of regents authorized Tarleton to execute a ground lease and management agreement for construction of privatized student housing. Balfour Beatty will plan, design and construct a new hall on the corner of Lillian and Frey Streets following the demolition of College Point II apartments. Additionally, Balfour Beatty will purchase University Village apartments, situated directly across Lillian, and include these units into the ground lease agreement. Tarleton will operate and manage University Village until the space is ready for new housing.
Naming of Science Building
Finally, the board of regents authorized Tarleton to name the Science Building for former professor of biological sciences and dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Dr. Lamar Johanson. Dr. Johanson provided 40 years of service to the university, and among his duties served as the first executive director of Tarleton-Central Texas (now Texas A&M-Central Texas). Lamar and his wife, Marilynn Johanson, have conveyed their 1,700-acre ranch, appraised at $5,000,000, and committed to leave the remainder of their estates, currently valued in excess of $1.5 million, to Tarleton State University. A formal dedication ceremony will be held in the coming months when the facility will officially become the Lamar Johanson Science Building.
As president, I want to thank you for your efforts to enhance the success of our students.
F. Dominic Dottavio, Ph.D.