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Board of Regents Meeting Update


Dear Colleagues,

The Board of Regents approved two significant actions at their meeting today.  I am pleased to report that we received a green light to move forward with our budget and plan for constructing the new engineering building and that the Regents approved the awarding of an honorary doctorate to Tarleton alumnus and long-time advocate, A. Dwain Mayfield.

The planned engineering building, a three-story, nearly 100,000 gross square foot project, will provide much needed classroom and laboratory space for our expanding engineering, computer science, and engineering technology programs. 

This will be a truly exciting structure – a new beautiful “front door” along Washington Street that will significantly enhance the university and benefit our students.

We plan a March 31 ground breaking, with completion by August of next year and occupancy by October.

Mr. Mayfield is a major supporter of our engineering program, Aeronautical Team, and the entire university. He is the immediate past president of the Tarleton State University Foundation and serves on Tarleton’s College of Science and Technology Dean’s Circle. 

We will award Mr. Mayfield an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters to recognize both his distinguished career in the aerospace industry with Lockheed and his tireless volunteer and philanthropic support of our students and university.

During this year of our Centennial Celebration of our membership in The Texas A&M University System, it seems particularly fitting to award an honorary degree to such a distinguished and successful alumnus of both Tarleton and Texas A&M, where Dwain earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering.

In closing, I also want to recognize the efforts and initiatives that all of you take to maintain and enhance Tarleton’s vision to become the premier student-focused university in Texas and beyond.  I very much value all that you do to help our students develop their abilities and succeed in reaching their goals. 

F. Dominic Dottavio, Ph.D.