West Virginia University’s Board of Governors, meeting by conference call Thursday (Dec. 13), approved an updated 10-Year Campus Master Plan, with an emphasis on more than $320 million in new facilities, infrastructure and renovations being developed over the next five years.

These include projects currently under way such as the Advanced Engineering Research building, College of Law addition, College of Physical Activities and Sports Sciences building, Student Health and Wellness facility and Personal Rapid Transit Phase One modernization.

Other projects slated for the next five years include the Agricultural Sciences building, the WVU Art Museum, Evansdale Campus redevelopment, and Phase One of the Student Housing Master Plan.

The majority of the 10-year plan focuses on creating space for instruction and research and enhancing campus life as part of the goals of the 2020 Strategic Plan for the Future, officials say.

In addition to these projects, nearly 50 others throughout the Morgantown, Montgomery and Jackson’s Mill campuses are under consideration, including a road system on the Evansdale campus, a data center and dental clinic. The majority of the financing for the master plan projects is from bonds issued in Fall 2011, a future bond issue and private support.

In the last six years, the University has invested nearly half a billion dollars on construction and renovations to the WVU, Potomac State College, WVU Tech and Jackson’s Mill locations. All projects must individually go through the appropriate approval processes.

College Name Change
The Board was also informed of a name change for one of WVU’s colleges. The College of Education and Human Services will replace the former College of Human Resources and Education to better reflect the educational work and focus of the faculty, staff and students there.

Other Action
In other action, the Board approved honorary degree recipients to be named at a later date, appointments to County Extension Committees and an amendment to a revenue bond resolution being used for capital improvement projects.

The next meeting of the Board will be Feb. 21-22 in Morgantown.



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