The President's Post
A number of exciting
things are happening at Ozarks, and the master planning process is one
of them. For the past five months, a committee of twenty-six people
has conducted regular meeetings to discuss plans for new and renovated
buildings, student housing and recreational facilities, and the campus
design and future needs. In essence, we are planning what this University
will look like during the next twenty-five years. Quite a formidable
I want to keep you informed as much as possible. We
have made significant progress up to this point. This summer we will
completely remodel the interior of King Hall. Included in that makeover
will be: new furniture for all rooms and common areas; new air handler
units for all rooms; new vanities, fixtures, and stalls for all bathrooms;
new carpet and tile for the rooms, hallways, bathrooms and common areas;
repainting interior walls, doors, and ceilings; and new lever-handle
hardware for the doors. Next January we will tackle Smith Hall, and
the following year it is on to MacLean. We want to work on the residence
hall interiors first and then the building exteriors. One major objective
is to keep the inconvenience to students as minimal as possible.
We are also discussing several other major projects.
Included are designs for student garden-style and townhouse apartments,
suggestions for a recreation/wellness center, remodeling of the Mabee
Physical Education Building, and options for Hurie Hall. These are all
in the conceptual stage, so don't let the rumor mill distort discussion
At the Board of Trustee meeting in May, we will present
the Master Plan to the Board members. I invite you to attend the meeting.
A Master Plan is always a "work in progress," so the discussion
should be lively. You may want to add your two cents (or two million
Following is a list of the Master Plan Committee members.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about what we are discussing,
please contact one of the members. The plan, ultimately, belongs to
all of us.
Alvin Broyles (BOT)
|Pete Grant (BOT)
Roy Johnson (BOT)
Jack Phillips (BOT)
Darrell Williams, chair
Rick Niece, Ph.D.