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Campus Transformation Continues to Build Momentum

Posted Jan. 14, 2013
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Pictured is the new Student Green on the Kent Campus.
The Kent State University Board of Trustees recently
approved new projects that will transform the university

The physical transformation of Kent State University’s flagship campus continues its strong momentum with several actions taken on Dec. 12 by Kent State University’s Board of Trustees.

After a competitive bidding and interview process, the Board hired The Ruhlin Company of Akron to oversee the construction and renovation projects known collectively as the “Foundations of Excellence, Building the Future” initiative.

During the next four years, the company will manage the scheduling, coordination, construction contracting, contract accounting and communications related to the initiative’s four primary capital projects, which total nearly $150 million and are being financed in part through the university’s issuance of $170 million in general receipts bonds: major renovations of the most heavily used science buildings (Cunningham, Smith and Williams halls) and a multidisciplinary research addition in the science mall area; construction of a new building for Kent State’s nationally respected College of Architecture and Environmental Design near the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center that will open next June; the rehabilitation, reconstruction or replacement of the art complex; and construction of a new building on the science mall to house the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology.

The Board also approved the use of $5.9 million in bond revenue funds for a project to renovate the Olson Center for Undergraduate Studies on the Kent Campus. The center, which provides extensive academic advising services and coordinates advising support throughout the university, was built in 1961 as a dining facility.

In addition, the Board approved the use of $2.5 million in bond revenue funds for a project to renovate the 10,000-square-foot Memorial Auditorium and Convocation Center (MACC) Annex for critically needed swing space as the university moves forward with its “Foundations of Excellence, Building the Future” initiative. The MACC Annex renovations will be completed next summer.

Board of Trustees Gavel Changes Hands
The gavel used by the chair of the Kent State University Board of Trustees was passed to Jane Murphy Timken as the Board passed a resolution of appreciation to acknowledge the many contributions of Trustee Jacqueline Woods, who completed a two-year term as Board chair on Dec. 12.

Woods, a former AT&T Ohio president, is serving a nine-year term on the volunteer Board that will continue through May 2013. The Board’s resolution commended Woods, a Solon resident, for providing “dynamic leadership at a remarkable time of growth and advancement for Kent State” and for her focus on the “bottom lines” of financial integrity and academic excellence.

Timken is a Canton resident who began her term as a Kent State Trustee in 2005. She is a graduate of Harvard College and she holds a law degree from American University. Timken has served as a magistrate in Common Pleas Court and practiced law, concentrating in employment and general civil litigation.

Click here to read more about these and additional Board actions.