Regent Burich commended the President and Murray State for assisting
in keeping the job on track.
President Alexander gave a brief report on woods Hall. After a
cost analysis by Mr. Dewey Yeatts, Director of Facilities Management,
the decision was made that Woods Hall would not be renovated for use as
a housing facility. Mr. Yeatts showed what the total cost projections
would be over a period of 25 years and how the university would lose
money on the various models and options. As a result of the analysis,
the University recommended to the state not to reconstruct Woods Hall or
renovate it as a residential facility.
A meeting was held in Frankfort with the Commissioner of
Facilities, Armond Russ, and several people. Commissioner Russ and some
of his personnel came to Murray to review the situation. We are
talking about options that other people have not tried and any time you
do that under state bureaucracy there are lots of questions. They are
working closely with us and we believe that we can start construction of
a facility in a relatively short time, possibly by the fall of ’98, as
we were originally going to have the Hoods Hall facility constructed.
we are not planning to build big buildings like Hart Hall. we are
talking about a design that would form quadrangles and building two at a
time without incurring a tremendous cost all at once. The costs would
be approximately $70 per square foot.
The location has not been determined. According to the state, we
could build on our own property or we have an option to contract with
someone outside and the buildings be leased back to us. Those are the
two options with which the state is comfortable. Each unit would hold
Dr. Alexander showed a design of the buildings.
He pointed out that the University Attorney suggested that the
University could start construction of a facility as long as our payment
didn’t exceed $200,000 in the initial year. Then we would have some
I time to plan the next few facilities with the legislature. We could
start before the legislature meets in its regular session and then ask
the legislature to give us permission to modify the Richmond Hall and
Woods Hall models. We already had legislative approval to spend our
students’ money for Richmond, to take out Richmond and to renovate
Woods. we can start construction as soon as we get the plans together
and get it all lined with the process. He could start construction and
then as the quadrangle develops, we switch the approval from Richmond
Hall and woods Hall to this approval.
Regent Lovett requested that a questionnaire be submitted along
with the bids for construction of the privately owned buildings to make
certain there would be no conflict of interest. In other words, if
the people/companies bidding the construction have made a big
contribution to the last Governor’s race of a sitting Governor, etc.,
related to any of the Regents whatever, they are disqualified for
D. Development/Investments - Mr. Lovett. No report.
E. Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action - Mrs. Gamble. No report.
F. Faculty/Staff Affairs - Mr. Lanier.
Mr. Lanier presented the following recommendations on behalf
of the Faculty/Staff Affairs Committee.
1. Revision of Sick Leave Policy
For the Faculty/Staff Affairs Committee, Mr. Lanier moved that
the Board of Regents, upon the recommendation of the President of
the University, approve the revision in the Sick Leave Policy
(Policy IV C) in Murray State University’s Personnel Policies and
Procedures Manual for the inclusion of "step" relatives in the
definition of “immediate family."