Texas A&M System Board of Regents Agenda Book (July 21-22) (pdf)
Times may be tough economically, but that doesn't mean construction isn't continuing at Texas A&M. Plus, there is at least discussion about a law school, and the potential for an extended contract for a prominent coach.
The System Board of Regents are set to approve a $68 million project at its meetings, which get underway Thursday. Moore, Crocker and McInnis Halls at the corner of University Drive and Wellborn Road would be torn down, and in their place would be a five-story residence hall with 640 beds and other amenities. It would be A&M's first new campus residence hall since 1989.
If approved, the project would start next month and is slated to be completed by June 2013.
According to a spokesperson, there is space available with the recent completion of the University Gardens Apartments to accommodate students between the demolition of the three dorms and the construction of the new one.
Moore and Crocker Halls were built in 1942, while McInnis Hall was first used in 1964.
Major Texas universities like UT, Baylor, Texas Tech and Houston have law schools, but should Texas A&M add one? Regents will consider that question during a closed session.
There have been discussions on the issue before, and an A&M spokesperson has said new Regents are merely being brought up to speed by System attorneys.
Currently, there are nine law schools in the State of Texas, with another coming to the University of North Texas in the coming years.
Does A&M's head football coach deserve a new deal? The university seems to think so, and Regents are set to consider a contract extension for Mike Sherman.
Back in 2007, the Aggies inked him to a seven-year deal worth $1.8 million per year.
Sherman's record in three seasons is 19-19 with two bowl bids, both losses. Last season, the Aggies earned a share of the Big 12 South title, and are ranked highly in the preseason polls for the upcoming season.
Votes are set for Friday, though on the law school matter, no action is slated to be taken.