The project is expected to cost $4.4 million and is slated for completion by fall 2013.
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Also included in the lineup of approved projects was a proposed $9 million renovation to the Glenn E. Schembechler Hall's entrance and museum. The renovation will add additional square footage to the University’s museum of football history, as well as renovate existing galleries. No estimated completion date was given.
Provost Hanlon brings letter to State Budget Office to attention
University Provost Philip Hanlon also presented a letter signed by University President Mary Sue Coleman to the State Budget Office detailing the University’s cost saving and efficiency measurements. The letter could have a strong effect on future appropriations from the state to the University.
In previous years, Coleman submitted the University’s state budget requests to the Regents for approval before submitting it to the budget office. Now, universities must submit a letter to the State Budget Office assessing their annual performance, efficiency and suggestions for funding modifications.
According to Hanlon, Gov. Rick Snyder's administration approached the issue of higher education differently than their predecessors, which led to the new efficiency metrics system.
In an interview with The Michigan Daily on Wednesday, Hanlon said the University received a 2 percent funding increase last year, calling it “a step in the right direction.”
Hanlon speculated the University might not see as large of an increase in the coming year because of fairly flat early revenue reports from the state. He added the University hopes to receive more funding and support from the state in the future because it plays an important academic and economic role for Michigan.
“We believe that the University is an important player in the future of the state, particularly for economic developments and workforce training and for creating a wonderful environment for the development of the state,” Hanlon said.
Hanlon recently announced that he will leave the University at the end of the year to become the 18th president of Dartmouth College. Coleman has acknowledged that the University has begun searching for his replacement.