Governor proposes $44M for Liberal Arts Complex

Salisbury University also targeted for enrollment growth


TOWSON, Md. (Jan. 31, 2006)Standing in front of Stephens Hall Monday morning, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announced a $161-million capital budget for the University System of Maryland (USM) in fiscal year 2007 to respond to meet the demands of growing enrollments.

The budget plan, which requires the approval of the Legislature, includes $45 million for TU to grow. Of that amount, $44 million would be set aside for a new College of Liberal Arts complex. The plan for the complex would consolidate all CLA classes in one location on campus. Another $1.3 million is proposed for safety and circulation improvements on the evolving campus.

“Education remains a priority and pillar of my administration,” Ehrlich said.  “These projects are a reflection of the demand and need for quality education in an effort to enhance and maintain Maryland’s reputation of excellence in higher education.”

In addition to Towson, Salisbury University is also being targeted for enrollment growth, with $49.5 million proposed for a new Teacher Education and Technology Complex on the Eastern Shore campus.

Other proposed facilities throughout the USM include a new academic technology support center at University of Maryland, University College ($15 million); a new fine and performing arts building at Bowie State University ($2.7 million); and a new performing arts and humanities complex at University of Maryland Baltimore County ($4.9 million).

“I’m so grateful to see the governor and the Legislature provide this level of support for USM institutions,” said USM Chancellor William E. “Brit” Kirwan. “These projects will enable us to expand our capacity to meet growing enrollment, support quality educational initiatives for our students and meet the changing needs of the work force. This is a good day for the system, and a better day for the state.”

Ehrlich said, “As Brit, the regents, the university presidents and I have discussed so many times, the bottom line is we’re providing the bricks and mortar for an entire system on a roll.”

For more details of the proposed budget, visit the USM site.

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