The Shepherd University Board of Governors approved amending the university's master plan to include establishment of a Martinsburg-based educational center. The center will be oriented toward adult learners and will address the long-term higher education and economic development needs of the Eastern Panhandle.
The Board also approved the prospectus for the center's initiative, including a capital project renovations budget of $2.5 million and $2 million in funding to cover the projected revenue shortfall in the first three years of operation for a total investment from reserves not to exceed $4.5 million.
In addition, the Board approved amending the Capital Projects Priorities for FY 2013 to include the Martinsburg project. It also delegated to the Audit Committee the authority to review and provide final approval of lease terms for the center.
Also, the Board approved the awarding of an honorary degree to David Hendrickson, chair of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, during Shepherd's 140th Commencement on May 4, 2013, when he will serve as the commencement speaker. As chair, Hendrickson has engaged in and promoted all facets of higher education in order to provide greater opportunities to current and former students. He is a graduate of West Virginia University and West Virginia University College of Law and is the founding managing partner of Hendrickson and Long, P.L.L.C.
In other business, the Board approved a new concentration strand in the master of arts, curriculum and instruction, designed to allow education professionals to craft their own program of study, beginning in the spring.
The Board also approved an intent to plan for a bachelor of music degree for students who want to pursue a career as a music performer.