Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, February 22, 2013

Regents approve work at College of Pharmacy, report on strategic session

Thursday's Board of Regents meeting also included the following actions:

Renovations planned at College of Pharmacy Building

The Board of Regents approved the design for a renovation of approximately 12,000 gross square feet in the basement and first floor of the College of Pharmacy Building, and authorized issuing the project for bids and awarding construction contracts.

The project will create smaller offices and cubicles to use the space more efficiently, allowing the main entrance to be improved to provide a more welcoming and accessible entry to the building.

The $2.6 million project is being funded by College of Pharmacy resources and is scheduled to be completed this fall.

Regent Deitch reports on California strategic session

Regent Laurence B. Deitch shared highlights of a two-day strategic session in which the Board of Regents met with major donors, alumni and thought leaders in higher education who are based in California.

Deitch described the Jan. 17-18 gathering in Los Angeles as a "very successful trip. … It was a first for us, but we hope it won't be the last in terms of benefits to the university."

The regents met with leaders from several California universities, and Deitch said their willingness to meet with the U-M contingent "was a testament to their respect for President (Mary Sue) Coleman."

The regents also attended two events with major donors, "in an effort to build private support in the face of declining state appropriations," Deitch said.

"The donors were enormously impressed that the board came, and it helps with development efforts," Coleman said.