May 17 – ROSWELL – A five-year project plan for the University of Eastern New Mexico’s main campus in Portales, which includes $12 million in University Services Building upgrades and sets aside $1 million for asbestos abatement and demolition of Harding Hall, received approval Friday from the ENMU board of directors.
Other projects in the plan, for which cost estimates have not been made, include
— a new building for agricultural sciences and the replacement of the roof of the Eddy Hall building in 2023-2024.
— Replacement of heating, ventilation and air conditioning controls and renovation of locker rooms at Greyhound Arena for 2024-2025.
— Renovation of the College of Business classrooms. And replacement of the roof of the Education building 2025-2026.
— Renovation of the Campus Union building and replacement of the roof of the College of Business building in 2026-2027.
On Friday, the Regents also authorized ENMU staff to request up to an additional $5 million for ENMU’s Summer 2022 Capital Project Plan after the Department of Higher Education of the New Mexico announced that it would allow requests for additional expenses to cover increased construction costs incurred during the pandemic. The additional funds would be applied to projects that include the remodeling of the Roosevelt Science Center, according to Anthony Major, representing ENMU chief financial officer Scott Smart.
Smart had originally asked the board to authorize the $3 million request, but the board added $2 million to the authorization at the request of Regent Dan Patterson.
On Friday, the board also approved five-year project plans totaling more than $7 million over the first three years for ENMU’s Roswell campus and $6.3 million over the same period for the Ruidoso campus, and authorized requests to HED for additional $500,000 summer capital project funds. for the Roswell campus and $250,000 for Ruidoso to cover cost overruns due to COVID and rising construction costs.
On Friday, the board also granted emeritus assistant professor status to Dr. Linda Sumption of the English department.
Regent Phillip Bustos reported that the ENMU Presidential Search Committee met with EFL, the company that will recruit and select candidates to be the next ENMU President. The process should take six or seven months, he said. ENMU president Patrice Caldwell plans to retire after a new president is chosen.
In his report to the board on Friday, Caldwell said work was continuing on five-year master plans for ENMU’s three campuses, and the plans should be ready in February after a process that includes public input. .
Caldwell said 41 new students were recruited in Curry and Roosevelt counties, which she called a “good start” in student recruitment efforts at this point in the academic year.
Caldwell said ENMU is also applying for several renewable energy grants.
“We’re doing a lot of work this summer,” she said.