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Clemson trustees approve new business college

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In 2019, Clemson University’s College of Business will have a new home.

University trustees approved plans for a 162,000-square-foot building project during its quarterly meetings last week. The project is estimated to cost $87.5 million and will be financed through state appropriations, state institution bonds and private gifts. In addition to approving the plans for the new building, trustees also gave the green light to a resolution to issue revenue bonds.

The college will move out of Sirrine Hall and into a new facility that includes “classrooms and learning laboratories, faculty and administrative offices, study and gathering spaces and common areas for greater collaboration among students, faculty, staff and business partners,” according to a news release.

Sirrine Hall has been used since 1938 for various functions and will be “used for the university’s ongoing maintenance and stewardship plans for older facilties.”

Additionally, trustees approved plans for a $12.5 million, 48,000-square-foot tennis center that will include outdoor competition courts, a 700-seat stadium, clubhouse, locker rooms, players’ lounge and coaches’ offices. The new center will be used by both men’s and women’s varsity tennis programs at the university.

The project will be funded either by athletic facilities revenue bonds, private gifts, or a combination of the two.

Athletic private gifts will also finance $10 million in renovations and expansion of IPTAY offices at Memorial Stadium. Trustees approved the budget for the project.

In other academic items, trustees approved:

  • a new online Master of Science degree in data science and analytics;
  • adding MUSC in Charleston as an additional location for Master of Science in Bioengineering and Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering courses;
  • transition of the Registered Nurse (RN) /Bachelor of Science Completion Program to online delivery;
  • a name change from Master of Arts in Professional Communication to Master of Arts in Writing, Rhetoric, and Media;
  • a concentration merger in Bachelor of Science Materials Science and Engineering; and
  • the lease renewal for the component testing laboratory at CU-ICAR in Greenville.

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