Sept. 22, 2000

CONTACT: Ward Mullens




YPSILANTI - The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents has directed board treasurer, Patrick Doyle, to bring forward a proposal at its next meeting to determine the final resolution for the permanent residence of the University's president. The board action came at its Sept. 19 meeting. The next board meeting is scheduled for Nov. 14.

"The goal is to have the president return to campus by June 2002," said Doyle, vice president for business and finance at EMU.

The president's on-campus residence, located at 600 W. Forrest, was taken off-line by the Board of Regents in April for an architectural assessment. One of the main concerns about the on-campus house was its functionality to serve as both a private residence for the president and as a venue for University events. The house, built in 1949, is a two-story home with a full basement. The main floor has only 850 square feet of usable entertainment space. The second floor is dedicated to bedroom space.

EMU President Samuel A. Kirkpatrick currently resides in a temporary residence in Pittsfield Township.

"There are really only two alternatives. We can renovate and expand the existing residence or we can identify a new site on campus to build a home," Doyle said. "The only stipulation made was that the location has to be on the campus of EMU."

"Obviously we will have to look at the advantages and disadvantages to both alternatives and decide which is in the best interests of the institution," Doyle said. "But either way it will be completed within the two-year time frame established by the board."