(From Northwest Missouri State News Services)
Friday the Northwest Missouri State University’s Board of Regents approved a series of renovations and upgrades to campus buildings.
The Board unanimously approved upgrades to restrooms in Perrin Hall and authorized the University to execute a contract to move forward on renovations to Franken Hall. The project was awarded to Lee Grover Construction Company for $3.99 million ($3,990,462). The Board also approved proposals to upgrade the electrical system in the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building and replace windows at Colden Hall, both of which are being funded by state deferred maintenance monies.
The meeting was the first for Jason A. Klindt and George R. Speckman, who Gov. Eric Greitens appointed in December, and it marked a return for Roxanna R. Swaney and Student Regent Janay N. Orange, both of whom served on the Board briefly in 2016 and were reappointed by Greitens. Klindt and Speckman were confirmed this week by the Missouri Senate while Swaney and Orange are awaiting confirmation.
Dr. Patrick B. Harr serves as the Board chair, and Dr. Marilou Joyner was appointed vice chair during Friday’s meeting. John W. Richmond and Richard N. Smith round out the Board, which has one open seat remaining.
As Friday’s meeting got underway, University Police Chief Clarence Green recognized officers Sydney Smith and Jeremy Staples for their work at the scene of a Jan. 7 emergency at The Palms Bar and Grill that resulted in the death of Northwest student Morgan McCoy. Green presented Staples with a letter of thanks for his work to preserve the scene and gather facts for the investigation. Smith received the Meritorious Conduct Commendation, the second-highest award given to a member of the University Police Department for performing an exemplary act in hazardous or complicated conditions.
Additionally, the Board and meeting attendees observed a moment of silence in memory of McCoy.