September 14, 2022
Kansas Board of Regents September meeting agenda items
The Kansas Board of Regents will meet Wednesday, Sept. 14, and Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Curtis State Office Building in Topeka. A livestream will be available for individuals to listen remotely.
On Sept. 14, the Regents will meet jointly with the State Board of Education. Following the joint meeting topics, President Richard Linton will request approval to rename a road on the Manhattan campus.
The Regents will consider the following agenda items related to Kansas State University at the meeting on Sept. 15.
K-State requests approval to amend the fiscal year 2023 capital improvement project plan and to accept the program statement for renovations to the first floor of Bluemont Hall. The renovations will relocate College of Education leadership, student success and recruitment spaces from the basement to the first floor to improve student access and recruitment. The estimated project cost is $3.7 million.
K-State requests approval to amend the fiscal year 2023 capital improvement project plan and to accept the program statement for improvements to the outdoor fields at the Chester E. Peters Recreation Complex. The project will create eight synthetic turf multipurpose fields, three sand volleyball courts and a pavilion with meeting and storage space. The estimated project cost is $10 million.
K-State requests approval to accept the program statement for construction of a new farm equipment storage building at the Agronomy North Farm. The estimated project cost is $637,000.
K-State requests approval to amend the fiscal year 2023 capital improvement project plan and to accept the program statement for renovations to the small animal surgery suites in Mosier Hall. The project will expand and reconfigure the suites to accommodate updated equipment and increased caseloads. The estimated project cost is $6.7 million.
The Regents will appoint Bikram Gill, distinguished professor emeritus of plant pathology, to the EPSCoR Program Review Committee. The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR, is a federal program that encourages university partnerships with industry and is designed to stimulate sustainable science and technology infrastructure improvements in states that historically have received a disproportionately low per-capita average of federal research dollars.
The Regents will act on the unified state appropriation request for submission to the governor and the legislature.
The Regents will act on distributions of the remaining funding appropriated by the 2022 Legislature for information technology infrastructure and cybersecurity purposes. The Regents Information Technology Council recommends K-State receive approximately $1.9 million in additional funding.
K-State requests approval to amend the fiscal year 2023 capital improvement project plan and to accept the program statement for the construction of a new agronomy research and innovation center. The project is one of two key projects identified and prioritized for development within the College of Agriculture's 2030 Main Campus Facilities, Agriculture, Research and Extension Facilities Master Plan. The estimated project cost is $25 million and will be funded from private and industry sponsor gifts.
K-State requests approval to raze two buildings: the Gymnasium and the Greenhouse D Conservatory at The Gardens. Additionally, the university requests allocations from the fiscal year 2023 Building Demolition Fund appropriated by the state to raze the buildings.
Agendas and complete meeting minutes are available online. The K-State Today summary announcement will be published on Friday, Sept. 16.