STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Tarleton State University’s growth continued in a big way Monday morning with the grand opening of the Athletics and Academic Achievement Administration Building.
“Commitment to academics was the driving force behind our move to NCAA Division I,” said Tarleton President James Hurley. “When we accepted the invitation to join us, our executive cabinet assured our faculty and staff that we would place the utmost importance on the academic success and well-being of all of our student-athletes. This facility is the product of our university’s commitment to innovation and academic excellence.
“I want to thank our Texas A&M University System Board of Regents and Chancellor John Sharp for helping fund this project. This shows the support of the A&M system we are becoming. the first comprehensive regional university in the country.
The old hydrology building underwent an 18-month facelift and opened to the public on Monday afternoon. Dr Hurley was joined by State Rep. Shelby Slawson, Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Lonn Reisman and AD Senior Associate for Academic Services Dr. Megan O’Quin to address the hundreds of Tarleton faculty, staff, students and supporters.
“This is an incredible upgrade to our facilities and provides our student-athletes with a great place to grow academically,” Reisman said. “Our top priority will always be academics and compliance. Our staff has done an incredible job of establishing an elite foundation of success in these areas, and this new facility provides even more opportunities for our student-athletes to thrive in the classroom. .
“We are so grateful to the Texas A&M University System, Dr. Hurley, the construction team and staff, and all of our great supporters. This is just another step in Tarleton’s journey to becoming a premier destination for student-athletes to compete and learn.”
The first floor of the new facility will house the Tarleton Athletics administration offices and will include a meeting room with 111 theater seats, two televisions and a large projector providing 35 feet of writing and display space.
The second floor is dedicated to the academic success of Tarleton’s nearly 450 student-athletes. A large connected study room commands two-thirds of the surface. A small study room with dividers allows for group study and supervised testing. Academic sports services are located near the main entrance, which is secured by key card access for study room supervision. Laptops and desktop computers are available.
For photos of the new building, visit TarletonSports.com/galleries.