Work on projects totaling more than $2.7 million was approved by the Sam Houston State University board of regents in their two-day meeting that ended Friday, according to Today@Sam. On Thursday the board voted unanimously to name Dr. Bobby K. Marks, who has served as interim president of SHSU since October 16, 1995, as the only finalist in their search for the university's 11th president. Other action taken by the board included:
- Authorizing the university to accept the low bid on replacement of the Bowers Stadium synthetic turf prior to the board's June meeting, at an estimated cost of $1.2 million, so the job can be completed prior to the fall college and high school football seasons;
- Awarding a contract to KRC Enterprises, Inc. of Houston for the $450,000 replacement of the West Plant air-conditioning system chiller unit;
- Hiring Molina and Associates to design modifications to the Newton Gresham Library, the Lee Drain Building, and the Teacher Education Center, with an estimated cost of $430,000, for a media center and doctoral studies laboratories;
- Hiring Swicki Anderson and Associates, Inc. of Bryan to design vent system modifications to the Texas Regional Institute for Environmental Studies (TRIES) laboratory, at an estimated cost of $120,000, with estimated utility savings of up to $4,000 per month;
- Authorizing the university to issue purchase orders for up to $77,000 for a floor replacement project for 38 rooms, public areas and offices in the Mitchell and Lawrence dorms.