November 2013 Regents Report

Today@Sam has their report on the quarterly meeting of the Texas State University System Board of Regents:
...[T]he regents authorized SHSU to name a proposed facility in honor of the late Fred Pirkle, an SHSU alumnus who made provisions for his estate to provide $25 million to sustain and enhance the study of industrial engineering technology at the university.

The first $10 million of Pirkle’s bequest is designated for the construction of a technology center to include classrooms, faculty and staff offices, conference rooms, auditoriums, laboratories as needed for the existing industrial technology program and future programs that support engineering technology education. The facility will be named the Pirkle Technology Center, and the name will be changed to the Pirkle Engineering Technology Center whenever the university is approved to offer an engineering technology program.

The regents also authorized the renaming of the SHSU Police Department Building in honor of Charles W. Tackett. Tackett worked 55 years in Texas law enforcement and retired from SHSU in after serving 32 years as the university’s director of public safety and chief of police.

He was instrumental in requesting that some form of legislation be mandated which would clarify the jurisdiction of university police officers throughout the state of Texas. As a result, House Bill 391 was signed into law in 1987, specifying that campus law enforcement jurisdiction included all counties in which property is owned, leased, rented or otherwise under the control of a university or public technical institute that employs peace officers. Also, the legislation granted to campus law enforcement officers the authority to enforce traffic laws on streets and highways, as well as jurisdiction outside of their primary area.

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