GREENSBORO — News and notes from Friday’s Board of Trustees meeting at N.C. A&T:
• A&T is on pace to set another application record. The university has received slightly more than 16,000 undergraduate applications from prospective freshmen for the fall 2018 semester. That’s up 11 percent over the same time a year ago.
• Trustees approved a request to let A&T lease off-campus housing next fall. The university has about 3,900 residence hall beds on campus, nearly all of which were claimed this year. Because of enrollment growth and increased demand for campus housing, A&T last fall assigned about 500 students to three off-campus apartment complexes and put about another 70 students temporarily at a local hotel. The university expects to lease 300 to 400 off-campus beds next fall.
• A&T’s capital campaign is 65 percent of its way to its initial fundraising goal of $85 million. The university so far has raised almost $56 million from nearly 15,000 donors for student scholarships, professorships, academic programs and facilities. The university expects to publicly roll out its capital campaign — and perhaps announce a new fundraising goal — in November.
• The new student union is 88 percent complete. The university expects to be able to occupy the 150,000-square-foot building in May and open it to students in late July. The $90 million facility — which will have restaurants, the campus bookstore, a ballroom, offices for student organizations and social and study spaces — was financed by student fees. It replaces the Memorial Student Union, which opened in 1967 and was torn down in 2015.
• A&T is interviewing candidates for five open dean positions. Four of A&T’s colleges now have interim deans. The fifth open position is at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, which A&T shares with UNC-Greensboro. Jim Ryan, the school’s founding dean, announced in August that he would step down from the post in June after 10 years. A&T Provost Beryl McEwen said she hopes to have all five jobs filled by July 1.