Tarleton Unveils New Athletics Administration & Academic Success Building

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STEPHENVILLE — The growth of Tarleton State University continued in a big way Monday morning with the grand opening of the Athletics Administration and Academic Success Building.

“The 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, our Executive Cabinet assured our faculty and staff that we would place the highest importance on ensuring academic success and student well-being for all of our student-athletes. This facility is a 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. It shows the support of the A&M System that we become the premier comprehensive regional university in the nation.

The former hydrology building underwent an 18-month facelift and was opened to the public Monday afternoon. Dr. Hurley was joined by state Rep. Shelby Slawson, Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Lonn Reisman and Senior Associate AD for Academic Services Dr. Megan O’Quin to address the hundreds of Tarleton faculty, staff, students and supporters on hand.

“This is an incredible enhancement to our facilities and provides our student-athletes a tremendous place to grow academically,” Reisman said. “Our highest priority will always be  academics and compliance. Our staff has done an incredible job setting an elite foundation of success in those areas, and this new facility provides even greater opportunities for our student-athletes to prosper in the classroom.

“We are so thankful 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 being a premier destination for student-athletes to compete and learn.”

The first floor of the new facility will serve as the home of Tarleton Athletics Administration offices and features 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 hall commands two-thirds of the area. A small study room with dividers enables group study and supervised testing. Athletic Academic Services is located by the main entrance, which is secured with card swipe access for study hall monitoring. Laptops and desktop computers are available.

For photos of the new building, visit TarletonSports.com/galleries.

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