Trustees vote to delay decision on new residence hall

The Northwestern College Board of Trustees voted to delay making a decision on a proposed new residence hall at its fall meeting, Oct. 9–10.

A committee of faculty, staff and students began meeting with architects from Cannon Moss Brygger and Associates in Sioux City a year ago to develop plans for a residence hall that could replace Heemstra and West halls. The potential facility is envisioned to have a capacity of 206 students but with two distinct living areas to retain the sense of close community offered by Northwestern’s current residence life program. Architects have nearly completed the plans.

“This is a necessary and positive project for the college, but we’ll be in a much better position to make a final decision a year from now,” says President Greg Christy. “Given the economic situation the country is facing, it seems prudent to hold off and revisit the issue at next fall’s meeting.”

The residence hall project was the board’s major item of discussion. In other action, the Academic Policies Committee adopted a resolution commending the faculty and staff for their excellent efforts that make it possible for Northwestern to achieve its mission.