Marshall board approves new phase for baseball stadium

Marshall University’s Board of Governors today approved a resolution allowing the second phase of construction for the new baseball stadium to proceed.

The $3.4 million project includes the addition of two metal buildings that would house the visiting team locker room, batting cages, additional offices and storage.

Additionally, the board approved the rebirth of the men’s track indoor and outdoor program at the university.  Competition is expected to begin this academic year in the Sun Belt Conference.

In other athletics news, the board okayed a switch to the Missouri Valley Conference for the women’s swimming and diving team because the Sun Belt Conference doesn’t currently support the sport.  If the Sun Belt adds women’s swimming and diving in the future, the agreement allows for the possibility of an early exit.

Other action during today’s meeting included approval of a minor revision to a financial policy that governs salaries for classified and non-classified personnel, approval of revised mission weights for the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s higher education funding formula and updates from  finance, facilities and internal audit.

Following a lengthy executive session, the board approved naming rights for the Athletics Department, the Lewis College of Business, the College of Health Professions and the College of Education and Professional Development.  Announcement of the names will be made later.

Four board members were ceremonially sworn in at today’s meeting by Cabell County Chief Circuit Judge Greg Howard. They included James Smith, Kipp Bodnar, Ginny T. Lee and Isabella Griffiths.

Marshall’s next board meeting is scheduled for Dec. 14.

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Photo: Cabell County Circuit Judge Greg Howard delivers the oath of office to Marshall University Board of Governors members (l. to r.) James Smith, Kipp Bodnar, Ginny T. Lee and Isabella Griffiths.