HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall University Board of Governors today approved requests from the Athletic Department allowing high-tech video scoreboards to be purchased with private funds for several sports including football.
In his presentation to the board, Athletic Director Christian Spears said due to supply chain disruptions, it will be a year for some of scoreboard components to be shipped. Even though the boards will be privately funded, board of governor approval was needed because of the cost which exceeds $1 million per scoreboard. Spears says the new videoboard will enhance the fan experience tremendously at the Joan C. Edwards Stadium. In other action, the board approved funding for an upgrade to the HVAC systems in Gullickson Hall Gym and the Cam Henderson Center. The system upgrade will provide cooling to the playing surface and fan experience in the Henderson Center, as well as heating and cooling to Gullickson Gym.
The board of governors agreed to a revision to the university’s alcohol policy expanding where alcohol can be sold on campus and to whom. The revision opens other venues for alcohol sales on campus including the new baseball stadium. It is expected the changes will take effect in January 2023.
In addition, the board also approved a new degree program, M.S. in Natural Resources and the Environment, as well as a change to the M.A. in Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Approval for the university to purchase the PROACT building at 20th Street and Eighth Avenue was approved as well.