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Lincoln Quad demolition approved by Indiana State University Board of Trustees

October 11, 2019

Indiana State University’s Board of Trustees on Friday approved the demolition of the Lincoln Quad Complex after the current academic year.

The 50-year-old residence hall, while carefully and routinely maintained, does not make financial sense because of the challenges involved in maintenance and operation of the aging facility, said Diann McKee, Senior Vice President of Finance.

McKee told Trustees that in the past decade, “We have added approximately 979 beds to housing inventory, and in that same period of time, there has also been the development of private student housing surrounding campus. So the demand for Lincoln Quad has been significantly reduced.”

Lincoln Quad has 768 beds. Green space and perhaps some parking could replace Lincoln Quad, McKee said.

The university will be working with Greek groups that have space in Lincoln Quad to find a new location, said Andy Morgan, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs.

Also at the meeting:

---Jeffrey W. Taylor, Chair of the Board of Trustees, reiterated ISU’s commitment to affordable higher education.

“We want to keep the cost of university education as low as possible for all of our students --- every one of them,” Taylor said. “We’ve been very judicious about tuition increases. I believe we’ve been that way in the past and, rest assured, we will continue that.”

---McKee recognized Chief Joe Newport of the Indiana State University Police Department, who’s retiring in December after 20 years at the institution.

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