Construction soon to begin for a new data science building.
Construction soon to begin for a new data science building.

Miami University trustees approve construction budget for new data science facility

The Miami University Board of Trustees approved the construction budget for a new data science facility during its regular meeting on Friday, Sept. 24. The new facility will house departments and programs related to analytics and data science, business opportunities for non-business students, and a Center for Cybersecurity.
The trustees authorized a construction budget of $58,000,000. The facility will be named for Richard M. McVey who donated $20,000,000 toward the construction. The building will provide approximately 85,000 gross square feet of space for instruction, collaboration, research, gathering, and offices.
The three-story building will fit within the existing campus-scale, reflecting setbacks of adjacent buildings in keeping with the campus proportions of open space and quads. Construction is expected to begin during the winter of 2021 and be complete by late fall 2023.
In other news, Mid-American Conference (MAC) Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher presented the Reese Trophy and the Dr. Carol A. Cartwright Award for excellence in academics, athletics, and citizenship for the 2020-21 academic year during the board meeting. Miami is the only school to seize the Cartwright award for the third consecutive time.
President Crawford updated trustees on Miami’s strategic direction, infrastructure improvements, new academic programs, COVID-19 campus statistics, and introduced Cristina Alcalde, the new vice president for institutional diversity and inclusion.
In other action, Miami trustees also:
  • Approved the adoption of a Gift Acceptance Policy to give guidance and counsel to individuals who solicit and accept gifts on behalf of Miami University.
  • Adopted a General Bond Resolution pursuant to an anticipated refunding of 2012 bonds.
  • Approved one professor emerita, two professor emeritus, three administrator emerita, and two administrator emeritus.
  • Accepted the Committee for Naming Campus Facilities recommendation for the Janik Nurse Station Simulator, named in recognition of a commitment from Drs. James Janik and Phyllis Callahan, located in University Hall on the Hamilton Campus.