The Board of Regents continues to deliberate upon the best long-term uses of the various sites along University Avenue. The Board sees no reason to be rushed to make decisions about those sites. Data should inform conclusions, and more data are needed.
The Board acknowledges the complexity of the issues, which is why taking time is important. The Board and Vice-Chancellor continue to seek informed input, as we have in the past.
The Board and Vice-Chancellor both believe that there needs to be an orderly process to solicit additional community (broadly-defined) input on these issues, and that such input is best secured through a combination of open, public meetings and expression of views in writing. The community from whom views will be welcome include, but are not limited to, those presently residing in Sewanee (students, faculty, staff, alumni, local residents), those who belong to the extended family of the University (alumni, parents, friends), and those whose professional expertise can be of assistance in the Board’s deliberations.
Therefore, and on the recommendation of the Vice-Chancellor, the Board has decided the following:
In conclusion, the Board speaks with a single voice on these matters. It fully supports the leadership of the Vice-Chancellor and his team. It forecloses at this time none of the options still on the table; indeed, it expands those options. It is mindful that its work must always focus on providing an excellent learning environment for its students. And it is thus confident that the decisions it ultimately makes will be in the best long-term interests of the University.