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RU governors approve athletics spending, construction

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The Rutgers University Board of Governors approved spending $65 million to build a football game-day locker room and an 80,000-square foot building that will serve 700 student-athletes, at a Thursday meeting.

Project costs will be covered by fundraising and contributions from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s Economic Redevelopment and Growth Program.

The board also approved the name and construction of the Barbara and Gary Rodkin Academic Success Story on the Busch campus. The Rodkins gave $15 million to Rutgers—the largest gift in the history of Rutgers athletics. The center will consolidate academic support services and construction is scheduled to start in spring 2019.

At the meeting, Rutgers Hall of Fame women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer was recognized by the board for achieving her 1,000 career win. She received a standing ovation from Rutgers governors and guests. Stringer is one of six women’s collegiate basketball coaches to have earned 1,000 wins.

In other news, the Rutgers Graduate School of Education appointed Marybeth Gasman to the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Chair in Education, effective Sept. 1, 2019. DeWitt was a member of the Rutgers faculty for more than 15 years. Gasman focuses on the history of American higher education, minority-serving institutions with an emphasis on historically black colleges and universities, racism, diversity, philanthropy, and higher education leadership.

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