ETSU requests state funding for $72 million building project


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    JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. --- East Tennessee State University President Brian Noland announced Friday a proposal for a $72 million humanities building on campus.

    The project would require state funding and a match of $9.5 million from the university.

    "We're very hopeful that it's funded," Noland said in front of the Board of Trustees. "This would transform the center of campus, so the old University Center would come to the ground."

    The new building would house political science, sociology, history and anthropology programs, according to Noland.

    Board Chair Scott Niswonger urged fellow members on the Board of Trustees to reach out to representatives in Nashville to advocate for the project.

    The project is No. 5 on the Tennessee Higher Education Commission's list of capital priorities.

    It will now be up to Lee on whether to include the project in his state budget, and whether the General Assembly signs off.

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