The Oklahoma A&M Board of Regents voted unanimously Friday to consider building a presidential residence on the Oklahoma State University campus in Stillwater.
During a meeting at OSU's Oklahoma City campus, regents approved forming a subcommittee to look into the idea of replacing Willham House, which was built north of the Stillwater campus in 1960 and has been the residence of OSU presidents since 1962.
Regent Doug Burns made the proposal from the subcommittee and said OSU's incoming president, Burns Hargis, made no request for a new residence.
Burns, who led the search committee that recommended Hargis for the job, said the committee "thought it very important that a new house be built and that the full board consider that possibility."
Hargis was not in the room when Burns made his proposal. Hargis later said he plans to reside at Willham House -- which is named after former OSU President Oliver Willham -- after he takes office in July.
He said he did not ask for the proposed new on-campus residence but that building it would be a good idea.
"I think there is a sense that being closer to campus, or even on campus, makes sense, for students to visit," Hargis said. "I think it is a good idea for future presidents to be much closer to campus."
Bob Miller, the chairman of OSU's faculty council, said that group likely would not have any objections to the construction of an on-campus presidential residence, as long as public funds were not used.
Burns said the proposed residence likely would be built using private funds.
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