By Denton Josey, Page Editor
May 22, Dr. Royce Money, president of the university, was relocated to an office in the library because of the renovations taking place in the Presidential Suite in the Hardin Aministration Building.
Sharon Lindsey, executive coordinator to the president, said the president’s office hasn’t been renovated since 1990.
Executive secretary to the president Tevyan Condra said the plans changed after the work began.
“It started with new paint and carpet and grew from that,” she said. “Since it hadn’t been updated in so long there were several things that needed to be done.”
Until the renovations in the Presidential Suite of the Administration Building are finished, Dr. Money and his staff will continue to operate out of Chancellor Bill Teague’s office in the library while he works from home.
“The Teague family graciously let us move in,” Lindsey said. “It is just a temporary relocation; it is still the chancellor’s office. There were several different renovations on campus, so this was a good way to keep our office [staff] intact instead of going to several different locations.”
Jim Holmans, executive assistant to the president, said the renovations have taken longer than they thought it would.
“We’ve had several dates, but there have been some things they weren’t expecting and it just keeps getting moved back,” Holmans said. “Basically, the facilities were out of date and needed to be updated.”
The plan, Holmans said, was to get a lot of work done while Dr. Money was out of the office this summer, but when he came back things still weren’t finished.
Holmans also said there have been positives that have come from the relocation. Meetings usually in the Presidential Suite had to take place around campus, so Dr. Money was able to interact a little more than usual. However, Holmans said they are anxious to be back in the presidential suite so he can be more efficient with his time.
The staff is looking forward to possibly returning to its renovated offices as soon as the second week in September.