Safety, Due Diligence and Housing

Trustees act on HB 389, demolition of Justice Hall
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Last Thursday, after much thought and deliberation, Appalachian’s Board of Trustees met and approved a resolution allowing the university to seek permits to sell alcohol at athletics facilities. North Carolina House Bill 389, signed into law by Gov. Roy Cooper on June 26, allows the state’s public universities to sell beer and wine at their athletics facilities. Approval by the trustees for the university to seek alcohol sales permits is required by North Carolina statutes.

I appreciate the due diligence on the part of our trustees and university staff to ensure we can meet the needs of our university, continue to positively contribute to the local economy and enhance the already outstanding Mountaineer fan experience. Throughout this review, we have prioritized the safety and security of our university community, and we will continue to do so as we work through the logistics related to implementing alcohol sales at our athletics venues.

Research on universities that sell beer and wine at athletics facilities shows significant decreases in alcohol-related arrests and incidents after implementation. Our own experience with the Rock Garten hospitality area outside the north end zone of Kidd Brewer Stadium, which since 2018 has sold limited quantities of alcohol to attendees, has met with positive reviews from fans and the university community.

Also, on Thursday, the board approved the demolition of Justice Hall, a 67-year-old building used for student housing. The demolition, scheduled to begin next summer, is necessary to complete the third phase of our residence halls project. The board’s approval is required for demolition of any university building.

As always, we are committed to recovering as much of the building’s items of value as possible. This project, like the others now in progress on our campus, will be documented on the Appalachian’s Future website.

These are exciting days at Appalachian. We are less than a month away from welcoming a new class of Mountaineers. We have made tremendous progress on many of our infrastructure projects. The new parking deck will be open soon, and I think the orange cone count around campus is actually diminishing! Thank you for your patience.

I appreciate our trustees’ leadership and the commitment to the university and our academic mission exhibited by our faculty, staff and students.

/s/ Sheri Everts

Sheri Everts, Chancellor

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