Properties Task Force Recommendations
SOU President Linda Schott hosted a webinar on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 for community members regarding university-owned properties. The webinar featured the recommendations made by a task force Schott convened to examine all contiguous SOU properties and identify the highest and best use of these assets. The task force reviewed a number of properties on the outskirts of campus – some of which are vacant and/or need significant renovation and others that house small university or affiliate programs.
“Real property is one of the university’s most important assets, and the task force took great care as it worked through the options for each parcel. As with any significant decision that ultimately may impact the university and the City of Ashland, we welcome an opportunity to share the findings and recommendations of the task force with our larger community,” said Schott.
The webinar is just the first piece of a conversation about how best to use these properties. The university intends to engage many external stakeholders (city planners, community groups, and other interested parties) to help determine the most appropriate path forward. The SOU Governing Board of Trustees is the ultimate authority on any final decisions that may be made.