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The search for a new president, new engineering and kinesiology buildings and additions to the sports programs are among the items University of Texas of the Permian Basin President David Watts is looking toward this year.

Watts is resigning as of Aug. Landscaping with rocks ideas 31 and Russell Reynolds, a global executive recruitment firm is assisting the UT System in the national search to find a replacement. Landscape design ideas for small front yards He added that he is confident the search will produce someone qualified and energetic to lead UTPB.

“I think we will know something as a community perhaps in April as to who that person might be. Garden plans for front of house Then there will be a transition period; then he or she will be on his or her own” starting in September, Watts said.

During the remainder of his tenure, Watts said there are a number of things on his agenda such as getting spring semester started Tuesday, adding electrical and chemical engineering to the curriculum.

Proposals for those courses are being formulated now and they are getting a preliminary reading from experts at the UT System and the process continues toward an ultimate decision from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Alabama softball pitcher Watts said he hopes to gain approval for the classes sometime this spring. Garden design ideas photos The earliest they would be is January 2018, he said.

This spring, bids will be let for a contractor on a new $52 million engineering building to be located at the CEED complex. Drip drop lyrics taemin Watts said a contractor could be selected sometime in the next couple of months with construction possibly starting in April.

At the February Board of Regents meeting, Watts said he expects the kinesiology building to come up. Football schedule preseason He said that involves $14.2 million from the Permanent University Fund and $2 million in gifts for a $16 million building.

Watts noted that both buildings are important to the future of UTPB. Tee ball age Enrollment for fall 2016 was just under 7,000 and it will probably be less for the spring. Uw softball roster Freshmen and transfer students tend to start in the fall and then a number of students also graduate in the fall, he said.

On the athletics front, Watts said the university successfully launched a football team this fall and it is preparing for next season. Baseball online stores The football practice field is also used as the men’s and women’s soccer field.

“We’ll be adding men’s and women’s track and field. Basketball rio 2016 live score Frankly, we need to add a track. Fantasy basketball 2016 We’re working raising the necessary funds to do that, as well as continue to strengthen the support for football and our 14 other intercollegiate sports,” Watts said.

The university is still searching for a golf coach after the dismissal of Mike Banzhoff in September 2016. Irrigation definition Watts said the men’s and women’s teams are out competing right now.

“They have accumulated and we’re certainly pleased with the recognition,” Watts said. Brad stoner painting “The whole university faculty and IT program have invested a lot in making sure we can deliver those programs successfully. Wiffle ball pitches We’ll be adding more in the coming years. Fence factory But we’re proud of the ones we offer.”

“If you live away from Midland and Odessa, or if you’re working here in our area and you can’t get off work or you have family responsibilities keep you from going to school at a particular time, online is a really marvelous opportunity because you do work when you have the time, not when the class is scheduled. El patio cafe You can communicate with classmates through email and technologies like Skype. Facebook desktop You can do virtual face to face interaction with your instructor and you can do it when you have time to do it. Football teams nfl There are people in Odessa who have taken advantage of our online programs and are quite happy with flexibility it offers,” Watts said.

Offering online programs has also helped UTPB’s graduation rate. Baseball leagues near me People tend to see UTPB as a place to come to and then transfer to a better-known school such as Texas Tech or UT Austin.

“One of the things I’ve worked hard to do with faculty and staff is make sure we’re a full-service university offering all the programs that can reasonably be expected that students and industry might need and want,” he added.

Watts has applied for the top job at Colorado State University and more recently at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. Football games download for pc Daniel Heimmermann, provost and vice president for academic affairs at UTPB, is one of the advanced candidates for president of Florida Gulf Coast.

Asked whether he would consider another university presidency if it looked good to him, he said, “Sure, but I’m not a candidate anywhere. Fences play script I have no applications out anywhere. Pitch in for baseball I’m not talking to any recruiters. Little league baseball bat rules That’s not something that really interests me at this point.”

On the state’s new A-F accountability system for public schools, Watts said the UTPB STEM Academy would face the same ratings as Ector County Independent School District.

“It becomes almost a self-fulfilling prophecy,” he said. Watch baseball online free Watts said it also impacts communities recruiting businesses and universities trying to attract faculty.

Parents who have resources and see schools with a D or F grades are going to put their children elsewhere. Facebook logo black Watts said this compounds the difficulty of turning the district around.

“I tend to think a more nuanced approach is better – one that looks at a range of factors and provides information about improvement and school district improvement and breaks out the strengths and weaknesses,” he said.

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