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Campus Facilities Advisory Board Remains Focused on Enhancing Student Experience, Strengthening Academic Core
An enhanced student experience and a stronger academic core continues to drive the important work of the Campus Facilities Advisory Board (CFAB). The board, comprised of students, faculty and staff, convened on Friday, Nov. 17, for its second meeting of the fall semester.
The CFAB, co-chaired by Michele G. Wheatly, vice chancellor and provost, and Pete Sala, vice president and chief facilities officer, is charged with assessing all academic and non-academic investments and ensuring alignment between the Academic Strategic Plan and the Campus Framework.
At the CFAB’s most recent meeting, Wheatly and Sala led a robust, 90-minute conversation, during which the board’s members received an update on and discussed several initiatives. In particular, staff in the Office of Campus Planning, Design and Construction provided an overview of the upcoming transformation of Archbold Gymnasium.
Wheatly says the sweeping renovations will have an unprecedented impact on current and future students.
“Ensuring that our physical space supports distinct and inclusive academic and co-curricular opportunities, which includes holistic health and wellness services, is critical to strengthening the Syracuse University experience,” says Wheatly. “The work of the CFAB, combined with the efforts of so many members of the campus community, will allow us to provide an unrivaled environment that allows our students to thrive and excel inside and outside the classroom.”
The CFAB also received an update on the relocation of non-academic units that currently occupy space in the heart of campus. The new relocation efforts, specifically for teams in the Division of Advancement and External Affairs, align with the CFAB’s previous endorsement of leveraging current and new space situated around or near the Shaw Quadrangle for academic departments and student-service units.
To learn more about the Campus Framework, visit CampusFramework.syr.edu. To read the Academic Strategic Plan, visit fastforward.syr.edu/strategic-plan/.