Kent State University trustees on Wednesday:
• Approved an overall increase of 3.9 percent in the standard, undergraduate double room and board rates for the fall semester.
• Approved a 4.5 percent tuition increase for the College of Podiatric Medicine, based in Independence, for the coming year.
• Approved a $33.58 million renovation and addition to the existing Van Deusen Hall and Art Annex. The new Center for the Visual Arts will total 77,000 square feet of renovated space and 38,000 of new construction between the two buildings for the School of Art.
• Approved a new, 32,000-square-foot facility for the Division of Institutional Advancement on the esplanade at the corner of Lincoln and Summit streets, at the site of the former DuBois Bookstore.
The university has a 15-year lease on the site with the Portage County Port Authority, which will fund the construction. KSU will lease the facility from the Port Authority and the foundation will sublease its share from the university.
The cost of the new Institutional Advancement Center and other details weren’t immediately available.
— Carol Biliczky