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State of the University Address Delivered by President Terri Goss Kinzy

Written by on September 20, 2022

Story authored by Jake Pearson

NORMAL, Ill. – Illinois State University President Terri Goss Kinzy delivered the state of the university address Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the concert hall of the Center for the Performing Arts.

At the event, President Kinzy unveiled a number of projects that ISU is planning to achieve by the 2027 school year.

The first announcement for the 2027 school year was the announcement for a new college of engineering. The Illinois Board of Higher Education approved the new college in March of this year and promises to include electrical and mechanical engineering degrees, on top of a general degree. This new building will be located on Gregory Street.

President Kinzy then announced a new residence and dining hall that will be located on the south side of the ISU campus, directly across from the University recreation center. The announcement contained plans for a 1,200 bed residence hall and a 700 seat dining center.

The Mennonite College of Nursing is getting an addition with a new simulation center that will be built at the Mennonite College of Nursing’s Springfield location. This initiative for furthering the Mennonite College of Nursing, puts ISU at the forefront to be recognized for spearheading the nursing shortage, and stepping up when the medical field needs it the most.

An updated fine arts complex was announced to be in the works by President Kinzy as well. The complex renovations coming to the campus boasts symphony halls, art galleries, screens and stages. The revitalization of the fine arts building brought a comparison from President Kinzy to the renovation of the Bone Student Center in the last few years.