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Baylor Regents Approve Design Development for New School of Business Building, New PhD in Health Services Research

May 17, 2013

Among other business at their spring meeting, the Baylor University Board of Regents voted to move forward in developing the design for the proposed new School of Business building. In addition, they approved a new PhD program in health services research.

Business School Building Design

Following more positive reports on fundraising efforts to date, Regents voted to approve $2.8 million to continue with programming and design developments for a new 275,000-square-foot business school building. The architectural design for the new Baylor business school building features a highly corporate and sustainable business environment, including a centerpiece atrium that will showcase some of the school's signature classrooms, such as the Southwest Securities Financial Markets Center. The design also includes a 350-seat auditorium to accommodate guest lectures and special events, and a variety of classroom spaces that will incorporate the latest classroom technology for collaborative learning, innovation and problem solving. The project cost is estimated at $100 million. With continued fundraising success, the project could break ground as early as December.

New PhD in Health Services

In academic business, Baylor Regents approved a PhD in health services research offered by Baylor's Hankamer School of Business through the Robbins Institute for Health Policy and Leadership. With Baylor's long association with excellence in the health care field, the new PhD program will advance the goals of Pro Futuris, the university's new strategic vision, by promoting transformational education and compelling scholarship in the areas of health care delivery and policy. The interdisciplinary nature of the program will provide a unique opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge from the fields of statistics, economics, finance, health care and administration and provide solutions to the challenges that confront the nation's ability to deliver timely medical care in an efficient manner.

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