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April 25, 2015
7. The president advised that the Kenderdine Campus is very dear to him. When the decision was made to put it in hiatus until 2016 to evaluate what could happen, the university was suffering a loss every year to keep it open. He also advised that the site is in need of major repairs and that there is a power line that needs fixing. A request for proposal (RFP) has been sent to see what interest there is for help, and that proposal is scheduled to close in May. The hope is that a small business or someone who is interested in Kenderdine could make something like a small chalet with food service and run the site. The intent is also to have the natural setting remain much as it is. Kenderdine is part of the university and as far as he was concerned it should stay part of the university – but we have to find a financial way to do it. Regarding the $300M surplus, the president advised that this money has already been identified and set aside for specific projects and needs, so it is not available for Kenderdine. Therefore the university needs to find a way to reenergize Kenderdine and make it at least a breakeven site. The president concluded that there is a desire to make sure the Kenderdine Campus enhances the mission of the university and that the preference is to breathe new life into it, rather than let it fall down.