Regents Approve Land Lease for Woodward Campus

11-14-05 - Regents have approved plans by Northwestern Oklahoma State University to lease 40 acres of land in Woodward to construct a permanent campus.

Northwestern will construct a $2.5 million general classroom and office building at the site, with construction expected to begin in spring 2007.

The 100-year lease was approved Friday in Alva by the Board of Regents of Oklahoma Colleges.

"Today marks an important milestone for the future of Northwestern and the future of Woodward," said Northwestern President Paul Beran. "A permanent facility in Woodward has been on the drawing board for almost 10 years, and I am thankful that the hard work of so many people is being rewarded today."

Beran said he believes the university will have the opportunity to gain a number of new enrollees with an independent campus. Students currently take classes in the First American Bank building.

Classes also were held at High Plains Technology Center and Woodward High. About 225-250 students are enrolled at classes in Woodward now, from freshmen to graduate-level courses.