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Peacock Discusses Conversion of Broyhill Inn to Student Housing PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 13:26

Dr. Ken Peacock addressed the Appalachian 'Family' today on the issue of the conversion of the Broyhill Inn to student housing in 2012.  As part of the ASU budget reduction plan, no funds are budgeted for the operation of the Broyhill due to state budget mandates for 'direct classroom services.  The entire letter:

Dear Appalachian Faculty and Staff:

When I addressed you last Thursday, I shared the UNC General Administration’s process for granting approval for the campus-based management flexibility reduction. In my remarks, I told you that I neither could act on the elements of this plan nor share the details of the plan until approved by the UNC General Administration.  However, I do think it is right and fair to communicate directly with employees in units where I have recommended a significant reduction in state funding.

Interim Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs Greg Lovins has met with the staff at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center.  He shared that Appalachian’s budget reduction plan recommends eliminating all state funding for the facility.  The Management Flexibility Reduction guidelines outlined in Section 9.6 of the State Budget specify that reducing state funding for centers and institutes should be a priority in order to protect “direct classroom services.” I have reviewed several operational models for the Broyhill.  Though an extremely difficult decision, given the current funding situation, this action is prudent.

The plan is to convert the hotel portion of the facility to student housing and for the Office of Student Programs to manage the meeting space.  Again, we are awaiting approval of the plan. 

I understand there are questions about reservations and events scheduled at the Broyhill.  Our intention is to honor these commitments through the end of the 2011 calendar year.


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