The University of Houston-Victoria will be able to move forward with a new health and wellness center after the university received approval for the facility and funding from the Texas Legislature.
“This is a good year for UHV, thanks to the legislature,” said Wayne Beran, vice president for administration and finance.
Overall, the University of Houston-Victoria received $14.6 million in state appropriations each year over the next two years during the recent legislative session.
This amount includes $1.25 million to fund new initiatives each year during the next two years. UHV had requested the continued funding of downward expansion, the nursing program, master’s degrees, the Center for Regional Outreach, the Small Business Development Center and institutional enhancement in addition to support for the new wellness center.
UHV students voted in December for a $125-per-semester student fee for the wellness center, which would be a fitness facility. The university plans to build the facility on the corner of Ben Wilson and Red River streets, but that could change, Beran said.
The university will begin plans for the building and will also seek donor support for construction. Planning is expected to begin in the fall, Beran said.
“It will be exciting to see that on campus,” he said. “There will be a lot of student activity going on in that area in the future.”
The funding will also help with pay raises for employees as well as help to hire more employees. The pay raises will be based on equity with how other universities are paying for certain positions as well as merit.
The university will also receive $1.7 million for Hurricane Harvey relief. Most of the funds will go toward doubling the size of a retention pond near the campus to prevent Ben Wilson Street from flooding. Funds will also go to pay for the insurance deductibles for a new roof and damage to a building.
“Funding looks good, we’re looking at some good things and watching the funding grow – it’s going to be a good two years,” Beran said.
This story was updated to include the total amount of money that UHV will receive from the state legislature.