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UCO's Newest Building Named in Honor of University President

Image of UCO science, technology, engineering and mathematics building with sign that reads Don Betz STEM Research and Learning Center.

Sept. 25, 2018

Media Contact: Adrienne Nobles, Assistant Vice President, UCO University Communications, 405-974-2103, anobles@uco.edu

UCO’s Newest Building Named in Honor of University President

The Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents approved the naming of the University of Central Oklahoma’s newest building in honor of current university president Don Betz. The distinction recognizes Betz’ contributions to higher education, including eight years as UCO president, as he plans to retire next year.           

The Donald Betz STEM Research and Learning Center will serve as an interdisciplinary hub for the university’s various science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs, including biology, chemistry, engineering, forensic science and nursing.           

The interdisciplinary nature of the facility makes the naming a particularly relevant honor for Betz. He has been known throughout his tenure in higher education for building connections that advance intuitions and the communities they serve.

“President Betz is a tremendous advocate for the advancement of higher education in Oklahoma, nationally and internationally.  It is appropriate that future generations of students will know his name and will learn in the very building that is a symbol of his lifetime of work,” said Mark A. Stansberry, chair of the RUSO Board of Regents.

When complete, the building will add 56,000 square feet of learning space for the campus for the highly-sought STEM majors. The new space is expected to allow increased enrollment for these programs when it opens in November.

Earlier this year Betz announced he would retire as UCO’s president June 30, 2019 after a distinguished 48-year career in higher education. RUSO is currently conducting a national search for the university’s next president.   

RUSO, as UCO’s governing board, reviews and approves naming requests for its six institutions.

For more information on UCO’s STEM programs and the new building, visit www.uco.edu.  

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Editor’s Note: Download art associated with this release at https://media.uco.edu/press/BetzSTEMBuildingAnnouncement0918.

Cutline 1: Regional University System of Oklahoma regents (left to right) Susan Winchester, Mark Stansberry and Amy Ford join UCO President Don Betz (center right) at a reception announcing the university’s new STEM building would be named in his honor.  

Cutline 2: The Regional University System of Oklahoma approved the naming of UCO’s newest building in honor of current university president Don Betz. The Donald Betz STEM Research and Learning Center is slated to open in November.