By Marvin Garcia |Staff Writer|
The city of Palm Desert approved the donation during their Jan. 8 council meeting.
CSUSB Vice President Ron Fremont said that this new development could be expected to help cause significant growth in terms of student enrollment, larger class selections, and dormitories.
“PDC can be, and should be, a destination campus,” said Fremont. “It will allow us to triple our foot.”
PDC Dean Sharon Brown-Welty said another of the possibilities that this development will set in motion is a selection of programs that will help support economic growth within the Coachella Valley.
Both Fremont and Brown-Wetly are quite confident the university will draw students nationwide and internationally.
According to The Desert Sun, the next step is to conduct a master plan of the newly expanded campus in order to figure out what is going where and it is expected to be completed within 12 months.
President Tomas Morales told The Desert Sun this act demonstrates Palm Desert’s commitment to make CSUSB Coachella Valley’s first 4-year-university, and support for current and future students to come.
Currently, PDC stands on a 53 acre land-radius consisting of four buildings: the Mary Stuart Rogers Gateway Building, the Indian Wells Center for Educational Excellence, the Indian Wells Theater and the Palm Desert Health Sciences Building, all of which were built with donations by public and private partners.