, Muskogee, OK

September 17, 2013

Proposed expansion great for city

— A proposed master plan for Northeastern State University’s Muskogee campus calls for a new building.

A new building would be great news for the city.

The building would be north of the current buildings. A campus drawing shows expanded parking along 24th Street and a larger parking lot north of the proposed new building.

Education plays a key role for bettering Muskogee. And NSU plays a key role in that betterment.

NSU and the city need to have a symbiotic relationship.

When the city does well, NSU should benefit, and vice versa.

NSU-Muskogee has seen expansion several times since it was built. The need is obvious. And with its focus on allied health, that should further secure Muskogee as a regional hub for health care.

NSU-Muskogee is converting classrooms in its administration building into occupational therapy labs.

The conversion is funded partly by a three-year $900,000 start-up grant from the City of Muskogee Foundation and a $200,000 grant from the Gailey family.

Adding a new building or moving programs as the master plan suggests would be gradual, said Dr. Tim McElroy, dean of NSU-Muskogee.

A final open house on NSU’s master plan will be held in early December.

The proposed expansion shows the success NSU-Muskogee has enjoyed.

A healthy NSU will equate to a healthy, educated Muskogee.