Higher Education Bond Receives Growing Support

Posted: October 11, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Dan Walsch

As the 2002 election day–Nov. 5–rapidly approaches, an increasing number of public officials and organizations are coming out in support of the higher education bond referendum which, if approved, will result in $900 million in construction monies for Virginia’s colleges and universities. Of this total, George Mason will receive $79.6 million.

The bond referendum, Gov. Mark Warner said recently, “will build a better Virginia for everyone.”

More than 25 associations have endorsed the bond to date. Supporters include the Washington Post, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the City of Fairfax, the Virginia Republican Committee, Inova Health System, and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

George Mason’s monies from the bond will fund seven construction projects: a research building and new academic building at the Fairfax Campus; an academic building at the Arlington Campus; renovation of Thompson and West buildings at the Fairfax Campus; ADA renovation at the university; construction of utility infrastructure at the Fairfax Campus; and redesigning existing facilities to create a conference and peace center at Mason Neck.

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