UT Tyler presents update on strategic plan to City Council

Published on Wednesday, 10 January 2018 12:33 - Written by By Cory McCoy, comccoy@tylerpaper.com

The University of Texas at Tyler hopes to present its new strategic plan to the UT System Board of Regents during its February meeting.

During a presentation to the Tyler City Council, President Michael Tidwell outlined some of the goals of the upcoming plan.

Tidwell wants to expand the college’s parklikeatmosphere, while also making the area safer for pedestrians. He spoke to the Council about the need for sidewalks in the area.

Tidwell also said a parking lot would be turned into a green space over the summer. The new parking garage next to the new College of Business and Technology likely will offset that loss of parking.

Tidwell previously said the university also hopes to eventually turn its 120-acre  East Campus property into a sports complex. That move could see the university apply for Division II status and expand its sports program. While a football team is among those possibilities, Tidwell said that decision has not yet been made.

Lucas Roebuck, UT Tyler’s vice president of marketing, brand strategy and community engagement, said the university has not applied for Division II status.

Roebuck hopes to have the strategic plan ready for presentation to the board of regents by the time it meets in February.