PULLMAN – The Board of Regents of WSU will be asked to approve establishment of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication and the School of Global Animal Health at the board’s regular meeting to be held at 9 a.m. Friday at Room 120 of the Consolidated Information Center on the Tri-Cities campus.

The agenda for the meeting is available at http://regents.wsu.edu/meeting-materials/200802Agenda.pdf

The plan to elevate the Murrow School to stand-alone college status was announced in January. The school has previously been part of the College of Liberal Arts. The change, which was endorsed by a group of communications deans who visited the school last fall, is designed to allow the school to expand and enhance its programs and national reputation.

The School of Global Animal Health, which will be administered through the College of Veterinary Medicine, will coordinate the university’s efforts in infectious disease research, education and diagnostics, with a particular focus on the intersection between human and animal diseases.

Both actions have been approved by the Faculty Senate.

The regents will also be asked to approve the $26 million budget for the proposed Olympia Avenue student housing project. The two-phase project would provide up to 350 beds and is part of an ongoing effort to improve housing for students on the Pullman campus.

The regents will hold committee meetings Thursday afternoon in the Consolidated Information Center.