By Melissa Prentice
Arizona Daily Wildcat
The Arizona Board of Regents approved Celestino Fernández as the provost of the new four-year college in Pima County.
Fernández, who is the University of Arizona vice president of academic outreach and international affairs, was nominated by President Manuel Pacheco.
The approval was unanimous, with no discussion.
However, in his report to the board, Linn Montgomery, the president of the Arizona Faculty Council, expressed the faculty's concern that Fernández may desire to eliminate tenured faculty positions at the new college. Similar concerns have been expressed by the UA Committee of Eleven and other faculty members.
In other business, the regents unanimously approved an agreement between the UA and the previous owner and tenants of El Greco's restaurant, 520 N. Park Ave. UA took possession of the property to build the Environmental and Natural Resources Building.
The agreement would pay owner Anthony NiCastro and tenants Ptolomeos and Lois
Kotzambasis $101,000. UA appraised the value at $80,000, but an appraiser hired by the owner and manager appraised the property at $122,000.
The regents also unanimously agreed to allow the university to name a new residence hall "Colonia de la Paz." The new residence hall will open in the fall of 1995.
Board policy requires the universities to obtain permission to name buildings that are not named for functional purposes.
The UA informed the regents that it would lease a parcel of the University Village area to Delta Tau Delta fraternity to build a fraternity house which will be open next fall.
The University Village will be a student-oriented campus area bounded by East Speedway Boulevard, North Campbell Avenue, East Second Street and North Mountain Avenue. The regents approved the project in March 1992.
Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity already built a house in the area after approval was given from the board in December 1991. Delta Tau Delta was also approved at that time, but construction of their house was delayed until now.
The College of Medicine submitted a proposal to the board to implement the legislative requirements imposed by a 1994 state legislative requirement for primary care disciplines.
The legislature required the UA College of Medicine to give priority consideration to applicants expressing interest in practicing in underserved areas in the state. The bill also required the college to enroll at least 50 percent of medical, pharmacy and graduate nursing students in rural rotation programs and to reserve the majority of residency positions for students entering primary care of family medicine disciplines.
The board unanimously approved the college's proposal, which will now be presented to the Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives and the President of the Arizona Senate.
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