Tuesday, November 10, 2015

ASU VP puts the fork in Payson campus

(Gazette Blog Editor's note: The following letter from Arizona State University Senior Vice President and University Planner Richard Stanley speaks for itself.  It was posted on the Facebook page "The Voice of Rim Country."  The Rim Country Gazette Blog has long maintained that the prospect of ASU establishing a campus in Rim Country is pretty much delusional - the product of a mayor who has produced few if any tangible results in his multiple terms, a committee made up mostly of residents of a hoity toity gated community whose decisions and pronouncements confirm that they really do live in their own world, and a once-proud newspaper that rarely exhibits the journalistic excellence that once was its trademark.)

The following is a response to an e-mail sent by (Rim Country resident) Don Evans to ASU requesting information on a University campus in Payson. Please share this and feel free to comment with your ideas and opinions!

Response letter from Richard H. Stanley'
Senior Vice President and University Planner


Dear Mr. Evans: I write in response to your November 3 email to President Crow regarding the consideration being given by leaders of the Payson community to the establishment of a university campus in the region.

As has been reflected in the press, Arizona State University has had discussions over a number of years with the Mayor of Payson and other community leaders about their interest in attracting a university partner to Payson, and we tend to agree that increasing opportunities for individuals seeking a post -secondary education would have benefits for the region and for the state of Arizona.

ASU is committed as an institution to expanding access to higher education. We operate five campuses in Metropolitan Phoenix, and we have in -person educational programs in Tucson, Lake Havasu City and Yuma. Establishing a presence in Payson would be in keeping with the university's mission to provide an affordable quality education to as many qualified Arizonans who wish to pursue a college degree.

But while our conversations regarding Payson have included general discussions of the financial and logistical requirements necessary to make operating such a campus successful, WE HAVE MADE NO COMMITMENTS AND NO COMMITMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE TO US AND THE DISCUSSIONS TO DATE HAVE NOT PROGRESSED TO FORMAL NEGOTIATIONS.

If and when it is determined that there is a viable proposal for creating a university campus in the Payson area, we likely will be interested in continuing the discussion to determine if ASU would be the right partner for the project.

In all of our development projects, we take pains to seek input from residents and businesses who have a stake in the project. IF WE WERE TO ENTER INTO FORMAL NEGOTIATIONS ABOUT ESTABLISHING A PRESENCE IN PAYSON, WE WOULD BE COMMITTED TO SEEKING PUBLIC INPUT INTO OUR PLANS and the project would be subject to our own due diligence, as well as all local and state regulations pertaining to such a development.

Richard H. Stanley
Senior Vice President and University Planner

Office of the President
Fulton Center 410, 300 E. University Drive
P.O. Box 877705 Tempe, AZ 85287-7705
(480) 965-8972 Fax: (480) 965-0865


Anonymous said...

When you change a letter by making sections ALL CAPS, you should note that.

Jim Keyworth said...

You'll have to take that up with "The Voice of Rim Country." The Gazette simply reprinted it exactly as it was posted there.

Jim Keyworth