Ohio University’s board of trustees has taken steps to sell its satellite campus in Proctorville.
WKSU-Radio reports that the resolution approved by the board designates the Proctorville Center, just across the Ohio River from Huntington, W. Va., as surplus property. That designation allows the university to explore the sale of the property; the university says no sale is imminent.
The satellite campus opened in 2007 with the goal of offering college courses at an accessible location.
WOWK-TV reported last month that Ohio University Vice President of Communications Robin Oliver pointed to “significant declines in student enrollment” as the reason for the planned sale.
“The facility has been underutilized in recent years," Oliver said. "No courses are currently running at the center.”
Any potential sale of the Proctorville Center would include multiple deed restrictions on the building that would require it to be sold to other educational entities for educational purposes and ensure that the naming rights of the original donors would be preserved, if desired by the donors.
Additionally, the university would transfer the property’s walking track and green space to an entity that would be agreed upon with the original donors and place deed restrictions prohibiting the development of the land, requiring the green space and walking track to remain maintained and open to the community.
The Proctorville Center was established through donations to the Ohio University Foundation in 2007. Following discussions with staff at the Proctorville Center, additional reviews of the facility use over the past several years and enrollment projections, the University determined it was prudent to explore the sale of the Proctorville Center, the university said in a news release.