“We recognize the value higher education has on a community and we worked with USU to substantially discount the price so they could acquire the building within their budget,” said Joe Kingsley, senior partner with the investment and development company.
Steve Hawks, executive director and associate dean for the Moab center, praised the working relationship with Joe Kingsley and his associates.
“The purchase of this building is a needed next step to meet the demands of growing enrollments in our community. For the immediate future, we are adding four classrooms and four administrative offices in the new building,” Hawks said. “Enrollments at the Moab Center have seen significant increases, more than doubling in the past two years. Much of this growth is due to new full-time faculty members, degree programs, certificates, and pre-requisite classes that have never been available in our community. These programs include medical assisting, certified nursing assistant, criminal justice, social work, and recreation resource management. In the near future we will be able to offer such classes as microbiology and physiology.”
Hawks added, “The purchase of this building does not stop the vision of having a regional campus in our community. If anything the new building allows us to grow and build programs, faculty, and a larger body of students. Our vision remains the same and that is to have a college campus south of Moab within the next several years.”