OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma state university could take control of the state’s college campuses and replace them with the university that’s in charge, according to a new report.
The report comes as the University of Oklahoma prepares to open a new facility in the state capital.
Mary Fallin announced a plan to hire hundreds of state employees in the new facility and put a campus in downtown Oklahoma City.
A new $5.6 billion budget is to be passed by the Legislature and signed into law.
With the governor’s signature, the university will take over operations and maintenance of the university and will hire about 400 new workers to work at the university’s new campus.
The report from the Oklahoma Higher Education Commission shows the university could begin taking over operations of the campus by March 2019.
If the plan moves forward, the new building would be the first of its kind in the country, according the report.
The university plans to hire a full-time faculty, a deputy vice president, a vice chancellor, and a deputy dean, the commission said.
According to the report, the plan is to add about 300 new full- and part-time jobs over the next five years.