UND’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences plans to ask the Legislature for $124 million for a new building, which officials said would help address the state’s shortage of health care workers.
A new building would enable the school to cope with more students, eliminate long-term maintenance costs associated with the existing 60-year-old building and potentially bring in more federal funds, the school’s Dean Joshua Wynne told the Herald editorial board Tuesday.
As a doctor and an educator, he said, he believes the need for the med school building is just as essential as transportation and other public services.
“This is not simply an educational proposal, or a higher education proposal,” he said. “This is infrastructure for the state of North Dakota, especially in the western counties of the state.