CARLISLE The board overseeing Penn State's Dickinson School of Law today voted to set aside consideration of a plan to create a second campus at University Park, and urged Penn State trustees to help fund a $50 million upgrade of the school's Carlisle campus.
The law school's board of governors voted 22 to 12 that new investment be put into the Carlisle campus. It called upon the state to provide $25 million and Penn State to contribute $10 million to upgrading the campus. The remaining $15 million would come from private fundraising efforts.
The board's resolution calls for the upgrade to be done by August 2008.
A committee established by the board to examine a proposal for a dual-campus school, with campuses in Carlisle and University Park, on Monday recommended that the idea be studied further.
The dual-campus proposal came about after a controversial recommendation by Penn State officials and law school Dean Philip McConnaughay to relocate the law school to State College, while retaining Carlisle as a satellite campus. That idea was strongly opposed by the Carlisle community, which has been Dickinson's home for 170 years.
The two-campus proposal, seen by some as a compromise plan, apparently didn't appeal to many trustees.
"We're not prepared at this point to do a second campus," said Lewis Katz, a Cherry Hill, N.J., lawyer who serves on the board of governors.