Former Gov. Glendening discusses plans for the new
 student services building with St. Mary’s College of
 Maryland President O’Brien, rising seniors Matthew J.
 Fafoutis (left) and Kathya M. Orellana (center), and recent
 graduate Meghan A. Sullivan (far right).

Former Governor Parris Glendening was given an early look last week at new Glendening Hall at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM). One of the College’s latest construction projects, Glendening Hall has been named in honor of the former governor in recognition of his commitment to St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Former Gov. Glendening was accompanied on the tour by Maryland Department of General Services Secretary Alvin C. Collins, President Jane Margaret O’Brien, and members of her cabinet.

During his second term, Glendening budgeted over $635 million for Maryland colleges and universities to improve the quality of and access to higher education. Due to his leadership while governor, $65 million was allocated for the Maryland Heritage Project, the largest capital project in the history of SMCM and Historic St. Mary’s City. “As a former professor and as governor, Glendening dedicated his energy to improving higher education,” said President O’Brien. “Glendening Hall is a testament to his legacy.”

Glendening Hall, which measures 25,940 square feet, will operate as the student services building on campus. It will house the registrar’s office, residence life offices, human resources, the business office, financial aid, career services, academic services, international education, and associate provost offices. The building “will be a model for how educational services are provided,” said O’Brien. “We want to minimize students’ time and maximize their opportunities.”

The design and construction of the new hall follows LEED environmental guidelines, thus contributing to the College’s commitment to sustainability. Glendening, who passed Smart Growth initiatives to support existing infrastructures and preserve natural resources, is pleased that Glendening Hall follows LEED standards. The building will open for the spring 2009 semester.