The board also approved a construction manager at risk for the project, scheduled to begin at the end of the 2019-20 academic year.
Grants were awarded in February 2019 for a variety of projects involving university faculty, staff and students.
The selection of the university's next chief executive officer is expected by late April or early May, with that individual going on the job on or about July 1.
To support their love of engineering and education, Jeff and Tina Ray created the Hopkins and Ray Engineering and Technology Endowed Scholarship to support students in WCU’s College of Engineering and Technology, for which Jeff Ray serves as dean.
Lauren Bryson is the first recipient of the Hopkins and Ray Engineering and Technology Endowed Scholarship.
The first cohort of students in the university's fourth doctoral-level program is expected to begin course work next fall.
Ben King, a 2011 WCU alumnus, founded Bryson City Outdoors in 2013 and is now one of three partners operating a home store on Main Street in Bryson City and the new outpost on campus.
The first round of voting for this year’s title, with WCU pitted against Appalachian State University, began Feb. 25 and continues until March 4.
WCU's Concert Choir will perform a song by Haywood County composer Margaret Stringfield that was published in 1939.