- Associated Press - Saturday, October 22, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Delta State University will tear down its president’s house and build a new one.

College Board trustees approved demolition plans for the 1956 structure Thursday. Delta State President William LaForge says demolition work will start soon, and the university will be seeking state bond money from the Legislature next year to build a replacement, currently estimated to cost $1.7 million.

LaForge says the house on the Cleveland campus is infested with mold inside and out and also has experienced structural problems. Former President John Hilpert lived in the house until he retired from Delta State in 2013.

Public university presidents are typically required to live on campus. LaForge says he’s currently living in an older house built in 1927 for a previous president.


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