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PSU needs agreement change for Dickinson law school shift

By , - Last modified: September 28, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Penn State's consolidation of first-year Dickinson School of Law students to the University Park campus would require approval because of an agreement for state redevelopment money, officials said Thursday night in Carlisle.

The Cumberland County Redevelopment Authority held a special meeting of its board Thursday night but did not take action on the matter.

Dean Philip McConnaughay stumped for the idea to consolidate first-year students away from Carlisle during the meeting in a packed room in Lewis Katz Hall.

Many in attendance adamantly questioned whether the Carlisle site — with its economic impact on the community — could stay viable without first-year students attending.

The authority expects the institution to formally ask it to waive language that calls for a presence of students in their first, second and third years of law school at the midstate campus, said Ben Laudermilch, executive director of the Cumberland County Housing and Redevelopment Authorities.

Officials allocated $25 million in state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program money for renovations at the law school campus, he said.


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