RSU names new library for state senator

Monday, October 27th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) -- Rogers State University named its new library Monday for the state senator and alumnus who helped make it a four-year institution.

The $4 million, 45,000-square-foot Stratton Taylor Library stands three stories and also contains classrooms and faculty offices.

Taylor, D-Claremore, is a 1976 graduate and the author of more than a dozen bills that helped lead to the transformation of the former junior college into a regional university.

"This impressive library and learning resource center was made possible in large part by the diligence and hard work of Stratton Taylor," RSU President Joe Wiley said.

About 400 people attended Monday's naming ceremony.

A resolution stating the name of the new library was approved by the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents, who met Monday in Claremore.

Taylor is president pro tem emeritus of the state Senate and currently serves as chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. He is the founding partner in a Claremore law firm.

The new library, which is expected to open in January, is more than double the size of the current facility.