Texas State University will designate the Freeman Ranch as a University-level Center that will report to the Associate Vice President for Research and Federal Relations (AVPR). The primary mission of the new Center will be to compliment the research and teaching functions of the University and Mr. Joel Bach will serve as the Managing Director. The Center will support research by cultivating opportunities that can be disseminated to faculty based on their expertise and by facilitating approved and funded proposals submitted by individual researchers. Non-funded research may be accommodated as well if it is part of a plan to seek external funding. The AVPR will approve research and educational activities conducted at Freeman Ranch and therefore all requests must be made to that office in writing well in advance of the planned activity. A broad summary of long term goals has been developed in conjunction with the principal stakeholders. Specific details and policies will be developed and communicated as we complete the transition to a University-level Center.
As part of the strategic plan to increase all research activity at Texas State, the AVPR will implement the following actions. Some may occur immediately, while others will be transitional and/or accomplished when funds become available in the future.
1) Approximately 80 % of the land will be designated as a multi-purpose, multi-disciplinary Long-Term Research & Demonstration Site.
2) The remaining 20% of the land will be maintained as a flex area and to house existing building and other structures.
3) A buffer zone around the current 5-acre Forensic Anthropology Research Facility (FARF) will be created to allow for its future expansion.
4) The construction of the planned new multi-use building will be completed.
5) Collaborative research projects with other institutions and agencies will be fostered and continued.
Teaching and Training Activities
All teaching and training activities conducted at Freeman Ranch must be approved by the AVPR in advance of the event(s). The departmental units should provide a schedule of teaching/training activities at the beginning of each semester and the instructor of record should coordinate with the Managing Director prior to the actual event.
The AVPR is keenly aware of Texas State’s obligation to be a good steward of this magnificent university resource. The goal is to provide an outstanding research and educational environment for all Texas State University faculty, students and staff. We are very excited about the future of Freeman Ranch and we look forward to working cooperatively with all interested individuals.