Cruzado defends $32 million Romney renovation

Montana State University’s president says renovating Romney Hall isn’t sexy, it’s mundane deferred maintenance.

At the Montana Board of Regents meeting Wednesday in Havre, MSU President Waded Cruzado defended the Bozeman campus’ request to the governor and 2019 Legislature for $32 million to modernize the historic building and turn it into classrooms.

Given the huge hurdles facing any major construction projects in the 2019 Legislature, some regents asked whether the University System would be smart to move $57 million for deferred maintenance at the top of their buildings wish list, instead of the $93.9 million for the top 10 major construction projects.