University Of San Francisco Buys Historic Folger Building

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The University of San Francisco has announced plans to establish a campus downtown in the historic, red brick Folger Coffee Company Building.

USF purchased the historic property at 101 Howard Street for almost $37 million so that it could move some of its business and technology programs into the city’s financial district, said spokeswoman Anne-Marie Devine.

“We’re not focusing on an increased number of students, but what programs make most sense to be down in the center of the city,” she said.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

The partial move to a location more accessible by public transit also marks a return to the Jesuit institution’s downtown origins.

The University of San Francisco opened in 1855 at the corner of Market and Fourth streets before eventually building the current campus clustered around St. Ignatius Catholic Church on Fulton Street north of the Panhandle.

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  • moravecglobal

    University of California (UC) picks the pockets of Californians, foreign, out-of-state students clean. UC shouldn’t come to the Governor or public for support. (The author has 35 years’ consulting experience, has taught at UC Berkeley (Cal) where he observed the culture & way senior management work)

    University of California Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau ($500,000 salary) has forgotten that he is a public servant, steward of the public money, not overseer of his own fiefdom. These are not isolated examples: recruits (uses California tax $) out of state $50,600 tuition students that displace qualified Californians from Cal. public university education; spends $7,000,000 + for consultants to do his & many vice chancellors jobs (prominent East Coast university accomplishing same 0 cost); pays ex Michigan governor $300,000 for lectures; in procuring a $3,000,000 consulting firm he failed to receive proposals from other firms; Latino enrollment drops while out of state jumps 2010 (M Krupnick Contra Costa Times); ranked # 70 USA best universities Forbes; tuition to Return on Investment drops below top 10; QS academic ranking falls below top 10; only 50 attend Birgeneau all employees meeting; visits down 20%; absence Cal. senior management control NCAA places basketball program on probation.

    It’s all shameful. There is no justification for such violations by a steward of the public trust. Absolutely none.

    Birgeneau’s irregularities continue. Governor Brown, UC Board of Regents Chair Lansing must do a better job of vigorously enforcing stringent oversight than has been done in the past over Chancellor Birgeneau who uses the campus as his fiefdom.

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