Regents approve security system for Eastcliff

Liz Kohman

The Board of Regents approved $120,000 of University funds to install a security system on the perimeter of President Mark Yudof’s University-owned Eastcliff residence Thursday.

“I’m glad we’re doing this,” said Regent David Metzen. He added that the events of the week showed how easily security could become a problem.

Most of the funds to improve or restore Eastcliff come from private donors, but the safety of the president and his residence is an obligation of the University, Metzen said.

The system includes electromagnetic perimeter sensors and motion sensors covering the swimming pool and tennis court. They will be hooked up to the University police station, so officers will be alerted immediately if there are any security problems.

Eastcliff is on the National Register of Historic Places, and Yudof uses the mansion to entertain for some University functions.

Eric Kruse, vice president for University services, said a home security system with cameras has already been installed, and a grounds security system was the next step.

He added that the installation is an attempt to be more proactive, and said trespassers have ended up on the grounds of Eastcliff before.

Besides voting in favor of the security system, the regents’ Facilities Committee also approved the construction of a University greenhouse at Southwest Research and Outreach Center in Lamberton, Minn.

-Liz Kohman