The UK-based University of Warwick has announced that it plans on establishing a new campus in Placer County, California, just outside of Sacramento.
The new campus is expected to hold up to 6,00 students, according to The Sacramento Bee. The campus will be built on farmland just west of Roseville California and will be the first major university in Placer County.
Some 16 months after being recruited in person by Placer officials, the University of Warwick in Coventry, England, said its governing council signed off on the campus. It will be on land donated by a partnership led by the family of Angelo K. Tsakopoulos.
The Tsakopoulos family is one of the leading land developers in Sacramento. With the a development of the new campus, it is hoped that it sparks a building boom in the area, benefiting land developers in the area.
Kirk Uhler, chairman of the Placer County Board of Supervisors, believes it will be a "couple of years" before the first buildings on the campus are built.
According to a Rocklin Today press release, the organization behind the movement to get the University of Warwick campus in Placer County is the non-profit University Development Trust. The organization is co-chaired by Kyriakos Tsakopoulos, son of Angelo, who believes the news of the Universities decision to build a campus in Placer is "a tremendous step forward for the Greater Sacramento area."
The effort to attract a major private university to Placer County began more than 15 years ago, fueled by a commitment to donate 1,159 acres just west of Roseville to be used for a campus and an adjacent community. The donation in December 2012 from the Sofia and Angelo K. Tsakopoulos Family, William and Claudia Cummings, the Wayne L. Prim Family and more than 40 partners in the Placer 2780 Partnership.
Of the 1,159 acres, half will be used for the university while the other half will be used to develop businesses and homes. The proceeds from the business and home development will go towards the university campus development.
Gust Thomson of the Auburn Journal reports that Warwick University is the third university to show interest in Placer County over the past 15 years. In December of 2012, the 1,159 acres were donated for the purpose of building a campus, which heightened the value of what Placer County could offer universities.
Philadelphia's Drexel University passed on the property in 2011. Before Drexel, the Christian Brothers organization, which runs St. Mary's College in Moraga, had expressed serious interest in the property. They bowed out in 2004.
Warwick University originally became interested in 2013, which was the start of a lengthy process to bring the UK University 5,200 miles to Placer County.
"(The goal is) a university that exists in many locations, does research in many locations and produces globally aware students able to thrive wherever in the world they decide to study, research and work,"
Warwick University is one of the United Kingdom's leading universities and known well for its teaching, research and innovation in education.