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Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024
The Observer

ND: Satellite campus seems unlikely

The proposal to establish a Notre Dame satellite campus in an Indianapolis suburb is a very recent development with very remote prospects, University spokesman Matt Storin said.

Initiated Monday by Carmel mayor Jim Brainard, the plan struck Notre Dame as an "entirely new proposal" Storin said.

"There really has been no discussion here within the administration," he said.

Brainard agreed that talks have been preliminary, but added that he "look[ed] forward to working with officials at Notre Dame" to advance the project. He said he would advocate an extension of Notre Dame's business school and an architecture laboratory for the new campus.

However, he said no timeframe had yet to be established, and declined to comment on how University officials reacted to his ideas.

"Until we get farther along, that's all I can say," he said.

Storin said that due to the family image and close campus atmosphere that Notre Dame tries to foster, the possibility of an extensive satellite was fairly unlikely.

"It would be, at most, a very limited facility if it ever came to fruition," he said.

Sheila Flynn contributed to this report.