WMU News

West Hills Athletic Club given to WMU

December 11, 1998

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The Western Michigan University Board of Trustees Dec. 11 authorized the acceptance of two properties from West Hills Enterprises Inc. of Kalamazoo and in return created a charitable remainder trust that will benefit the properties' former owners.

The properties, known as West Hills Athletic Club and West Hills Professional Center, are both located on 11th Street in Oshtemo. West Hills Enterprises Inc. will continue to operate and manage the businesses with its current staff, according to University officials.

"We have no intention of doing anything that would disrupt the business operations at the athletic club or professional center," said WMU President Elson S. Floyd. "We will be maintaining the current staff, hours and programming at West Hills. In fact, we hope that our involvement, combined with West Hills Enterprises management, will make the operation even more attractive to West Hills members."

Robert Beam, WMU vice president for business and finance, went on to say that the University's athletic department has had a long-term relationship with the West Hills Athletic Club, using its facilities for the Bronco tennis teams. He said that WMU became interested in the property when it learned that the owners, Paul Coash and Robert W. McLean, were considering its sale.

"Because our current athletic and recreation facilities are stretched to capacity, we didn't want to see the West Hills Athletic Club sold to someone who might discontinue its operations. Besides our tennis teams, we have increased needs for facilities like this as a result of our increasing commitment to women's sports," Beam commented.

"We are absolutely delighted with this arrangement," said Coash and McLean. "This is a win-win situation for us, the members of West Hills Athletic Club, our employees and WMU.

Media contact: Matt Kurz, 616 387-8400, matt.kurz@wmich.edu

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