Foss Hall (built in 1963), VCSU’s music building, sits directly on the banks of the Sheyenne River. As the City of Valley City moved forward with permanent flood protection—protecting the city and the VCSU campus—Foss Hall is now located on the wrong side of the newly constructed flood wall.

To protect students and state assets, VCSU believes Foss Hall must be razed and its functions replaced elsewhere on campus. The proposed Communication and Fine Arts Building will replace Foss Hall and consolidate the art and music programs in one facility, which will also include the Communication Arts Department. Every student completing the general education program at VCSU will take at least two courses in this building. By shuffling classrooms and offices, this will also allow for the razing of McCarthy Hall.

Estimated at $32.3 million, a new Communication and Fine Arts Building will allow VCSU to retire $12.9 million in deferred maintenance by razing both Foss and McCarthy halls.

Aerial Video of Foss Hall and Flood Wall

Office Information

Dr. Alan LaFave  

Executive Assistant
Rhonda Fairfield
Office Location
McFarland 216

Office Hours
Academic Year
7:45 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Mailing Address
Office of the President
Valley City State University
101 College Street SW
Valley City, ND 58072