The University of Utah presidential house will get dolled up for its new tentant.

The state Board of Regents, in its monthly meeting held at Dixie College Friday, approved spending $160,801 to remodel and repair the U. president's official residence.Earlier this month, the U. Institutional Council, the university's governing body, agreed with U. administrators that the home needed to be fixed up before the U. gets a new president at its helm.

U. President Chase N. Peterson retires June 30, and a search is under way for his successor.

The 8,578 square-foot house, which sits on 1.3 acres adjacent to the campus, was donated to the U. by Utah industrialist Jospeh Rosenblatt in 1985.

Some minor remodeling was done on the house after it was donated, but it has been the site for 375 university-related functions, attended by more than 15,000 people, and is in need of more extensive repairs and improvements, said a report presented to the regents.

Among the remodeling and improvements will be landscaping changes, work on the pool and poolhouse, installation of new carpets and floor coverings, painting of the house's interior and addition of new furnishings.