NMU Board Approves General Fund Budget
The NMU Board of Trustees has approved a $108 million general fund operating budget for 2012-13, an increase of nearly $4.5 million, or 4.3 percent, from the previous year. Most of the change can be attributed to increases related to contractual obligations, health care, student assessment and compliance, support for student programming/activities and inflationary adjustments for utility and maintenance agreements.
In other action at today’s meeting, the board:
▪Voted to rename the Jacobetti Center the Jacobetti Complex, effective Oct. 1.
▪Approved restructuring within Academic Affairs so that Admissions and Financial Aid will report directly to the Office of the President, with functional supervision provided by the provost.
▪Participated in a focus discussion that outlined strategy development related to enrollment.
▪Agreed to purchase a tower site being abandoned by the DNR in Negaunee Township at a cost not to exceed $20,000 to strengthen the university’s WiMAX signal in the area.
▪Approved a resolution to charter Experiencia Preparatory Academy in urban southwestern Detroit, with an opening of September 2013. Experiencia was developed by a non-profit organization and will utilize education service provider CS Partners to support financial matters, human resources and curriculum. The emphasis will be on applied learning opportunities in the community through business and organizational partnerships.
▪Appointed the following board members for public school academies: Richard Aginian, Norman Bent, Heather Gardner, Norma Hernandez and Julianne Polgar for Experiencia Preparatory Academy; and Lorana Jinkerson for North Star Academy.
▪Approved the following schedule of Thursday-Friday meeting dates for the 2013 calendar year: Feb. 14-15; May 2-3; July 11-12; Sept. 26-27; and Dec. 12-13.
▪Accepted more than $58,000 in external grants and $12,000 in gifts, including a Baldwin grand piano.
▪Elected L. Garnet Lewis as chair of the board and Rick Popp as vice chair for the 2013 calendar year.
▪Recognized two trustee emeriti: Larry Inman (pictured center with NMU Interim President David Haynes and NMU Board of Trustees Chair Brian Cloyd) and Douglas Roberts. Both of their terms expired in 2010.