NORTHERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Minutes of the Special Meeting of
Wednesday, June 30, 2004
A special conference call meeting of the Board of Trustees of Northern Michigan University was held on Wednesday, June 30, 2004, in the Board of Trustees Meeting Room, 602 Cohodas Administrative Center, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan. The meeting was convened at 9:07 a.m. by Chair Mary Campbell.
Trustees present included: Mary L. Campbell, Chair (via conference call)
Alan T. Ackerman (via conference call)
Scott L. Holman (via conference call)
Larry C. Inman (via conference call)
Mary C. Lukens (via conference call)
Michael J. Roy, Interim President (ex officio)
Leslie E. Wong, President-Elect (ex officio)
Trustees absent included: Samuel S. Benedict
Douglas B. Roberts
Karl A. Weber
Board staff present included:
Pamalene Grundstrom, Executive Assistant to the President and Secretary of the Board
R. Gavin Leach, Acting Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Board
Thomas Hustoles, representing Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone (via conference call)
David Haynes, University Lobbyist (via conference call)
President-Elect Wong presented the following resolution for consideration by the Board of Trustees. He thanked the NMU team for their work in drafting the resolution. Chair Campbell also acknowledged Dr. Wong for his efforts in developing this proposal. Discussion followed and action was taken:
Ms. Lukens moved that the resolution be approved. It was supported by Mr. Inman. On a roll-call vote, the Board voted as follows:
The resolution was thus approved unanimously.
R E S O L U T I O N
Northern Michigan University
Board of Trustees
WHEREAS, on December 19, 2003 the Michigan Legislature sent to the Governor a bill that the Governor signed (now P.A. 237 of 2003) on December 22, 2003. This public act said that each state university must certify to the state budget director "that it did not adopt an increase in tuition and fee rates for resident undergraduate students after December 1, 2003 for the 2003-2004 academic year and that it will not adopt tuition and fee rate increases for resident undergraduate students for the 2004-2005 academic year that exceed the projected fiscal year 2004-2005 increase in the Detroit consumer price index…". This public act was signed December 29, 2003 but was made retroactive to December 1; and
WHEREAS, Northern Michigan University has kept to the spirit and intent of this public act by keeping tuition low. Northern's total tuition and fee increase for this past year was nine (9) percent and this includes a mid-year increase of 2.1 percent that was voted on December 12, 2003. This was the third lowest increase of the state universities and Northern remains second lowest in tuition and fees of the state universities; and
WHEREAS, unless the law is amended, Northern will not receive the three (3) percent restoration of the previous five (5) percent reduction (P.A. 237 of 2003) and will have an additional three (3) percent reduction in our state appropriation. The dollar impact on Northern is $2.8 million; and
WHEREAS, Northern will not know the final legislation for qualifying for tuition restraint incentive funds to receive the three percent restoration of our 2003-2004 state appropriation as of the required filing date of June 30, 2004 for the Form on Reporting Tuition for Qualifying for Tuition Restraint Incentive Funds;
THEREFORE, IT IS RESOLVED THAT, if a rebate is required to comply with P.A. 237 of 2003 and/or as superseded and/or amended in the final Higher Education Appropriation Act for fiscal year 2004-2005 as amended, a rebate be issued to resident undergraduate students for the Winter 2004 tuition and fee increase that was approved on December 12, 2003 and for which payment was received; and
IT IS RESOLVED THAT the Winter 2004 resident undergraduate tuition and fee rebate be mailed to students after the final Higher Education Appropriation Act for fiscal year 2004-2005 is signed by the Governor and subject to the final legislation, including receiving the rebate of three (3) percent of our 2003-2004 appropriation and no further reductions in our state appropriation for fiscal years 2003-2004 and 2004-2005; and
IT IS RESOLVED THAT the 2004-2005 annual resident undergraduate tuition and fee rate increase comply with P.A. 237 of 2003 (Section 452)(1) and/or as superseded and/or amended in the final Higher Education Appropriation Act for fiscal year 2004-2005 under the circumstances previously defined; and
IT IS RESOLVED THAT the 2004-2005 annual resident undergraduate tuition and fee rate increase no more than $250 and President Wong implement the tuition and fee rate based on compliance with the final fiscal year 2004-2005 Higher Education Appropriation Act under the circumstances previously defined; and
IT IS RESOLVED THAT the 2004-2005 annual resident and nonresident graduate and nonresident undergraduate tuition and fee rates increase no more than $350 and President Wong implement the tuition and fee rate once the resident undergraduate tuition and fee rate is established.
Adopted this 30th day of June, 2004, at Marquette, Michigan.
/signed/ Mary L. Campbell, Chair
Board of Trustees
Chair Campbell adjourned the meeting at 9:22 a.m.
Pamalene R. Grundstrom, Secretary of the Board