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June 24, 2016
Northwest Missouri State University’s Board of Regents approved the University’s 2016-2017 budget during its regular meeting Friday, which also included a review of Northwest’s recently completed campus master plan.
The Board unanimously approved the budget, which includes the Education & General (E&G) Budget and the Auxiliary Services Budget, totaling about $123 million.
The total budget includes an increase in state core appropriations and funds allocated for repairs to the University’s historic Administration Building. It also addresses mandatory expense increases, cost-of-living adjustments and targeted market-based adjustments for employees as well as funding for capital and deferred maintenance needs and investments in strategic objectives.
The approved budget reflects Northwest’s focus on access, affordability, quality, overall student success indicators and reallocations to support the University’s strategy. It also reflects the University’s decision to hold tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year and implement student-supported fees tied to the campus master plan, technology upgrades and enhancing campus climate. It also includes funding to increase scholarship support and cover mandatory expenses.
Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski and Vice President of Finance Stacy Carrick also reviewed with the Board an executive summary of the completed campus master plan. Northwest began collaborating on the plan with Ayers Saint Gross, a Baltimore-based master planning and architectural firm, during the spring of 2015. It was developed from analysis and focus group interviews with more than 30 different stakeholder groups throughout the campus as well as feedback recorded during public forums and Board presentations.
The resulting plan, Jasinski explained, aligns with Northwest’s strategic plan and Forever Green capital campaign. It outlines key opportunities and constraints the University faces with facilities and space usage. The plan serves as a framework for near-term and long-term investments, Jasinski said, and the University is now moving into an analysis and implementation phase.
“We will be practical, utilize our existing resources wisely and enhance our living and learning environment,” Jasinski said. “Not every recommendation will be enacted, but this provides a guidepost for us that will help focus our capital efforts tied to our strategic plan.”
Among other agenda items, the Board approved the appointments of 261 faculty members for the 2016-2017 academic year. Additionally, the Board approved the renewal of an agreement between Northwest and the Northwest Foundation, which oversees and manages private donations in support of the University.
The Board reelected Dr. Pat Harr as its chair and Gene Dorrel as vice chair. Each is scheduled to serve a two-year term, per Board bylaws.
Northwest leaders and Board members also recognized Regent Joe Bosse for his six-year commitment to serving on the University’s governing board. Although his term expired in January, Bosse had opted to remain on the Board and decided Friday’s meeting would be his last. Jasinski and Carrick recognized Bosse, who served as the Board’s Finance Committee chair, by reciting a Top 10 list of Bosse’s contributions, which included helping to grow the E&G budget by nearly 18 percent and financial assistance by more than 80 percent, initiating and completing major capital projects totaling nearly $25 million, and increasing the institution’s overall financial health.
“I was a small, small part of it, but it’s been a great thrill to be a part of it and watch it work,” Bosse said. “The leadership comes from the faculty, staff and the Board.”
The Board of Regents is responsible for sound resource management of the University and determining general, educational and financial policies.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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