MSU Regents approve 2016-17 operating budget; name Doan as Founders Award recipient

Staff Report

MOREHEAD – Morehead State University’s Board of Regents approved a $150.9 million operating budget and the selection of Myron Doan for the Founders Award during its quarterly meeting held Friday.

The Board approved a $150.9 million operating budget – a decrease of $6.8 million or 4.3 percent – for the 2016-17 academic year. The budget also includes a 5.33 percent tuition increase for undergraduate and graduate students along with a 4.0 percent increase in student housing.

Doan retired from MSU in 2004 after 34 years of service. A native of Falmouth, he was a two-time MSU graduate. Doan began his MSU career in 1971 at WMKY and joined the Student Life staff in 1985 as assistant to the vice president and was named dean of students in 1993, serving in that capacity until his retirement in November 2004.

He also was cheerleading coach. Under Doan, the coed squad captured 13 national championships, while the all-girl squad added six national championships. He was named Cheerleader Magazine’s Coach of the Year in 2002, was inducted into the MSU Hall of Fame in 2004 and the University’s cheerleading practice room was named in his honor in 2006.

The Regents recognized outgoing Board member Austin Casebolt of Pikeville, student regent, for his service to the University.

Paul C. Goodpaster, regent chair, tabled a vote on personnel policies PAc-22 and PAc-26 until the September meeting; however, the Board of Regents approved PG-63 concerning employee furloughs.

The Board approved the fee schedule and personnel roster as well as ratified personnel actions, awarded degrees to the 2016 spring graduates, approved minimum scope of the annual audit, and accepted the third quarter financial report and amended operating budget.

The Regents heard reports on 2016 final spring enrollment; personal service contracts; and a recap of Student Government Association activities for the academic year.

The Board approved tenure with promotion to professors to Steve Chen, sports management (SBA); Sam Nataraj, computer information systems (SEIS); Christopher Schroeder, mathematics; and Lucy Mays, nursing (ADN). They approved granting tenure and the rank of professor to Dr. Charles Lydeard, Department of Biology and Chemistry chair.

The Regents approved the granting of emeritus status to L. K. Williams, professor of accounting; C. Steven Hunt, professor of information systems; James Knoll, department chair of early childhood, elementary and special education and professor; Suanne Blair, assistant professor of music; Susan Creasap, associate director of bands and professor of music; John Hennen, professor of history; Sarah Morrison, professor of English; Barb Lewis, associate professor of veterinary technology; and Charles Mason, professor of geoscience.

The Board also approved a request to locally manage capital construction projects and authorized phase II of the parking garage/dining commons facility.

Wayne Martin, vice chair, reported on the president’s annual evaluation and noted Dr. Andrew’s contract calls for an annual retention bonus, which the president requested to be withheld given current budget circumstances. Martin also announced the new campus residence hall will be named the Wayne D. and Susan H. Andrews Hall to honor their service to MSU.

Dr. Andrews presented his goals for the 2016-17 academic year, which were approved by the Board.

The next quarterly meeting will be Friday, Sept. 30.

Staff Report

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