Lincoln, NE -- The agenda for the University of Nebraska Board of Regents meeting in Grand Island on July 28 has been expanded to include three new items and one revised item. One item has been withdrawn until the September meeting. In addition, President J.B. Milliken has asked UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck to provide a brief report to the Board of Regents on the planning process that is in place at UNO with regard to athletics. This includes moving ahead with a balanced budget, strategy on conference affiliation issues and analysis of Division II and Division I membership. President Milliken has asked Chancellor Belck to provide a more detailed report of plans and possible recommendations at the Board\'s next regular meeting in September. "UNO athletics are a vital component of the campus and the community," Milliken said. "We need to be focused on how to move forward with a balanced budget and continued success for our programs and student athletes."
The board will consider a three-year extension of President J.B. Milliken's contract, to July 31, 2010. Milliken was hired in 2004. His original three-year contract called for a performance review before the end of the second year; that review has been completed under the direction of the board's executive committee. Following the review, the executive committee recommended that Milliken's contract be extended three additional years, and that his salary for 2006-07 be increased by 4.5 percent to $293,436.
"J.B. has provided exemplary leadership, and both the university and the state are fortunate to have him," said board chair Jim McClurg. He added, "The university's strategic framework, which was developed under his guidance, has set the vision for building a greater university, and he has actively engaged the whole state in his leadership."
The board will also vote on program statements for the 2007-09 capital construction budget requests: a new university-wide student information system, and the UNL Greater Nebraska projects to upgrade three agricultural research and extension facilities. Program statements must be submitted to the Coordinating Commission on Post-Secondary Education with the budget request. (The agenda had previously included the budget requests but not the program statements. The budget request for the Greater Nebraska projects (addendum X-B-1) has also been changed, reflecting an increase from $13.5 million to $14.3 million.
An agenda item to discontinue the UNL Panhandle Learning Center has been moved to the September board agenda.
The board meeting will be held at 1:00 p.m. at Central Community College in Grand Island.