Board of Regents to meet in Grand Island
July 21, 2006 -- The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will hold its annual Greater Nebraska community visit and board meeting on Friday, July 28, at Central Community College in Grand Island. Board Chair Jim McClurg said, “These visits allow us to draw more focus on the interests of Nebraska communities and their relationship with the University of Nebraska.” Activities include a community breakfast, panel discussions on regional economic development and workforce development, and tours of two local businesses, Hornaday Manufacturing and Chief Industries.

The Board meeting agenda includes approval of budget and capital requests for the 2007-09 biennium, and the proposed College of Public Health.

Meeting highlights
Student Center, Central Community College
Grand Island, Nebraska

8:00 a.m. – Community breakfast and dialogue with President James B. Milliken
Open to the public – to attend, call 800 542 1602

9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Education Issues: Developing Nebraska’s Talent for the 21st Century
Facilitator: Joe Rowson, Coordinator, Nebraska P-16 Initiative
Panelists: Steve Joel, Superintendent, Grand Island Public Schools Lynn Cronk, President, Grand Island School Board Dan Naranjo, Community Education Leader, Grand Island

10:45 – noon Economic Development Issues: Progressive Regional Economic Development
Facilitator: Pete Kotsiopulos, Vice President for University Affairs
Panelists: Marlan Ferguson, President, Grand Island Economic Development Corporation Jeff Kelly, President, Kelly Supply Company, Grand Island Tami Slater, President, Chief Automotive, Grand Island Duane Kristensen, Manager, Chief Ethanol Plant, Hastings

1:00 p.m. Board meeting
Items of interest on the agenda include:

Proposed College of Public Health at UNMC
The proposed new college will address the increased need for public health services, education and professionals in Nebraska. Critical issues of biosecurity, emerging diseases, and health risks such as obesity and substance abuse will be addressed through interdisciplinary initiatives that leverage existing programs at UNMC, UNO, UNL and UNK. Nationally, there are only 38 accredited colleges or schools of public health, with a huge void in the north central region of the U.S. The potential for additional collaborations across state lines is significant.

2007-09 Biennial Capital Budget Request
The university’s capital requests, totalling $28.5 million, include:
  • A new Student Information System, which will serve all undergraduate, graduate and professional students on all four campuses, and
  • Four Greater Nebraska agricultural-related projects:
  • The High Plains Agricultural Laboratory at Sidney, a world-class dry-land crop research and extension venue. Field-based research facilities are excellent, but expanded laboratory, office and classroom space is needed. There is significant potential for large-scale educational events at this location such as the annual Crop Management School.
  • Renovation of the Haskell Building at the Northeast Research and Extension Center at Concord is needed to address structural deficiencies.
  • Both the Ag Research and Development Center at Mead’s Dairy Research Unit and its Swine Facilities would be replaced with modern facilities that will enhance research that benefits Nebraska swine and dairy producers. These include a milking parlor; calving, loafing and nutrition barn; new feed storage buildings; offices and research space; and a modern 850-sow farrow-to-finish facility. Facilities will be designed to address waste management and environmental issues faced by Nebraska swine producers.
FY 2008 and FY 2009 Biennium Budget Request
The biennium budget request reflects a 6.5 percent increase in state funding for FY 2008 and a 4.0 percent increase in FY 2009. The request includes funds for faculty salary initiatives designed to move NU faculty salaries to the mid-point of each campus’ peer institutions. It also includes a $3 million request for “Investing in Nebraska’s Future” initiatives in the areas of public health, agriculture, life sciences, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) educational programs at the K-college levels.
The budget request reflects additional investment in student and faculty diversity and in the university’s Programs of Excellence.
The budget request does not include salary and benefit increases, which will be submitted in January 2007. Revenue projections do not include changes in tuition.
LB 605 Financing
This represents the first phase of financing which will create $175 million of facilities improvements and renovations covering all four campuses. This major strategic initiative of the Board will encompass 17 buildings and infrastructure projects and greatly enhances the ability of the University to meet its teaching, research and outreach missions. It is key in recruitment and retention of students, faculty and staff.
Other items of interest
Discontinue the UNL Panhandle Learning Center in Scottsbluff. Programs and services delivered at the PLC are no longer needed due to new program delivery technologies or are available through other sources.
Approve the reappointment of Howard L. Hawks to serve on the Ak-Sar-Ben Future Trust Board of Directors as the University of Nebraska’s representative for a term of two years.
The following tours are open to the public and the news media. Transportation is available for those who wish to attend.

2:30-3:15 p.m. Tour of Central Community College
Tour led by Dr. G. Eric Jones, Dean of Educational Services at Central Community College

3:30-4:15 p.m. Tour of Hornady Manufacturing

4:30-5:45 p.m. Tour division of Chief Industries

For information:
Sharon Stephan
(402) 472 7554 or
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