NMU’s budget approved by trustees

The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees approved the university’s budget Friday.

The approved a $110.5 million general fund operating budget for the current fiscal year, which is a $2.5 million increase from last year.  The increase comes from contractual obligations and inflation adjustments.

The board also approved a five-year master plan for facilities and the 2014-15 capital outlay project request.  They are both required annual by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget.

NMU’s top three projects are: renovation and addition to the Learning Resources Center; an academic facilities upgrade project involving Forest Roberts Theatre, the McClintock Building and the Physical Education Instructional Facility (PEIF); and the renovation of Cohodas Hall.

The finance committee was updated on two current construction projects on campus:  the Jamrich Hall, and the privately funded Wahtera Pavilion at the site of the former Carey Hall.

The board also elected Rick Popp as board chair and Sook Wilkinson as vice chair for the 2014 calendar year, accepted about $7,400 in items gifted to NMU, participated in a focus discussion on the Academic Quality Improvement Program, and listed to a letter read by Popp recognizing legendary football coach Buck Nystrom for his contributions to the football program, university, and community.