“We’ve achieved a balanced budget without furloughs or layoffs due to the hard work of our Budget Work Group,” said President Stephen J. Kopp. “These group members include faculty, staff, students and administrators who have worked tirelessly in addition to their regular duties, alongside the finance and budget offices, to prepare the budget. All of us at Marshall owe them our thanks.”
“It was truly a collaborative effort,” said Mary Ellen Heuton, Marshall’s chief financial officer. “We needed to overcome a reduction of nearly $900 per West Virginia student in state appropriations in just the last two years.”
The budget includes a tuition increase of about 4 to 6 percent for undergraduate students, which is $155 per semester for full-time, in-state students, $290 per semester for out-of-state students and $325 per semester for students in the “metro” areas in Kentucky and Ohio. Tuition for graduate students will increase similarly, from 4 to 6 percent, with a few exceptions in the professional schools.
“Marshall University continues to be an outstanding value for students in this region,” Kopp said. “Although we never like to take the action of raising tuition, the university is faced with cuts in state appropriations for the second year in a row. This budget will allow us to continue to provide outstanding education and student support services while keeping Marshall on sound financial footing.”
The board also approved new policies for promotion, tenure and salaries for faculty members, which had been passed previously by the university’s Faculty Senate. Board members elected Mike Sellards as the next chairman of the board, which will become effective at the June meeting. He succeeds Dr. Joe Touma, whose term as chairman is expiring, although he remains a member of the board.
Also at the meeting, the board approved proposals to plan three new degree programs: a Bachelor of Arts in the Arts; a Bachelor of Arts in Sport Management; and a Master of Science in Computer Science.
Dr. Andrew Nichols, a Marshall College of Information Technology and Engineering associate professor and a traffic engineer, was recognized by Dr. Paul Hill, chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, for his research to make roadways safer and more efficient. Nichols was featured on the cover of the most recent issue of Neuron, the West Virginia journal of science and research.