Enrollment Increases and Stadium Project Discussed at UF Board of Trustees Meeting
A strong summer enrollment, discussion on the status of the stadium project and the approval of the University’s first new Board of Trustees Chair in 13 years were among the items discussed at The University of Findlay’s Board of Trustees’ June meeting.
During the meeting, it was reported that summer 2014 enrollment is up 10 percent compared to enrollment for summer 2013. This increase marks the third consecutive semester that the University has experienced enrollment increases. The biggest area of increase this summer is in the international student population, with nearly double the number of international students – 295 compared to 150 last summer. The university is also predicting enrollment increases for the fall semester, which begins August 18.
In addition, the university’s retention rate for first-year students matriculating to their second year at UF also increased significantly – 85 percent for the 2014-15 academic year compared to 79 percent for the 2013-14 year.
The status of the stadium project was also discussed. According to Marty Terry, UF vice president for business affairs, the company UF was working with to establish online streaming and sponsorship opportunities for the lacrosse and football stadium, iGoHD, is facing unexpected delays in the implementation of its business plan for the project, including the signing of sponsorships. “As a result of the delays in the business plan, the University has ended its current affiliation with the company,” stated Terry. “It is clear that this project is a high priority for many of our students, alumni and community supporters, and we are considering alternative options for continuing with the project. We do not have a new timeline for construction.”
The Trustees also approved the budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year. With two months left in the fiscal year, the University is predicting finishing the 2013-14 budget well within budget.
In other business, A.R. Charnes’ nomination as Board of Trustees’ chair was approved. Brian Young was approved as vice chair; Sue Pirschel, secretary; and Martin Terry, treasurer. Each is a two-year term. Sierra Hutton was approved as undergraduate student trustee, and Robert Braylock was approved as graduate student trustee, each of which also is a two-year term
The following trustees were approved for election to the class of 2014-2017: James Appold, Pamela Beall, Mark Cassin, Clifford Cook, Craig Crotteau, Robert Fry, Michael Gardner, Kolleen Kirk, James Koehler II, Don Manley and Edward Rosenberry.
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