Monday, June 23, 2014  
Special Board of Trustees edition

Board sets budget, extends president's contract

BGSU trustees, at their final meeting of the fiscal year on June 19, extended the contract of President Mary Ellen Mazey for three years and granted her a 1 percent salary increase, effective Sept. 1.

Mazey was installed as BGSU president in 2011, with a five-year contract.

"President Mazey's passion and dedication to our University is unparalleled," said Board Chair Fran Voll. "We've been very pleased with her performance over the last three years and are delighted to extend her contract to ensure BGSU's progress continues."

In other action, the board set the educational and general operating budgets for the Bowling Green and BGSU Firelands campuses for fiscal year 2015. Tuition and general fees for both campuses, and room and board for the Bowling Green campus, are frozen for the 2014-15 academic year, based on earlier action by the board.

The Bowling Green campus budget of just under $274.3 million approved by the board includes an anticipated $60.4 million in State Share of Instruction (SSI), a reduction of 6.2 percent from last year. Fiscal year 2015 will be the second year of the state's significantly revised funding formula for higher education, which is expected to result in greater yearly funding fluctuations, according to Chief Financial Officer Sheri Stoll. Total resources overall for FY 2015 are expected to decrease by $6.3 million, or 2.2 percent.

The University will collect about $1.7 million from fees approved at the May board meeting. Enrollment is expected to remain relatively flat, with an overall decrease in tuition and instructional fees of about $2.9 million.

The BGSU Firelands budget of almost $13.4 million is based on an anticipated $4.4 million in SSI, an increase of $117,000, or 2.7 percent, over last fiscal year. Total tuition and fees are expected to decrease by $167,000, or 1.8 percent, from the previous year, reflecting a downturn in enrollment in 2014.

Budget priorities for both campuses for FY 2015 were mainly limited to salaries, benefits and a small increase to student scholarships. The collective bargaining agreement between BGSU and the faculty association calls for a 4.0 percent salary pool, with 1.0 percent across-the-board, 1.0 percent merit, 1.0 percent fixed market and 1.0 percent market pool; the funds for these increases come from reallocations. In addition, a 1.0 percent compensation pool was approved for all other employee groups, along with a small pool for salary adjustments for classified staff falling below their minimum classification salary levels.

The board did approve a tuition increase for BGSU's consortial undergraduate program in nursing with the University of Toledo, in keeping with Toledo's tuition rates and in accordance with the agreement between the schools. Fees were not raised at either institution. The increase amounts to about $93 per semester for 12 credit hours.

The trustees again turned their attention to the replacement of campus Greek housing, a $30 million project. Following their approval of funding for the architecture and design/build firms at the May meeting, the trustees voted to allocate just over $2 million for the next step in the process, the demolition of the old units and relocation of utilities in the area. The money will come from the Residence Life Renewal and Replacement Reserves.

Trustees Affirm Honors College structure, rename Firelands building

The West Building at BGSU Firelands will now be known as George Mylander Hall in honor of the longtime BGSU and Firelands supporter. The board of trustees approved the renaming on June 19.

A 1958 alumnus in business administration, Mylander's allegiance to BGSU has included both donations and leadership service. He recently made a $1 million commitment to the effort to expand and renovate the West Building to house the new Allied Health and Sciences program.

"George Mylander has been a role model for leadership and commitment to education for many years," Mazey said. "His remarkable generosity inspires us, and we are tremendously grateful for all he has done for BGSU and Firelands."

In other business, the trustees approved amendments to the Academic Charter creating the infrastructure for BGSU's newly formed Honors College, a cross-disciplinary undergraduate college organized similarly to the Graduate College.

According to the charter, faculty may be nominated as Honors Faculty by their department or program chair and will have joint affiliation with their contractual unit. The Honors Council, dean of the Honors College and dean of their home colleges must approve their nomination. Status as Honors Faculty will continue for three years after they begin teaching honors classes. Honors faculty may serve on the governing Honors Council, headed by the dean and composed of members from all the BGSU colleges and the libraries.

Also at the meeting, two incoming faculty administrators were granted full professorships with tenure by the trustees.

Dr. Raymond Craig, the new dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will begin his duties June 30. Craig will have tenure in the Department of English.

Dr. Zubair Mohamed was approved as associate dean in the College of Business Administration and a full professor with tenure in the Department of Management. Mohamed comes to BGSU from Western Kentucky University, where he is a University Distinguished Professor, chair of the management department and interim chair of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He taught at Western Kentucky for more than 25 years and has been an administrator for the past 10. He received his doctorate in business administration from the University of Kentucky; his bachelor's and master's degrees are in mechanical engineering.

Faculty conferred emeritus status

Fourteen faculty members who retired recently or will be retiring soon were granted emeritus status by the board of trustees June 19. Emeritus status is conferred in recognition of distinguished service to the University. To be designated as emeritus, individuals must have been at the University for at least 10 years and been recommended by their department for the designation.

Dr. Sue Mota, who retired this semester, was named Emeritus Distinguished Teaching Professor of economics and legal studies.

Named emeritus professors were:
Vasile Beluska, music performance studies

Dr. Oliver Boyd-Barrett, journalism and public relations

Dr. Michael Bradie, philosophy

Dr. Jacquelyn Cuneen, human movement, sport and leisure studies

Dr. Franklin Goza, sociology

Dr. Gary Lee, sociology

Dr. Jacqueline Roe, family and consumer sciences

Dr. Hans Schmalzried, public and allied health

Dr. Ronald Shields, theatre and film

Emeritus associate professor:
Dr. Daniel Bragg, management

Deborah Tell, human movement, sport and leisure studies

Emeritus lecturer (posthumous):
Phyllis Henry, family and consumer sciences

Emeritus instructor:
Dr. Eric Myers, educational foundations, leadership and policy