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June 15, 2016



From the VP for administration and finance: Kansas Board of Regents June meeting agenda items

By Cindy Bontrager

Dear Campus Community,

The Kansas Board of Regents will meet June 15-16 at the Curtis State Office Building in Topeka. The board will consider the following agenda items during the meeting.

Kansas State University requests authorization to amend the legal description of the land in a lease agreement with the Kansas Wheat Commission. In 2010, the university entered into a 50-year renewable lease with the commission to construct the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center on 2.5 acres of land north of Kimball Avenue. The commission plans to construct additional greenhouse facilities on the property through a grant from the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Kansas State University requests the board adopt an updated resolution to incorporate a recent change to the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual and to name the newly appointed interim President Gen. Richard Myers and Vice President for Research Peter Dorhout to the University Security Executive Committee. In support of the university's pursuit of the Biosecurity Research Institute project, the board first adopted a resolution of this nature at its March 2009 meeting, accompanied by a requirement for annual feedback from the Security Executive Committee regarding its activities. The resolution was most recently updated in September 2015. The updated resolution adds the new individuals to the executive committee, incorporates the new reporting changes that are now required by the operating manual, and provides that the management control and authority resides in a Security Executive Committee comprised of the university's interim president, provost, vice president of research and facility security officer for Kansas State University.

The Regents will take final action on the revised fiscal year 2017 tuition and fee proposals. K-State submitted a revised tuition proposal that increases the tuition rate up by 5.8 percent for the Manhattan, Polytechnic and Olathe campuses. The additional revenue generated from the additional 0.8 percent rate increase will be used to offset the difference in the state general fund reductions of 4 percent prorated on the total budget allotted by the governor and the 3 percent reduction implemented in fiscal year 2016.

The Regents will take final action on the fiscal year 2018 capital improvement requests and five-year capital plans. Capital improvement projects include new buildings, remodeling or alternations, annual maintenance and utility projects for which costs exceed $1 million. View the requests and board staff recommendations.

The Regents will approve the K-State presidential advertisement and university profile. Faculty and staff were invited to an open session with representatives from Academic Search on May 24 to provide input on the key characteristics of the next president. The Regents also will approve another member of the search committee after a previous member withdrew.

On Thursday, June 16, the Regents will begin discussions on the fiscal year 2018 and 2019 budget enhancement requests from state general funds. They also will approve state university CEO compensation for fiscal year 2017.

If you have any questions about these agenda items, please contact me at cab@k-state.edu or 785-532-6226. The meeting also will be streamed live online. For live updates on all Kansas Board of Regents meetings follow @ksregents on Twitter. Agendas and complete meeting minutes also are available online.

Sincerely,

Cindy Bontrager
Vice president for administration and finance