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December 21, 2017

Kansas Board of Regents Dec. 20 meeting updates

By Division of Communications and Marketing

The monthly Kansas Board of Regents meeting on Dec. 20 included several items related to Kansas State University.

Introduction and reports

President Richard Myers gave a report from the Council of Presidents. Myers also spoke to the Regents about diversity and inclusion updates — the hiring of Adrian Rodriguez, associate vice president for student life of diversity and multicultural student affairs; and a chief diversity and inclusion officer, who will begin in March 2018 — efforts to update the budget model; and expanding matching scholarship funds for first-generation students.

Brian Lindshield, associate professor of food, nutrition dietetics and health, presented as chair of the Council of Faculty Senate Presidents.

Jack Ayres, president of the Student Governing Association, presented as chair of the board's Students' Advisory Committee.

Consent and discussion agendas

The Regents approved K-State's request to renovate the first floor of Hale Library. View a PDF of the renovation statement. The total project cost is estimated at $5.7 million, which will be funded from private gifts.

K-State received approval to transfer ownership of two properties from the KSU Foundation to the university: the Library Annex at 5980 Corporate Drive in Manhattan, and Rogers Land, a 24-acre tract of land near the university's horse unit.

The Regents approved allocation of Educational Building Funds for fiscal year 2019. K-State's fund allocation is $12,558,000. Funds must be used for the construction, reconstruction, equipment and repair of buildings and grounds. Read more about the fund policy

The Regents approved the housing and food service rates for the 2018-2019 academic year, which will go into effect July 1, 2018. K-State's typical housing rate will increase by 2.5 percent, or $60, and the typical dining rate will increase by 3.1 percent, or $60. View a PDF of the rates

The Regents appointed two representatives to the Midwest Stem Cell Advisory Board. Frank Blecha, university distinguished professor and associate dean for research in the College of Veterinary Medicine, is recommended for a three-year term.