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December 13, 2018

Kansas Board of Regents Dec. 12 meeting university updates

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

The Kansas Board of Regents meeting on Dec. 12 included several items related to Kansas State University.
Introduction and reports 

Provost Taber updated the board on the hire of Chris Klieman as the new head football coach and shared his appreciation for Coach Bill Snyder. Taber also spoke about the progression of the Strategic Enrollment Management plan and budget model.  

Consent agenda  

The Regents approved Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR, proposals. Juergen Richt, Regents distinguished professor and KBA eminent scholar, requests funding from the National Institutes of Health to establish a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence on Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases. The university requests $100,000 toward the purchase of a laser capture microdissection instrument.  

The Regents approved the allocation of Educational Building Funds for fiscal year 2020. K-State's fund allocation is $13,156,000.  

Discussion agenda   

The Regents approved K-State's request for Juergen Richt to continue to serve as a Regents distinguished professor. Richt, principal investigator and director of the Department of Homeland Security's Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases, has served as a Regents distinguished professor since August 2008.   

K-State received approval to name the College of Engineering for alumnus Carl R. Ice. Ice is the president and CEO of BNSF Railway and the vice chairman of the KSU Foundation Board of Directors.   

The Regents approved the housing and food service rates for the 2019-2020 academic year. The rates will take effect on July 1, 2019. The typical housing rate for 2019-2020 academic year will increase by 1.9 percent, or $100. The typical dining rate for the 2019-2020 academic year will increase by 4.2 percent, or $170.  

K-State received approval to amend the capital improvement plan and to accept the program statement for the construction of the multicultural student center. The estimated project cost is $5.5 million and will be funded from private gifts. As of October 2018, $4.2 million has been raised to fund the project. Read more about the center.   

Provost Taber updated the board on the university's progress toward faculty reward structures.  

The Regents approved K-State's request to sell property adjacent to the Grain Science Complex to the KSU Foundation as part of the North Campus Corridor.