Volume 5  Issue # 12
Monday, February 24, 2003

The President's Post
    

During the Board of Trustee retreat held earlier this month in Little Rock, Board members approved our preferred budget plan for 2003-2004. Building this budget was one of the most difficult challenges we have faced during my presidency, and the on-campus budget committee spent several hours discussing and debating financial priorities and constraints. Deciding how and where to spend limited funding is a serious undertaking, but I truly believe we developed a fair and responsive budget.
   The Board voted to make a monetary transfer from “Board Designated Funds” as a means, during next year only, for us to continue our essential support of the Pride & Promise Campaign and our enrollment marketing initiatives. I am deeply indebted to the Board of Trustee members for this gesture and their generous support and belief in what we are accomplishing at Ozarks.
   Two key items in the budget involve costs to students and faculty/staff salary increases. The combined tuition, room, board, and fees increase is 5.97% for students returning to Ozarks next year. The total cost for returning students will be $15,941, and that equates to an actual out-of-pocket increase of $899.00 from this year’s costs. In regard to salaries, we are assuming a 2% increase in the salary pool for faculty and professional staff members and 4% for support staff employees.
   If you have any questions about the budget, the following is a listing of the on-campus budget committee members. Their task was a difficult one, and they deserve your gratitude for a job well done.
   Park Carter, Student Government Vice President
   Sherry Davis, Elected Professional Staff Representative
   David De Seguirant, Faculty Representative to the Board
   Taylor Dodds, Student Government President
   Bruce Elmore, Elected Faculty Representative
   Julia Frost, Director of Jones Learning Center
   Robert Hilton, Academic Division Chair
   Jack Jones, Director of Athletics
   Frank Knight, Academic Division Chair/University Senate Chair
   Stuart Stelzer, Director of Library
   George Stone, Academic Division Chair
   David Strain, Academic Division Chair
   Sara Stucky, Elected Support Staff Representative
   President’s Staff Members:
   Rick Niece       Steve Edmisten
   John Jones       Daniel Taddie
   Jim Abbuhl       Darrell Williams
   Sherrie Arey

Dr. Rick Niece
President.



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