Trustees approve BU budget request

For Immediate Release

Date: August 31, 2005

BLOOMSBURG—Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Council of Trustees approved a budget request of more than $106 million for the 2006-07 academic year during the quarterly meeting Wednesday, Aug. 31.

The budget request lists revenue of $101.4 million and asks for an additional $7.2 million in appropriations from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, explained Richard Rugen, vice president of administration and finance. Rugen noted that 37 percent of BU’s budget currently is provided through state appropriations.

In another financial matter, the Trustees continued the tradition of providing financial support to the Bloomsburg Volunteer Fire Co. They approved two contributions—an annual donation of $38,000 and the second of eight $25,000 donations toward the cost of the fire company’s new ladder truck. Since 1994, BU has donated $381,500 to the fire department.

The Trustees also:

- Recommended that the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education's Board of Governors extend President Jessica Kozloff’s contract by one year to June 30, 2008.

- Approved the graduate certificate program in managerial decision making. The 21-credit program will be offered online over 15 months and will include a 3-credit internship.

- Agreed to continue the Husky Research Corp. as an affiliated organization. The HRC, a non-profit organization created in 2003, has facilitated grants of more than $700,000 during the past two years.

- Received updates on BU’s end-of-the-year financial report, summer and fall enrollment picture and 20 current construction projects.

Following the meeting, campus representatives and local government officials, including state Rep. David Millard, Kozloff and Trustees, dedicated a recently completed project, the addition to the Hartline Science Center.

“This building is an investment in many ways…in the future of knowledge, in education and in this institution,” said Millard, who graduated from BU in 1988.

Robert Marande, dean of the College of Science and Technology, called the addition “an architectural masterpiece.”

“This building provides room and equipment to create new programs, expand existing programs and enhance the teaching and learning experience of students and faculty,” he said. “It’s great to see science moving forward.”

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 18 master’s and one doctoral degree.