Caption: Board of Trustees Minutes - 1992
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
BUSINESS PRESENTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY
President Ikenberry recognized and introduced observers from the campus senates and from the University Senates Conference.1
Outlook for State Appropriation
President Ikenberry then reported on the activities underway in the General Assembly regarding the University's appropriation for Fiscal Year 1994. He told the board members that there was some possibility that there would be funds for salary increases but that that was in no way a certainty. He then spoke of the implications for the University, stating that the University has just experienced three very difficult years with no salary increase funds coming from the Legislature. All funds for salary increases have come from internal reallocation within the University. This has created tremendous strains within the University. The president then spoke to the priorities for the coming fiscal year. The first priority would be to meet the unavoidable costs of the University. He noted that the FY 1994 appropriation would probably cover these costs. The next priority would be try to provide some salary increase for the lowest paid employees at the University. However, decision on this would be deferred until the appropriation bill is made final. President Ikenberry then commended Chancellor Stukel for a splendid commencement at the Chicago campus on May 9, and indicated that a fine commencement was planned for the Urbana campus on May 16.
Trustee Lamont expressed concern about the recent decision by the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics to discontinue the men's swim team. Further, he noted that the first information about this to the board members came via the newspapers. Discussion of this followed and Chancellor Weir explained that his first inclination was to send the board members notice of this decision, but that a special request was made to notify the coach first. This made it possible for the newspapers to have this information prior to the trustees' receipt. Mr. Boyle, chair of the board's Committee on Athletics, explained to the other board members that this cut in programs was necessitated by a budget deficit in the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics. Trustee Begovich called the board members' attention to his report which was distributed to them in writing at the start of the meeting. (A copy is filed with the secretary of the board for record.)
1 University Senates Conference: Thomas J. Riley, associate professor and head of anthropology, Urbana-Champaign campus; Urbana-Champaign Senate Council: Nancy P. O'Brien, education subject specialist/acting and assistant education and social sciences librarian and professor of library administration; Chicago campus Senate: A. E. Zaki, professor of oral biology, College of Dentistry.