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Board Officers, FY17 State Requests Among Items on Lengthy Board Agenda

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (June 22, 2015) –In addition to naming its 2015-16 officers, requests for state operating and capital appropriations for Fiscal Year 2017, a surface grading project at Max B. Swisher Skyhaven Airport, and renewal of a bus services contract were among items on the agenda when the Board of Governors met June 19 at the University of Central Missouri. The board also approved a contract for professional design services related to renovation of the W.C. Morris Science Building, awarded a construction contract  to build a new hazardous material storage and handling facility, and approved a new master’s degree program.

Board member Mary Long, Kansas City, announced that the board officer nominating committee met and recommended continuing for the next fiscal year Marvin “Bunky” Wright, Columbia, as president; Gus Wetzell II, Clinton, as vice president; and Mary Dandurand, Warrensburg, as secretary. Also serving the board will be Toni Kreke, controller, as treasurer, and Monica Huffman, executive assistant to the president, as assistant secretary to the board.

The board annually submits to the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) a request for capital appropriations. The request approved for FY17 includes 14 different renovation or new construction projects that are consistent with the university’s Master Plan. At the top of the list is $20.1 million in phase two funding for Morris Science Building renovation; $71.2 million for new construction of an academic and laboratory science building; and $15.4 million for Hendricks Hall – Performing Arts. The request will be sent to MDHE by July 15, 2015.

The board also approved a request for state operating appropriations totaling $69.4 million. This includes a base appropriation equivalent to the Fiscal Year 2016 base and performance funding and additional funding of approximately $12 million to address needs and initiatives. This includes a 2 percent  salary increase for employees; core mission funding to support increases in employee benefits, scholarships, utilities, library acquisitions, and costs of education related to student enrollment increases; deferred maintenance; technology infrastructure upgrades; PBX-Telephone System upgrades; and program initiatives at the Missouri Innovation Campus. This request must be filed with MDHE by Aug. 1, 2015.

Board members authorized the university to proceed with an airport primary surface grading and obstruction removal project of which 90 percent of the cost will be financed by grant funding, and 10 percent will come from UCM.  The total estimated cost of the project is $724,000.  The airport grading project will improve visibility and minimize potential traffic conflicts with students who may be using both Runway 18/36 and 13/31. It provides a much-needed additional margin of safety for student pilots permitting clear visibility between the two runways.  The project will require some tree removal, and will include pre-grading for the future partial parallel taxiway to Runway 13/31, within the northwest quadrant west of Runway 18/36.  State Aviation Trust Funds through the Missouri Department of Transportation will pay $651,600 of the total project cost.

A contract with Apple Bus Company to provide transportation service between Warrensburg and UCM – Lee’s Summit was approved for the three-year period, August 2015 through May 2018. The cost for one year is $527,028, of which an estimated $174,000 will come from rider fees and $353,028 from the university’s general fund. The bus service began in August 2014, and approximately 20,000 rides were provided during the past academic year with ridership averaging 393 rides per week. Ridership increased by about 50 percent during the spring semester. The bus runs Monday through Saturday with scheduled routes from both UCM in Warrensburg and UCM – Lee’s Summit. Riders pay $5 per trip or $10 round trip.

In other business, the board authorized the university to enter an agreement with Gould Evans to provide professional design services, not to exceed $997,500 related to the renovation of the W.C. Morris Science Building (WCM). In April 2015, the state of Missouri approved $12.3 million in capital appropriations to renovate this facility in support of the university’s state-wide mission in professional applied sciences and technology.  Gould Evans has worked with the university on numerous other projects. This includes a recent space utilization study of WCM.

The board approved a request to provide additional funding of $86,835 toward a general construction contract with Reasbeck Construction in Warrensburg to build a new hazardous material storage and handling facility.  Board members in December 2014 approved a construction budget of $600,000 for this facility, to be built near the Agricultural Mechanization Building on the east side of campus. Once further site survey activities began, UCM learned that the natural gas utility line, the domestic water service line and the sanitary sewer main for the Agriculture Mechanization Building were not adequate to support the needs of the new hazardous material facility. Due to these conditions, the revised design requirements for the new structure were updated to include a separate and dedicated domestic water and fire service main, sanitary sewer main and natural gas service to support this facility’s infrastructure needs.  Board action will allow the university to cover these additional costs.

In another  action related to campus’ facilities, the board approved up to $1,779,000 to complete repairs to the parapet wall around the roof and several identified areas of exposed exterior concrete, primarily on  the east side of the Lovinger Building. Work is part of a two-year, two-phase project. UCM has a construction services convenience contract with Tremco/Weather Technologies, Inc., which will perform the structural repairs.

As part of its consent agenda, the board also approved a new Master of Science in Human Development and Family Science degree to be housed in the Child and Family Development program in the College of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Human Development. The degree will have two connected and distinct emphasis areas. One of them is a 30-credit-hour program in Human Development and Family Science, and the other is a 54-credit-hour program in Human Development and Family Science with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT). Structuring the program with one degree and two emphasis areas follows the structural model of similar graduate programs throughout the nation, and is common practice.  The degree must still be approved by the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education. In offering the degree, UCM would become the first public  institution in the state to offer the degree program with both a non-clinical and a Marriage and Family Therapy emphasis area.