ETBU Trustees Approve 2013-2014 Budgetby Mike Midkiff
MARSHALL, Texas (5/03/13) - The East Texas Baptist University Board of Trustees met in regular session today and approved a $36.5 million operating budget for the 2013-2014 academic year. This represents a 10.9% increase over the current years’ budget. The 2013-2014 budget, which takes effect, June 1, includes over $8.8 million for student scholarships, an increase of 9% over the current budget. Increases in scholarships and other operational areas are due, in part, to ETBU’s ongoing growth in student enrollment and the development of new graduate and undergraduate academic programs.
"For everyone who loves ETBU, it is very exciting to see how the Lord is blessing this University. The increase in scholarship funds allows us to continue to recruit the best students to campus, and, with the construction of Centennial Hall, ETBU will have another resource to assist our students so that they enjoy the best living and learning environments possible,” remarked Board Chair Sam Moseley.
"We have had another excellent year at ETBU,” said Dr. Dub Oliver, President. "‘The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy’ (Psalm 126:3) has been our testimony of praise this year. The celebration of the Centennial, the new opportunities that are immediately before us, the incredible partnership we enjoy with the citizens of Marshall and Harrison County, the faithful service of our faculty, staff, alumni, and Trustees, and the privilege of educating the young men and women at ETBU have made this a very special year.”
In addition to their work on the budget, Trustees also heard a report on the Centennial Hall project. The 362 bed, 123,500 square foot living learning community is scheduled to open in August 2014. The ceremonial groundbreaking for the facility, which includes private bedrooms in 4 bedroom/2 bathroom suites, study areas, seminar rooms, game rooms, and indoor and outdoor social areas, was held on April 16. Construction fences will be raised next week at the site located west of the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center, signaling the commencement of construction.
In other Board action, Trustees approved a resolution in support of the Academy for Alternative License Application process and the implementation of a four year bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a law enforcement training program meeting or exceeding all approved curriculum required by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE).
"The TCLEOSE Alternative Certification Program will be very attractive to students who are interested in careers in law enforcement,” said Dr. Lynn New, Dean of the School of Natural and Social Sciences. "This program not only will provide extraordinary connections between classroom learning and field applications, it also will increase employment opportunities for graduating students, since they will be ready to begin work and law enforcement agencies will be spared the time and expense that otherwise would be required to train them as new recruits.”
The Board of Trustees gathered on Thursday evening to honor upcoming Honors Program graduates. Trustees heard presentations from Kelsey Shaw of Jasper, and Lya Swaner of Wylie, who will be graduating along with 179 others in the Class of 2013 during Spring Commencement tomorrow, May 4.
The Board has regularly scheduled meetings three times each year. The next meeting is September 6, 2013.
East Texas Baptist University provides a Christ-centered education that emphasizes the integration of faith and learning. The ETBU experience is known for "Embracing Faith, Engaging Minds, and Empowering Leaders.” The 100 year old Christian university offers a challenging curriculum in more than forty areas of study. For more information, visit www.etbu.edu.