Education
4:23 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Board Of Regents Sets New Budget For Southeast Missouri State University

Southeast Missouri State University’s Board of Regents set its operating and auxiliary budgets at its meeting on Thursday. Facility and staff will receive a three percent or $700 minimum pay raise depending on the performance review. 

Southeast has a general operating budget of $103.9 million. The University received a 2% increase in state appropriations this year, following several years of state funding cuts. Southeast will use some money from the budget to improve emergency plans.

Southeast Vice President Kathy Mangels said the university will do what it takes to keep the campus safe. 

“We were just named yesterday by bestcolleges.com one of the safest campuses nationally in the United States,” Mangels said. “So, there are needs to cover existing things that we have in place where we just expanded as the campus expands.”

The university will add an indoor warning system, lighted quarters, and more emergency phones around campus. Mangels also said they are now accepting bids to construct the new 150 bed dorm/classroom building at the River Campus.  

“This will be constructed over the next 13 months and will be opened for the Fall 2014 semester. So it’s very exciting,” Mangels said. “It keeps the academic programs, gets them the additional space they need for accreditation, and also answers that need for the students to be close to the facilities in order to meet their major.”  

Also at the meeting, the Regents approved a new bachelor of science in emergency preparedness program.