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Board approves $4 billion operating budget

The board met at IU Northwest on June 16-17 to approve a $4 billion operating budget and several staff appointments. The meeting came a day after the faculty sent a letter urging administrators to reverse their earlier decision and recognize the graduate union.

The newly approved budget will include an average raise of 3.5% for all UI employees next year. Record enrollment at IU Bloomington and an increase in public funds for IUPUI led to a general fund growth of $58 million, but the budget included a reduction of $70 million to account for increased spending Operating.

The board endorsed Director of Human Resources Todd Richardson, Vice President for Student Success Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Dean of the Jacobs School of Music Abra K. Bush, and Dean of the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering Joanna Mirecki Millunchick.

Cathy Langham, Governor Eric Holcomb’s latest appointment to the board, was sworn in as a trustee at the meeting. Board did not discuss graduate workers or faculty vote, meeting says agenda and to sum up.

Another topic of discussion was the recommendations from the IU Student Mental Health Initiative working groups. The working group plans to educate students, faculty, and staff about mental health and increase the number of mental health professionals at IU, among other things they hope to implement by fall.

IU will also repair facilities on its campuses with money from state appropriations and tuition. This includes phase five of a plan to reduce deferred maintenance at regional campuses, which involves work on seven buildings across five campuses.

The next board meeting will be August 11-12 in Bloomington.