MARQUETTE - With a drop in total enrollment of 154 students, Northern Michigan University's Board of Trustees is looking to increase recruitment efforts across the board.
Trustee Rick Popp of Northville said during the board's regular meeting Friday morning that recruitment by the university would be "the most important work we'll be doing over the next couple of years."
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Paul Lang presented the university's 10-day count of students to the board, showcasing areas he believed were thriving as well as those that needed more work.
Lang said enrollment was staying steady or increasing in the nursing, biology clinical lab science and other health and science fields.
Lang said the university would need to work harder to recruit international students, saying the current number was "completely unacceptable."
Enrolled veterans saw one of the biggest spikes from last year to this, with 50 more veterans currently enrolled at NMU - which was recently designated a military friendly university.
In other action, the board unanimously voted to instate Trustee l. Garnet Lewis, of Freeland as the board's chairwoman for the 2013 year and Popp as the vice chairman.
The board also recognized former trustee emeriti Larry Inman and Douglas Roberts for their continued dedication to the university.
In other action the board:
- approved a $108 million general fund operating budget for 2012-13, an increase of nearly $4.5 million, or 4.3 percent, from the previous year.
- approved a facilities five-year master plan request and received updates on the new academic building, biomass cogeneration plant construction and major facilities projects.
- agreed that the new academic building will retain the John X. Jamrich name
- renamed the Jacobetti Center the Jacobetti Complex, effective Oct. 1.
- approved restructuring within Academic Affairs so that Admissions and Financial Aid will report directly to the Office of the President, with functional supervision provided by the provost.
- approved the purchase of a tower site being abandoned by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in Negaunee Township at a cost not to exceed $20,000 to strengthen the university's WiMAX signal in the area.
- accepted more than $58,000 in external grants and $12,000 in gifts, including a Baldwin grand piano.
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