March 22, 2013

Trustees approve $75 million budget


PLAINVIEW – In action taken Thursday afternoon, the Wayland Baptist University Board of Trustees approved a $75.6 million budget for the 2013-14 academic year. In their regular spring board meeting, trustees participated in committee meetings Thursday morning before gathering in the afternoon to discuss action items that needed consent of the full board. Among those was a proposed budget that showed a 9.8 percent increase, or an additional $6.7 million, over the previous year’s budget.

Although the budget shows an increase, Wayland administrators have been cautious in trying to predict incoming revenue for the academic year. Approximately 35% of Wayland’s student body is made up of military personnel. The military tuition assistance (TA) grants have been a topic of discussion during sequestration on Capitol Hill. Without the TA funding, Wayland could experience as much as a 25% loss of revenue at its external campuses. Fortunately, trustees received news on Thursday that both the House of Representatives and the Senate passed a resolution reinstating TA for military students. The measure is now awaiting approval by President Barack Obama.

The proposed budget takes into account a projected increase in revenue due to increased enrollment as well as a tuition increase to help offset the rise in administrative costs and expenditures. Tuition will increase from $455 to $480 per semester hour for undergraduate students on the Plainview campus. Graduate students tuition will rise from $410 to $455 an hour. Student on Wayland’s external campuses will pay $254 a semester hour for undergraduate courses, an increase of $12 an hour, and $296 per hour for graduate courses, a $14 per hour increase. Online tuition in Wayland’s virtual campus will increase from $322 to $338 per semester hour for undergraduate courses and from $376 to $395 per hour for graduate courses.

In other business, the Board approved a sabbatical for Dr. Jose Rubio. An assistant professor of Spanish, Dr. Rubio asked for a sabbatical to complete a novel he is writing on Mexico, his country of origin. Mexico is currently suffering a period of violence that is worse than the revolutionary wars of 1910 to 1928. Rubio is hoping his novel will help bring hope and encouragement to Mexican citizen on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Rubio grew up in Jalisco, Mexico, and worked as a national political advisor for the Mexican conservative political party from 1970-78.

The WBU Board also approved promotions for several faculty members. Being promoted from Associate Professor to Professor were Dr. Eric Ash, behavioral and social sciences; Dr. Bill Ballard, business; Dr. Leah Cole, mathematics and sciences; Dr. Tod Outlaw, business; Dr. Charles Starnes, business; Dr. David Unfred, business; Dr. George Valentine, business; Dr. Sammy Van Hoose, business; and Dr. Tim Walsh in mathematics and sciences.

Receiving a promotion from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor were Dr. Kimberly Brown, music; Dr. Barry Evans, business; Dr. Richard Fountain, music; Mr. Mark Hilliard, fine arts; Dr. Cynthia Holubik, business; Dr. Janet Jones, business; Dr. Richard Shaw, religion and philosophy; and Dr. Yahui Zhang in fine arts.