SBHE Approves Major Capital Project Budget Request, Hears Executive Compensation Recommendations
BISMARCK, N.D. - The State Board of Higher Education approved 12 major capital projects to be included in the North Dakota University System's 2011-13 budget request at a June 24, 2010, SBHE meeting at Valley City State University, Valley City, N.D.
"This list of major capital projects will go forward to the governor and the Legislature as the University System's highest new construction and renovation priorities," said Bill Goetz, NDUS chancellor. "The decision-making process was very difficult because many important needs were brought forward by the campuses. In the final analysis, however, the projects selected best meet the selection criteria established by the board."
Projects were evaluated on 13 criteria, including addressing life, health and safety issues; addressing compliance with local, state or federal law or requirements; correcting significant deferred maintenance; and addressing critical maintenance needs.
Twelve prioritized state-funded projects totaling $107.7 million were selected. The top three priorities are a joint University System/University of North Dakota information technology facility, renovation of and an addition to the Rhoades Science Center at Valley City State University and renovation of Old Main at North Dakota State College of Science.
The SBHE also approved a prioritized list of major capital projects from North Dakota State University's Experiment Stations and Extension Service and NDSU Forest Service as well as a list of non-state funded projects for inclusion in the 2011-13 budget request.
In a separate agenda item, the SBHE heard recommendations from its Executive Compensation Task Force made up of board members Duaine Espegard (chair) and Michael Haugen and Chancellor Goetz.
Espegard described the taskforce's work as "a framework for salary administration based on performance and achievement of established goals." He said the recommendations are one way to provide structure for what is expected of the presidents and executive staff members.
The recommendations from the task force were referred to Chancellor Goetz for input from the Chancellor's Cabinet, and the task force report will be presented to the board at its Sept. 16, 2010, meeting.