UofL trustees approve budget, capital projects


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. –The University of Louisville Board of Trustees on June 4 approved a $511.2 million general fund budget for 2015-16 and a $2.2 billion six-year capital plan that will help shape campus development into the next decade.

    Despite no increase in state funding, the budget allocates more than $10.3 million for strategic initiatives. That figure includes more than $1 million for student initiatives and a faculty/staff salary increase pool of 3 percent. In addition, the budget sets aside $750,000 to fund recommendations in UofL’s 21st Century University Initiative, which will position the university to better serve its students and the Commonwealth.

    The trustees also approved increases in tuition and fees for the 2015-16 academic year. The increases include a 3 percent across-the-board tuition hike. In-state undergraduate tuition will increase $153 to $5,271 per semester, while non-resident tuition will rise to $12,424 per semester. Final approval for tuition increases must come from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.

    The capital plan includes projects proposed by the university; all projects require legislative approval. UofL#8217;s plan includes an instructional building on the Health Sciences Campus, an expansion of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium and several research and office buildings on the ShelbyHurst Campus, all of which are proposed for the 2016-18 biennium.

    It also calls for funding of smaller projects including building renovations and investments in technology. Funding sources for this “wish list” range from the state’s general fund to restricted funding and agency bonds, as well as from private sources.

    Mark Hebert
    Following a 28-year career as a radio and television reporter, Mark Hebert joined the University of Louisville as the Director of Media Relations in 2009, serving as the main spokesperson. In 2015, Mark was named Director of Programming and Production. He’s now producing and hosting a radio show about “all things UofL”, overseeing the university’s video and TV productions and promoting UofL’s research operation. Mark is best known for his 22 years as the political and investigative reporter for WHAS-TV in Louisville where he won numerous awards for breaking stories, exposing corruption and objectively covering Kentucky politics. In 2014, Mark was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.