UofL trustees approve budget

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville Board of Trustees approved a $482.6 million general fund budget for 2012-13 at its May 10 meeting. The general fund budget is used to cover the university’s primary operations, including salaries and most operating funds for units across campus. The budget includes tuition increases for students and funding cuts to departments totaling $6 million.

    UofL will suffer a 6.4 percent, or $9.7 million, cut in state funding, leaving little money for initiatives to help it meet its state-mandated goal to become a premier metropolitan research university.

    “We’ve had 13 cuts (in state funding) in the past 12 years,” UofL President James Ramsey said. UofL also anticipates more than $3.9 million in additional fixed costs, such as contributions to employees’ health insurance, building leases and utility increases.

    The 6 percent increase in tuition approved by the trustees will go into effect in fall 2012. Full-time undergraduate Kentucky residents will pay $4,733 per semester, an increase of $268. Vice President of Finance Mike Curtin reminded trustees that 95 percent of incoming freshmen receive financial aid and 38 percent of all UofL students don’t pay any tuition.

    The Council on Postsecondary Education still must approve UofL’s tuition and is expected to do so at its June meeting.

    The budget includes a one-time, $1,200 payment to faculty and staff members. A one-time transfer of funds from the athletics department and the sale of property near Preston Highway and Eastern Parkway are the primary funding source for the payments, which will be distributed in July. Ramsey said the one-time payment will enable the university to show its appreciation to hard-working faculty and staff “without funding a salary increase on the backs of our students.” Ramsey, the vice presidents and deans will not receive the one-time payment.

    The board also approved:

    —honorary doctoral degrees for Bernard and Jean Trager. The late Bernard Trager was founder and former chairman of Republic Bancorp. The couple actively supported the university, its athletic programs and the community for many years.

    —resolutions recognizing achievements of outgoing Student Government Association President Kurtis Frizzell, the national champion cheerleading squads, the men’s swimming team and the men’s basketball team, which reached the NCAA Final Four in March.

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    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.