Board of Trustees meets, approves 2021-2022 budget
By Dana Woodward, firstname.lastname@example.org, 803-777-3691
The University of South Carolina Board of Trustees, as well as two committees, met
on Friday (June 25). Here's a look at what actions they took during the meeting.
Board approves 2021-2022 budget
The university is emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic on solid financial footing and
will hold tuition flat for a third-consecutive year in the 2021-22 budget approved by the board. Buoyed by strong enrollment and continued support of higher
education by state lawmakers, the university system’s $1.76 billion budget will allow
for investment in core academic areas and infrastructure without increasing tuition
for students and families. Throughout the pandemic, the university’s focus on health
and safety allowed it to deliver on its educational promise to students while streamlining
operations through a series of cost-saving initiatives.
The board approved a variety of contracts and agreements during the meeting, which include:
- Gift agreements presented by the Vice President for Development;
- Mechanical engineering contracts that allow a select list of firms to be awarded small projects;
- A template for executive suite license agreements for suites in Williams-Brice Stadium
- Athletics coach contracts and contract amendments for Head Baseball Coach Mark Kingston, new Head Men's Soccer Coach Tony Annen, Head Men's and Women's Track Coach Curtis Frye, Associate Head Women's Basketball Coach Lisa Boyer and Assistant Women's Basketball Coach Jolette Law;
- Amendments to agreements between Gamecock Sports Properties and Athletics that account for revenue loss due to COVID-19;
- A licensing software agreement with Leapfrog Technologies to provide students, faculty and advisers a way to access semester-specific course information;
- A renewed agreement between the Division of Human Resources with PowerSchool Group, LLC for the PeopleAdmin human resources management software;
- A renewed agreement between the Division of Information Technology and Adobe that allows the university system to continue to have access to Adobe products;
- A construction defect settlement agreement for USC Aiken;
- A land lease and sub-lease agreement between USC Aiken and the S.C. National Guard;
- and an affiliation agreement between USC Beaufort and the USC Beaufort Education Foundation.
The board approved recommendations from committees that met on June 11, as well as minutes from past meetings. Two additional members of the Presidential Candidate Search Committee, Gloria Boutte and Brian Canada, were also formalized during the meeting.
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