HANNIBAL – After awarding degrees to 187 students, the Hannibal-LaGrange University (HLGU) trustees briefly met for their quarterly meeting May 7 at the Partee Center on campus. For the year 2011-12, they approved an $18.9 million budget, $143,000 less than last year’s.
The cuts come from assuming fewer students – which takes both from income and expenses – and not filling a few empty positions, said HLGU’s dean of business and finance, Betty Anderson.
“We’ve made some moves and budget cuts to get to this point after last year,” she said. “But, I think we will see more income than we’ve budgeted for next year.”
Full tuition for the 2011-12 school year will be $11,551 for each semester.
Ray Carty, director of enrollment management, told trustees that for the just-ended semester there were 930 students on the main Hannibal campus, 94 more than Spring 2010. The full-time equivalent is up from 874 to 929.
Steve Miller, vice president for institutional advancement, reported that the school is actively searching for a new director of public relations and is preparing for the 2011 Booster Banquet, featuring former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.
Trustees confirmed the promotion of Jeff Brown, associate professor of Christian studies, to head up HLGU’s campus ministries including chapel, D-Now events, pulpit supply, and school-sponsored mission trips. Brown has been working with an ad hoc committee of trustees to revamp HLGU’s missions strategy to work more closely with International Mission Board, North American Mission Board and LifeWay.
The board will next meet Sept. 9.
BRIAN KOONCE/staff writer