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Trustees approve agreements regarding WMUB and redLantern

02/06/2009

Miami University trustees today (Feb. 6) approved transferring the operations of Miami's public radio station, WMUB 88.5 FM to Cincinnati Public Radio (CPR).

Miami will retain the license to the station and is working with CPR on student opportunities through the new agreement. Miami announced the pending agreement Jan. 22.

Trustees also authorized the president and vice president for finance and business services to enter into an agreement to sell the assets of redLantern, the degree audit reporting system created at Miami University in 1983. Miami announced the pending sale Jan. 26.

Applications to Miami hit a record high of 16,362 as of Feb. 1, reported Dr. Lolita McDavid, the chair of the trustee academic affairs committee. Applications from multicultural students were up 23 percent compared to this time last year.

Trustees approved the promotion and tenure of 48 faculty members. Provost Jeffrey Herbst spoke of the high caliber of these faculty, who are "excellent teachers and … at the frontier of research and creative contributions to their fields."

The board received a report on university finances in light of the economic environment and the governor's proposed budget. Largely due to market decline in investments, Vice President for Finance and Business Services David Creamer told the board the university would end the fiscal year in deficit.

Vice President for University Advancement Jayne Whitehead told the board that the For Love and Honor campaign has reached $350 million - a previous goal of the campaign - toward its current target of $500 million by the end of 2010.

In other action, trustees

  • approved the change of the name of the department of computer science and systems analysis to computer science and software engineering beginning fall 2009.
  • approved authority for the vice president of finance and business services to adopt, amend or restate employee benefits.
  • approved rank of emeritus and emerita for several professors.
  • approved a construction budget of up to $1.87 million for an east quad roads and walks upgrade.

It was the last meeting for trustee McDavid, whose nine-year term ends, and for student trustee Kerry McCormack, an international studies major, whose two-year term expires.

Note: A printed publication with tenured and promoted faculty and highlights of their scholarship will be distributed on campus within the next 10 days.

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