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UMFK Board of Visitors to discuss implications of state budget shortfall and new campus construction at January 17 meeting

January 10, 2003

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent Board of Visitors will hear how recent budget curtailment orders for the University of Maine System will impact the state's northernmost campus, and receive an update on new construction when they meet on Friday, January 17 at 10:00 a.m. in the Grindle Conference Room of Cyr Hall.

UMFK President Richard Cost will discuss how former Governor Angus King's additional cut of $1.85 million in state funding to the System's current fiscal budget will impact business at Fort Kent in the coming months, as well as speak about the outlook for the fiscal year which begins on July 1, 2003.

The University of Maine System biennium plan, approved by the System Board of Trustees at a meeting at UMFK in September, called for a 12.9 percent increase in the System's state appropriation in 2004, and a 17.2 percent increase the following year.

A portion of the System plan focused on reducing the financial obstacles that Mainers face when considering attending a U-Maine campus, which was significant to residents of the St. John Valley and Aroostook County.

The visiting board will also hear about the progress on a new facility to house the UMFK Acadian Archives.

Construction on the building is scheduled for less than five months from now, as officials make way for a spring groundbreaking on the $1.4 million, 7,584 square foot Archives.

The new facility, which will be constructed on the quad between Powell Hall, an existing student residence hall, and Blake Library, the current campus information resource center, will actually connect the two structures.

The project was made possible by Maine voters who passed a $36.7 million higher education bond in November 2001, which included $3.2 million for UMFK to build the new Acadian Archives, purchase technology for Nadeau Hall, and to renovate Cyr Hall.

Members of the Board of Visitors will also hear about the recent completion of those technology additions to Nadeau Hall and about progress on renovations to Cyr Hall.

Also on the board's agenda is a campus update by Cost, including progress on the search for a new vice president for academic affairs.