Faculty Senate to hear overspending explanation

Luis Martinez, Administration Editor

Faculty senate will hear from members of the Intercollegiate Athletics Board to discuss recent budget overspending Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the conference room of Booth Library.

This past year, the IAB overspent their allotted budget by $1 million. The board’s overspending as well as the conduction of their budget has been discussed between many faculty senate members.

In earlier meetings, members of the senate questioned the department use of the budget. In one of those earlier meetings, Jim Davis discussed the recent spending issues to other board members.

Additionally, the IAB is allowed to select and vote on its board members, unlike the other boards on campus. Grant Sterling, chair of faculty senate, said the board will hear from Dan Nadler, vice president for student affairs, and the athletic director, Tom Michael.

“The main feature will be a discussion with Vice President Nadler and Athletic Director Michael,” Sterling said. “One focus of the discussion will be explaining the justification for allowing IA to overspend its budget last year by $1 million, but other questions may be asked.”

Sterling said that Jon Blitz from the chemistry department may be giving a presentation about how much Intercollegiate Athletics costs the university.

The Senate will also discuss starting a campaign to create more scholarships for Eastern Students. These new scholarships, tentatively called EIU Community Commitment to Excellence Scholarships, will given recipients $2,000 per year and would be renewable.

These scholarships would be similar to the current EIU Challenge to Excellence Awards, which are awarded to students with a minimum G.P.A of 3.0 and an ACT score of 21.

The senate will also look at the Distinguished Faculty Award process. According to a report sent to the senate members, the nominations paper need to included a nominating letter, coversheet and up to three letters of support from colleagues, administrators, staff and current and former students. Nominations will be due by 4 p.m. Wednesday Jan. 25.


Luis Martinez can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]