Board of Regents grants pay increase

The two new members of the Board of Regents, Bernie Francis and John E. Dudley, appointed by Gov. Rick Perry, were among the nine members who granted a 3 percent pay increase for budgeted employees of the university.

The nine-member “board of leaders,” from throughout the state of Texas, makes decisions regarding the five universities under their advisory; Angelo State University, Lamar University, Sam Houston State University, Texas State University-San Marcus and Sol Ross University.

According to Today@Sam, Gaertner told the regents that an increase in fall 2003 enrollment, a $7 per semester credit hour increase in designated tuition effective in the spring 2004 semester and income from various university auxiliary account sources will provide funding for the raises, which will go into effect in January.

Francis is the chief executive officer and owner of Business Control Systems. He also is past chair and current board member of the North Central Texas Workforce Development Board. The Carrollton City Council and Dallas Citizens Council member served in the United States Air Force and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Dudley is a partner in the Dudley Brothers Ranch and serves on the Executive Committee of the National Cattleman’s Beef Association. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserves and received a bachelor’s degree from Trinity University and a master’s degree from the American Graduate School of International Business.

The two men are replacing John P. Hageman of Austin and James L. Sweatt III of DeSoto. They will serve on the board until their terms expire in February 2009. The Board of Regents members all have broad experience, successful careers, good advisory skills and some of them are politically active, said Frank Krystyniak, SHSU Office of Public Relations.

The board of regents meet four times a year and deal with certain university expenditures, major policy and program changes. A university president has certain problems or suggestions within the university that they can personally approve or disapprove, while there are other things that the Board of Regents has to make decisions on, said Krystyniak.

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