UO trustees to discuss budget, Knight Campus and enrollment

The UO emblem on Dads Gate

The Board of Trustees of the University of Oregon will receive an update on the university’s financial position when it convenes for its regular fall meeting Dec. 3 and 4.

Jamie Moffitt, chief financial officer and vice president for finance and administration, will discuss some of the key budget drivers behind a projected $24 million increase in general fund expenses in the coming fiscal year. Moffitt will also share details on the recently completed audit of financial statements, which found the university to be in good financial standing.

Moffitt and Vice President for Student Life Kevin Marbury, co-chairs of the tuition and fee advisory board, will share with the board factors that will serve as the foundation for coming tuition-setting discussions.

The board will also hear from Robert Guldberg, the vice president and executive director for the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact, who will provide his first report to trustees on the latest developments regarding programming for the campus as well as news on the construction efforts.

While the official groundbreaking was held last March, construction began with gusto this fall, as crews began pouring the foundation for the campus’ first building, which remains on track to open in spring 2020.

Guldberg, who arrived on campus in late summer, has also assembled an external advisory board of experts in innovation from across the country that will work with an internal advisory board and a leadership team to help shape the vision for the campus.

The Academic and Student Affairs Committee will hear the latest on student success efforts and the annual enrollment totals for the current academic year, as well as data about the current first-year students.

Carol Gering, the newly appointed associate vice provost for online and hybrid education, will provide information on her office’s education initiatives.   

In addition, Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer Jessie Minton will give an update to the Executive and Audit Committee on steps being taken to strengthen the university’s cybersecurity defenses, particularly in the wake of recent phishing scams targeted at the university.

Other items under discussion by trustees include the acceptance of a land donation on the Oregon Coast, a university licensing agreement and a plan to add office space and other enhancements to Matthew Knight Arena.

Committee meetings begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3. The full board meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4. All take place in the Guistina Ballroom in the Ford Alumni Center. Board meeting agendas and materials, as well as a live webcast link, are available at https://trustees.uoregon.edu/meetings.