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UW Trustees Committee Recommends Reduction in Meeting Expenses

May 11, 2016

The budget committee of the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees has recommended a reduction in the costs of the board’s meetings of more than 24 percent in the coming year.

The committee today (Wednesday) recommended a $229,000 budget for trustees’ meeting expenses in the 2016-17 fiscal year, down from a projected total of $302,000 in the current year. The reductions would be accomplished primarily through less use of UW and state aircraft to transport trustees to and from meetings, and fewer buffet-style meals provided by UW Catering and Events during the board’s multiday meetings.

The full board is scheduled to consider the recommendation Friday.

“As units across campus are being asked to reduce spending, we thought it was important for the trustees to look for ways to cut our own meeting expenses,” says Trustee John McKinley, who chairs the budget committee. “The board’s face-to-face meetings are crucial for us to fulfill our constitutional responsibilities, but it’s possible for us to conduct them more efficiently.”

Appointed by the governor with consent of the Wyoming State Senate, the UW Board of Trustees consists of 12 members appointed to six-year, staggered terms. As the institution’s governing body, the trustees have a broad range of responsibilities, including major policy and budgetary matters affecting the university.

Trustees serve without remuneration, but travel, lodging and meal expenses are covered for their six meetings per year -- generally, five on campus, and one summer retreat at an off-campus location in Wyoming. The board also meets regularly via teleconference.

Gov. Matt Mead, who has directed UW and other state agencies to prepare for budget reductions of 8 percent in the coming fiscal year, is scheduled to meet with the Board of Trustees at 4 p.m. today (Wednesday).

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