Board of Trustees Approves Budget, Honors Mroz

Campus mall with students sitting at tables outside library
Campus mall with students sitting at tables outside library
The Michigan Tech Board of Trustees approved the 2018-19 budget and honored President Glenn D. Mroz, who will return to the faculty on July 1.

At its regular meeting on May 4, Michigan Tech’s Board of Trustees approved an operating budget and tuition rates, and granted president emeritus rank to outgoing President Glenn Mroz.

Michigan Technological University’s general operating fund budget for fiscal year 2019 will be $213,219,740, a $7.8 million increase over fiscal year 2018. The Board authorized the University administration to revise the budget to reflect any changes in state appropriations or tuition cap, while maintaining a balanced budget. The budget is based on anticipated state appropriations of $49,990,814, about $895,700 more than last year. Fiscal year 2019 begins on July 1, 2018.

Included in the budget is a 3.8 percent increase in tuition and fees for undergraduate in-state students, meeting the requirements of the Governor’s proposed tuition cap. Also included is a 4.4 percent tuition increase for undergraduate non-residents and a 6 percent increase for graduate tuition. The budget increases financial aid for students by 9.5 percent.

The budget also includes the new national service graduate tuition rates. Graduate students who have previously served as military personnel, AmeriCorps volunteers or Peace Corps volunteers are eligible for National Service Graduate Fellowships, which reduce the cost of tuition. Fellowship recipients who are pursuing graduate study in engineering or computer science will pay $766 per credit hour, compared to the standard $1,143, and fellowship recipients in all other areas of study will pay $675 per credit hour, compared to the standard $1,007.

Resolution of appreciation and president emeritus rank for Mroz

The Board opened the meeting by expressing its gratitude to Glenn Mroz, who will be returning to the Michigan Tech faculty after 14 years of service as University president. Board Chair Terry Woychowski noted some of the highlights of Mroz’s tenure, including increases in enrollment, faculty recruitment, and research and development funding, before the Board unanimously passed a resolution of appreciation for Mroz. Later in the meeting, they again voted unanimously to grant him the rank of president emeritus.

“Glenn Mroz served as president from 2004 through June of 2018,” said Board Vice Chair Brenda Ryan at the time of the vote. “Under his leadership, the University reached record-breaking enrollment levels, expanded research, achieved fiscal stability and eliminated accumulated debt. Glenn has proven to be an outstanding leader and president. It is vital that the Board recognizes Glenn and all that he has accomplished as president by bestowing upon him the rank of president emeritus.”

In other business, the Board: 

  • Elected Brenda Ryan as chair and Bill Johnson as vice chair of the Board of Trustees for fiscal year 2019;
  • Approved an updated strategic plan, which clarifies the University’s vision, mission and goals;
  • Granted dean and professor emeritus rank to outgoing deans Wayne Pennington, College of Engineering; Bruce Seely, College of Sciences and Arts; Terry Sharik, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science; and James Frendewey, School of Technology;
  • Granted professor emeritus rank to Mark Johnson, School of Technology;
  • Approved 10 recommendations for promotions from assistant professor without tenure to associate professor with tenure; 11 recommendations for promotions from associate professor with tenure to full professor with tenure; and appointed as professors with tenure incoming deans Janet Callahan (College of Engineering) and David Hemmer (College of Sciences and Arts);
  • Considered and approved proposals for three new graduate programs – a PhD program in statistics, a master of science program in statistics and a master of science program in applied statistics – all of which will now go to the state academic affairs officers for final approval.

Michigan Technological University is a public research university founded in 1885 in Houghton, Michigan, and is home to more than 7,000 students from 55 countries around the world. Consistently ranked among the best universities in the country for return on investment, Michigan’s flagship technological university offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, computing, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and the arts. The rural campus is situated just miles from Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, offering year-round opportunities for outdoor adventure.