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SFA Board of Regents approves budget, selects creative design firm

July 16, 2013 - University Marketing Communications

NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin State University Board of Regents has approved an institutional budget for Fiscal Year 2014 totaling approximately $237.09 million, which includes a 3-percent merit pool for faculty and staff pay increases for the second consecutive year.

The planned allocations represent a 4-percent increase over last year's institutional budget. A $4.98 million capital plan also was approved by the board at its quarterly meeting Tuesday. The plan includes capital renewal, planned maintenance and renovation projects throughout campus.

"We have developed a very sound budget, and, frankly, considering the economic challenges we have worked through in previous budget sessions, I was very pleased to present this 2013-14 operating budget to the board," said Danny Gallant, SFA vice president for finance and administration. He added that pay increases for faculty and staff members represent one of the university's highest strategic plan initiatives.

The board also selected the Texas-based marketing and creative design firm Richards/Carlberg to provide requested marketing services for the university. Representatives from the firm presented to the Finance and Audit Committee on Monday, along with two other firms being considered.

Richards/Carlberg has done award-winning creative work in the area of higher education, including extensive re-branding campaigns for University of Houston-Downtown, University of St. Thomas, University of Houston-Clear Lake and Lone Star College.

"The committee heard excellent presentations Monday, but the Regents were especially impressed with recent case studies presented by Richards/Carlberg, in particular their work with higher education institutions in the Houston area," said Shirley Luna, executive director of the Office of University Marketing Communications. "In the coming months, the university will be working hand-in-hand with the team from Richards/Carlberg on an extensive new marketing initiative for SFA."

During the meeting Tuesday, the board also approved: