At the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents meeting Saturday afternoon in the campus Administration Building:
• President Steven Gamble said for summer school, ENMU-Portales was up 9 percent in head count and 11 percent in semester credit hours.
For the fall semester, compared to last year, enrollment is up 10 percent for the head count and 5 percent for semester credit hours, Gamble said. He expects head count to decrease and semester credit hours increase for the final count.
• Regents extended Gamble’s three-year contract for another year, through June 20, 2015. As with other university employees, Gamble said, he didn’t get a pay raise, so his salary remains about $188,000.
• Regents authorized the sale of about $28 million in bonds — $27 million for construction and $1 million for refunding a previous bond. The construction projects are a new freshmen dorm, demolition of some existing dorms, installation of new hot water piping and the replacement of the main Greyhound Arena basketball court ceiling.
Vice President of Business Affairs Scott Smart said it was a 25-year bond held by the New Mexico Finance Authority with an interest rate of just more than 4 percent.
• The board approved a new emergency management program that would allow students to earn bachelor’s degrees, minors or certificates in the area.
• Smart said workers have begun trenching to work on hot water piping. He expects the project to cost $5 million.
• Smart said work on the Greyhound Arena ceiling would begin next summer right after graduation.
• Smart said he hoped the Technology Building renovations would finish in September, and the art and anthropology programs would move there in December.
• The board voted to change the name of the Digital Cinema Arts major to Digital Film-making.
• ENMU-Roswell President John Madden said summer school at his campus is up 2 percent in head count.
• ENMU-Ruidoso President Clayton Alred said summer enrollment at his campus was down by 32 students.
• Alred said ENMU-Ruidoso had received a $7,500 grant for its network security program.
• The board approved the five-year capital outlay plan for the Portales campus. Smart said the top priority was remodeling the 50-year-old Jack Williamson Liberal Arts building, which would cost about $13.4 million.
• The board approved the ENMU-Ruidoso five-year capital outlay plan. Alred said priorities included renovating the student services area, getting a photo voltaic solar energy system for teaching and supplementing school energy needs, remodeling existing space for computer and electronic programs, and acquiring and renovating property near the Spencer Theater.
• The board approved the ENMU-Roswell five-year capital outlay plan. Roswell campus Vice President of Business Affairs Eric Johnston-Ortiz said the priorities were infrastructure that needed updating and maintenance, and getting an archives and repository facility that met state standards.
— Compiled by PNT Senior Writer Argen Duncan