The Blinn College Board of Trustees approved a $112.6 million budget for Fiscal Year 2018 during its regular meeting Tuesday, representing a 4.5 percent increase over the previous year.
The budget includes a 3 percent salary increase for staff and full-time faculty that will total $1.8 million, an increase in contingency funds to $3 million, and a $1.1 million increase to the replacement and renovations budget.
Per the budget, tuition and fees will represent $60.2 million, or 55.9 percent, of Blinn’s total revenue. The budget includes $23.6 million (21 percent) in state funding and $1.8 million (1.6 percent) in tax revenue. Blinn only collects property tax revenue in Washington County, and per state law, those funds can only be utilized on the Blinn-Brenham Campus.
In other business, the board extended District President/CEO Dr. Mary Hensley’s contract through June 30, 2020, and effective July 1, changed her title to Chancellor of the Blinn College District, reflecting her role as chief executive of a 19,422-student, four-campus institution that will expand to five campuses with the opening of the RELLIS Campus facility in Fall 2018.
“Dr. Hensley has made an historic impact upon Blinn College during her two years as District President/CEO,” said Charles Moser, Board Chair. “She has strengthened Blinn’s partnerships with Texas A&M University and The Texas A&M University System; overseen the development of the RELLIS Campus and new student housing at the Brenham Campus; administered safety, landscaping, parking, and traffic improvements at the Bryan Campus; built strong state-wide relationships during the 85th Legislative Session; and overseen the development of a three-year strategic plan with input from faculty, students, staff, and the community.
“In light of her tireless efforts in support of the Blinn College District and its students, we are pleased to extend Dr. Hensley’s contract and look forward to all she will accomplish on behalf of Blinn students in the years to come.”
During the meeting, the board adopted a resolution in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the Brenham Fire Department, which expresses the College’s gratitude for all the Brenham Fire Department does to protect Blinn College and the Brenham community.
The board also authorized the College to seek bids or proposals for equipment costs related to the Fall 2018 opening of the RELLIS Campus, including furniture, fixtures, audio visual, technology, food service, security, laboratory equipment, building commissioning, signage, graphics, installation, professional fees and other soft costs. As bids or proposals are collected, the award of any contracts or purchase of any equipment or materials over $50,000 will be brought before the board for approval, per College policy.
Trustees authorized the College to award and execute contracts totaling $261,560 for fitness equipment, furniture, and concessions equipment to be used in the Brenham Campus Kruse Center; a $147,031 contract to replace two hot water boilers on the Bryan Campus; and a $95,848 contract for Bryan Campus parking lot maintenance and repairs.