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      NMU Board of Trustees approves budget, president search details

      The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees approved the budget for the university on Friday morning.

      According to NMU, the budget of $110.5 million has been approved for the current fiscal year. The budget increased $2.5 million over last year, with NMU citing contractual obligations and inflationary adjustments.

      The board also approved the facility's five-year master plan and the 2014-15 capital outlay project request on Friday, according to NMU officials.

      NMU ranked three projects as top priority, including renovation and addition to the Learning Resources Center; academic facilities upgrades involving the Forest Roberts Theatre, the McClintock Building and the Physical Education Instructional Facility; and renovation of Cohodas Hall.

      Also discussed at the Board of Trustees meeting was the search for a new president for NMU. The board secured an executive search firm and established a campus advisory committee to initiate the search for a new president. Current NMU president David Haynes' interim appointment is scheduled to end on June 30, 2014.