March 8, 2001

Trustees to Visit This Weekend

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The Cornell University Board of Trustees will meet in Ithaca today and Friday. The Board’s agenda includes a discussion of tuition in the statutory colleges and the creation of a new graduate field of horticulture, among other topics.

President Hunter R. Rawlings III will address the board at their one-hour open session, beginning Friday at 9 a.m. in the Trustee Meeting Room of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art.

Uzo Asonye ’02, president of the Student Assembly (S.A.), will present a report to the board about the work the S.A. has done in the past year.

Beginning tomorrow, three Trustee Board committees will have open sessions. The Buildings and Properties Committee will meet from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Trustee Meeting Room. They are scheduled to discuss the status of on-campus construction projects in the statutory colleges.

The Committee on Land Grant and Statutory College Affairs will hold a meeting from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the Taylor A/B Room of the Statler Hotel. A report will be given on the budget process in Albany.

The fiscal year begins in April in New York State, and although the state Assembly has not yet passed its state budget, “we’re further along now in the budget process,” said Henrik N. Dullea ’61, vice president for University relations.

“State University trustees have already made their proposal to the fiscal committees [on the state Assembly],” Dullea said.

The Board will decide what recommendations to make on statutory college tuition in a closed session on Friday. They will base their vote on the recommendations of the statutory college affairs committee.

The Board will also vote on the creation of a graduate field of horticulture, which would merge their existing graduate fields of pomology, vegetable crops and floriculture and ornamental horticulture. The faculty senate approved the move at its last meeting on Feb. 14.

Tickets for the open session of the full Board of Trustees have been available since Tuesday at the information desk in the lobby of Day Hall. Tickets are not needed to attend the committees’ open sessions.

The Board last met at the Cornell Club in New York City at the end of January. At that meeting, they approved a 4.9 percent tuition hike in the endowed colleges.

Archived article by Maggie Frank