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CHARLESTON, S.C. -

Clemson University trustees approved the new 2013-2014 operating budget, and re-elected David Wilkins as the board's Chairman.

The new $47 million operating budget is 5.5% higher than last year. It includes an additional $7.5 million in state appropriations. The university plans to use the new resources to focus on their 2020 plan: enhancing student quality and performance; new opportunities for students; attracting, retaining and rewarding top people; and competitive facilities.

“CU’s instruction budget is at a historically high level,” said Vice President for Finance and Operations Brett Dalton. “We are investing more in instruction and core mission activities than any point in our history. Instruction and academic support make up the largest single expense category at 28 percent, while institutional support costs are approximately 34 percent lower than FY 08-09.”

In other business, the board approved:

  • Spaulding Paolozzi Center, the university’s architecture center in Charleston, with project costs of $23.7 million funded through institution bonds and private gifts;
  • an upgrade to the Campbell Graduate Center advanced powertrain laboratory;
  • an addition to Freeman Hall on campus;
  • a bond resolution for Watt Family Innovation Center;
  • a new graduate-level Technical Certificate for Digital Artists;
  • the new Statistical and Mathematical Consulting Center; and
  • a Wood Utilization and Design Institute.

Trustess also re-elected David Wilkins of Greenville to a third, two-year term as chairman of the board of trustees. 

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