Finance and Administration Committee 2019-2020
Mission: The Finance and Administration Committee will concern itself with the financial affairs of the University, including establishing priorities and allocating funds within the budget.
The chair of this committee or the chair’s designee should attend meetings as an observer to the Financial Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees and also the Board of Trustees’ Finance Committee for Investments. The chair or designee should attend meetings as a member of the Central Budget Committee.
CHAIR: William Knowles, Accounting & Finance PAUL
Tama Andrews, serving as a proxy for Chris Reardon, Political Science COLA
John LaCourse, Electrical Engineering CEPS
Adele Marone, Molecular, Cellular & Biomed. Sci. COLSA
Scott Ollinger, Natural Resources & the Environment COLSA
Stephen Pimpare, UNH Manchester
Sterling Tomellini, Chemistry CEPS
Corresponding Administrators: Vice President for Finance and Administration
Recurring Charges 2019-2020
1. Work with administration to obtain “timely and complete budgetary proposals for new academic initiatives and opportunities” (Motion # XVI-M17) and provide information to the Faculty Senate through report.
a. Monitor how the percentage of tuition dollars that is allocated directly to Central Administration (approaching 30%) is being used and provide information to the Faculty Senate through report.
b. Monitor and report on the status of Advancement fundraising efforts and the association between Advancement efforts, academic programs, and student success.
c. Monitor and report on tenure track vs. non-tenure track positions, tenure-track vs. non-tenure track credit hour generation, and the percentage of the UNH budget going towards non-academic vs. academic units. Identify areas of significant change over the last 5 years.
2. Work with the Provost and UNH’s new Chief Financial Officer to organize, constitute, and charge the Budget Advisory Committee.
3. Monitor and report on efforts coming from the USNH system office to reduce costs by consolidating services across USNH institutions.
4. Analyze and report on efforts being taken to reduce costs and increase revenue in non-academic units at UNH.
5. Finish the work started by the FAC in the 2018-19 academic year to investigate and report findings about where UNH uses outside consultations, how much money is spent on outside consultants and consider actions to encourage the use of in-house organizations and professionals if appropriate.
Recurring charges for 2018-2019
1. Continue to ask the administration to provide “timely and complete budgetary proposals for new academic initiatives and opportunities” (Motion # XVI-M17). Either the chair of designated member of the committee should serve on the Budget Advisory Committee and report back to the Faculty Senate.
2. The percentage of tuition dollars allocated to Central Administration was increased from 26.5% to 30.5% to address a deficit that Central Administration incurred when state appropriations were decreased. The VP of Finance and Administration reported that once the deficit in Central Administration is paid down, the 30.5% rate will be reevaluated. Continue to monitor the status of this debt and the percentage of tuition going to Central Administration and report to full senate.
Charges for Academic Year 2018-19
3. Gather information about college-level timelines and processes of budget construction, as well as faculty contributions to the process. Produce a report with recommendations of “best practices” to ensure faculty input on budget decisions that impact academic programs. Year-long study.
4. Monitor and report to the Senate on the past Capital campaign, specifically how that money is being used, and provide updates of any new initiatives in the area of fundraising. Ask Debbie Dutton, VP of Advancement, to meet with committee in the late fall or early spring.
5. In light of the continued financial challenges facing UNH and the financial scrutiny faced by academic units on campus, analyze and report on the measures taken to control and reduce costs in non-academic units.
6. Work with the Vice President of Finance and Administration, Chris Clement, to identify UNH-specific reasons for increases in tuition and compare it to national trends. In particular, review the rise in administrative positions, especially in new areas of focus, such as student-support staff. If appropriate, make recommendations based on this data.
7. Request from the Dean of COLSA, Jon Wraith, and Interim Provost Wayne Jones an accounting of the financial cost and benefits of reducing the scope of TSAS, with supporting documentation.
8. Identify and list the outside contracts made to meta-educational companies, both single-use and ongoing contracts, and calculate the amount that UNH pays to outside consultants each year for the last 5 years. Provide details about the purpose these consultations served and whether there are in-house organizations and professionals who could have accomplished the work of an outside consultant for less money. Explore the possibility of creating a policy that mandates seeking faculty with the required expertise before contracting with an outside entity.
9. Enrollment Management: report on the budget expenditures from this office and, if possible, assess the return on investment.
The charges from the Agenda Committee shall comprise the major and first-order work of the Finance and Administration Committee. However, the Committee may pursue additional issues in pursuit of its mission, stated above. If the additional issue interferes with the timelines stated in the charges above, the Committee must receive permission from the Agenda Committee before proceeding. If the additional interest does not interfere with the established timelines, the Committee must inform the Agenda Committee.
Finance and Administration Committee Membership 2018-19
- Buzz Scherr, School of Law, chair
- Tama Andrews, Political Science, COLA
- Adele Marone, Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Science, COLSA
- Michael Gass, Kinesiology, CHHS
- Phillipe Hatcher, Computer Science, CEPS
- William Knowles, Accounting & Finance, PCBE
- John LaCourse, Electrical & Computer Engineering, CEPS
- Stephan Shipe, Accounting & Finance, PCBE