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UT System Board of Regents approves $104 million budget for UTPA
By C.M. Powell, Informational Writer III
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Posted: 08/18/1999
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For the first time in the institution’s history, The University of Texas-Pan American will have an operating budget that tops the $100 million mark.

At $104 million, UTPA’s fiscal year 1999-2000 budget, approved by The University of Texas System Board of Regents Aug. 12, is a seven percent increase over the 1998-99 operating budget.

The budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins Sept. 1, includes a $100 per month salary increase for staff employees mandated by the State Legislature and a 12 percent increase in funding for faculty salaries for merit raises, promotions, new positions and increased resources for faculty to teach summer classes.

"We are very pleased that the Legislature passed a non-faculty $100 per month raise — and funded it," said James Langabeer, vice president for business affairs at UTPA.

Other increases in UTPA’s budget include $120,000 in additional funds to academic departments for operating, travel and wage expenses, and a $167,000 boost in research initiative funds.

The overall operating budget for the 15-campus UT System for 1999-2000 totals $5.42 billion. The new budgets for the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and UT Health Science Center at Houston include $2.5 million in appropriations for operation of the Regional Academic Health Center in the Rio Grande Valley.