The Budget & Finance Committee shall consist of the President, the Chancellor, and the Chair of the Committee on Investment, ex officio, and approximately thirteen members of the Corporation.
The Committee shall keep itself fully and currently informed concerning the fiscal affairs of the University and shall advise the President and the Corporation on fiscal matters. The Committee has specific responsibilities for recommending expenditure and revenue budgets each fiscal year, but shall primarily concern itself with monitoring and assessing the long-range fiscal planning and health of the University. It shall be informed in doing so by the work of the Committees on Academic Affairs, Facilities & Campus Planning and its Sub-Committee on Real Estate and Development, Campus Life, Advancement, and Investment, and the University’s overall academic plans and initiatives.
The specific duties of the committee include the following:
- The Committee shall, in advance of its February meeting, receive the report of the University Resources Committee and the recommendation of the President regarding the operating budget of the University for the next fiscal year. The Committee shall endorse or amend those recommendations as appropriate and recommend action to the full Corporation. The Committee shall also advise the Corporation regarding the endowment spending policy.
- The Committee shall have responsibility for reviewing the University’s multi-year financial plans, objectives and needs. This will include setting parameters and risk tolerance for the cash flow profiles and revenue streams of the university, including the endowment, tuition, and fundraising, and communicating those goals and expectations to the Committees on Investment, Advancement, Academic Affairs, and others as necessary.
- The Committee shall, on an annual basis, review the capital plan of the University, shall approve a two-year capital budget, and shall recommend – as part of the revenue and expenditure budgets – to the Corporation financing and expenditures for capital projects, including acquisitions. The Committee shall have responsibility for ongoing review of capital expenses, including facility renewal and any changes in scope or expense of capital projects, and may receive information from the Committee on Facilities & Campus Planning regarding such projects.
- The Committee shall oversee the University’s debt strategy and make recommendations to the Corporation regarding changes in debt strategy and for the issuance of debt offerings. The Committee shall also monitor and advise the Corporation regarding the University’s cash management policies.
The Committee may meet once a year with the members of the University Resources Committee.
The Committee on Budget & Finance shall be staffed by the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration and the Executive Vice President for Planning and Policy.