SAN MARCOS - Work on projects totaling more than $2.7 million was approved by the Sam Houston State University board of regents in their two-day meeting that ended Friday.

On Thursday the board voted unanimously to name Dr. Bobby K. Marks, who has served as interim president of SHSU since Oct. 16, 1995, as the only finalist in their search for the university's 11th president.

The board is expected to formally approve Marks June 4 in a meeting in San Angelo. The board is required by law to wait 21 days after the announcement of position finalists to make that decision.

Other action taken by the Board of Regents of The Texas State University System included:

In another contract item, the university's bookstore contract was awarded to Wayne Rainwater of Huntsville, effective June 1, after a process in which 15 bookstore operators were invited to bid and four bids were submitted.

In other business, the board approved a 2.7 percent food rate charge increase to offset inflationary costs of operation, primarily in food costs, effective June 1.

The board also authorized a change in the name of the Radio-Television-Film program in the Department of Public Communication to the Radio-Television program. The Photography program now administers all aspects of still and moving photography, including film.

The board also approved the university's staff holiday schedule for the 1996-'97 academic year. Holidays include Thanksgiving Nov. 28-29, Christmas Dec. 23 - Jan. 1, Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday (optional) Jan. 20, Spring Holiday March 20-21, Memorial Day May 26, and Independence Day July 4.


For more information, contact Frank Krystyniak at 409-294-1833, 409-295-8541 (home), or e-mail pin_frk@shsu.edu.

May 3, 1996