Ohio University

Budget Planning Council


Co-chaired by the Executive Vice President and Provost (EVPP) and the Vice President for Finance and Administration (VPFA), the Budget Planning Council is an advisory body that is a key component of the established governance mechanisms of Ohio University. The University's budget process is guided by the priorities established by the President's Strategic Pathways. The Budget Planning Council is charged with serving an advisory role to the President regarding current and multi-year budget issues, long-term financial policies and funding priorities. The Council members serve as representatives of the entire University community as they conduct Council business. They also communicate to and provide feedback from their respective constituent groups on institutional budget policy and financial planning issues that impact the long-term health of the institution. The co-chairs communicate the Budget Planning Council's advisory recommendations to the president.

The duties and responsibilities of the Budget Planning Council include the following:

  • Ensuring overall financial policies and budgetary guidelines are consistent with and promote institutional priorities.
  • Recommending to the President the general assumptions and principles leading to the construction of the University budget.
  • Reviewing and recommending approval of tuition, fee, and internal rate requests.
  • Conducting and utilizing scans of internal and external financial trends as part of the budget process.
  • Receiving and reviewing the Student Fee Committee's recommendation(s) to the Board of Trustees.


FY20 Membership List
Member Membership Status Term
Elizabeth Sayrs Executive Vice President and Provost (co-chair) Ongoing
Deb Shaffer Vice President for Finance and Administration (co-chair) Ongoing
Robin Muhammad Faculty Senate Chair While holding Senate Office
Sara Helfrich Faculty Senate Vice Chair While holding Senate Office
Susan Williams Faculty Senate Finance and Facilities Chair While holding Senate Office
Matthew Shaftel Dean's Council 2019-2022
Randy Leite Dean's Council 2017-2020
Florenz Plassman Dean's Council 2019-2021
Andy Fodor Faculty-at-Large 2019-2021
Dale Masel Faculty-at-Large 2018-2020
Janie Peterson Student Senate President While holding Senate Office
Kaelyn Ferris Graduate Student Senate President While holding Senate Office
Austin McClain Student Trustee 2019-2020
Jason Pina Vice President Council 2018-2020
Amanda Graham Classified Senate Representative 2018-2020
Tim Epley Administrative Senate Representative 2018-2020

In addition, a representative from the President's Office and staff members from administrative units attend as non-voting members.

Past Meetings

An archive of FY20 meeting agendas, handouts, and minutes will be available below as meetings progress. For meeting materials prior to FY20, please reach out to budgetplanning@ohio.edu.

Please other direct questions and comments to bpc@ohio.edu.

June 3, 2020 materials (PDF)

May 27, 2020 materials (PDF)

May 20, 2020 materials (PDF)

May 13, 2020 materials (PDF)

May 6, 2020 materials (PDF)

April 30, 2020 materials (PDF)

November 13, 2019 Materials (PDF)

October 9, 2019 Materials (PDF)