Board of Trustees chairman Nelson Carbonell announced Friday the Board would open up its quarterly meetings to students and faculty starting in October.
LeBlanc answered questions from audience members, covering everything from his goals in office to the correct way to pronounce his last name.
In a long and candid address to the Faculty Senate, University President Thomas LeBlanc suggested some at the University weren’t supportive of its research focus but he pledged that effort would continue during his tenure.
The Board of Trustees is launching a task force that will focus on the student experience, examining everything from residence hall life to affordability.
Board Chairman Nelson Carbonell said trustees will likely not change internal rules to add a voting student but will give student leaders a greater role.
About 42,000 alumni contributed to the campaign, which officially ended June 30 and raised funds for construction projects, student aid and academic programs.
Former SA President Erika Feinman presented the Board with a list of recommendations detailing how to add a student to the University’s highest governing body.
The announcement marked the signature achievement of the University’s efforts to use donations to fund campus projects. But even as the milestone passed, officials said there were still areas of the University that had not been fully explored as sources of donations.
The University will expand its undergraduate financial aid pool by about 8 percent next fiscal year, the highest one-year increase since 2011.
Around 300 seniors crammed into the grand ballroom of the Marvin Center Friday afternoon to raise a champagne flute to a record number of donations from the senior class and their upcoming commencement.