The annual reports of the president from the beginning of the present administration in 1919 through June, 1929, have been published in previous bulletins. This issue covers the year July 1, 1929 through June 30, 1930. In form it varies from the others in that included here are individual reports from the principal divisions of the college and certain administrative officials in addition to the president.
This year has brought a considerable increase in the enrolment of students and in the number of graduates; in the budget appropriations for operation and capital outlay; in the physical plant facilities and the unencumbered valuation of the plant; and in the summer quarter and other special activities.
Alumni relations have been strengthened, the best reunion for many years has been held, and the general interest of our former students has been most cordial and helpful. While this institution has never been the recipient of large donations such as have come to some colleges, it is encouraging to note that several generous gifts have been made during the year and will serve very helpfully. There is reason to believe that others will soon follow.
The finances of the institution have been kept in excellent condition by means of a scrupulously balanced budget. The needs that have not been met are legion, but we are proceeding on the policy that it is better to wait until funds are available than to incur debt in supplying these needs.
During the year two major building projects have been completed: the heating and power plant, and Patton engineering hall. The University Club has completed and occupied its house on the campus. Numerous smaller projects have been finished, together with some important remodelling and much repairing.
New building projects started just as the year was ending include the handsome dairy products building, the mechanical engineering laboratory building, and the completion of the stone dormitory. Important heating connections also had been started.
An outstanding and most urgent need is an auditorium, preferably combined with a social service building. This cannot be too strongly emphasized.
In the general report especial attention is asked for the sections referring to the Carnegie report on athletics, to the report of the state agricultural commission, and to the state development service of the college, both agricultural and industrial. Also, it is hoped that the reports from the various divisions and administrative officials will be given attention, which they certainly merit.
Julian A. Burruss, President.