Franklin College president plans to step down in 2020

FRANKLIN (AP) — Franklin College says its President Thomas J. Minar plans to step down following the 2019-2020 academic year.

Minar says in a statement this week that the suburban Indianapolis school has much to celebrate, including fundraising efforts, a new strategic plan and an inclusive student experience. He says the "dedicated stewardship" of the school's faculty and administrative teams is key in the school's success.

Franklin College last month announced it had exceeded its $10 million fundraising goal to support construction and renovation of a new $17 million science facility. The goal was topped for the Campaign for the Sciences, which is helping to pay for the Franklin College Science Center that fully opened in January.

Minar became Franklin College 's 16th president on July 1, 2015.

Butler University plans $100M science complex for campus

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Butler University is planning a $100 million upgrade and expansion of its science facilities that will become the school's largest-single investment to date.

The private Indianapolis college announced Thursday that its trustees approved the three-phase project last week.

The Indianapolis Business Journal reports the school says the project will create 96,000-square-feet of space for a science complex featuring "high-tech classrooms, modern research labs, and collaborative working spaces."

Construction on the first two phases is expected to be completed within about 18 months.

Butler's science program enrollment has increased 70 percent over the past decade, causing the science department to outgrow its space.

Administrators hope to raise at least $42 million for the project through philanthropy, and have already secured $27.5 million in donations. A bond issue will fund the remainder.

Ball State University details cuts, approves tuition hike

MUNCIE (AP) — Ball State University says it was forced to eliminate 25 positions, curb travel and reduce supplies to avoid ending fiscal year 2019 with a budget shortfall.

The Star Press reports the central Indiana school's board of trustees was given the update on Wednesday before the board approved a $391.2 million 2019-20 general fund budget that calls for an increase in tuition and fees of 1.25%. The newspaper says that's the lowest increase since 1977.

The reductions of 25 positions, travel spending and supply expenditures saved $4.5 million.

Man appeals 120-year child molestation sentence

JEFFERSONVILLE (AP) — A southern Indiana man is appealing his 120-year prison sentence for molesting children while working at a YMCA and at an elementary school.

Twenty-year-old Michael Begin Jr.'s attorneys filed their notice to appeal his sentence on May 29 and the appeal's transcript was completed in early June.

The Jeffersonville man had pleaded guilty to 20 counts of child molestation . A Clark County judge sentenced him in April to the maximum 120-year sentence, with the final 20 years to be served on probation.

The News and Tribune reports that because Begin pleaded guilty, he cannot appeal his convictions, but can challenge his sentence.

Authorities say Begin molested 20 children between the ages of 3 and 8 while working at the Clark County Family YMCA and as an elementary school teaching assistant.

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