MISSOULA, Mont. -

The Montana Board of Regents says its top priorities include employee pay and benefits, along with several building initiatives.
    
The Missoulian reports (http://bit.ly/XMbhV2 ) the regents are meeting this week to discuss issues likely to be before the Legislature when it convenes in January.
    
Regent Pat Williams says senior faculty members earn considerably less than those in other states and that must be rectified.
    
Regents also will likely push a $47 million upgrade to Missoula college, which has seen its enrollment increase to more than 2,100 students.
    
They want to remodel and remodel and expand the Allied Health and Science Building at Montana State University-Billings at a cost of $14.7 million. They also want to build a new auto and diesel technology facility at MSU-Northern in Havre for $7.9 million.