By The Associated Press
FLORENCE, Alabama — The University of North Alabama board of trustees has voted to move up to Division I in athletics.
The trustees voted 6-3 Monday in favor of the move.
UNA President William G. Cale earlier said financing the proposed move and sustaining it were his top concerns leading up to the vote.
Division II UNA spends about $4 million on athletics each year. School officials say the move would cost an additional $3.5 million annually, bringing the athletic budget to about $7.5 million.
A third of that, or $1.318 million, is expected to be generated by an increase in the student athletic fee. Additional revenue would come from corporate sponsorships, ticket sales, game guarantees NCAA and conference distribution and donations from the UNA Sportsman’s Club.