LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The president of the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees says he's pleased with Gov. Matt Mead's budget recommendations for the state's only four-year public university.

Trustees President Dave Bostrom welcomed the governor recognizing the need to give faculty and staff pay raises.

Pay raises were identified by the board as the top priority for UW.

Mead's budget proposal calls for an average increase of 2.5 percent each of the next two years for UW employees. The governor also included money to continue improving UW College of Engineering building and academic programs.

Mead's budget offers one, 2 percent pay raise for community college employees because the governor says community college boards have been giving their employees raises recently.

The 2014 legislative session will have final say on the budget.