Welcome to Dr. Sue Thomas

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  • July 21, 2014

    Welcome to Dr. Sue Thomas

    Dear Colleagues:

    I want to welcome Dr. Sue Thomas to Truman. Today is Dr. Thomas’s first day as the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and senior member of my cabinet.

    Instead of the “Provost’s Office,” we are returning to the title of “Office of Academic Affairs” when referring to McClain 203. The website will also refer to this office as “Academic Affairs.”

    I know Dr. Thomas looks forward to getting a chance to know you and becoming a part of our community. Please join me in welcoming her to Truman and Kirksville!

    Sincerely,

    Troy

  • June 27, 2014

    Update on Fiscal Year 2015 Budget

    Dear Colleagues:

    On Tuesday, Governor Jay Nixon announced that he is withholding the entire five percent increase for higher education included in the Fiscal Year 2015 budget.  For Truman, this is over $2 million.  While this action is disappointing, it was not unexpected, as the final budget passed by the General Assembly exceeds current revenue projections.

    Our FY 2015 operating budget approved by the Board of Governors was based on the appropriation recommended by the Governor and approved by the General Assembly.  We should know more about FY 2015 funding after the veto session in mid-September.  Until then, we have made the following decisions in reaction to the withholding.

    The previously approved raise of 2% will be implemented as well as other salary decisions such as faculty promotions.

    We will defer on all major equipment purchases unless there are possible safety implications.

    All operations budgets will be reduced by an 8% restriction to the previously approved FY 2015 amount.

    We will continue to carefully review all personnel actions and move forward to fill critical needs.

    I have asked the academic deans and others to look at additional administrative efficiencies.  Operating budgets will be restored if Governor Nixon decides to release the five percent increase after the mid-September veto session and enrollment remains stable.

    Have a great weekend.

    Troy

  • June 17, 2014

    June 2014 Board of Governors Meeting Report

    Dear Colleagues:

    The Truman State University Board of Governors met this past Saturday for their annual June meeting and retreat under the leadership of Board Chair Susan Plassmeyer.

    During the meeting, the Board approved the Operating Budgets and Salary Policies for Fiscal Year 2015. The FY 2015 Operating Budgets was premised on a 5% increase in state appropriation. The budget was developed with the General Assembly recommendation as the appropriation, with reserves to cover a likely Gubernatorial withholding. The approved budget assumes level tuition and fee revenue. The overall result is a small projected increase in revenue and expenditures compared to the FY 2014 budget. Currently the state budget situation is fluid.

    The Board also approved the Salary Policies for FY 2015 that approved salary increases for both faculty and staff. Full-time staff salaries will be increased annually by $600 or 2%, whichever is higher, and part-time staff and full-time and part-time faculty salaries will be increased by 2%. In addition, the Board approved an increase in faculty promotion adjustments for the 2014-2015 Academic Year. Faculty members promoted in rank from assistant professor to associate professor will receive an adjustment, after the 2% increase, of $2,500, and faculty members promoted in rank from associate professor to professor will receive a $5,000 adjustment.

    Other action items approved during the open session of the June meeting included:
    –approval of a replacement chiller for the General Services Building;
    –approval of new lockers for the men’s and women’s natatorium locker rooms, funded by the student athletic fee;
    –approval of an updated agreement with the Laborers’ International Union of North America, Local No. 773;
    –approval of the FY 2016 to FY 2020 State Capital Improvement and Maintenance Request which includes requested funds for the top three priorities of Baldwin/McClain Hall renovation, Pershing Phase 2 renovation, and an emergency electrical backup system which would provide electrical power to campus; and
    -through the work of the Board’s Policy Review Committee, approval of updates to chapters 2, 9, 14 and 16 of the Code of Policies of the Board of Governors.

    John Bohac and Vaughn Pultz, outgoing and incoming presidents of Faculty Senate, provided the annual Faculty Senate Report. I provided a President’s Report, which included updates on recent campus activities, enrollment projections, and various legislative issues. In addition, reports were shared from the three Board committee meetings held throughout the week, which included a review of financial reports and updates on various on-campus construction projects.

    During the closed session of the June meeting, the Board reviewed recommendations for promotion and tenure. A listing of faculty members who will be promoted and/or receive academic tenure effective at the beginning of the 2014-15 Academic Year are as follows:

    Promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor:

    School of Arts and Letters
    James D’Agostino, English
    Sergio Escobar, Spanish

    School of Business
    Kristen Irwin, Accounting

    School of Science and Mathematics
    Stephen Hudman, Biology

    Promoted from Associate Professor to Professor:

    School of Health Sciences and Education
    Janice Clark, Health Science

    School of Science and Mathematics
    Barbara Kramer, Chemistry

    Granted Academic Tenure:

    School of Arts and Letters
    Sergio Escobar, Spanish

    School of Business
    Kristen Irwin, Accounting

    School of Science and Mathematics
    Stephen Hudman, Biology

    School of Social and Cultural Studies
    Susan L. Thomas, Psychology

    I congratulate each of these dedicated individuals and thank them for all that they do on behalf of the University and our students.

    A copy of the complete open session agenda can be found on the Board of Governors website located at http://www.truman.edu/about/our-people/board-of-governors/board-of-governors-agendas/. The
    next meeting of the Board is scheduled for Saturday, August 2.

    Sincerely,

    Troy

  • May 12, 2014

    Appointment of Dr. Susan Thomas as Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

    Dear Truman Community:

    I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Susan (Sue) L. Thomas as Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective July 21, 2014. Dr. Thomas received high praise throughout the campus evaluation process, and I am confident that the skills, experience and professionalism she brings to the position will serve Truman well. Dr. Thomas is very excited about becoming a member of the Truman community, and I hope you will join me in giving her a warm welcome when she arrives.

    While writing, I wanted to once again thank the VPAA Search Advisory Committee. The committee did an outstanding job of bringing three very talented individuals to campus, and I commend them on a task well done.

    Sincerely,

    Troy

  • May 2, 2014

    5 PM Monday Deadline for VPAA Finalists Evaluation Forms

    As a reminder, candidate evaluation forms for the three finalists for the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 5. An electronic form for each candidate is available on the VPAA search website located at http://www.truman.edu/about/our-people/presidents-office/vice-president-for-academic-affairs-search/.

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