The Truman State University Board of Governors held their first meeting of the 2014 calendar year this past Saturday under the leadership of the newly elected chair, Susan Plassmeyer. Other officers for the 2014 calendar year include vice chair, Jim O’Donnell, and secretary, Sarah Burkemper. At the meeting, the Board officially expressed appreciation to Karen Haber for her exemplary service as chair for the 2013 calendar year.
Matt Cooper and Katherine Scheidt, President and Vice President of the Student Government, provided the annual Student Government Report. Mark Gambaiana, provided an update on Foundation Board activities and the “Pursue the Future” Campaign, and summaries were shared from the four Board committee meetings held earlier in the morning which included reports on Portfolio Assessment, Public Safety and the Campus Master Plan. The Board reviewed financial reports and received updates on various on-campus construction projects, and I provided a president’s report highlighting a number of items that I will report on during the All-University Meeting scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Monday, February 17, in the Georgian Room of the Student Union.
Within the area of finance and auditing, the Board accepted the proposal of RubinBrown of St. Louis, Missouri, to perform external audit services for the University for a five year period, beginning FY2104 and ending FY2018. I am also pleased to report that within the area of Academic and Student Affairs, the Board approved a Campus-wide Smoking and Tobacco Use Ban. The policy, approved through the process of verbal amendment, will go into effect July 1, 2015, and will include reference to a campus effort to assist with cessation. A copy of the policy will be shared with the campus community as soon as the approved changes have been incorporated into the document and reviewed by the Board.
While on campus, Board members were also given the opportunity to dine in Centennial Hall and to attend the women’s and men’s Bulldog basketball games held in Pershing. A copy of the Board agenda can be found on the Board of Governors website located at http://governors.truman.edu/agendamaterials.asp.
The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for Saturday, April 12.