Before I provide a summary of Friday’s Board of Governors meeting, I wanted to extend my personal appreciation to everyone on the Truman campus who worked so hard to get the campus ready for Homecoming weekend. The campus looked beautiful. The renovation of Franklin Street with our new medians, light poles and the “Truman State University” and “Don’t Follow. Pursue.” banners helped bring a festive touch to our Homecoming activities while also providing a spectacular focal point for campus. My appreciation goes out to the staff in the areas of Physical Plant, Advancement, Publications, Public Relations, Athletics, Public Safety, Center for Student Involvement, Student Union and Sodexo as well as the City of Kirksville and the many other Truman faculty and staff members scattered across campus who assisted in the preparation and execution of this weekend’s activities.
At Friday’s Board of Governors meeting, the Board heard a report on Truman’s branding and web redesign projects from Becky Morehouse, Vice President for Client Services with Stamats, Inc. Representatives from RubinBrown LLP accounting firm reviewed the Fiscal Year 2013 audited financial reports of the University declaring a clean and unqualified audit. Mark Gambaiana, Vice President for University Advancement, provided a report on Advancement activities including the affirmation of the start of the quiet phase of our next capital campaign entitled Pursue the Future, noting an initial campaign goal of $40 million with funds to be designated to student scholarships, academic program and faculty support, athletics and the Truman Fund for Excellence. It is expected that the public phase of the campaign will be launched at Homecoming 2015. I provided a President’s Report on current issues facing the University, and the Board received reports from their four committees which held meetings earlier in the week.
The Board took action on a number of items within the area of budget and capital projects. The Board approved a Planetarium and Multi-Media Theatre Project. This project involves installation of a projection dome, digital projection system, sound system, lighting system and seating into the shell of the planetarium and multi-media theatre facility which was constructed in 2005 as part of the Magruder Hall expansion and renovation project. The total cost for the project is $495,000, with $270,000 provided from donors including parents who made gifts to the Truman Parents Council project. The Board approved architectural services for the 2014 Roofing, Masonry and Window Project, a project which will address several maintenance and repair issues at three major campus buildings (Pickler Memorial Library, McClain Hall and Magruder Hall). The Board also approved the purchase of three items of equipment over $25,000: 1) a computer server for use by Information Technology Services; 2) a 35-passenger bus which will be utilized to transport student groups for such activities as athletic events, musical events and field trips; and 3) a platemaking system to replace obsolete equipment which will be used by Truman’s Publications and Printing Services departments. Finally, the Board took action to reappoint Truman’s current legislative consultants for the upcoming calendar year.
I am also pleased to report that the Board approved the awarding of Truman’s fifth honorary degree, thus continuing the practice of honoring individuals who have made a significant contribution to the University. The Board’s honorary degree committee met on October 15 and relayed its recommendation to the full Board on Friday that Marilyn Gibbons be awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters at the Winter 2013 Commencement exercises of Truman State University. The committee noted that Marilyn has devoted her entire working life to the University and has, in the past, mentioned her regret that she was unable to complete the course requirements for her undergraduate degree. Marilyn has indicated her desire to retire from the University at the end of the calendar year after completing 50 years of service in the Registrar’s Office. The nomination stated that Marilyn has worked with nine different Registrars, assisted with conversions from manual registration and typed transcripts to on-line computer systems, and thus played a part in the enrollment and graduation of thousands of students. I look forward to recognizing Marilyn officially at the Winter 2013 Commencement ceremony.
A copy of the agenda from the October 18th meeting 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, December 7, on the Truman State University campus.