Two weeks from this past Saturday marks the beginning of a new academic year which a new class of freshmen and transfer students converging on the Truman campus. I am excited about the coming year and the opportunity to continue to be a part of the Truman State University community. As a reminder, we ask that you mark your calendars for the Strategic Planning and Assessment Workshop scheduled for August 14-15. The workshop will begin with the annual All-University Fall Opening Assembly scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 14, in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall and end with a Ready-or-Not Appreciation Luncheon scheduled for noon on Thursday, August 15. These two events provide an opportunity for the campus community to come together in celebration and to recognize the many achievements of our faculty and staff. I look forward to addressing you at the fall assembly and visiting with you at the luncheon. The Provost Office will soon provide additional details relating to the workshop.
I write today to also provide a report on the August meeting of the Truman Board of Governors. At Saturdays’ meeting, the Board heard reports from their three committee meetings which included updates on financials, construction projects and the HLC Pathway Project. I provided a President’s Report in regard to current issues facing the University, and Brad Chambers, Planned Giving Officer, provided a Foundation report which included highlights from the 2012-13 year.
The Board approved the State General Revenue Request for FY 2015 and the Local Capital Budgets for Fiscal year 2014, a major focus of which will be HVAC replacement, masonry and roofing repairs, and other projects designed to preserve our facilities. The Board also ratified a change in the project budget for the Small Gym Wood Floor Replacement Project. Finally, the Board revised their Bylaws in regard to their operation of committees and also approved a defined contribution plan.
A copy of the complete agenda from the August 3rd meeting can be found on the Board of Governors website located at http://governors.truman.edu/agendamaterials.asp <http://governors.truman.edu/agendamaterials.asp> . The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for Friday, October 18, in conjunction with Truman Homecoming activities.