Blog Archives

August 5, 2014

Start of Academic Year Events and August Board of Governors Recap

Dear Colleagues:

In less than two weeks we will begin a new academic year with a new class of freshmen and transfer students converging on the Truman campus. I hope each of you had a productive and restorative summer and that you are as excited as I am to begin a new academic year. I always enjoy welcoming new faces to campus and reconnecting with members of the University community.

As a reminder, we ask that you mark your calendars for the Strategic Planning and Assessment Workshop scheduled for August 13-14. The workshop will begin with the annual All-University Fall Opening Assembly scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 13, in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall, and ends with our Ready-or-Not Appreciation Luncheon scheduled for noon on Thursday, August 14. These two events provide an opportunity for the campus community to come together in celebration and 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 Board of Governors met this past Saturday under the leadership of Board Chair Susan Plassmeyer. During the meeting, the Board approved the State General Revenue Request for FY 2016 and the Local Capital Budgets for Fiscal Year 2015, a major focus of which will be masonry and roofing repairs, HVAC system replacements and other projects designed to preserve our facilities. The Board also continued its review of their policies. They approved a revised Student Conduct Code designed to comply with new federal guidelines addressing sexual misconduct on college campuses, updated their student housing policies and made minor edits to a few other policies which were out-of-date and/or obsolete. In addition, the Board heard reports throughout the day on the proposed Student Conduct Code, Athletic compliance, campus safety, year-end financials, construction projects and a president’s report where I provided an update on summer activities as well as current issues facing the University. A copy of the complete agenda from the August 2 meeting 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 Friday, October 10, in conjunction with Truman Homecoming activities.

Thank you for all that you do for our students and for Truman. Each of you are greatly appreciated.

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

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

March 24, 2014

VPAA Search Update

Dear Colleagues:

I wanted to provide a quick update on the search for our new Vice President for Academic Affairs.  The search advisory committee has met regularly over the last couple of months to discuss the qualities we seek in a VPAA at Truman.  The job has been posted since mid-February, and Bill Funk and his associates have been busy recruiting applicants best prepared to be an effective chief academic officer at Truman.  Today is the deadline for candidates to submit their materials for full consideration.  The committee is meeting with me on Wednesday to select the semi-finalists.  After the search firm completes its due diligence on those selected, we will ask the semi-finalists to meet with me and Mr. Funk at an off-campus location for an in-depth discussion about the position and Truman.  After those meetings, we will identify the finalists to invite for on-campus interviews.  We are preliminarily expecting those interviews to occur during the last two weeks of classes.

I want to once again thank the search advisory committee for all of their assistance in this important search.  I will provide another update in the next couple of weeks.

Sincerely,

Troy

March 14, 2014

Sympathy Notice for Professor Bruce Coggins

Dear Colleagues:

It is with sadness that I inform you that Dr. Bruce Coggins, Associate Professor of Economics, passed away early Saturday morning while at home under Hospice care. Bruce was a valued colleague and will be sincerely missed on the Truman campus. My sympathy goes out to Janet and the Coggins family.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 15, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Kirksville, with visitation on Friday at the Church, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Sincerely,

Troy