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/ BOARD OF REGENTS NEWSWIRE - June 22, 2020

The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents met June 22. The Board agenda and meeting materials in their entirety are available at https://www.semo.edu/board/meeting_info.html.

New, Former Regents Honored

The meeting began with a swearing-in ceremony for Lloyd Smith of Sikeston, Missouri, the newest member of the Southeast Board of Regents. Smith replaces Jay B. Knudtson of Cape Girardeau, whose term on the Board ended earlier this spring. The Regents also presented resolutions of honor to Knudtson and former Student Representative to the Board of Regents, Luke M. LeGrand, whose term also has expired.

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Regents Approve Minutes from June 11, May 15 Meetings (Page 3)

The minutes were approved from the Board of Regents' June 11 and May 15, 2020, meetings.

/ REPORT ITEMS

Vargas Presents University President's Report

Southeast President Carlos Vargas outlined recent actions the University has taken related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the establishment of the Scholarship for Advocacy, Equity and Justice in his President's Report to the Regents. Click here to view his report.

Regents Hear Report on Contracts and Facilities Management Projects (Page 56)

Kathy Mangels, vice president for finance and administration, delivered a report on contracts and Facilities Management projects to the Board. She says no new contracts in excess of $100,000 have been issued since the Board's last meeting. Work on tunnels 51-55 near Group Housing continues and is set for completion in August. The University received an approximate $500,000 appropriation …
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Godard Presents Report on Status, Timeline for Program Prioritization Process (Page 61)

Provost Mike Godard presented a report on the status and timeline for the Program Prioritization Process.

Regents Hear FY20 Operating Budget to Actual Report (Page 58)

Kathy Mangels, vice president for finance and administration, delivered an FY20 Operating Budget to Actual Year to Date Report estimated through June 30, which is the end of the fiscal year. She outlined current state funding, noting that earlier this month, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced additional budget restrictions due to COVID-19. For Southeast, this represents a $2.07 million withholding …
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/ ACTION ITEMS

Southeast Regents Approve $139 Million FY21 Operating Budget (Page 23)

The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved a $139 million operating budget for FY21, which begins July 1. The approved budget includes the University’s Education and General (E&G), designated and auxiliary fund budgets. The FY21 operating budget, down 2.7% from FY20, includes tuition and fee rates to be assessed to students for the 2020-2021 academic year approved …
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Regents Approve Course Fees for Electronic Materials (Page 42)

The Regents approved one new electronic course fee and discontinued electronic course fees on nine courses for the fall 2020 semester. The fee provides students access to electronic course materials.

Regents Approve New Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity, Minor in Jazz Studies (Page 46)

The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents approved a new Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity and a new minor in jazz studies. Both new programs are expected to begin during the 2020-2021 academic year. Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity The new Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity will be offered by the Department of Computer Science in the Harrison College of Business …
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Board Approves Replacing Orientation Fees with New Student Enrollment Fees (Page 44)

The Board of Regents approved replacing the existing orientation fee for FirstSTEP, new transfer and new international students with an enrollment fee effective with fall 2021 enrollments. Under the new rate schedule, enrollment fees will be $150 for new, first-time students, $100 for new transfer students and $200 for new international students. The fee for transfer students is increasing by $25 while the enrollment fee for new first-time students and international students remains the same as the existing orientation fees for these groups of students. New student enrollment fees will be posted to the student account at the same time fall/spring tuition is assessed. If the student is eligible for financial aid, it will be available to offset this enrollment fee along with other charges the student may have incurred. A student will only be assessed a new student enrollment fee one-time.

/ ACTION ITEMS

Announcements Following Closed/Closed Executive Sessions

During closed session, the Board took the following actions:

  • By a vote of 6 to 0 the Board approved the minutes of the Board’s May 15, 2020 Closed Session meeting. Regents Britt, Gargas, Klocke, Limbaugh, Malik, and Smith voted to approve.
  • Pursuant to RSMo 610.021.3 pertaining to hiring, firing, disciplining or promotion of personnel and by a vote of 6 to 0 the Board approved personnel actions for April 2020. Regents Britt, Gargas, Klocke, Limbaugh, Malik, and Smith voted to approve.
  • Pursuant to RSMo 610.021.9 pertaining to negotiations with employee groups and by a vote of 6 to 0 the Board approved Bargaining Unit Agreements with the International Union of Operating Engineers and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Regents Britt, Gargas, Klocke, Limbaugh, Malik, and Smith voted to approve.
  • Pursuant to RSMo 610.021.3 pertaining to hiring, firing, disciplining or promotion of personnel and by a vote of 6 to 0 the Board approved the proposed faculty promotions, tenure, post-professorial merit, and non-tenure track merit requests. Regents Britt, Gargas, Klocke, Limbaugh, Malik, and Smith voted to approve. Read more ...
  • The Board also had conversations under RSMo 610.021.1 pertaining to legal matters, and RSMo 610.021.3 and 610.021.13 pertaining to personnel.
  • By a vote of 6 to 0 the Board voted to adjourn Closed Session and reconvene the Open Session. Regents Britt, Gargas, Klocke, Limbaugh, Malik, and Smith voted to approve.
During closed executive session, the Board took the following actions:
  • By a vote of 6 to 0 the Board approved the minutes of their May 15, 2020 and June 11, 2020 Closed Executive Session meetings. Regents Britt, Gargas, Klocke, Limbaugh, Malik, and Smith voted to approve.
  • Under consideration of recommendations pertaining to personnel records and performance ratings pursuant to RSMo 610.021.13, the Board of Regents completed the annual performance review of University President Carlos Vargas voting 6 to 0 to extend University President Vargas’ contract to run through June 30, 2023 consistent with the terms of his rolling contract approved by the Board of Regents at their June 26, 2017 meeting. In the same vote, Regents approved changes to the University President’s paid time off accrual schedule; and affirmed a one percent mid-year salary increase for the University President, the same as other employees, effective January 1, 2021 and contingent upon actual revenues recognized compared to budget during the first half of the fiscal year. Regents Britt, Gargas, Klocke, Limbaugh, Malik, and Smith voted to approve all actions, subject to the execution of a signed contract addendum.
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