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/ BOARD OF REGENTS NEWSWIRE - Dec. 18, 2020

The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents met Dec. 18. The Board agenda and meeting materials in their entirety are available at semo.edu/board/meeting_info.

/ ACTION ITEMS

Regents Approve Sept. 28 Open Session Meeting Minutes (Page 4-21)

The minutes were approved from the Board of Regents' Sept. 28, 2020 meeting.

Regents Appoint Redinger to Show Me Center Board of Managers (Page 22)

The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today appointed Eric Redinger as a University representative to the Show Me Center Board of Managers. Redinger, associate director of Recreation Services at Southeast, will serve a three year-term ending Dec. 1, 2023. He replaces Mike Buck, director of Recreation Services, whose term on the Board expired Dec. 1. Other University representative …

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Regents Reappoint Drake to Missouri Innovation Corporation Board of Directors (Page 23-24)

The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today appointed Matt Drake to a second term to the Board of Directors of the Missouri Innovation Corporation (MIC). Drake, president and chief executive officer of First State Bank & Trust Co. Inc. in Sikeston, Missouri, will serve a three-year term ending October 2023. Board members are representative of the University's service …

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Sheriff Appointed to River Campus Board of Managers (Page 25)

Dr. Brad Sheriff, vice president for finance and administration at Southeast Missouri State University, was appointed today to the River Campus Board of Managers. The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents approved the appointment of Sheriff to replace Southeast Provost Mike Godard whose term expired Dec. 1. Sheriff's term runs through Dec. 1, 2023. Sheriff is one of three …

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Regents Confer Degrees for Summer, Fall 2020 (Page 26-33)

The Board conferred degrees for summer and fall 2020 candidates for graduation. Southeast held two commencement ceremonies Nov. 21 in the Show Me Center. Candidates in the College of Education, Health and Human Studies and the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics participated in a ceremony at 10 a.m. Candidates in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; Harrison College of Business and Computing; and the Holland College of Arts and Media took part in a 2 p.m. ceremony.

Board of Regents Approves Program Changes for Southeast

The Southeast Missouri State Board of Regents approved today the addition, streamlining and deletion of several academic programs for the University. The first area of program updates approved by the board was the addition of one new degree program and two new certificates. The College of Education, Health and Human Studies will house the new program additions: Master of Science …

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Intensive English Programs’ Revised Fee Structure to Support Student Success at Southeast

The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today, Dec. 18, approved a flat program fee structure for the Premium Immersion Program and the Online Intensive English Program offered by Southeast’s Office of International Education and Services (IES). The new fee structure will be $2,750 per 8-week session for both programs, and will take effect with the fall 2021 semester. …

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Regents Accept Annual Audits (Page 59-244)

The Board of Regents accepted the annual audits from Rubin Brown for the year ending June 30, 2020. These included the annual financial report, the single audit report on the schedule of expenditures of federal awards, the System Facilities Financial Report and the Report on the NCAA Independent Auditor’s Report on Agreed Upon Procedures.

Vargas Delivers University President's Report

Southeast President Carlos Vargas submitted a report highlighting several major initiatives in each of the University’s division. He also shared comments and engaged in discussion with Regents regarding the University’s handling of sexual misconduct cases and Title IX law, and re-emphasized his and University’s leaders commitment to education, training and ongoing conversations on this important topic.

Davenport Presents Information Technology Report

Floyd Davenport, assistant vice president for Information Technology (IT), provided an overview of IT's mission, projects and accomplishments, including initiatives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, during his report to the Board of Regents.

Phillips Presents Student Government Association Update

Logan Phillips, president of the Student Government Association (SGA), updated the Regents Dec. 18 on the current and ongoing work of Student Government this semester. This fall semester, the SGA has been working on two major projects to improve student life, he said. The SE Link Evaluation Committee sent a survey to more than 200 student leaders and faculty members …

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Wood Presents Faculty Senate Report

Faculty Senate Chair Dr. Diane Wood discussed recent activity of the Faculty Senate during a presentation to the Board of Regents Dec. 18. Faculty were able to learn from the challenges of transitioning to remote learning quickly during the spring semester and better prepare to use new technologies and format their classes in new ways for the fall semester, she …

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Sheriff Delivers Report on Contracts and Facilities Management Projects (Page 245-246)

Dr. Brad Sheriff, vice president for finance and administration, delivered a report on contracts and Facilities Management projects to the Regents Dec. 18. Sheriff said one new contract in excess of $100,000 has been issued since the Regent’s last meeting on Sept. 25. The University purchased a new audio-visual system for the University Center. Installation of the system, originally scheduled …

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Regents Hear FY21 Operating Budget to Actual Report (Page 247-248)

Dr. Brad Sheriff, vice president for finance and administration, delivered an FY21 Operating Budget to Actual Year to Date Report of revenues and expenditures though Nov. 30. Sheriff highlighted the state appropriations that remain above the budget, which was built with an estimated 20% reduction that has not been fully realized. He noted that net tuition and fee revenue fell …

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/ ACTION ITEMS

Motion for Closed Session Approved

The Regents approved a motion to go into a closed session for appropriate considerations included in RSMo 610.021 related to litigation; and hiring, firing, disciplining or promotion of personnel.

Announcements Following Closed Session

During the closed session, the Board of Regents took the following actions:
  • By a vote of 6 to 0 the Board approved the minutes of the Board’s September 25, 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 August, September and October 2020. Regents Britt, Gargas, Klocke, Limbaugh, Malik, and Smith voted to approve.
  • The Board also had conversations with legal counsel per RSMo 610.021.1 pertaining to legal matters.
  • By a vote of 6 to 0 the Board voted to adjourn Closed Session and convene Closed Executive Session for matters related to RSMo 610.021.13 regarding to performance ratings and records pertaining to employees and RSMo 610.021.1 pertaining to legal actions and communications between a public governmental body or its representatives and attorneys. Regents Britt, Gargas, Klocke, Limbaugh, Malik, and Smith voted to approve.
During closed executive session, the Board of Regents took the following actions:
  • Pursuant to RSMo 610.021.13 regarding performance ratings and records pertaining to employees, the Board of Regents heard an update from University President Carlos Vargas on 2020-2021 goals included in his performance appraisal.
  • Pursuant to RSMo 610.021.1 pertaining to legal actions and communications between a public governmental body or its representatives and attorneys the Board of Regents discussed legal implications of Board policies and procedures and institutional governance.

Tennis Facility Renamed John C. Bierk Tennis Complex (Page 249)

The Regents approved naming the Redhawks Athletics tennis facility the John C. Bierk Tennis Complex in recognition of a gift to the Southeast Missouri University Foundation from Dr. John Cashion Bierk.

Regents Table Amended By-Laws (Page 250-276)

The Board moved to table discussion and action on the proposed amended and restated By-Laws of the Board of Regents of Southeast Missouri State University until a future meeting.

Regents Approve Program Prioritization Recommendation

The Board approved recommendations that were the result the University’s recent Academic Prioritization Review.
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Gargas Elected President, Klocke Reelected Vice President of Southeast Board of Regents

Edward P. Gargas of Dexter, Missouri, has been elected president of the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents, and Tina L. Klocke of St. Louis, Missouri, was reelected Board vice president following an election during the Board of Regents meeting Dec. 18. Under terms of the Board of Regents’ Bylaws, Gargas’ term as president and Klocke’s term as vice president will begin Jan. 1. For more information about the Board of Regents, visit semo.edu/board.

/ REPORT ITEMS

Board of Regents Meeting Dates (Page 282)

The Board reviewed upcoming meeting dates, which can be viewed in the meeting materials and at semo.edu/board/meeting-notices.
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