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Board of Regents Action
June 26, 2017

The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents met today, June 26, in the Board of Regents Room in Academic Hall. The Board agenda and meeting materials in their entirety are available at http://www.semo.edu/board/meeting_info.html.

Action Items

The Board of Regents:

• Approved minutes from the open session meeting of May 12, 2017 (Page 3)

 

Report Items 

• President’s Report. President Carlos Vargas highlighted several major initiatives in each of the University's divisions. He will continue to provide these overviews at subsequent Board of Regents meetings.

• Progress Report on Contracts and Facilities Management Projects

• Approved Motion for Closed Session for appropriate considerations.

• Announced actions taken in closed session:

• Granted post-professorial merit to 15 faculty members and promoted eight faculty members to the rank of professor, one to professor with tenure, and 10 to the rank of associate professor with tenure. In addition, 17 faculty members received non-tenure track merit.
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• Approved a voluntary retirement incentive program. More information on this program will be sent to the campus community in the near future. Plan information will be provided by July 31.

Open Session Action Items

Approved FY 18 University General Operating Budget and Auxiliary Budgets. The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved a $116.5 million operating budget and $37.42 million in auxiliary operating budgets for the University, both for fiscal 2018, which begins July 1. The budget includes a 2.8 percent tuition and fee increase for the 2017-2018 academic year approved by the Board in May along with expense reductions and revenue increases recommended by the Budget Review Committee this past spring.

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Approved FY19 Capital Budget Request to be submitted to the Missouri Department of Higher Education. The first priority in the FY19 Capital Budget Request is the renovation of the Art Building. The Art Building was constructed in 1902 and has not had any significant renovation in more than 40 years. The second priority is remaining campus-wide deferred maintenance projects. These include updating building envelopes, and mechanical, electrical and HVAC systems throughout many of the University’s oldest buildings. Funding also is requested for roof replacements for numerous buildings, window replacements and upgrades for storm water drainage, as well as maintenance to the tunnel system. Long-range funding also is requested for continued renovation of core academic buildings, including Rhodes, Johnson and Pacific halls. (Page 65)

Approved Academic Program Changes. TheRegents added a new Graduate Certificate Program for Special Reading Licensure, renamed the fashion merchandising option on the Bachelor of Science in human environmental studies to fashion and consumer studies, and moved the Master of Arts in applied behavior analysis from the Department of Elementary, Early and Special Education to the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling.

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Approved Bylaws Related to the Board of Regents. The by-laws adopted by the Board of Regents include provisions addressing Board officer elections and length of officer terms, succession planning, role of Board members, communications, Board interactions with campus personnel, conflicts of interest, amendments and working as a collective body, among other items. The bylaws were tabled by the Board at their May meeting. Since then, full Board feedback was collected and a bylaws subcommittee reviewed and recommended the guidelines. (Page 114) 

• Approved motion for Closed Executive Session 

• After Closed Executive Sessions, the Board returned to Open Session and announced actions taken in closed executive session: During Closed Executive Session, the Board of Regents reviewed the performance of University President Dr. Carlos Vargas and his current contractual agreement. By a vote of 6-0, Regents Phillip M. Britt, Edward P. Gargas, Jay B. Knudtson, Donald G. LaFerla, Thomas M. Meyer and Kendra Neely-Martin voted to approve a new three-year rolling contract for University President Vargas to begin July 1, 2017. No salary increase or additional compensation is being provided to University President Vargas at this time.

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