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Board of Regents Action
December 15, 2017

The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents met today, Dec. 15, 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.

Consent Agenda

• Approved minutes from the open session meeting of Sept. 22, 2017 (Page 4)

• Approved resolution reauthorizing treasurer to execute grant agreements with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) or Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). To continue to apply for grant funding with these organizations, the University is required to have a current authorizing resolution. The University receives funding from MoDOT to offset operational costs of the campus shuttle system and has received capital funds from FTA for construction of the transitway, multi-modal transfer facility and the transit nexus.  (Page 17)

• Reappointed Mike Buck to a three-year term on the Show Me Center Board of Managers.
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• Reappointed Matt Drake, Scott Meyer, Van Robinson and Dana Thomas to three-year terms on the Missouri Innovation Corporation Board of Directors.  
Read more … (Page 20)

• Reappointed Dr. Karl Kunkel to a three-year term on the River Campus Board of Managers.
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• Approved a new Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Applied Technology. The new BAS in Applied Technology provides a streamlined baccalaureate degree pathway for students who previously completed an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) at a regionally accredited institution. Until now, the only option for AAS students at Southeast was a Bachelor of Science program requiring additional credit hours than the new BAS.
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• Approved new options in Agriculture Communications and Agriculture Systems Management to the Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness.  The Agriculture Communications option will help meet the demand in the agribusiness sector for Bachelor of Science graduates who also have communication and marketing skills.  The Agriculture Systems Management option will meet demands of agribusiness employers seeking graduates with facilities management skills.
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 Report Item 

• University President’s Report. President Carlos Vargas highlighted several major initiatives in each of the University's divisions.  

Open Session Action Items

• Accepted annual audits from Rubin Brown for the year ending June 30, 2017. These included the Annual Financial Report, the A-133 Single Audit Report on the Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards and the Systems Facilities Financial Report. (Page 85)

• Approved a revised policy statement for Section 02-16, Investments, of the Business Policy and Procedures effective December 2017. The revised policy excludes non-operating funds such as endowments and proceeds from bond issues. The policy also has been updated to reflect security-type limitations, including that no more than 25 percent of the entire portfolio may be invested in banker’s acceptances and no more than 25 percent of the entire portfolio may be invested in commercial paper. (Page 210)

• Approved conferring of degrees for summer 2017 and fall 2017. Commencement ceremonies are planned for 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 16 in the Show Me Center.
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• Approved a revision to the Academic Program Review Policy. The changes include renaming the Faculty Advisory Committee for Academic Program Review as the Academic Program Review Committee. The revision also allows the University president to initiate an Extraordinary Program Review in response to state-level factors, financial constraints or other major institutional considerations. (Page 225)

• Approved two academic restructuring proposals:

• The first dissolves the Department of Modern Languages, Anthropology and Geography, and merges it into two existing departments, creating the Department of History and Anthropology and the Department of Communication Studies and Modern Languages.
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• The second merges the Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology with the Department of Social Work to create a new Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work and Sociology. Both restructurings will take effect July 1, 2018.
Read more … (Page 263)

Report Items

• Report on NCAA Independent Auditor’s Report on Agreed Upon Procedures by Ted Williamson, partner with RubinBrown, LLP (Page 298)

• Progress Report on Contracts and Facilities Management Projects by Kathy Mangels, vice president for finance and administration (Page 328)

• Student presentation from Adrianna Murphy, a Southeast mass communication major, public relations option, and a member of the Southeast women’s basketball team
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• Update from Student Government Association (SGA) by Peyton Mogley, SGA president

• Presentation on Grant Funding and Sponsored Programs by Pam Vargas, director of Research and Grant Development (Page 331)

Action Item

• Approved motion for closed session for appropriate considerations related to legal matters and hiring, firing, disciplining or promotion of personnel. 

Action Items

• After the closed session, the Board returned to open session and announced actions taken in closed and closed executive sessions. The announcement included their approval of the minutes from the Board’s June 26, 2017, closed executive session and the minutes from their Sept. 22, 2017, closed session meeting. It also was announced that during the closed session, the Board engaged in discussions on various faculty and staff personnel items, including hearing an update on the Voluntary Retirement Incentive Program approved by the Board earlier this year. The Board also had conversations with legal counsel on current legal matters. The Board did not vote at this time on anything presented on these topics. Under a discussion on faculty personnel items, the Board of Regents charged University President Vargas and his team to look at faculty workload and compensation to ensure there is an equitable distribution of opportunity for faculty at all levels.

• Elected Donald G. LaFerla as president of the Board of Regents and Edward P. Gargas as vice president of the Board of Regents. 
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Approved motion to adjourn.

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