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Board of Regents Hold May 11, 2018, Meeting

The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents met today, May 11, in the Board of Regents Room in Academic Hall. The Board agenda and meeting materials in their entirety are available at

New Regents Join Board During Swearing-In Ceremonies

The meeting opened with swearing-in ceremonies for two new Regents -- Tina Klocke of South St. Louis County, Missouri, and Luke LeGrand of Cape Girardeau. Conducting the swearing-in ceremony was the Honorable Abbie Crites-Leoni, U.S. Magistrate Judge and president of the Southeast Missouri State University Alumni Association. Klocke is chief financial officer and chief operations officer for the Clark-Fox Family Foundation. Klocke's term will run for six years through spring 2024.  Klocke replaces Tom Meyer of Cape Girardeau, whose term expired Jan. 1, 2018. Read more ... LeGrand, a junior accounting major and Spanish minor, will serve as the student Regent. His term runs for two years through spring 2020. Read more ...


Major Academic Reorganization Approved (Page 104)

The Board of Regents approved the proposed major academic restructuring changes which will take effect Aug. 1, 2018.  Meetings will be scheduled next week with faculty and staff who are affected by the academic restructuring changes and other budget-related departmental restructuring decisions.  Human Resources will assist in sharing information during these meetings concerning processes for filling newly restructured positions and will be coordinating the selection processes throughout the coming weeks.  Another Newswire will be issued sometime next week to notify the campus once all meetings are complete.  Questions concerning these processes should be directed to Alissa Vandeven in Human Resources at ext. 2206. Read more ...

Tuition and General Fee Schedule Effective Fall 2018 Approved (Page 87) 

In approving a new tuition and fee schedule, the Regents today approved a 2.1 percent increase, the allowable percentage increase in the consumer price index in accord with Senate Bill 389.The Regents then waived all but one percent of that increase that will be charged to students as part of an agreement with state legislators that would reduce higher education funding cuts proposed by Gov. Eric Greitens. Read more ...

Changes to Program and Course Fees Effective Fall 2018 Approved (Page 80) 

The Regents approved special course fees to take effect with the fall 2018 semester. These fees cover the cost of consumable supplies or expenses unique to a course making them higher than average in cost to deliver per student credit hour generated or on courses using electronic course materials directly from a publisher. The Regents also eliminated some previously approved special course fees and discontinued an electronic course fee for eight courses.

Regents Approve MS in Cybersecurity, BA in Writing; Delete Several Programs (Page 17)

The Regents approved several academic program changes, including two new programs – a Master of Science in cybersecurity and a Bachelor of Arts in writing with options in creative writing and professional writing. Several program also were deleted. Read more ... 

Regents Confer Degrees for Spring 2018 and Summer 2018 (Page 95)

The Regents approved the conferring of degrees upon the candidates for spring 2018 and summer 2018 commencement.

Regents Approve Resolution of Honor for Thomas M. Meyer (Page 4)

The Regents approved a resolution honoring outgoing Regent Thomas M. Meyer of Cape Girardeau. Meyer was appointed by former Gov. Jay Nixon in December 2011 to a six-year term expiring Jan. 1, 2018. 

Minutes Approved from Open Session Meeting of Feb. 23, 2018 (Page 5)


Dr. Vargas Delivers University President’s Report

President Carlos Vargas highlighted several major initiatives in each of the University's divisions. Read more 

Report from Outgoing and Incoming Student Government Presidents

Outgoing Student Government President Peyton Mogley and Incoming Student Government President Matt Rolwing delivered reports. Mogley said Student Government had sent emails to Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and Missouri state legislators opposing the governor's budget recommendation for reductions in higher education funding for FY19. Rolwing said he has high hopes for what the University can accomplish as one Southeast community working together as a family.

Report from Outgoing and Incoming Faculty Senate Chairs

The Board heard reports from outgoing Faculty Senate Chair Dr. Jim McGill and from incoming Faculty Senate Chair Dr. David Powell. McGill provided an overview of major initiatives advanced this academic year by the Academic Affairs, Documents, Professional Affairs, Membership and Governance committees. The Documents Committee has begun posting meeting materials on the Faculty Senate's website prior to Faculty Senate meetings. The Professional Affairs Committee has worked to redefine the emeritus faculty designation. He said the Governance Committee coordinated four Take Away Friday programs this year on such topics as the operation of academic departments and collegiality. Because faculty have been receptive to these programs, four Take Away Friday programs already have been scheduled for fall 2018. McGill also reported that the Grants and Research Funding Committee has rewritten grant criteria so proposals from across all academic disciplines receive consideration. McGill also said the Faculty Senate has enjoyed a strong relationship with Student Government during this academic year.

Powell said the Faculty Senate transition team is in place and is ready to move forward with new members in the coming year. He said they plan to invite Southeast President Vargas to their meetings in 2018-2019 to foster dialogue. 

Report on Contracts and Facilities Management Projects (Page 77)

Kathy Mangels, vice president for finance and administration, delivered a report on contracts and Facilities Management projects. 

Residence Life Report

Dr. Kendra Skinner, director of Residence Life, delivered a report highlighting initiatives in the Office of Residence Life. Skinner provided an overview of the mission of Residence Life, staffing and co-curricular experiences available in Southeast's residence halls. She highlighted themed and learning communities, and the average retention rate and grade point average of fall 2016 beginning freshmen participants in these communities. She also outlined upcoming enhancements to Southeast's Residence Life system, including a wireless upgrade to be completed in December, exterior keycard access, dining improvements, cross-campus collaborations and leadership opportunities available through the Residence Hall Association, National Residence Hall Honorary and Rho Alpha Sigma. She also discussed future facility considerations for Residence Life, including Cheney, Dearmont and Henderson halls.


Motion for Closed Session Approved

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

Announcements Following Closed Session

After the closed session, the Board returned to open session and announced actions taken in closed session. 

By a vote of 5 to 0, the Board approved the minutes of the Board’s Feb. 23, 2018, Closed Session Meeting.  Regents Britt, Gargas, Klocke, Knudtson, and LaFerla all voted to approve.

The Board also engaged in discussions on various faculty and staff personnel items, and by a vote of 5 to 0 approved granting of Emeriti Status to David Naugler, Professor of Computer Science.  Regents Britt, Gargas, Klocke, Knudtson, and LaFerla all voted to approve.

 The Board also had conversations with Legal Counsel on current legal matters.  

Announcements Following Closed Executive Session

During Closed Executive Session, the Board of Regents took the following action:

By a vote of 5 to 0, the Board approved the minutes of the Board’s Dec. 15, 2017, Closed Executive Session Meeting.  Regents Britt, Gargas, Klocke, Knudtson, and LaFerla all voted to approve.

Motion to Adjourn Approved

Prior to entertaining a motion to adjourn, Regent Knudtson presented for consideration the adoption of a Board of Regents Presidential Medallion to serve as a symbol of the office of Board President. The medallion will be named the Louis Houck Board of Regents Presidential Medallion, in honor of Louis Houck, the Board's longest serving president.

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