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Board of Regents Hold Sept. 20, 2019, Meeting

The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents met Sept. 20 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.

Vinson Sworn as a New Southeast Regent

Dennis L. Vinson of Jackson, Missouri, was sworn in Sept. 20 as the newest member of the Southeast Board of Regents. U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr. administered the oath of office. Vinson was appointed by Missouri Gov. Mike Parson to serve on the Board. Vinson is chief executive officer, founder and owner of Signature Packaging and Paper, LLC in Jackson. He replaces Kendra Neely-Martin of St. Louis, Missouri, whose term on the Board expired. Vinson's term runs through Jan. 1, 2026.

ACTION ITEMS

Regents Approve Resolution of Honor for Kendra Neely-Martin (Page 3)

The Board of Regents approved a resolution of honor for outgoing Regent Kendra Neely-Martin of St. Louis, Missouri, who served on the Board from December 2011 to July 2019. Her term on the Board has expired. 

Regents Approve Minutes from Open Session Meeting of June 13-14, 2019 (Page 4)

The minutes were approved from the Board of Regents' open session meeting of May 10, 2019.  

Southeast Updates Alcohol Use Policy Related to Home Athletic Events (Page 23)

Southeast Missouri State University could begin selling beer and wine at home collegiate athletic events following a revision approved Sept. 20 to the University’s Alcohol Beverage Use policy by the Southeast Board of Regents. The new policy could be piloted with the 2019-2020 home basketball season that begins in late October. Southeast now joins a growing number of institutions offering the …

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Use of Medical Marijuana Prohibited on Southeast Property (Page 26)

The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents Sept. 20 revised the University’s Tobacco Use policy to prohibit the use of medical marijuana products and working under the influence of medical marijuana on all University owned, leased or occupied facilities and properties, in University vehicles and at events on University properties. The revision also updates the policy to permit University-designated and …

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Regents Make Appointments to River Campus Board of Managers (Page 28)

The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents Sept. 20 appointed Southeast Provost Dr. Mike Godard and reappointed Dr. Trudy Lee to the River Campus Board of Managers. Godard is filling the unexpired term of Dr. Tamela Randolph, who served on the Board of Managers in her capacity as interim provost. On July 1, she was appointed dean of Southeast’s College …

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Southeast Creates Institute for Cybersecurity

Southeast Creates Institute for Cybersecurity(Page 30)

A new Institute for Cybersecurity is being created at Southeast Missouri State University to further research, education and service activities in this growing high-need field of study. The Institute will begin taking shape and will launch with the spring 2020 semester following approval Sept. 20 by the University’s Board of Regents. The Institute will enhance and facilitate work done in cybersecurity …

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Regents Approve Self-Insured Employee Health Care Plan for Southeast

Regents Approve Self-Insured Employee Health Care Plan for Southeast (Page 40)

Southeast Missouri State University will transition to a self-insured employee health care plan beginning in January 2020 following a motion approved Sept. 20 by the Southeast Board of Regents. The Board authorized Southeast’s administration to contract for related services, including a third-party administrator and stop-loss insurance carrier. Southeast President Carlos Vargas made the recommendation to the Board after the University carefully …

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REPORT ITEMS

Vargas Delivers University President's Report

Southeast President Carlos Vargas highlighted several major initiatives in each of the University's divisions during his President's Report.

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Southeast Theatre, Public Relations Student Shares River Campus Experiences with Board of Regents

Southeast Theatre, Public Relations Student Shares River Campus Experiences with Board of Regents (Page 33)

Southeast Missouri State University senior Francesca Bucci of Gurnee, Illinois, told the Southeast Board of Regents Sept. 20 that Southeast made it possible for her to pursue degrees in two separate fields about which she’s passionate. Bucci, a double major in mass communication, public relations option, and theatre, acting option, was inspired by her parents who worked in sales to pursue …

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Rolwing Presents Student Government Association Update

Rolwing Presents Student Government Association Update

Matt Rolwing, president of the Student Government Association (SGA), updated the Regents Sept. 20 on the work of Student Government, saying every position on SGA’s Executive Board has been filled, and it is the largest board in the University’s history. Rolwing said that last year, SGA eliminated three committee chairs from the Executive Board, but those positions were reinstated and are filled this fall …

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Wilkins Presents Faculty Senate Update

Wilkins Presents Faculty Senate Update

Faculty Senate Chair Dr. Nicolas Wilkins provided the Regents Sept. 20 with an overview of the goals and plans for the 54th Senate. Strengthening a sense of community among all employee groups across campus is a top priority, Wilkins said. As part of its Faculty Social events, the Senate will invite employee groups as guests to foster communication and build …

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Regents Hear Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Update

Regents Hear Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Update

Dean Barbara Glackin and Dr. Missy Nieveen-Phegley made a presentation to the Southeast Board of Regents Sept. 20, providing an overview of the University’s preparations for the Higher Learning Commission’s (HLC) on-site visit today, Sept. 23, and Tuesday, Sept. 24. During this past summer and into the fall 2019 semester, Glackin and Phegley have been visiting departments, units, divisions and …

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Southeast Sets Record High Retention Rate

Southeast Missouri State University has set an all-time high retention rate and has seen an increase in its six-year graduation rate, according to a fourth-week enrollment report issued this week. Dr. Debbie Below, vice president for enrollment management and student success, presented the report to the Board of Regents Sept. 20, saying the fall to fall retention rate for first-time full-time …

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Mangels Presents Contracts and Facilities Management Report

Mangels Presents Contracts and Facilities Management Projects Report (Page 35)

Kathy Mangels, vice president for finance and administration, delivered a report on contracts and Facilities Management projects to the Board of Regents Sept. 20. She said the University has entered into a contract with Hollis and Miller, which has begun drafting conceptual designs for improvements at Houck Field designed to boost the fan experience. These designs will serve as a basis …

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Mangels Presents FY20 Operating Budget to Actual Report

Mangels Presents FY20 Operating Budget to Actual Report

Kathy Mangels, vice president for finance and administration, presented a new report to the Board of Regents on Sept. 20 which compares the FY20 University operating budget to actual year-to-date revenues and expenditures. This will be a standing report to the Board to assist them with their fiduciary responsibilities as Regents. In order to make a meaningful comparison between budget …

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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 related to litigation; hiring, firing, disciplining or promotion of personnel; and contract negotiations.

Announcements Following Closed Session

During closed session, the Board of Regents took the following actions:

• By a vote of 5 to 0, the Board approved a Consent Agenda giving approval to the minutes of the Board’s June 13, 2019 Closed and Closed Executive Session Meetings.  Regents Gargas, Klocke, Knudtson, Limbaugh and Vinson all voted to approve.  Regent Britt was excused from the meeting due to professional responsibilities.

•  By a vote of 5 to 0, the Board approved the extension of the contract with Patek & Associates, LLC for legislative consulting to run through August 30, 2020.  Regents Gargas, Klocke, Knudtson, Limbaugh and Vinson all voted to approve.  Regent Britt was excused from the meeting due to professional responsibilities.

• By a vote of 5 to 0, the Board authorized the University to pursue a contract to acquire an FCC license and purchase equipment from an existing public radio station for the benefit of KRCU.  Regents Gargas, Klocke, Knudtson, Limbaugh and Vinson all voted to approve.  Regent Britt was excused from the meeting due to professional responsibilities.

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•  By a vote of 5 to 0 the Board approved a motion requesting the Southeast Missouri University Foundation to enter into a contract to purchase real estate.  Regents Gargas, Klocke, Knudtson, Limbaugh and Vinson all voted to approve.  Regent Britt was excused from the meeting due to professional responsibilities.

•  The Board also had additional conversations under RSMo 610.021.1 pertaining to legal matters, RSMo 610.021.3 pertaining to personnel, and RSMo 610.021.12 pertaining to contract negotiations.

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