Limbaugh to be Sworn in at Regents Meeting Feb. 14


James P. Limbaugh of Cape Girardeau will be sworn in as the newest member of the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents when the Board meets at 9 a.m. Feb. 14 in the Board of Regents Room in Academic Hall.

U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh Jr. will administer the oath of office. James P. Limbaugh replaces Donald G. LaFerla of Joplin, Missouri, whose term on the Board has expired.

Following the swearing-in ceremony, the Regents will consider a resolution of honor for outgoing Regent and former Board President LaFerla.

In other action, the Regents will consider setting room and board rates for fiscal 2020 and awarding external auditing services to RubinBrown, LLP, as the external auditor of the University and the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. The Board will also consider motions to award the Southeast Bookstore contract to Follett Higher Education Group, Inc.; make academic program changes, including revising the option from sales management to professional selling on both the master of marketing and the marketing minor, and revising the Bachelor of Arts in communication studies with the addition of new options in relational communication and rhetoric and public communication; and approve resolutions of honor for several University retirees.

The Regents will hear a series of reports, including the President’s Report from Southeast President Carlos Vargas;  a student presentation from Mary Ramey of Sikeston, Missouri, a Southeast senior majoring in cybersecurity and applied mathematics; a Student Government update from Matt Rolwing, president of Student Government; a Faculty Senate update from Dr. David Powell, chair of Faculty Senate; and a Missouri Innovation Corporation report, a report on contracts and Facilities Management projects and a presentation assessing the condition of utility tunnels on campus from Kathy Mangels, vice president for finance and administration.

The Regents will consider a motion to go into a closed session for appropriate considerations related to litigation; hiring, firing, disciplining or promoting employees; and personnel records and performance ratings.

When the open session reconvenes, the Regents will announce actions taken in the closed and closed executive session, and an election of Board of Regents officers will be held. The final item on the agenda will be consideration of a motion to adjourn. The Board agenda in its entirety can be reviewed at