Regents to Hear Facilities Master Plan Presentation at Dec. 14 Meeting


The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents will hear a presentation from the Lawrence Group, which is spearheading a comprehensive master planning process at Southeast, when the Board meets at 9 a.m. Dec. 14 in the Board of Regents Room in Academic Hall.

The Board engaged with the Lawrence Group of St. Louis, Missouri, in 2016 to complete an update of the University’s Facilities Master Plan. The process has included an assessment of academic, administrative, auxiliary and athletic/recreation facilities and related infrastructure at the main campus and regional campuses; a walk-through of University buildings for a visual inspection of conditions and to verify building plans; and meetings with University staff to receive input on current and future facilities needs for their programs. The University community also was invited to participate in a survey concerning how current spaces function today versus how they can be enhanced to meet future needs.

The Regents also will consider accepting the annual audits from Rubin Brown for the year ending June 30, 2018. These include the annual financial report, the single audit report on the expenditures of federal awards, the System Facilities Financial Report and the report on the NCAA Independent Auditor’s Report on Agreed Upon Procedures.

The Regents also will consider updates to the Business Policy and Procedures Manual concerning several finance-related items, including cash funds, financial probation/suspension/administrative withdrawal; collection of delinquent accounts; and refund for tuition, general and course fees.

In addition, the Regents will consider conferring degrees on summer and fall 2018 candidates.

On its consent agenda, the Board will consider approving a new minor in data science in the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and approving reappointments to the Show Me Center Board of Managers, the Missouri Innovation Corporation Board and the River Campus Board of Managers.

The Regents will hear several reports, including the President’s Report from Southeast President Carlos Vargas. Zora Mulligan, Missouri commissioner of higher education will speak to the Board on higher education in the state of Missouri. The Board also will hear a student presentation from Ke-La Harris, a senior middle school education major with a mathematics concentration from St. Louis, Missouri; a Student Government update from Matt Rolwing, president of Student Government; a Faculty Senate update from Dr. David Powell, chair of Faculty Senate; and an update on the Advancement Division’s Telefund from Allie Holland, associate director of development, and Telefund supervisors Courtney Taylor and Mannat Varshney. The Regents also will hear a report on contracts and Facilities Management projects.

The final item of business will be consideration of a motion to go into a closed session for appropriate considerations related to litigation and confidential/privileged communications between the Board and its attorneys; and hiring, firing, disciplining or promotion of personnel.

When the open session reconvenes, the Regents will announce actions taken in closed and closed executive sessions and will consider NCAA compliance education.

The final item of business will be consideration of a motion to adjourn.

The Board agenda in its entirety can be reviewed at