Regents to Set FY21 Operating Budget


The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents will consider the University’s FY21 general operating and auxiliary budgets when it meets June 22.

The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. and will be conducted via webcast accessible on the Board of Regents webpage at

The meeting will begin with a swearing-in ceremony for Lloyd Smith of Sikeston, Missouri, the newest member of the Southeast Board of Regents. Smith replaces Jay B. Knudtson of Cape Girardeau, whose term on the Board ended earlier this spring. The Regents will honor Knudtson with a resolution of honor, recognizing his service.  The Regents will also recognize former Student Representative to the Board of Regents, Luke M. LeGrand, whose term has expired.

Next on the agenda, the Regents will hear the President’s Report from Southeast President Carlos Vargas. The Board will then go into a closed session for appropriate considerations pertaining to legal matters; hiring, firing, disciplining or promotion of personnel; negotiations with employee groups; and personnel records and performance ratings. The Regents will announce actions taken in the closed session when the open session reconvenes.

In other business, the Regents will consider approving course fees for electronic course materials effective with the fall 2020 semester. Also to be considered is replacement of orientation fees for First STEP, new transfer and new international students with an enrollment fee for new first-time, new transfer and new international students effective with fall 2021 enrollments.

The Regents will consider adding a new Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity, a new minor in jazz studies and changing the option on the Master of Arts in Public History from heritage interpretation to digital heritage.

The Regents will hear reports on contracts and Facilities Management projects and an FY20 budget to actual budget report, both from Kathy Mangels, vice president for finance and administration, and a report on the status and timeline of the program prioritization timeline from Southeast Provost Mike Godard.

The Board will consider a motion to go into a closed executive session for appropriate considerations related to personnel records and performance ratings. When the open session reconvenes, the Regents will announce actions taken in the closed executive session. The final item of business will be consideration of a motion to adjourn.

The Board agenda in its entirety can be reviewed at