SRU Trustees convene March 23-24


Thomas Breth

Thomas Breth, a Slippery Rock University trustee, provides a recap of the finance committee’s meeting during the council of trustees’ December 9 quarterly business meeting.

March 20, 2017

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's council of trustees will meet March 23-24. Committee meetings will be in Room 320 of the Smith Student Center. The quarterly business meeting will take place at 1 p.m., March 24 in Room 321 of the Smith Student Center. All meetings are open to students, faculty, staff and the public who would like to attend.

Agenda items for the March 23 committee meetings include reports from the Academic and Student Affairs Committee, the Finance Committee and the University Advancement Committee.

The Academic and Student Affairs Committee will meet at 1 p.m., March 23 to hear from Jeffrey Loveland, associate professor of biology, who will present the entry-level doctoral degree in occupational therapy program for approval by the Council and subsequent advancement to the State System's board of governors. The committee will also hear from Jennifer Keller, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts, on a request to name the archaeology lab in Spotts World Culture Building the Edmund Dlutowski Laboratory for Archaeological Science. A presentation from David Wilmes, associate provost for student success, will follow. Wilmes will be sharing strategies the University utilizes to ensure affordability such as: the use of scholarships and financial aid; encouraging students to attend summer and winter terms to save time to degree; and working with faculty to keep textbook costs down.

The Finance Committee will meet at 2 p.m., March 23 to hear information about the University's capital budget; updates to the master plan; the demand response credit; and increases to the health services and dining hall services fees. Additional action items include: a review of current contracts, fixed assets and service and supply purchase orders; a quarterly financial report; a review of the facilities and planning project list; and review of personnel appointments, which includes instructional, tactical leadership, operational leadership, grant-funded, non-faculty and support staff.

The University Advancement Committee will meet at 3 p.m., March 23 to hear an update from the Slippery Rock Foundation, Inc.

The Governance Committee will meet at 10 a.m., March 24. Business to be discussed will include: a review of the University's financial risk assessment by Lois Johnson, State System associate vice chancellor for administration and finance; an update on the presidential search process; an update on the 2016-17 action plan; nominations for the election of officers; and approval of 2017-18 council meeting dates.

The Council's quarterly business meeting at 1 p.m., March 24 will call for action to be taken on the approval of the meeting agenda and minutes from the Dec. 8-9 and Dec. 22 COT meetings; a review of committee reports and of those items forwarded by the committees and a presentation by Brad Wilson, associate provost for transformational experiences; Allison Klemm, a senior early childhood/special education major from Charleston, West Virginia; and Brittany Terry, a student affairs in higher education graduate student on a Jamaican CareBreak.

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