SRU trustees to meet June 3-4


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June 1, 2021

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — Slippery Rock University's council of trustees will meet June 3-4. Committee meetings scheduled for both days, as well as the 11 a.m., June 4 quarterly business meeting, will take place in the Smith Student Center Ballroom. All meetings are open to the public.

Scheduled committee meetings include:

  • Academic and Student Affairs, 1-3 p.m., June 3.
  • Governance, 3:15-4 p.m., June 3.
  • University Advancement, 4-5 p.m., June 3.
  • Finance and Administrative Affairs, 9:30-10:30 a.m., June 4.

The agenda for the Academic and Student Affairs Committee includes:

  • A presentation about the proposed College of Health Professions from John Bonaguro, dean of proposed college.
  • An assessment of and recommendations for SRU's School of Engineering from Stephan Nix, former dean, Dotterweich College of Engineering, Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
  • An enrollment update with a focus on retention from Amanda Yale, chief enrollment management officer.
  • An update on fall 2021 student affairs programming from David Wilmes, chief student affairs officer.

The agenda for the Governance Committee includes:

  • An update on the Pennsylvania Association of Councils of Trustees from Jeff Smith, SRU trustee.
  • Discussion on the annual evaluation process of the president.
  • Review of the University's Order of Succession.
  • Confirmation of COT meetings dates for the 2021-22 academic year.
  • Review of COT bylaw amendments in lights of changes to Act 50 of 2020.
  • Finalization of the COT slate of officers for the 2021-22 academic year.

The agenda for the University Advancement Committee includes:

  • Updates from Dennis Washington, vice president for University advancement, regarding guidelines and procedures for the naming of facilities and endowments at the University.
  • An update of policy changes related to the SRU Foundation, Inc. from Harry Bertrand, chair, SRU Foundation, Inc.
  • An update on the University's fundraising campaign from Washington.
  • Quarterly reports related to development, alumni relations and the SRU Foundation, Inc.

The agenda for the Finance and Administrative Affairs Committee includes:

  • An update on administrative affairs from Amir Mohammadi, senior vice president for administration, global engagement and economic development.
  • Presentations from David Jacobson of CliftonLarsonAllen regarding the University's audit plan; and from Rebecca D'Imperio regarding the Sightlines facility asset management presentation.
  • A financial review from Carrie Birckbichler, chief financial and data officer.
  • A review of personnel items from Lynne Motyl, chief human resources officer.
  • A review of SRU's dining services meal plan rates for the 2022 fiscal year via the University's new contract food vendor, Aramark.
  • A review of contracts, fixed assets and service and supply purchase orders; the quarterly financial report; and the facilities and planning project list.

At the quarterly business meeting, the council will hear the President's Report and receive reports from its standing committees. The council will receive a presentation from Alice Del Vecchio, assistant professor of nonprofit management, empowerment and diversity studies, and Jeffrey Rathlef, director of SRU's Office for Community-Engaged Learning, about SRU's Center for Community Engagement, Empowerment and Development, also known as Butler SUCCEED. Scheduled action items include:

  • Approval of the University's Order of Succession.
  • Approval of the University's naming policy guidelines.
  • Approval of the COT slate of officers for the 2021-22 academic year.

Trustees will also attend a dedication ceremony at 5:30 p.m., June 3, for the Dr. Elmer B. Cottrell Aquatics Pool at Morrow Field House.

At its Dec. 10, 2020, quarter business meeting, trustees approved a resolution to name the pool after Cottrell, a World War I Army veteran and professor of health and physical education at then-Slippery Rock State College from 1923-48.

During his time at SRSC, Cottrell served as head swimming coach (1935-47), head tennis coach (1933-42), head golf coach (1935-42), assistant basketball coach (1935-42) and assistant football coach (1937-42). He directed the College's aquatics program and was the designer of the swimming pool in the former East-West Gym. Following his retirement from SRSC, Cottrell served the commonwealth as chief of health, physical education and recreation, a position he maintained until 1956.

Following his death, Cottrell's family established the Elmer B. Cottrell Memorial Scholarship which is awarded annually to a junior or senior physical education major who demonstrates financial need.

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