SRU trustees appoint faculty liaison to council at quarterly business meeting


Upper campus

June 4, 2020

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — The Slippery Rock University council of trustees today approved the appointment of Lia Paradis, associate professor of history, as a non-voting liaison to the council for the 2020-21 academic year at its quarterly business meeting. The meeting was conducted by videoconference.

In her role as liaison, Paradis will provide input to COT as it considers matters that impact the delivery of education. The trustees invited Paradis to serve in this capacity because of her existing, similar role as SRU's faculty representative on the Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education Interim Faculty Council. The IFC, which informs the state's board of governors with faculty input about the delivery of education, is comprised of one faculty representative from each of the System's 14 universities. More information about the IFC is available on the State System website.

In other action, the council approved contracts, fixed assets and service and supply contracts; the University's order of succession; and elected officers for the 2020-21 academic years, including Matt Lautman as chair, Elise Michaux as vice chair and Samantha Hawk as secretary.

Lia Paradis


Through its standing committees, the trustees:

  • Received an academic affairs planning update from Jerry Chmielewski, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs.
  • Received a student affairs planning update from David Wilmes, chief student affairs officer.
  • Received an update on new undergraduate programs from Carrie Birckbichler, chief data officer.
  • Received an enrollment update from Amanda Yale, chief enrollment officer.
  • Received an update from Amir Mohammadi, senior vice president for administration, global engagement and economic development on the institution's facility asset management status from Sightlines Data.
  • Received an update from David Jacobson of CliftonLarsonAllen regarding the University's audit plan.
  • Heard a financial update, including budgetary impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic, from Molly Mercer, chief financial officer.
  • Received an update from Dennis Washington, vice president for University advancement, about the comprehensive fundraising campaign feasibility study; the presentation of quarterly reports from the Slippery Rock University Foundation, Inc. and the alumni association; and goals for the 2020-21 academic year.
  • Received an update on the Pennsylvania Association of Councils of Trustees from Jeff Smith, chair, SRU trustees.

The council's next meeting is Sept. 24-25.

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