The Board of Governors met May 14 and I wanted to summarize the highlights from the meeting for you.
Board recognizes outgoing campus leaders
The Board adopted resolutions honoring outgoing Faculty Senate Chair Dr. Stephen McIntyre, outgoing Staff Senate Chair Scott Fiedler, outgoing Student Body President Jordan McGee and outgoing Student Body Vice President Addison Reed. I have enjoyed working with each of these tremendous leaders over the past year. Congratulations on a successful year.
New Wall of Fame recipients named
The Board approved five outstanding former staff and faculty members to be inducted into the Wall of Fame: Dr. Ronald Bottin, Dr. Dominic Capeci Jr., Dr. Mona Casady-Niewald, Dr. Curtis Lawrence and Bill Rowe Jr. Please mark your calendar to join us at 4 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Plaster Student Union Ballroom for the formal ceremony honoring this year’s Wall of Fame inductees.
Faculty, staff recognized for public affairs efforts
The Board awarded the Faculty Excellence in Public Affairs Awards to Dr. Christopher Barnhart, Dr. Keri Franklin and Dr. Renee Moore. The Board awarded the Staff Excellence in Public Affairs Awards to Isaac Balasundaram and Lisa McEowen. Congratulations and well deserved!
Please join me in congratulating this year’s Wall of Fame inductees and Excellence in Public Affairs Awards recipients.
Board discusses campus climate study
Our discussion topic for the meeting was the campus diversity climate study. I presented the report to the Board, and we had a meaningful conversation about the findings in the study, the University’s past diversity efforts, and the direction the University should continue into the future. I invite you to review the campus climate study and provide your feedback using the Comments and Questions tab on the climate study webpage.
Commencements celebrated in Springfield, West Plains
Following the Board meeting, on May 15-16 we held three commencement ceremonies on the Springfield campus and one on the West Plains campus. We graduated 1,885 students with undergraduate degrees, 531 with graduate degrees and 280 students with associate degrees. Congratulations to this year’s graduates and to all of the faculty and staff who helped these students achieve their goals.
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