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Clif’s Notes for May 26, 2015

Clif's Notes

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.

18443_7290-Faculty-and-Staff-AwardsFaculty, 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.

JRS_8824-CommencementCommencements 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.

Thanks for all you do for Missouri State!

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Clif’s Notes for May 19, 2015

Clif's Notes

This week I discuss next year’s budget.

Classroom2015-16 budget recommendation includes 1.8 percent compensation increase

The Executive Budget Committee has developed its budget recommendations and presented them to the Board of Governors. I want to highlight the key points from the committee’s recommendations.

The committee is recommending that all full-time faculty and staff receive a 1.8 percent compensation increase effective July 1. This is more than double the applicable rate of inflation which was .8 percent in 2014. If the Board approves the committee’s recommendations, this will be the fourth year in a row that all full-time faculty and staff receive a raise that exceeds inflation.

Budget recommendations

The committee is also recommending that:

  • $225,000 be allocated to a staff compensation pool to be used by cost center heads to make merit and/or equity adjustments to staff salaries and wages
  • $100,000 be allocated to an instructor equity pool to be used to make equity adjustments to instructor salaries
  • $67,300 be allocated to the second year of the Full Professor Incentive Program
  • $800,000 be allocated to new faculty positions
  • $186,032 be allocated to an inflationary increase for cost center budgets
  • $181,791 be allocated for increased maintenance, security, and grounds
  • $315,582 be allocated for compliance and support staff positions, the most noteworthy of which will be a dedicated Title IX coordinator
  • An additional $25,000 be allocated for the Disability Support Center

I presented these recommendations at last week’s Board of Governors Finance and Facilities Committee meeting. The recommendations were well received, and the Board will vote on the Executive Budget Committee’s recommended budget at the June meeting.

We would not be able to fund pay raises, new positions, and other priorities without new revenue. The largest item of new revenue in this year’s budget recommendations comes from enrollment growth. Our student body continues to grow because of the hard work that all of you do to make Missouri State University an exceptional value for our students.

Thanks for all you do for Missouri State!

 

 

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Clif’s Notes for May 12, 2015

Clif's Notes

In this issue I discuss legislative updates.

FlagsLegislative session offers good news for Missouri State

It was a great week in Jefferson City last week for Missouri State University and higher education.

First, the Governor released $2,250,000 for construction of the Davis-Harrington Welcome Center. The General Assembly appropriated this money last year, but the Governor had restricted the funds due to insufficient state revenues in the earlier months of this fiscal year. These funds finish off the financing of this project so that is built only through private money and this direct appropriation. No university reserves will have to be used.

Second, the legislature passed a bill that includes an $18.9 million capital appropriation for our four renovation and repair projects: Ellis Hall, Missouri Hall (West Plains), life safety improvements (West Plains) and Hill Hall. This is very exciting news. These are four critical projects in the heart of our campuses. Ellis Hall and Hill Hall are in desperate need of renovation, and I am pleased that we will be able to begin work on these buildings in the near future. Watch for details as we firm up our plans for these projects.

Thanks to legislators

I want to specifically thank Senator Mike Parson of Bolivar who has championed this appropriation in the General Assembly for the last two years. He demonstrated extraordinary commitment to Missouri State University and to higher education in general. I also want to acknowledge Rep. Lincoln Hough, who played a critical role in getting this measure through the House in the final days of the session. All of our delegation supported this legislation, so when you see our legislators, please thank them for their action.

This is the last week of the legislative session, and I am proud to report that we have had an extraordinary year, including a re-appropriation of our occupational therapy and allied health funds, a 1.5 percent increase in our core appropriation, and an $18.9 million capital appropriation.

Thanks for all you do for Missouri State!

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