Missouri State University
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Clif’s Notes for March 21, 2017

Clif's Notes

Our Board of Governors has established a Risk Management and Audit Committee. This committee is chaired by Gov. Greg Spears and has been charged with overseeing the university’s audit, compliance and risk management operations.

The role of the committeeCrowd listening at Civic Engagement Conference

The Risk Management and Audit Committee will be responsible for:

  • Monitoring external audits
  • Directing and receiving work of the university’s internal auditor
  • Receiving reports of all NCAA and NJCAA audits
  • Overseeing the university’s enterprise risk management efforts
  • Following up on major risk management issues and concerns

The committee met last week to receive three reports from the university’s internal auditor. I want to update you one of those reports related to the ethics hotline.

Ethical leadership is one of the pillars of our public affairs mission. Missouri State University has a long tradition of operating in a professional and ethical manner. As part of this commitment, the university provides various mechanisms to assist and encourage employees, students and others to come forward with reports or concerns about suspected compliance issues.

Report ethical, compliance concernsVine covered wall on campus

One mechanism is a third-party anonymous hotline service called EthicsPoint. An individual may contact this hotline service either by phone or internet, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All reports are routed directly to the office of internal audit and compliance and the office of general counsel for review and then directed to the appropriate institutional official.

To make an EthicsPoint report, you may call 1-888-233-8988 or go to the Missouri State ethics hotline webpage.

The recent internal auditor’s report indicates there have been 113 ethics hotline reports filed with the university’s third party hotline vendor since the hotline was initiated in 2007. All 113 reports were investigated.

For the last three years, hotline reports addressed the following:

  • 42 percent dealt with employee or supervisory misconduct
  • 27 percent dealt with discrimination, harassment or equal opportunity
  • 13 percent dealt with sexual harassment
  • 5 percent dealt with conflicts of interest
  • 13 percent dealt with some other matter

If you have any compliance or other concerns, I would encourage you to notify your supervisor or, if you do not feel comfortable doing so, to utilize EthicsPoint. Together we can monitor the university’s compliance and ensure that Missouri State University remains a model for ethical leadership.

Thanks for all you do for Missouri State!


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Clif’s Notes for March 14, 2017

Clif's Notes

About a year ago I told you about financial reports we submitted to the NCAA. I clarified that despite allegations of exorbitant increases in athletics expenses from some observers, the newest report merely reflected a change in the way athletics expenses are reported. Nevertheless, the athletics department was over budget.

Latest NCAA reportBaseball fans cheer

Missouri State’s most recent NCAA report is now complete. You can find that report on the financial services webpage.

Highlights from the report include:

  • Total athletics expenses increased by 4 percent
  • Revenue from royalties, licensing, advertising and sponsorships increased by 154 percent
  • Revenue from program, novelty, parking and concession sales increased by 37 percent
  • Donor contributions (cash and in-kind) increased by 3 percent
  • Ticket sales decreased by 18 percent

Moving forward, reducing expenses

Women running hurdlesBecause of increased expenses and decreased revenue, the athletics department was again over budget. I have been clear with our athletics administrators and coaches that this trend must be reversed and that we must proactively reduce our athletics expenses. We have recently taken several significant steps to do this.

Last month we withdrew as the host for the 2017 Missouri Valley Conference Track and Field Championships. We also decided not to make approximately $600,000 in improvements to existing facilities that would have been necessary to host the tournament.

We formed an Athletics Budget Work Group chaired by Dr. Jim Hutter and tasked the group to find at least an additional $750,000 of ongoing athletics expenses to cut. I expect to receive the final report from that group this month.

Athletics are important to the university. Successful sports teams help in recruiting students, create a positive spirit on campus, lead to good alumni relations and aid fundraising efforts. The university must create and sustain competitive athletic programs, but we must accomplish that goal within a reasonable financial framework. In the current circumstances, that means containing costs.

Thanks for all you do for Missouri State!


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Clif’s Notes for March 7, 2017

Clif's Notes

Last week Governor Greitens appointed two new members to our Board of Governors. The new members are Craig Frazier, of Springfield, and Carol Silvey, of West Plains. I am very excited to work with Craig and Carol to continue to move Missouri State University forward.

Meet our new board membersCitizen Scholar statue at night

Craig received a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from Missouri State. Since then he has worked in a variety of positions in health care management and the insurance industry. He is currently a board member of Springfield Innovation Incorporated. Recent positions include chief operations officer for Healthmedx, vice president of commercial operations for Healthtronics and president of Intuitive Medical Software.

Carol received a bachelor’s degree in education from Missouri State University and a master’s degree in education from the University of Missouri. After working as a history instructor and a director of development at Missouri State-West Plains for nearly four decades, Carol became associate director for advancement for Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

Craig will replace Joe Carmichael as the 7th District representative and Carol will replace Peter Hofherr as the 8th District representative. Their terms expired on Jan. 1.

I want to thank Joe and Peter for their great work on the board. Their leadership played a critical role in the university’s success, and they have exemplified the public affairs mission through their service.

Many opportunities lie ahead of us. I am confident that Craig and Carol, along with the other members of our Board of Governors, will lead us on a path to make good decisions and to ensure that the university continues to experience great success.

Thanks for all you do for Missouri State!

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