December 13, 2013

Board of Governors Review



The Board ratified items presented to the Executive Committee.

West Plains

The Board approved the appointments of Amy Ackerson, instructor of nursing-WP; Barbara Caton, assistant professor of nursing-WP; Joyce DeWitt, assistant professor of nursing-WP; Elizabeth Gall assistant professor of nursing-WP; Carla Huddleston, instructor of nursing-WP; Lisa Wade, instructor of nursing-WP.

The Board approved the non-academic appointments of Sharath C. Rongali, laboratory and stores supervisor, division of science and math; Ryan VanWinkle, food services manager, WP food services; and the retirement of Veronica E. Mays, coordinator, student academic advisement, WP AACCESS.


The Governors approved the activity and purchasing reports for the Springfield and West Plains campuses.


Academic resignations: Ngaire Smith, assistant professor, library.

Academic non-reappointment: Brian Weaver, assistant professor, biology.

Academic retirement: Sidney Ewer, School of Accountancy; Arden Miller, psychology; AkinniranOladehin, physical therapy; Guy Webb, music.

Faculty leave with pay: Rick Breault, Southwest Regional Professional Development Center.

Sabbaticals: Eric Sheffield, reading, foundations and technology.

Non-academic appointments: Kevin R. Lietz Custodian I, residence life, housing and dining services; Jennifer L. Vaughn, administrative assistant II, outreach; Sarah Gray, assessment program coordinator, Center for Assessment; Nathaniel Bledsoe, postal technician II, postal services; Rachel L. Pachmayr, assistant teacher, Child Development Center; Sophie C. Pierpoint, director of development, office of development; Megan R. Brockman, accountant, financial services; Lacy P. John, academic administrative assistant II, communication sciences and disorders; Kristen Bilyeu, accountant, financial services; Austin D. O’Reilly Jr., research scientist, Center for Biomedical and Life Sciences; Chad M. Holmes, distributed user support specialist, College of Humanities and Public Affairs; Sherry K. Niell, administrative specialist I, College of Business; Karlee J. Yount, assistant teacher, Child Development Center; Ronald J. Freeman, public safety officer, safety and transportation; Daniel M. Reed, ppublic safety officer, safety and transportation; Richecard J. Wilson, public safety officer, safety and transportation; Lance E. Wilson, public safety officer, safety and transportation; Terrence J. Tate, residence life, housing and dining services; Alex B. Johnson, program coordinator, service learning, citizenship and service learning.

Non-academic resignations: Natasha S. Gibson-Winston, admissions; Annette Miller-Gartin, institutional research; Elliott H. Barrowclough, residence life, housing and dining services; Katherine Young, student employment.

Non-academic retirements: Miriam W. Burlison, modern and classical languages; Enid Harris, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.

Non-academic leave without pay: Sherry A. Leis, biology; Jolene A. Thompson, Ozarks Public Health Institute.

Non-academic deceased: John B. Ferguson, theatre and dance.

Non-academic changes-of-status: Heather Luellen, to staff music director/accompanist theatre and dance; Jordan Hawkins, to junior research scientist-JVIC Center for Biomedical and Life Sciences; Berlin D. Falls, to custodian I, custodial services; Dianna S. Thimesch, to academic administrative assistant II, history; Joshua Porter, to MBA program academic advisor, College of Business; James P. Baker, to vice president for research and economic development and international programs, research and economic development; Cynthia S. Schull, to director of grants and foundation accounting, financial services; Gary Wells, to maintenance foreman, facilities maintenance; Richard L. Britton, to custodian I, residence life, housing and dining services; Glenda J. Eddy, to administrative assistant II, research and economic development; Donald R. Hopper, to technology buyer – technical support, bookstore; Janis Smith, to accounting specialist, facilities management; Jamie Hall, to executive assistant III, outreach; Enid J. Harris, to staff emeritus, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning; Lori Wade, to administrative specialist II, kinesiology.


President Clif Smart gave a report. The Board approved the 2013-14 Citizen Scholar award recipients: Nii Kpakpo Ekow Abrahams, a senior communication major from Joplin, Mo.; Mariah Gregg, a senior philosophy major from Thayer, Mo.; Jared Horman, a senior graphic design major from Camdenton, Mo ; Kris Keilty, an MBA student from Rich Fountain, Mo.; Walter Orr, a senior professional writing major from Kansas City, Mo.; and Paige Oxendine, a senior public relations and socio-political communication major from Neosho, Mo.


Dr. Ryan Giedd, Faculty Senate chair, gave a report. The Board approved granting its 16thand 17thhonorary doctorate degrees to community leaders John Rush and James Tatum. The Doctor of Public Affairs (A.P.D.) degree will be conferred upon Tatum and Rush at May 16, 2014, commencement ceremonies.

Provost Frank Einhellig also gave a report. The Board approved a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Studies and a Doctor of Nursing Anesthesia Practice (DNAP).

Dr. Jim Baker, vice president for research, economic development and international programs, gave a written report on sponsored research activities and international programs.

Dr. Ken Coopwood, vice president for diversity and inclusion, gave a written report.


Dr. Drew Bennett, Missouri State University-West Plains chancellor, reported on activities at the West Plains campus.


David Schneider, student body president,gave a report.

Dr. Dee Siscoe, vice president for student affairs, also gave a report. The Board approved a commendation for Paige Jenkins for service as Student Governor for Missouri State University.


Andrea Weber, Staff Senate chair, gave a report.


Brent Dunn, vice president for university advancement, reported on development activities.

Steve Foucart, interim chief financial officer, gave a report.


The Board announced 2014 committee memberships and approved the 2014 Executive Committee.

The Board heard a presentation on first-generation students.


 The next regular Board meeting will take place at 1 p.m. Feb. 7 at West Plains.