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Update from November Board of Trustees Meeting

Dear Campus Community,

Last week, the Board of Trustees was on campus for its regular November meeting. Several trustees attended the Keller Venture Grant Forum on Wednesday, which is always an inspiring display of our students’ curiosity and creativity.

On Thursday, the board was joined by Fine Arts Center staff and President’s Council members for a dinner at the FAC. The dinner was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate CC’s alliance with the Fine Arts Center and our progress in implementing the “Excellence, Access, and Collaboration” strategic plan.

On Friday, VP for Enrollment Mark Hatch and Director of Financial Aid Shannon Amundson presented on admission and financial aid in relation to our strategic goals. Additionally, the board’s Strategic Project Teams (Athletics, Innovation, and Transitions) and standing committees (Investment, Governance, Buildings, Grounds, & Infrastructure, and Budget & Finance) met.

In the plenary session Saturday, Susan Edmondson of the Downtown Partnership and Hannah Parsons of the CS Chamber of Commerce presented on the economic development and future of Colorado Springs. Beka Adair ’16 and current CC student Rachael Maxwell ’18 also took part in the plenary session presentation.

During their Saturday business meeting, the board approved several items including:

  • Revisions to the Campus Master Plan
  • Candidates for honorary degrees to be awarded at Commencement. The campus community will be updated as soon as those to be recognized are informed.
  • An addendum to the strategic plan that extends our workplace excellence initiative, incorporates the Fine Arts Center into our strategy and includes a new recommendation to enrich and integrate the parts of the student experience and connect the CC experience to our students’ next steps.

The board also heard reports from Dean Sandi Wong, Faculty Executive Committee Chair Professor Carol Neel, CCSGA President Dorsa Djalilzadeh, and me. VP for Advancement Sean Pieri provided the board with an update on the comprehensive fundraising campaign.

The trustees are excited about the progress we’ve made on campus this fall: the completion of the Tutt Library Renovation, East Campus Community and the Ahlberg Annex, our successful alliance with the Fine Arts Center, and the launch of our Building on Originality campaign. They are eager to build on this momentum in the months and years ahead!

The next board meeting will be February 22-24, 2018.

Best regards,