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Trustee Meeting Update and El Pomar/Press Opening

May 6, 2013

Dear Faculty and Staff, 

At the end of last week, our Board of Trustees was on campus for its annual May meeting. I would like to give you a brief update on what the board discussed and approved. 

There were two main presentations during this meeting. Members from our Student Divestment Committee (SDC) gave the Investment Committee a presentation on the reasons the college should divest from fossil fuels. The Investment Committee has considered their proposal and will be sending a response to the members of the SDC in the coming weeks. I also presented the emerging themes and draft of our strategic plan. There was much excitement about this draft, which I will share next week at our faculty meeting and In the Loop session. 

During the board's business meeting, trustees approved several key items: 

  1. New Trustees - Two charter trustees, Andy Stenovec and Thayer Tutt; President-Elect of the Alumni Association Board Christine Schluter; and 2013-14 Student Trustee Joel Begay. Three trustees received life trustee status: Bill Hybl, Doug Norberg, and Sue Woolsey. 
  2. Two college-wide policies (required for compliance) – (1)The Policy on Gift Administration and (2) The Code of Ethical Conduct/Conflict of Interest. 
  3. Emeritus Status to Professor Paul Kuerbis. Congratulations Paul!
  4. New Board Officers – Eben Moulton (chair), Phil Swan (vice-chair), Susie Burghart (secretary)

Additionally, the board joined the campus community for the public opening of the newly renovated El Pomar Sports Center and Adam F. Press Fitness Center. I would like to thank our entire campus community for its role in making the event a success. I particularly want to extend my deepest appreciation to those in Athletics, Advancement, Facilities, and Information Management for their work in creating a world-class facility that has already given much to our community.

The trustees will meet again in July for their retreat, when they will approve our strategic plan. If you have any questions, please let me know.