At its last quarterly meeting of the year, Friday, December 10, the Western Kentucky University Board of Trustees approved emeritus status for a number of WKU faculty members at each of the university colleges. of the University. To be eligible to receive emeritus status, a faculty member must be recommended by full professors, department directors / directors or college deans, have served the university for at least 10 years, and have a distinguished record of achievements and services.
The regents also approved a number of actions taken by faculty and staff. The staff actions took place between May 20, 2021 and September 26, 2021 and include job reclassifications and salary adjustments. The regents’ finance and budget committee previously approved the staffing measures at committee meetings in October.
Rector Robert âBudâ Fischer shared information about the new initiative from WKU’s first generation staff and teachers. Through a combination of symposia, panels, discussions and other programs, the aim of the initiative is to identify first generation faculty and staff at WKU who can support first generation students of the WKU. Fischer noted that this initiative is particularly important to him because he was a first-generation student himself. âI didn’t even know my way around campus until I showed up on day one,â Fischer said. The faculty and staff support network will serve as mentors and help meet the needs of WKU’s first generation students. Over 31 percent of WKU students are first generation students.
Regents President Dr Phillip Bale discussed the annual board assessment of WKU President Timothy C. Caboni. Dr Bale spoke of the difficult circumstances President Caboni has faced since taking office in July 2017. Among these challenges, Bale listed declining student enrollments nationwide, cuts in financial support , increased competition and increased public apathy towards higher education, all of which have been made worse by a global pandemic. Bale expressed confidence in President Caboni’s leadership through these challenges. âAs many American colleges and universities face an uncertain future, the board of trustees of Western Kentucky University believes that under President Caboni’s leadership our university is now in a better position to harness our available resources, utilize our collective imagination and create an environment that promotes student success. and well-being in a changing higher education world.
President Caboni also briefed the board on the university’s retention in the spring, particularly among WKU students participating in the university’s Living and Learning Communities (LLC). âThere is an eight percentage point difference between fall to spring registrations between those who participate in an LLC and those who do not. This is an early indicator of what this type of support does for our students.
In addition, the Board approved the renewal of a $ 10,000,000 line of credit from Truist Bank. The line of credit will only be used in the event that the time of collection of income does not match the time of payment of expenses.
In other business during the quarterly meeting, the Board:
- Approved the university’s 2021-2022 fiscal year audit plan.
- Approval of the Budget vs. Real of the university.
- Accepted the auditor’s report and the financial statements for the year.
- Approved a revision of the 2021-2022 operating budget.
- Approved an amendment to the employment contract of the WKU head baseball coach.
- Approved rental of 1566 Normal Street by member organizations of the Pan-Hellenic National Council for offices, member events and communal gathering space.
The WKU Board of Directors will meet on January 21, 2022 for committee meetings.
Contact: Jace Lux at (270) 745-4295.
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