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Board of Trustees Convenes

Date: June 10, 2008
Phone: 269-471-3348

The Andrews University Board of Trustees met for the second of three yearly board meetings on June 2 at Andrews University. The meeting of the full board coincided with the ribbon-cutting for the new entrance, allowing out-of-town board members to participate in the momentous occasion. The following day, Andrews University President Niels-Erik Andreasen met with faculty and staff to give a briefing of the board meeting and actions.
Heather Knight, provost, introduced the action plan for implementing the strategic plan for the years 2007-2012, taking the place of the plan which ran its course and expired in 2006.

Larry Schalk, vice president for financial administration, reported on the university’s finances for the past 10 months. At the end of April, comparative to last year, unrestricted operations fund was running approximately three-quarters of a million dollars ahead of last year. Schalk predicts the university will end the year with a gain of approximately $3 million or 4% of total operations, which meets the goal set for this year’s operations.

A report on campus safety, crisis communication and leadership training opportunities for students was given by Frances Faehner, vice president for student life.

Stephen Payne, vice president for Enrollment Management and Integrated Marketing & Communication, reported admissions are up by 112 students over last year and there are 146 more incoming freshman for fall 2008 comparative to fall 2007.

Gerry D. Karst, chair of the Board of Trustees, commented on the newly established Board Governance Committee, which is charged according to the bylaws, to recommend and screen names for trustees. Seven names were approved to be invited to join the Board of Trustees, with three alternates.

Among the action items taken to the board and subsequently approved were two capital expense requests: $421,000 for the expansion of the architecture building and $181,000 for a Class 850 Forest Forage Harvester, a piece of machinery for the Andrews Farm and Dairy. The formation of a new investment advisory sub-committee, to assist in planning for the University’s financial future, was also approved by the board.

The board also voted and approved a new remuneration policy, moving from a rank-specific model to a discipline-sensitive model of faculty remuneration. This new compensation plan will take effect July 1, 2008.

A number of faculty and staff appointments, and retirements were also voted and approved by the Board.

Faculty Appointments in the College of Arts and Sciences
Greg Almeter, associate professor of physical therapy; Phyllis Collins, associate professor of OB nursing; Elizabeth Cross, assistant professor of nutrition; Marcella Myers, assistant professor of political science; Allen Steele, associate professor of communication; Dominique Wakefield, assistant professor of physical education; Chi Yong Yun, assistant professor of music/ coordinator of piano area.

Faculty Appointment in the School of Architecture
Paula Dronen, associate professor of architecture/assistant dean

Faculty Appointments in the School of Education
Carole Woolford-Hunt, associate professor of counseling psychology

Faculty Appointments in the School of Business Administration

Bruce Wrenn, professor of marketing; Colson Endowed Chair

Faculty Appointments in the University Schools
Joel Bennett, instructor, Ruth Murdoch Elementary School; Christopher Davisson, instructor, Ruth Murdoch Elementary School; Gina Yoon, instructor, Ruth Murdoch Elementary School

Visiting Professor
Soon Myung Hong, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary July 2008–July 2009

Emerita Appointment
Estella Grieg, professor of English

Promotion-in-Rank and Continuous Appointment
George Agoki, associate professor, continuous appointment
Gordon Atkins, professor, research professor
Merlin Bert, assistant professor, associate professor
Jo Ann Davidson, associate professor, continuous appointment
Elvin Gabriel, associate professor, continuous appointment
Ben Maguad, associate professor, professor/continuous appointment
Lionel Matthews, associate professor, professor
Boon Chai Ng, associate professor, professor
Monique Pittman, assistant professor, passociate professor/continuous appointment
Terry Robertson, associate professor, continuous appointment

Staff Appointments
Kristina Barroso Burrell, senior development officer; Audrey Castelbuono, manager of capital campaign; Don Cole, telecommunications and classroom coordinator; Dennis Hollingsead, prospect management officer; Keri Suarez, media relations specialist; Kenneth Zehm, programmer/analyst

Change in Position Title
Don May, associate dean for the College of Arts & Sciences

Kenneth Barnum, 10 years of service; Faye Chamberlain, 16 years of service; Gerald Hulick, 10 years of service, Ronald Johnson, 32 years of service

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