Trustees also approved a new Athletics Master Plan; authorized the chair of its Finance and Personnel committee to negotiate an employment contract between MTSU and President Sidney A. McPhee; and decided not to pursue the idea of adding a merit-pay raise option for faculty and staff at this time.
Trustee Pam Wright, chair of the Academic Affairs, Student Life, and Athletics Committee, said two new degrees — a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education — will be established from existing concentrations.
“These new programs will give students more options and clarify the degree they are earning,” Wright said.
In other matters:
- Trustees authorized Joey Jacobs, chair of the Finance and Governance Committee, to negotiate an employment contract with McPhee. They delayed consideration of an overall evaluation policy of the president after Faculty Trustee Tony Johnston said he wanted to discuss ways to expand feedback from stakeholders in the process.
- Trustees approved a new Athletics Master Plan, which now goes to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for review. The plan, required before fundraising efforts can go forward, suggests several improvements such as a new football team facility; Murphy Center practice court improvements and club seating; an entry plaza; and a new multisport indoor practice facility.
- Accepted a recommendation from Finance and Governance not to pursue merit pay as a salary option for faculty and staff until further progress in bringing pay to market levels.
- McPhee told trustees that the state Attorney General’s office informed the university that it would have to retain outside legal counsel if it decided to appeal the state Historical Commission’s decision to deny the name change of Forrest Hall. A decision to pursue an appeal is still under study.
- Trustees learned of the establishment of the International Ginseng Institute, another research partnership with Guangxi Botanical Garden of Medicinal Plants in China.
For more information about the MTSU Board of Trustees, go to www.mtsu.edu/boardoftrustees.
— Andrew Oppmann (firstname.lastname@example.org)
MTSU Board of Trustees sets March 27 meeting on campus
The Middle Tennessee State University Board of Trustees announces the following meeting:
• Board of Trustees: 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, Ballrooms A and B, Second Floor, Student Union Building. Agenda items include reports from board committees; approval of items including proposed rules and policy amendments, new academic programs, athletics master plan amendment, compensation strategy, institutional mission/mission profile, board of trustees policy, and president’s compensation and contract; and, information including the president’s report and, technical revisions made to policies and rules.
All board meetings are open to the public. For parking details, go to http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap.
For agenda details or other information, go to www.mtsu.edu/boardoftrustees/meetings.