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The Board of Governors for Missouri Southern State University met in a closed session on February 29, 2012, to discuss the faculty promotion process for this fiscal year and voted to allow the process that began last summer to continue during this fiscal year. There are currently seven faculty members who are being considered for possible promotions this year.
The Board’s motion and vote were contingent upon receiving a legal opinion from the University’s legal counsel. That opinion was received by the University on March 6, 2012.
The discussion and subsequent decision came about after the Board of Governors was informed that seven faculty members had applied for promotion in the summer of 2011 to be effective in FY13. Recommendations regarding these promotions were to be presented for Board consideration at their May meeting. The Board Members considered whether the promotions could be financed in a time when the University is facing budget cuts.
“This was a difficult decision,” said Dr. Sherry Buchanan, president of the Board of Governors. “Even though game-changing reductions in state appropriations would justify an interruption in the promotion process, the majority of the board members felt that since the promotion process for these seven faculty members has been ongoing for several months that it should continue. So if recommendations for promotion are presented, they will be considered.”
Eligible faculty members were told last summer that they could apply for promotion if desired. Seven faculty members made application. Their applications currently are being reviewed by the campus-wide Promotions Committee, with recommendations to be made to the Vice President of Academic Affairs by mid-March, and subsequently, to the President and the Board of Governors. If all seven promotions are approved, this would mean adding approximately $90,000, plus benefit costs, to Missouri Southern’s payroll.
Because of the University’s financial situation for FY13, the Board Members also decided that salary and benefits increases for these personnel will be phased in over the next three contract years, instead of adding the entire burden to the FY13 budget.
Voting yes on this decision were Rod Anderson, Nancy Perry, Jim Fleischaker, Richard Walter, and Sherry Buchanan. Lynn Ewing and Chuck Surface voted no.
“We continue to examine how we can make the budget work both in the short-term and the long-term,” said President Dr. Bruce Speck. “The entire campus has been invited to make suggestions on how to increase revenue and decrease expenses and we’re thankful for those recommendations. We anticipate that the budget will be presented at the May meeting of the Board of Governors, although we plan to announce any significant adjustments prior to that meeting.”