Truman Board of Governors Meets

The Truman State University Board of Governors met in Kirksville, April 14, at its regular April meeting. Among the action items it considered were the approval of proposed renovations to Blanton/Nason/Brewer (B-N-B), the refurbishment and replacement of the seating and flooring in Baldwin Hall Auditorium, and the renovation of a building for the Regional Professional Development Center. 

The former project is part of the University’s on-going, $91 million effort to renovate on-campus student housing and the Student Union Building. The B-N-B project will commence this summer and will be concluded in time for the fall 2008 semester. The latter two projects are slated to be completed for the fall 2007 semester. The total value of these three renovation projects is estimated at $7.97 million.

The Board also approved upgrading an existing exercise science pattern in athletic training to a freestanding Bachelor of Science athletic training degree program. A new undergraduate Bachelor of Arts program in Romance language was also approved by the Board, building on Truman’s strong existing foreign language programs. Both programs will be operated with existing resources and will now be submitted to the Missouri Coordinating Board of Higher Education for final approval.

In other business, the Board of Governors approved a modest increase in enrollment fees for the 2007-2008 academic year. Tuition and fees for full-time, in-state undergraduate students will be $6,210, a 3.9 percent increase. Out-of-state fees for full-time undergraduate students will be $10,820, a 4 percent increase.

“These modest fee increases are necessary to preserve the quality of the education we offer to our students,” Truman President Barbara Dixon said. “The Board of Governors is committed to ensuring that Truman remains both affordable and the institution of choice for academically talented students seeking an outstanding education in the liberal arts tradition.”

The additional funds will be used to meet mandatory cost increases such as utilities and increased minimum wages as well as qualitative improvements in instructional equipment and campus technology.

Based on a referendum vote by the student body, the Board also approved a $50 per semester-designated fee to support athletic facilities and programs. The fee was supported by 54 percent of the voters and will be used to improve athletics facilities used by all students and help maintain Truman’s varsity sports programs.
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