Truman Board of Governors Officers Begin New Term

The Truman Board of Governors installed new officers during the Feb. 2 meeting that took place on campus.

Mark Wasinger of Hannibal, Mo., is the chair of the Truman Board of Governors. Cheryl Cozette of Columbia, Mo., is serving as vice president and Matt Potter of St. Louis, is serving as secretary.

Wasinger is a partner in the law firm of Wasinger, Parham, Morthland, Terrell and Wasinger, L.C. in Hannibal, Mo. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree and Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1980. He received his juris doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1983. 

Cozette serves as an adjunct professor in educational leadership and policy analysis at the University of Missouri-Columbia and as a special consultant to the eMINTS National Center for programs related to school administrators. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Kansas City College and Bible School. She received a Master of Arts degree in elementary education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and did further coursework in educational administration at Truman State University. Cozette received her Doctor of Education in educational administration (curriculum & instruction, general administration) from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Potter is the Deputy Democratic Director for the City of St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners. He graduated magna cum laude from Truman State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a minor in Latin in 1996. He received his juris doctorate from University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 1999.

The Board also welcomed John Hilton as the newly appointed out-of-state representative to the Board. Hilton succeeds Matthew Barnes who served on the Board for six years.  Barnes was recognized by the Board with a resolution of appreciation for his sincere devotion and dedication to Truman.

The Board also received updates from various departments across campus, including the University Career Center, Advancement, Finance and Facilities.

Among other actions, the Board:
• Approved the sale of revenue bonds in the amount of $23,500,000 for the renovation of Dobson Hall and the design and renovation of Ryle Hall. This represents phase three of a four-phased, $81.35 million plan to renovate the residence halls on campus;
• Authorized the resources to convert the former fire station into the Ruth Towne Museum and Visitors Center;
• Approved hiring a consultant to work with the TV studio in Barnett Hall and approved money for the TV studio relocation and equipment;
• Approved minor increases to previously approved budgets for projects in the Student Union, Missouri Hall and Baldwin Auditorium;
• Hired a firm to assist with plans for the expansion and improvements of parking on the west side of Franklin Street and Barnett Hall; and
• Approved a proposal to provide professional services for utility and site mapping.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Governors is set for April 5.
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