President's Newsletter March 2017

Board of Trustees

Alvernia’s trustees covered a range of important topics in the spring meeting. Key action items included approval of the long-awaited PEC renovations, which will significantly improve locker room and support facilities for all Alvernia athletes (and provide eagerly-awaited public restrooms on the ground floor!). Our new stadium and the locker room annex building will also be built, anticipating the launch of football while supporting other sports as well. Besides approving several impressive new trustees (Look for profiles in the Alvernia Voice), the Board approved a new streamlined committee structure, designed to be more efficient as well as more effective and to strengthen shared governance.

The Board also reviewed reports on a) the university’s comprehensive compliance efforts, covering the myriad academic, governmental, NCAA and other externally mandated regulations; b) the enterprise risk management system, which monitors proactive measures to limit potential problems; c) investment results for the past year and first months of 2017 (good news for now!), d) the initial frameworks for our “Real World Learning” and “Anchor Institution” plans; and e) progress on fundraising for the PLEX.

The Board also received an in-depth briefing on one of Alvernia’s new strategic directions: to become a major provider of high-end, non-credit workforce leadership development training. And finally, they enjoyed an overview of the successful Reading Collegiate Scholars Program, including testimonials from a group of impressive RCSP students. The board’s other guests (for an evening reception and the jazz festival event) were the newly tenured and promoted faculty, along with Ralph Clark and Deidra Hill.

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president's newsletter march 2017

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