Each June, trustees conduct a two-day retreat on key strategic issues. This year’s meeting focused on academic quality, with an emphasis both on outcome measures (like graduation and pass rates) and on experiential learning brought to life by faculty and student panels and testimony by several alumni trustees. Board members also received some “hands-on” learning of their own, thanks to the help of Mike Nerino, Miro Liwosz, and Ann Marie Licata who led an online learning workshop. Also joining trustees for lunch were the leaders of our athletic program who were recognized for their contributions to our student-athletes.
Trustees approved revised By-Laws covering the “reserved powers” of our sponsors, the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters. Along with the recently approved Sponsorship Covenant, adoption of these revisions culminated three years of dialogue and reflection by the Sponsorship Learning Community (SLC), a group of Sisters and lay trustees who, along with the President and the Assistant for Mission, worked to strengthen the sponsorship relationship. Trustees also approved key handbook revisions proposed by the faculty and a conceptual plan for East Campus and endorsed a vision document for service and civic engagement. They decided to make the ad-hoc Marketing Committee a permanent subcommittee of the Executive Committee and established a new ad-hoc committee on Online Learning. And they unanimously approved a resolution supporting the framework for general education adopted by the faculty, while providing feedback and several requests to be conveyed by Provost Williams and Faculty President Hartung.
A key educational session was provided by the Board’s Audit Committee covering the greatly expanded institutional compliance issues requiring careful monitoring by administrators and detailed oversight by trustees as part of their fiduciary responsibility. As customary, the Board also reviewed a variety of year-end reports, approved preliminary goals and a budget for the coming year (finalized in September), discussed key external trends, and completed the evaluation of the president.
During the meeting, several board members concluded their terms including Kevin Georgetti ‘85, Bill Combs, and former board chair Al Weber. Kathy Herbein ‘95, the first Alvernia graduate to serve as board chair, was named a trustee emerita in recognition of her exemplary service to the university.