Board of Regents Meeting Update
I hope you have stayed warm and active during this week’s difficult weather. The campus has been empty without all of you here, but for everyone’s safety we have had no choice but to close operations until conditions improved. I certainly look forward to the resumption of normal activities on Monday.
I also wanted to take this opportunity to update you on actions involving Tarleton State University at The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents meeting, which concluded Friday amid bad weather and closings that reached College Station on Thursday.
The board gave unanimous approval to the appointment of Rusty Jergins as vice president for Student Life. As you know, Rusty has been leading the Office of Student Life for several weeks pending formal approval, following the departure of Dr. Wanda Mercer, who has a great friend to our students and will be missed by us all. Rusty has some big shoes to fill, but I have the utmost confidence that his many notable years here at Tarleton are signposts of continued leadership and stewardship for our entire campus.
Also approved by the board was a new degree program for Tarleton, a Bachelor of Applied Technology (BAT) with a major in Veterinary Technology. This program will start next fall, and will enhance the understanding of animal physiology and also the business skills necessary for management of a veterinary clinic. Both of these objectives align with American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines for establishing curricula that distinguish the bachelor degree from an associate degree program. This is an important step for our curriculum and is likely become one of the most successful degree programs on our campus.
Finally, I’m happy to report that the board approved tenure status for Dr. Ben Bruce, associate professor of Animal Science and Wildlife Management. Dr. Bruce has an extensive publishing record to match his commitment to the classroom, and is a member of various professional societies in his field. It is a well-deserved honor.
Much is in the works for the remainder of this semester, and barring a renewed bout with the weather, we’ll be moving ahead rapidly and in a few months we’ll probably be thinking with a little nostalgia for at least a hint of cooler days in Texas.
F. Dominic Dottavio