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Board of Regents Meeting Update


Dear Faculty and Staff:

In an effort to keep you up to date on actions taken by The Texas A&M System Board of Regents that pertain to Tarleton, here’s a recap of the meeting which concluded today (Friday).

Faculty Tenure:

ThirteenTarleton faculty members were awarded tenure by the regents following recommendations made by the university’s academic deans. Join me in congratulating these faculty members for their contributions to their students, their respective disciplines and our university.

Those approved for tenure include: College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences — Dr. Jeffrey Breeden, assistant professor of animal sciences and wildlife management; College of Business Administration — Dr. Thomas Bradley, Dr. Loyd Kegans and Dr. Walter Kendall, all assistant professors of management, marketing and administrative systems, and Dr. Leah Schultz, assistant professor of computer information systems; College of Education — Dr. Thomas Burdenski Jr., assistant professor of psychology and counseling; College of Liberal and Fine Arts — Dr. Brian Fehler and Dr. Kathleen Mollick, assistant professors of English and languages, Dr. Jason LaTouche and Dr. James Vardalis, assistant professors of social work, sociology and criminal justice, and Dr. Jesús Velasco, assistant professor of social sciences; and from the College of Science and Technology — Dr. Marilyn Duran, assistant professor of nursing, and Dr. Christopher Higgins, assistant professor of biological sciences.

New Degrees/Existing Degree Expansion:

I am excited to report that the board of regents approved our request to establish a new bachelor of science degree program with a major in digital media studies within the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.  Two options are proposed: a design emphasis and technology emphasis, which requires multiple courses in computer science, giving students an edge in this highly technical field. The proposed implementation date, pending approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, is the fall 2012 semester.

The regents also approved Tarleton’s request to offer existing B.B.A. degrees in human resource management and marketing by distance education at both our McLennan Community College - University Center and Southwest Metroplex Center locations, effective summer 2012.

Resolution Honoring Mr. Jerry Graham:

The board also adopted a resolution honoring Mr. Jerry Graham, who is retiring after a 42-year career at Tarleton, most recently as our university’s chief financial officer and vice president for finance and administration. We wish him the best as he enters retirement following a lengthy and distinguished career.


In other business, regents approved an increase in our designated tuition fee schedule, raising the current fee to $103.97 per semester credit hour from $93.97.

Faculty Development Leave:

The regents approved a request for faculty development leave for Dr. Fehler, who plans to work on a book tentatively titled: “The Women of Andover: The Transformation of Popular Rhetoric in the Late 19th Century United States.” Dr. Fehler, a six-year member of Tarleton’s faculty, plans to conduct research at Andover Theological Seminary in Newton, Massachusetts, in the spring of 2013.

Commissioning Police Officers:

Concerning Tarleton’s staff, the board extended its confirmation of appointment and commissioning of our university’s newest peace officers, Scott Daily and Amanda Miller, who were hired by the University Police Department in February.

As president, I want to thank you for your efforts to enhance the success of our students.


F. Dominic Dottavio, Ph.D.