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Board of Regents Meeting Update


Dear Faculty and Staff:

In an effort to keep our campus community informed, I wanted to update you on actions taken by The Texas A&M System Board of Regents that pertain to Tarleton.  In addition to approving the FY13 budget, the following items provide a recap of several agenda items approved at the meeting, which concluded today (Friday).

New degrees/existing degree expansion:

The Board approved a new bachelor of science degree  program in mechanical engineering technology. The new degree will build on already successful programs in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Technology. The Regents also approved Tarleton’s request to offer the existing bachelor of science in nursing via distance education (off-campus, face-to-face) at the Southwest Metroplex Center, effective spring 2013.

Faculty leave:

The Regents approved a request to grant faculty development leave to Dr. Shaukat Goderya, associate professor in engineering and physics, for fall 2012. Dr. Goderya was recently named a Fulbright Scholar and will travel to Pakistan to teach and train students at the Institute of Space Technologies in Islamabad and help initiate a research program. Congratulations to Dr. Goderya on this great achievement.

Vice president for finance and administration:

Tye V. Minckler, currently the vice president for operations at the Medical College of Wisconsin, was approved as Tarleton’s new vice president for finance and administration/chief financial officer. Mr. Minckler brings years of higher education and private business experience to Tarleton. He will begin his duties here August 6. Please join me in extending a hearty Tarleton welcome to Tye and his wife, Katherine.

Emeritus status:

In recognition of his many years of service to The Texas A&M University System, the Regents granted emeritus status to Jerry Graham, who retired in May after a 42-year career at Tarleton. Mr. Graham is now retired with the title of vice president emeritus for finance and administration. Once again, we wish him the best and thank him for his dedicated service to Tarleton and the state of Texas.

I thank you for your efforts to enhance the success of our students and look forward to an exciting fall semester.


F. Dominic Dottavio, Ph.D.