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Board of Regents Meeting Update


The Board of Regents just concluded its April meetings and a number of Tarleton items received approval.

Two new graduate degree programs received authorization to seek approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). 

  • The Master of Arts in Communication Studies program will train professionals in the use of technology as a tool in developing creative and productive communications.  Graduates will be prepared for jobs in business, electronic media and international relations, such as public information officers, market researchers and media analysts.  The plan is to implement the program this fall.
  • The Master of Science in Athletic Training program will enable graduates to enter the athletic trainer profession and be eligible to earn the Certified Athletic Trainer credential (ATC).  Students will be admitted in a cohort, beginning in summer 2016.  The Department of Kinesiology will phase out the undergraduate degree program in this area to initiate the graduate level program.

The Board also:

  • conferred emeritus status on Dr. Koy Floyd, who served as Tarleton’s first vice president for institutional advancement and served Tarleton for 21 years as a professor and administrator.  The emeritus distinction recognizes outstanding contributions through dedicated and loyal service.
  • granted tenure for seven members of the Tarleton faculty: 
    • Dr. Donald G. McGahan, assistant professor, Wildlife, Sustainability and Ecosystem Sciences;
    • Dr. Chris Y. Shao, professor, Marketing and Computer Information Systems;
    • Dr. Rebekah A. Miller-Levy, assistant professor, Curriculum and Instruction;
    • Dr. Jesse B. Crawford, assistant professor, Mathematics;
    • Dr. Katherine H. Smith, assistant professor, Mathematics;
    • Dr. Susan M. Rugari, associate professor, Nursing, and
    • Dr. William L. Whaley, assistant professor, Chemistry, Geosciences and Physics.
    • approved faculty development leave for Dr. Joe W. Priest in the Department of Kinesiology, who will spend the Spring semester of 2016 writing a book about Tarleton’s unique physical training program within the Laboratory for Wellness and Motor Behavior.  The LWMB provides a program of supervised physical activity to individuals with disabilities.
    • sanctioned the hiring of police officers Virgil A. Dalley and Douglas O. Johnson
    • authorized the university to lease 400 bedrooms from The Grove Apartments on Frey Street to providing student housing for our overflow beyond the capacity of our on-campus residence halls.  The contract increases the number of students housed at The Grove next fall, but the university will no longer lease from other apartment complexes.  In Fall 2016, we expect to have on-campus housing to accommodate all our freshmen and sophomores.
    • approved the holiday schedule.  The state authorizes 14 paid holidays for 2015-2016.  As usual, the university moves some of the lesser holidays to provide additional time off between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

If you have any questions regarding the Board actions, please feel free to email Chief of Staff Dr. David Weissenburger and he will assist you.


F. Dominic Dottavio, Ph.D.