Governors State University Closes 2017 with Board of Trustees Meeting and Annual Holiday Celebration
The GSU Board of Trustees met Friday, December 8 prior to the university’s annual holiday celebration, voting unanimously to approve the 2018-19 internal audit plan, the farm lease renewal, a contract for cooling tower repairs, and a collective bargaining agreement with Teamsters Local 743.
Lorraine Tyson, Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, presided in the absence of Chair Patrick Ormsby. In her opening remarks she gave an overview of the meeting and encouraged the university’s continued commitment to being “responsible stewards of state property” despite the reduced state budget.
In her address to the Board, GSU President Elaine P. Maimon reported that student applications for Fall 2018 are “up considerably” and cited improved public perception of stability due to reinstatement of the budget. Dr. Maimon also congratulated the GSU men’s basketball team on its ongoing undefeated season. “What’s most important about our Jaguars,” she said, “is their academic performance … 17 of our athletes maintained a 4.0 last year, and six earned special commendations and honors.”
Carney Barr, Vice Chair of the Human Resources Committee, said, “The Board has now concluded the assessment of the President Maimon and as you know her contract has been extended until 2020, reflecting the Board’s confidence in her leadership of the university. Today the Board and the President discussed and agreed on her Goals for Academic Year 2018 and we look forward to hearing her reports on these goals as the academic year progresses.”
GSU to Welcome General Counsel Sarah Luke as Alexis Kennedy Ends 17 Years of University Service
After 17 years of service to Governors State University, Vice President and General Counsel Alexis Kennedy has retired. GSU President Elaine Maimon offered special thanks to Ms. Kennedy for her many years, then announced that Sarah Luke, a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School who comes to GSU from Wayne State University, will assume the role of Vice President and General Counsel on January 2, 2018.
BOT Approves 2018 – 19 Internal Audit and Purchase of Cooling Towers
In compliance with the Fiscal Control and Internal Auditing Act the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve a two-year internal audit plan for FY18 and FY19.
In addition, the Board approved and accepted a bid for water pump repairs from McCauley Mechanical Construction, Inc. of Bridgeview, Illinois. Under the contract, McCauley will replace three water pumps at the university’s central plant. Interim Vice President of Administration and Finance Paul Bylaska referenced past air conditioning failures on campus during summer months and said these necessary repairs “will be preventive maintenance that will hopefully head off these kinds of issues in the future.”
University Renews Farm Lease
The GSU Board of Trustees approved the renewal of its farmland lease to Fuller-Krapf Farms of Manhattan, Illinois. Under the cash rental agreement, effective March 1, 2018 through February 28, 2021, GSU will receive a minimum $45,000 per year from Fuller-Krapf.
Holiday Wreaths Crown GSU Holiday Party
Staff, faculty, and students cast their votes for their favorite wreath at the annual GSU Holiday Reception directly following Friday’s board meeting. Ten departmental and inter-departmental teams participated in the competition.
President Maimon noted that the entries were “a symbol of creativity” and thanked the university community for their shared “resilience, teamwork, and creativity.”
“In the darkest of time of the year,” she said, “education is a light in the darkness.”
The festive reception served as a fittingly joyful closure to the 2017 fall semester.
The winning teams are:
- 1st Place – Registrar’s Office
- 2nd Place – Office of Financial Aid
- 3rd Place – Office of Admissions