Board of Trustees meets under new committee structure

The University of South Carolina Board of Trustees met on Friday (Sept. 11) along with several of the newly-formed board committees. Here’s a roundup of actions they took.

Academic changes recommended for full board approval

The Academic Excellence and Student Experience Committee recommended to the full board changes to several academic programs:

  • The establishment of a new Bachelor of Science in Cyberintelligence in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • The termination of the Children’s Law Certificate, IMA in Art Education, MPH General Public Health, MPH General Public Health/Pharm.D. Pharmacy, MPH General Public Health/MD Medicine and the Public Health Certificate
  • The establishment of a new online delivery of the Masters in Educational Psychology and Research

The committee also recommended to the full board faculty manual changes, including creating a committee of professional-track faculty to review policies for non-tenure track faculty, as well as replacing the term “non-tenure track” with “professional-track” faculty throughout the manual.

Moore School International Business program receives off cycle fee approval

The Finance and Infrastructure committee recommended for board approval a request to begin paid marketing for the Moore School’s Master of International Business Live program. The program aims to provide education from the professors based in the United States to students in their home countries. The request was approved by the full board and the program anticipates a fresh class for the fall semester as a result.

Several infrastructure projects approved

The Finance and Infrastructure Committee also recommended the approval of a variety of campus projects:

  • Phase two construction for parking in west campus, which will service Greek Village
  • Replacement of a 20-year-old roof on the Graduate Sciences Research Center
  • Use of a federal grant to renovate the Booker T. Washington building windows and creation of interior exhibition room
  • Sale of the Wedge property for an anticipated $3.4 million
  • Extension of the lease of the National Advocacy Center to the U.S. Department of Justice from 2023 until 2043

All four projects subsequently received approval from the full board.

Spaces across campus receive names

The full board approved naming spaces across campus in honor of donations to the university:

  • The Salvage Family Creative Media Suite in Athletics
  • The Addie Hunt Staples Office and the Lisabeth Sisk Office in the College of Information and Communications
  • The Joan P. Hanner Family Office for Behavioral Health in the College of Social Work

New University Treasurer named

The university’s current treasurer, Pat Lardner, is retiring at the end of September. At the meeting, the board nominated and confirmed Joe Sobieralski to fill the vacancy, and he will start on Oct. 1. Sobieralski is the assistant vice president for administrative operations and chief of staff in the Division of Administration and Finance.

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