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November 1, 2023

Board of Governors Retreat

November 1, 2023 (9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

LOCATION: Harry M. Cornell Arts and Entertainment Complex, MUSE (2nd floor), 212 W. 7th Street, Joplin, MO




8:45 - 9:00 a.m. Coffee and light breakfast buffet 

9:00 - 10:15 a.m. Key Challenges, Opportunities, and Initiatives 

  • Welcome and Retreat Overview (Governor Oplotnik) 
  • Higher Education Issues and Trends
  • Missouri Southern Initiatives, Challenges and Opportunities 
    • Key Academic and Student Success Initiatives 
    • Student Enrollment (including initiatives, trends, projections) 
    • Workforce and Budget (including initiatives trends, projections) 
    • Lions Forward Campaign Update
    • Important Issues in DII Athletics 
  • Feedback and Discussion

10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Break 

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. University and Regional Health Science Strategies 

  • The Right Assets, People and Time 
  • Review and Discuss TEConomy Report: Developing a Strategic Roadmap for Economic Development in Joplin Focused on Healthcare, Health Sciences, and Associated Educational Assets

11:45 a.m. Legislative Issues and Priorities for 2024 Session 
                 Conclusion of Sessions; Break

Noon - 1:00 p.m. Lunch and Conversation

September 29, 2022

Board of Governors Retreat

September 29, 2022 (8 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

LOCATION: Holiday Inn, 3402 Arizona Ave, Joplin, MO

Friday, February 12, 2021 - Postponed

Board of Governors Retreat

Friday, February 12 (8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

LOCATION: The Gaderian, 141 East 3rd Street, Carthage, MO


8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast

Welcome and opening comments from Governor Hershewe and President Van Galen

9:00 a.m. Session 1: Future Opportunities to Enhance MSSU’s Academic Mission

· Introduction by President Van Galen followed by Board small group discussion/report out

10:15 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. Session 2: Envisioning the “Campaign for Missouri Southern”

· Introduction by President Van Galen followed by Board small group discussion/report out

11:45 a.m. Break

12:00 p.m. Lunch

Friday, March 15, 2013

9:00-9:30 a.m. Continental breakfast (BSC 309)

9:30-10:15 a.m. Update on Noel-Levitz findings (Darren Fullerton – BSC 310)

10:15-10:30 a.m. Break

10:30-11:15 a.m. Update on course redesign/blended courses (Pat Lipira – BSC 310)

11:15-11:45 a.m. Update on tenure document (Pat Lipira – BSC 310)

11:45-12:45 p.m. Lunch (presentation by John Groesbeck - BSC 309)

12:45-1:30 p.m. Discussion of budget priorities (Rob Yust– BSC 310)

1:30-2:15 p.m. Discussion with Representatives from the Foundation and Alumni Boards
(JoAnn Graffam – BSC 310)

2:15-2:30 p.m. Break

2:30-3:15 p.m. Report from Shared Governance Committee (Chair of Committee)

(Bruce Speck – BSC 310)

3:15-4:00 p.m. Each Division's Accomplishments/Goals

4:00-5:00 p.m. Review of Mission; Q&A (Bruce Speck – BSC 310)


Friday, March 16
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Saturday, March 17
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1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Billingsly Student Center Boardroom (310) 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
(Continental Breakfast 8:30 - 9 a.m. in BSC 309)
Billingsly Student Center Boardroom (310)

1 - 2 p.m.:
Campus Master Plan

Mr. Rob Yust, Vice President for Business Affairs 9 - 10 a.m.:
Tenure and Promotion, Performance Funding, Course Redesign

Dr. AJ Anglin, Vice President for Academic Affairs
2 - 2:30 p.m.: Budget Report

Mr. Rob Yust, Vice President for Business Affairs 10 - 10:30 a.m.:
Working Relationship between Board of Governors, Foundation Board and Alumni Board; 75th Anniversary Preparation

Mrs. JoAnn Graffam, Vice President for Development and Executive Director of the Missouri Southern Foundation
2:30 - 3 p.m.:

Strategic Planning
Dr. AJ Anglin, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Susan Craig, Director, First-Year Experience 10:45 - Noon:
Roundtable Discussion regarding Programmatic Review
Board of Governors and President's Council

3:15 - 4 p.m.:
Leadership Panel:
Dr. Cliff Toliver, President, Faculty Senate
Dr. Linda Hand, President-Elect, Faculty Senate
Mr. Greg Killingsworth, President, Staff Senate
Ms. Michelle Arwood, President-Elect, Staff Senate
Mr. Johnathan Saunders, President, Student Senate
Mr. Andrew Hendricks, Vice President, Student Senate 1 - 1:30 a.m.:

President's Report
Dr. Bruce Speck

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.:
Board of Goverors Strategic Planning

2:30 - 3 p.m.:
Summary Discussion and Wrap-up

4 - 5 p.m.:
Enrollment Report
Dr. Julie Wengert, Vice President for Student Affairs
Mr. Derek Skaggs, Director of Admissioins

5 - 5:30 p.m.:
Summary Discussion and Wrap-up


Friday, March 18
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Strategic Planning (PDF) Athletics Report (Ppt.)
Shared Governance Report (Ppt.) Budget Review (Xls.)
International Enrollment Report (Ppt.) Distance Learning Report (WMV)
Program Review Report (PDF) Advancement Report (Ppt.)
Admissions Report (Ppt.) President's Report (Ppt.)

Saturday, March 19
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Athletics Report (Ppt.)
Budget Review (Xls.)
Distance Learning Report (WMV)
Advancement Report (Ppt.)
President's Report (Ppt.)