FROM: Dr. Melik Peter Khoury
DATE: October 16, 2018
SUBJECT: October Board of Trustees Meeting Update
Unity College Colleagues,
I’m writing to share some notes and highlights from the recently concluded board of trustees meetings that took place in Founders Hall South this past Friday.
Board members enjoyed the full range of Maine fall weather: chilly and overcast in the morning, then gorgeous sun and crisp in the afternoon and into the evening. The board and guests enjoyed a meal with students, faculty, and staff at Wyman Commons. The Mongolian grill and Maria’s adobo pork were a special treat along with all the delicious offerings at Wyman for lunch. Of course Applefest has become a favorite fall tradition. Board members love spending time with students, faculty, and staff at lunch and at this wonderful campus event. Once business was concluded, the evening held a reception and tours of the newly renovated UCCA and Distance Education space.
The fall board meeting is traditionally a time for faculty and staff to showcase their work. This year the board enjoyed a real range of powerful immersive experiences – from sustainability science with Doug Fox, to the research of Dr. Alyson McKnight and Dr. Jessica Herlich, and to the latest from the F2Y Committee: Dr. Latty, CAO; Dr. Doore, CSSO: Dr. Cartier, Director of Curricular Innovation; Dr. Phillippi, Flagship Professor; Kathleen Coseo, Flagship Instructor of Mathematics and Rachel Kahn, Associate Director of Career Services. I also want to thank those who joined our trustees at Applefest and lunch at Wyman.
My report out also included a number of highlights for our campus, and the external treats that affect our industry and Small Higher Education in particular, specifically access & affordability for the changing demographics, compliance for continuous changing regulations and mandatory external reports, and continuing to foster the mindset of what Unity College could be in the future as we support new audiences.
There were also several business items. The board accepted the financial statements as presented with clean audit results, as offered by external auditors Berry Dunn; approved the final enterprise budget for AY 18-19 as presented at the August meeting with no changes. The board also ratified the Governance committee recommendation from August to change to the bylaws which adjusted the required min & max number of trustees (11 & 21 respectively) & allowing board officers terming out to serve up to two years with approval for continuity. As always, the highlight at the October meeting is always approval of December graduates, both Flagship and DE. I updated the board on our progress with regard to development of the new strategic plan and they were quite engaged in a discussion of the results of the recent faculty and staff poll regarding mission, vision, and values – the results that I shared with you on October 10.
Interestingly, the board view of the mission was as varied as the rest of campus was. I also shared the results of the workshops at Professional Development and the latest drafts. After upcoming unit meetings, and another Unity Works to consider, a full first draft of the Strategic Plan and associated tools will be ready by the end of the fall semester. In spring, we’ll focus our attention on building out particular initiatives within the framework.
The fall board meeting is always a great chance for board members to engage with each other and members of broader Unity College community. Board members expressed appreciation for the time for forward-looking dialogue as well as time spent with students, faculty, and staff informally as well as formally.
Thank you all for putting our best foot forward, welcoming our trustees with open arms, and sharing with them the real Unity College experience.
Dr. Melik Peter Khoury
“Skill can be taught; loyalty can be garnered, confidence can be instilled; but attitude & integrity are inherent! So teach skill, garner loyalty; instill confidence; but never compromise on attitude & integrity.”
“Integrity, by its very existence, rekindles the belief that as a people we can live above the level of moral squalor. We need that belief; as a cynical community is a corrupt community.” John Gardner