ETBU Board of Trustees Approve New Academic Program
MARSHALL, Texas (1/18/13)- The 36-member East Texas Baptist University Board of Trustees met today for its first meeting of 2013. The first order of business was the annual reorganization, which includes the seating of Trustees for service and the official beginning of Board activities for the year.
Trustee officers for the year include Board Chair Sam Moseley, attorney from Marshall, who presided over the meeting; Vice Chair David Anderson of Carthage, County Judge of Panola County; and Board Secretary Bill Runnels of Atlanta, retired Texas Department of Transportation engineer.
“What a great year ETBU had celebrating its Centennial in 2012. The momentum of the past year is propelling the University to continue educating tomorrow’s leaders with relevant academic programs,” said Moseley. “The Board of Trustees is committed to providing leadership to keep ETBU one of the leading Christian universities in the nation.”
A new academic program, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science degree, with concentrations in Pre-Law and Governance, was approved by the Board. The traditional Bachelor of Arts in Political Science major is still viable, and the new degree program will provide added flexibility and options for interested students. The program will attract students wanting immediate employment after graduation or advancement to further training at the graduate level. The Department of History and Political Science and the School of Humanities in collaboration with the Fred M. Hale School of Business developed the new program.
Trustees approved the 2013-2014 tuition and fee schedule. The tuition increase of 5% for 2013-2014 is the second lowest in five years. The 2013-2014 University Calendar was approved, which includes a Fall Break for the first time in several years.
“East Texas Baptist University is strong, and our Board and the faculty, staff, and administration are all working together to assist in the growth of our University and the fulfillment of our mission,” remarked Dr. Dub Oliver, ETBU President. “It is gratifying to have the opportunity to serve with such committed and talented colleagues.”
In other action, Dr. Sandy Hoover was granted a promotion from the rank of Assistant Professor to Associate Professor of History and Dr. Cassie Falke, Associate Professor of English and Director of the University Scholars Program, was approved for a sabbatical leave to occur during the Spring 2014 semester.
The Board of Trustees seated four new members at this meeting. The new members are Marcus L. Hunt of Birmingham, Alabama, attorney/owner with the Duell/Hunt Law Firm; Sergio A. Ramos of Grand Prairie, Director of Expansion and Development for Buckner International; Dr. Merilyn G. Session of Lufkin, Early College High School Principal, PARAMUS High School@ Pineywoods Community Academy; and David Sherzer of Coppell, Senior Manager, Communications and Executive Operations Reata Pharmaceuticals. Hunt and Ramos are alumni of ETBU.
The next scheduled board meeting is May 3, 2013.