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MBU Board of Trustees approve new programs, set budget

The Missouri Baptist University’s Board of Trustees voted Feb. 28, 2019 to forego further appeals in the ongoing litigation related to the University’s governance. To read the full news release, please click here.

In other business, the Board approved:

  • A Master of Social Work degree, pending approval of the curriculum by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education and the Higher Learning Commission. The University’s intent is to begin the program, which will be offered both online through synchronous learning and face to face, in the fall of 2019 contingent on receiving all necessary approvals.
  • A new major in Marketing Education. The program of study will provide students certification to teach marketing education at the high school level.
  • Reducing the number of hours required to graduate with a baccalaureate degree from 128 to 120 in an effort to encourage students to complete their degree programs in a timely manner.
  • Financing related to the construction of Phase II to Spartan Field. The expansion will include bleachers, a concession stand, restrooms, a women’s locker room, a track, field lights and improvements to the fitness trail connecting the main campus to Spartan field.
  • The University’s 2019-2020 operating budget. The budget includes a 4 percent tuition increase, which is the lowest such increase in recent history.
  • Resolutions of appreciation for Marcy Hart and CJ and Karen Duvall for their generous contributions to MBU, along with other donors who have contributed $1,000 or more to MBU in the past year.
  • The promotion of the following MBU faculty members
    • Dr. Sheri Brandt, associate professor of education
    • Dr. David Collum, associate professor of education
    • Dr. Julie Ooms, associate professor of education
    • Dr. Jessie Stapleton, associate professor of exercise science
  • The appointment of Dr. Lekesha Davis, special lecturer in counseling