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MBU trustees adopt strategic plan, new doctorate

Missouri Baptist University trustees took several important steps toward the University’s future at their regularly scheduled meeting Nov. 20

Trustees adopted MBU’s five-year University-wide strategic plan. The living document, which outlines a plan to advance the University from 2014-2019, assesses the University’s current state while providing a distinctive way to carry out visions and goals.

Included in the University’s strategic plan is the launch of a new doctorate program in Higher Education Leadership, which was also approved by the Trustees at the meeting.  The new program will prepare mid to senior level administrators for significant leadership opportunities at colleges and universities.

In other business, trustees approved:

  • The University’s audit and variance report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013. The audit, conducted by BKD Accounting, found the University to be in exceptional financial standing. The University’s increase in net assets was $4.6 million from last year.
  • The appointment of Dr. Joe Heath as a visiting lecturer for Corporate Security Leadership and Criminal Justice. MBU is set to begin offering online courses toward a Master of Science in Corporate Security Leadership in January of 2015. The 36-hour program will equip students with the tools to serve as security leaders of corporations while preparing students to pass qualifying examinations for key certification credentials in the security industry.
  • Resolutions of appreciation recognizing Jean Finley who established the Jera Foundation Scholarship Fund, and Dr. Kenneth V. and Lois Fast who established The Fast Family Foundation to benefit the University’s Natural Sciences Division. Members of the President’s Club, which is comprised of donors who have given $1,000 or more to MBU in the last year, were also recognized.