Dear Campus Community:
Click here to watch this report in American Sign Language
The 2016 fall Board of Trustees meeting was held early this year to allow the members to attend the inauguration week activities and the installation ceremony for President Roberta J. Cordano. We enjoyed the week immensely! We appreciated the opportunity to interact with students, staff, and faculty throughout the week, and to connect with members of our global deaf community. On behalf of the Board, thank you to all on campus who made the inauguration week possible. For those of you who came to campus to share your knowledge and experiences with us during the panel discussions and during the installation, we also share our thanks.
During the meeting, we welcomed three new Trustees: Linda Campbell, Ph.D., Jose "Pepe" Cervantes, ’05, and Gregory J. Hlibok, Esq., ’90.
We held our Board Executive Team elections as well. As of October 1, Tiffany Williams, ’89, is the new chair, Claire Bugen is vice chair, Duane Halliburton, ’85 is secretary, and Seth Bravin, ’96 and Jeffrey Humber are members-at-large.
Dr. Tom Humphries, ’68 & G-’72 and Dr. Harvey Goodstein, ’65, will end their terms in May 2017 after both serving for 12 years. We thank Tom and Harvey for their many years of service to the Board and we look forward to honoring them during the May 2017 meeting. We will be seeking nominations for new Board members. For more information, click here.
I am pleased to offer the following summary of the Fall 2016 meeting:
Click here to watch the Academic Affairs Committee report in ASL
Academic Affairs Committee: The committee welcomed its new chair, Dr. Jorge Diaz-Herrera. They approved, in part, an amendment to the University Faculty Handbook related to the faculty role in shared governance. The faculty will bring revised language to the February 2017 committee meeting. Dr. Kristin Mulrooney, associate professor of linguistics, gave an enlightening presentation about the dynamics of teaching at a bilingual university.
Click here to watch the Student Affairs Committee report in ASL
Student Affairs Committee: Board members had the opportunity to hold a generative roundtable discussion with students. Among the questions, trustees asked students why they chose Gallaudet and why it is important to involve students in the Gallaudet Strategic Plan and other key university initiatives.
Click here to watch the Development Committee report in ASL
Development Committee: Institutional Advancement noted an increase in fundraising performance over the past two years. The division aims to raise $4 to 6 million over the next year. Several Board members gave gifts to support the inauguration activities and hosted events in honor of the inauguration as well. James Macfadden, ’62, and his wife, Holly, will partner with the Office of Development to create a new alumni giving incentive focused on promoting bequests.
Click here to watch the Enrollment Ad Hoc Committee report in ASL
Enrollment Ad Hoc Committee: The Board received reports on university-wide Fall 2016 enrollment, and about historical trends in enrollment, retention, and graduation rates. The Board was pleased about the undergraduate enrollment this fall, which is at 351, the largest incoming class since around the year 2000. Spring 2016 enrollment numbers were shared as well, showing a much higher increase than in previous years. The cohort that entered Gallaudet in the fall of 2015 has a nearly 80 percent retention rate. Graduate enrollment has decreased by 18 students. Retention for graduate students does remain high, at 86 percent. They also learned more about the work of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The Office of Institutional Research will provide several enrollment breakdowns ahead of the February 2017 Committee meeting.
Click here to watch the National Deaf Education Committee report in ASL
National Deaf Education Committee: The Board welcomed Dr. Ronald Stern, ’73, as vice president of the Clerc Center. The committee reviewed Dr. Stern’s leadership priorities, and the changes in leadership roles at the Clerc Center. Brianne Burger, the new U.S. Department of Education liaison, was introduced to the committee. The committee also reviewed the national service priority areas in the Clerc Center Strategic Plan 2020.
Click here to watch the Compensation Committee report in ASL
Compensation Committee: The Compensation Committee met as a committee of the whole Board and gave final approval to the President Cordano’s six leadership priorities: bilingualism, campus climate, institutional leadership and strategic planning, student success, diversifying revenue streams, and academic vitality. The Board steadfastly supports President Cordano as she advances Gallaudet through these leadership priorities.
This is my last report as acting chair of the Board of Trustees. I appreciate your guidance and support, and I look forward to continuing to serve the University as secretary of the Board.
Duane Halliburton, ’85
Posted: 30 Nov 2016