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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Jan. 20, 2011

Northwest Board of Regents amend bylaws; hear updates on healthcare, budget

MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State University Board of Regents approved an amendment to its bylaws and received updates regarding the University's healthcare task force, among other agenda items during its regular meeting Wednesday, Jan. 19.

Under the bylaws amendment, Regents are now required to attend in person at least three regularly scheduled Board meetings during the calendar year.

Mary Throener, vice president of human resources and organizational effectiveness, also addressed the Board about a newly-formed healthcare task force of University representatives who are studying insurance options for employees. The task force also is gathering the results of a recent healthcare survey sent to all employees.

The Board discussed scheduling a retreat and having select Regents attend the upcoming National Conference on Trusteeship hosted by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.

During the reports portion of the meeting, University President Dr. John Jasinski outlined what Northwest has accomplished and what lies ahead amid proposed state appropriations cuts.

Jasinski said ensuring higher education is affordable and accessible remains a priority at Northwest. He said the University also must be mindful of variables including scholarship funding, mandatory and inflationary expenses, and deferred maintenance.

"The question we've been asking ourselves throughout the organization is: 'How can we be more strategic, more cross-cutting and especially more transformational in nature?'" Jasinski said. "We have had very strong performance and a very, very resilient history. In tough times, we're Bearcats and we'll get through whatever is in front of us."

Jasinski noted the University has formed an Organizational Task Force that includes administrators as well as faculty and staff representatives charged with making recommendations to position Northwest for multi-year success strategies.

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Northwest Missouri State University
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