October 21, 2022
Northwest Missouri State University’s Board of Regents during its regular meeting Friday approved additional funds needed for a renovation of the McKemy Center for Lifelong Learning as the university expands its offering of agricultural science programs.
The Regents gave their approval to the President and Vice President of Finance and Administration to sign a contract with Herner Construction Inc. to proceed with the renovation for a total cost not exceeding $1,976,423.
The renovation will accommodate Northwest’s systems management for the Manufacturing and Agribusiness program at the School of Agricultural Sciences. The project includes the addition of laboratory space and equipment, as well as security and infrastructure upgrades.
By completing the renovation, Northwest aims to increase the workforce for its manufacturing and agribusiness clusters by providing comprehensive systems management training and skill development, as well as skill certification with industry-recognized stackable credentials.
The university will offer courses — such as welding, precision metrology, electronics and electrical engineering, mechatronics, and personal protective equipment — that can be completed for certification or “stacked” to earn a systems management badge. Coursework may be further aggregated to earn a major in systems management or a minor to complement a bachelor’s degree.
Vice President of Finance and Administration Carrick said during Friday’s meeting that the board approved the renovation at its May meeting with a total project cost of $1,526,423. However, bids submitted for the project were higher than expected due to an escalation in supply costs, power supply upgrades and a classroom redesign for a welding simulation lab.
With the board’s approval of an increase in the overall cost of the project, approximately 39 percent of the renovation costs will be funded through the state of Missouri’s MoExcels program, a matching fund program focused on workforce development. About 43 percent will come from donors, the remaining 18 percent from university funds.
President search update
Regent Roxanna Swaney served as Chair of the Board of Directors in place of Regent John Moore, who was unable to attend Friday’s meeting, and provided an update on the university’s presidential search.
Swaney said Anthem Executive, a Houston-based recruitment firm that helps the institution recruit its next president, is accepting applications and interacting with interested candidates. The Presidential Search Committee is scheduled to meet in December to review applicants and tentatively plans to begin interviewing candidates in January.
For more information on Northwest’s presidential search, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/presidentsearch/.
Elsewhere, Brennan Lehman, Associate Vice President, Information Technology, presented Northwest’s annual cybersecurity update as well as the university’s information security policy, which the board approved.
During the recognition portion of the Friday meeting, Provost recognized Dr. Jamie Hooyman recognized eight employees who were recognized by the university in August with Academic Impact Awards for their positive impact on the Northwest academic community through their dedication, collegiality and humble excellence. In addition, Hooyman recognized six individuals who are recipients of Northwest’s annual Faculty Excellence Awards for their teaching, scholarship and service.
Swaney also paid tribute to Dr. Peter Adam, an assistant professor of biology, for his involvement in organizing role players who participate in Northwest’s annual Missouri Hope emergency and disaster management training exercise and for his advice to student organizations.
The Board of Regents is responsible for the sound management of university resources and for setting general, educational and financial policies.