Brown Announces Retreat for Board Members

Dr. Robert C. Brown, president of Arkansas Tech University, announced during the Tech Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday that it is his desire to host board members for an informational retreat.  “No group of people gives more tirelessly or more willingly of their time to support Arkansas Tech University than the volunteers on our Board of Trustees,” said Brown. “Their service to this institution is of great value to our students, our faculty and our staff. “The monthly meetings that Board of Trustees members attend provide them with an accurate portrayal of the day-to-day financial business of Arkansas Tech,” continued Brown. “However, the increasingly complicated operations of higher education require in-depth study and constant review. It is for that reason that I wish to invite our Board of Trustees members for a retreat similar to events we have hosted in the past in order to ensure their full immersion in all things Arkansas Tech.” Brown’s suggestion of a retreat was made following a statement by Tom Kennedy of Little Rock that he wished to gain more information about policies and procedures on campus. Kennedy was appointed to the Tech Board of Trustees in January 2010 and is its newest member. Kennedy said that he was motivated to learn more after he read a report in regard to the University of Central Arkansas by The Higher Learning Commission that stated “it is not apparent that the (UCA) Board of Trustees as a group understands the task before them.” Kennedy said that he wishes to avoid a circumstance that would allow Arkansas Tech to be portrayed in that way. Brown said that the retreat will be scheduled at some point in the near future at the convenience of the five-member Board of Trustees.