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Trustees Give Promotions, Grant Tenure

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Ten members of the Arkansas Tech University faculty received promotions and 10 faculty members were granted tenure following action by the Tech Board of Trustees during its regular monthly meeting on Thursday. Those promoted to the rank of professor on Thursday were: *Dr. Tim L. Carter, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
*David Mudrinich, Department of Art
*Dr. Penny Willmering, Department of Behavioral Sciences The following faculty members were promoted to associate professor status:

*Neal Harrington, Department of Art
*Dr. Stephen C. Jones, Department of Management and Marketing

Five faculty members were promoted to associate professor and granted tenure:

*Dr. Molly Brant, Department of Agriculture
*Dr. Ernest J. Enchelmayer, Department of English
*Elizabeth Gray, Department of Emergency Management
*Dr. Sean T. Huss, Department of Behavioral Sciences
*Dr. James R. Musser, Department of Physical Sciences Five additional faculty members were granted tenure:

*Dr. Jon F. Clements, Department of Music
*Lisa Harless, Department of Nursing
*Dr. Nelson R. Ramirez, Department of Foreign Languages and International Studies
*Linda H. Self, Department of Nursing
*Dr. Jason S. Ulsperger, Department of Behavioral Sciences The promotions and the grants of tenure were performed in accordance with procedures developed by an independent faculty committee in spring 1995 and approved by the Tech Board of Trustees on June 15, 1995. Trustees also made progress on a proposed new residence hall project on Thursday. They were presented with a feasibility study that they will review and consider at their next meeting. The target date for opening the new residence hall would be fall 2013. In other business on Thursday, the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees approved: *a report detailing enhanced efforts by the university to further ensure the security and sustainability of computer resources and data; *a transfer of funds in the amount of $576,520 from the cafeteria unappropriated fund balance to replace the roof of Chambers Cafeteria; *a transfer of funds in the amount of $524,750 from the housing unappropriated fund balance to replace the roofs of Brown Residence Hall and Turner Residence Hall; *a request to start the planning phase and the process to select an architect to design a new academic building on the Russellville campus;   *a request that will be forwarded to the Arkansas Legislative Council for 14 new full-time staff positions and 25 new graduate assistant positions for Arkansas Tech from the growth pool established by Act 378 of the 2009 Arkansas General Assembly; *a program proposal that will be forwarded to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) seeking permission to create a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture education at Arkansas Tech effective fall 2011; *a letter of intent that will be forwarded to ADHE seeking permission for Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus to deliver courses in certificate and degree programs at the Area Career and Technical Center in Russellville, which will come under the purview of Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus on July 1, 2011; *and a program proposal that will be forwarded to ADHE seeking permission to establish a Department of Occupational Therapy Assistant at Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus effective August 2011.

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