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Trustees also approved a number of Union faculty members for promotions and tenure and celebrated the five-year anniversary of Union President Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver and his wife Susie.
“One of the things we’re committed to is making a Union education affordable for families,” Oliver said. “With the addition of almost $2 million budgeted for financial aid, that will open the door for a number of students to attend Union who otherwise might not have been able to.”
The 2019-2020 budget is 3.3 percent higher than this year’s budget. A little more than $1 million of that increase is due to the merger between Union and the Memphis Center for Urban and Theological Studies. Trustees heard an update from Oliver about the merger with MCUTS and continue to look forward to the Aug. 1 date when that process will fully take effect.
Trustees approved promotion to professor for Chris Bailey (English), Hunter Baker (political science), Kim Jones (pharmacy), Emily Lean (business), Melissa Lefave (nursing), David Malone (English) and Ashok Phillip (pharmacy).
Promoted to associate professor were Henry Allen (history), Rebecca Bohner (social work), Karen Dotson (social work), John Klonowski (communication arts), Anita Langston (nursing), Katrinna Matthews (social work), Jacob Shatzer (theology and missions), Colene Trent (business) and LeAnne Wilhite (nursing).
Megan Pittman (nursing) was promoted to assistant professor.
Faculty members granted tenure were Janna Chance (English), David Malone (English), Daniel Slater (business) and William Thierfelder (biology).
In addition, the trustees took time to reflect on the operations and effectiveness of the board. This self-evaluation, Oliver said, was designed to help trustees be the best stewards of their responsibilities.
On Thursday evening prior to their meeting, trustees and members of the Union Foundation Board and the Union Board of Regents honored the Olivers for five years of service to the university. Oliver was elected president of Union in February of 2014.
Chad Wilson, chairman of Union’s Board of Trustees, said over the past five years that Oliver has communicated excellently to the university’s constituents and given them confidence in Union’s firm commitment to Scripture and traditional Christian principles.