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Board Approves Events and Services Certificate Program Among Action Items

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (June 21, 2016) – Approval of the new Events and Services Certificate Program was among items on the agenda when the University of Central Missouri Board of Governors met in plenary session June 17 in the Elliott Student Union. The board also approved its officers for Fiscal Year 2017, as well as a contract award for aviation insurance, contract for international collection services, and master service agreement for job order contracting services.

Following the recommendation of the board’s Nominating Committee, Dr. Gus Wetzel II, Clinton, was named board president. He will serve a one-year term beginning July 1, 2016. Other officers named by the committee for Fiscal Year 2017 are John Collier, Weston, vice president, and Mary Dandurand, Warrensburg, secretary.  Monica Huffman, executive assistant to the university president, will serve as assistant board secretary, and Toni Kreke, interim vice president for finance and administration/controller, will serve as board treasurer.

Following a presentation by Scott Smith, professor of marketing, the board approved the new Events and Services Certificate Program in the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies. This program is a partnership between the Department of Economics, Finance and Marketing within the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies and the college’s Hospitality Management Program within the Department of Management. Smith noted that the certificate program helps meet a growing need for marketing and event planners without having to add additional resources or faculty.

 Event and service planners coordinate and manage conferences, meetings and events, and a bachelor’s degree in hospitality, marketing, communications or a related field is usually needed to begin a career in this area. This 12-semester-hour program will allow students in the marketing or hospitality management programs to obtain specific education and a certificate that demonstrates they have been trained in this area. Professionals who also have bachelor’s degrees in another field may want to consider completing this program, Smith said. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected that event, meeting and convention planners could see a 10 percent increase in employment between 2014-2024, which is higher than the national average for other occupations. This certificate program must now be approved by the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education.

In other business, the board approved the award of a one-year contract with the option of four one-year renewals for university accounts receivable-international commercial collection services with Cedar Financial. The university currently contracts with three collection agencies to support the collection of student accounts receivable. These agencies, however, do not have the expertise or resources to engage in international receivables collection outside the United States. As the university’s international student population has grown, there is a need for international collection services. This past fiscal year, the amount of outstanding receivables is $493,075. The collection cost represents approximately 30 to 35 percent of the amount collected, depending on the extent of procedures used to collect on the amount. The university hopes to commence international collection services beginning July 1, 2016.

Following a presentation by Tony Monetti, assistant dean of aviation and executive director of the Max B. Swisher Skyhaven Airport, the board approved the award of a contract to Gallagher Aviation (formerly NationAir Aviation Insurance), West Chicago, Ill., to provide aviation insurance coverage at the airport. The contract and policy effective date will run from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 with an option for three additional one-year renewals. Total cost will be $67,830, with funding to be provided from the aviation and flight operations base appropriations. The contract covers aircraft liability, aircraft hull, and airport general liability insurance.

The board also approved a master service agreement for job order contracting services with Nouveau Construction and Technology Services, Carrollton, Texas, and Reasbeck Construction, Inc., Warrensburg, for one year.  Job order contracting is a construction method of procurement that aids the institution in controlling and expediting its minor construction, repairs, rehabilitation, or alternation of facilities by putting on-call contractors in place to perform a substantial number of projects with a single, competitively bid contract. Job orders are awarded on the basis of pre-described and pre-priced tasks under a master job order contract. Projects may be architectural, electrical, mechanical, or plumbing and work locations may include owned and leased university facilities. Funding sources will be identified on an individual project basis. Any project with a total cost of $200,000 or more will be submitted to the board for approval.