May 17, 2021

Highlights of the May Board of Trustees Meeting

The Board of Trustees held its annual May meeting on May 6 and 7, and took the following actions.

The Board of Trustees held its annual May meeting on May 6 and 7. The Board took the following actions:

  • Templeton Renovation. ZGF Architects shared plans with the Board for the renovation of large portions of Templeton Student Center, including construction of a new entryway and facade. The Board agreed to move forward with the project and approved an overall project budget not to exceed $17 million, which includes significant philanthropic support from several trustees. Permitting will begin this summer, with construction likely to begin in the winter.
  • FY 2021-22 Budget. The Board approved the College budget for the coming year. The budget provides for a small operation margin and is a significant improvement over the current-year COVID-impacted budget. In addition, admissions for fall 2021 are running well above the assumptions included in the budget, which should further improve the situation for the upcoming year.
  • Emeritus Appointments. The Board granted emeritus status to retiring faculty members David Galaty, Jim Grant, Michael Olich, and Nicholas D. Smith, after having approved emeritus status for Deborah Heath, Janis Lochner, and Teresa McDowell in February. The Board also appointed Mark Duntley as Dean Emeritus of Spiritual Life. The Board thanks all retiring faculty and staff members for their many years of distinguished service to Lewis & Clark.

The Board was updated regarding our continued success managing COVID on campus, and about the positive admissions results from all three schools as we look forward to the next year. Trustees expressed great appreciation and gratitude for the dedication, diligence, and hard work of faculty, staff, and students over the course of a very challenging year and shared their optimism about the year to come.