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Board notes: Skipped items and India recruitment

Board of Trustees | Photo by Marissa Couch | The Wright State Guardian

Board of Trustees | Photo by Marissa Couch | The Wright State Guardian

At an Oct. 25 Wright State Board of Trustees meeting, three items on the meeting agenda were not covered.

It was requested by Greg Sample, chief operating officer of President Administration and CEO of Double Bowler Properties Corp., that if there were any further questions to contact him directly.

Greg Sample, chief operating officer of President Administration and CEO of Double Bowler Properties Corp., started the meeting, addressing that John Shipley, associate vice president and controller of Business and Finance, would not be in attendance.

Items 4, 7 and 8 on the Finance and Infrastructure meeting agenda were not covered in the meeting.

The items were as follows:

  • Monthly financial performance reports
  • Investment reports
  • Reports of external consultants

The meeting went forward to discuss approval of contracts.

‘It doesn’t mean we’re out of any woods’

According to Sample, Wright State was to have a 16 percent reduction in enrollment. The enrollment team brought enrollment in at 11.7 percent down.

“It doesn’t mean we’re out of any woods,” said Sample. “We still have to realize that enrollment is down and remains down, so we have to continue to be extremely diligent in the management of expenses throughout the year.”

Bill Holmes was invited to explain the motion and answer any questions that the board had on the action. He is the associate vice provost for the Center for International Education.

Holmes explained that taking a look at doing things short-term in order to develop data for a longer-term strategy was the necessary next step.

The committee has partnered with Sannam S4 because they are popular in education marketing and work with several universities already.

International recruiting

Holmes explained that the goal is to provide a full-time staff member and 100 percent daily-recruiting in India. Adding a full-time position in India to do processing and admissions will be beneficial.

The associate director of admissions H1B worker visa will expire in June.

“We either have to replace that position in the office or add the position with Sannam to keep that expertise while back in India,” said Holmes.

The position will be through a contractor working for Wright State for a limit of two years.

“It does save money, adding $50,000 dollar addendum through contract to employ this person, if employed through university we’re looking at a higher salary plus benefits,” said Holmes. “This would save $30,000 for the university while giving much more on the ground representation, which we desperately need.”

Bruce Langos, member of the Academic Affairs and Education committee, questioned whether or not the position would come with strict objectives and goal- setting so that there are metrics they have to meet, to which Holmes answered in agreement.

“Given the nature of that kind of work, it’s very dangerous to lose someone with that many years of experience,” said Holmes.

This motion was voted to pass by the board.

After the vote, the committee went into executive session for the remainder of the meeting.