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Governing Board Digest

The Martin Luther College Governing Board met on campus September 26 and 27. Following are highlights of their reports and actions.

The board was informed of several retirements that will take effect on June 30, 2014: Prof. David Gosdeck (director of library services), Dr. David Wendler (vice president for academics), Prof. Barbara Leopold (assistant athletic director), Dr. John Nolte (music), and Mr. Gene Slettedahl (director of financial aid).

A variety of motions addressed staffing and program needs: 

  • Call a male or female to teach physical education activity courses and coach women’s intercollegiate athletics. 
  • Call a male or female to teach mathematics courses (including higher mathematics) and teach instructional technology courses. 
  • Conduct a search that will lead to the hiring of a director of library services. 
  • Establish Mandarin as a language offering at MLC by continuing its use as a minor for education students and by adding Mandarin as a non-Biblical language option for pre-seminary students. 
  • Call a male or female to teach Mandarin and other courses. Grant funding will be sought for this position in 2014-15 and budgetary funding will be allocated beginning with the 2015-16 school year.
  • Establish an urban ministry minor and hire a part-time urban ministry coordinator. The approved funding allocation also provides for adjunct faculty who will teach urban ministry courses. 

The three calls will be extended sometime after November 1 pending the completion of the nomination process and the scheduling of a call meeting.

Director of Finance Carla Hulke provided a detailed financial report. She also was present as Renee Messing, managing partner of auditing firm CliftonLarsonAllen, provided an overview of the financial audit for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. The report shows that MLC has achieved a Department of Education composite financial ratio of 2.9 (on a three point scale). The college received an unqualified opinion with no material weaknesses on its recent financial statements, the highest category possible.

Student fee increases of 5% were approved for 2014-15, bringing total tuition, room and board charges for full time students to $18,020. A corresponding 5% increase in need based financial assistance was also approved.