Board of Trustees met Oct. 22, talk new hires and sexual assault awareness


The Oakland University Board of Trustees (BOT) held the meeting that had four main points.

By Kevin Teller

Thursday, Oct. 22, the Board of Trustees met in Elliot Hall. Here are some of the biggest takeaways from the Board’s formal session.

  1. AAUP Contract Agreement Reached

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) has been bargaining with the OU administration in the search of a fair contract agreement since this past summer. They reached a tentative agreement on Aug. 29, but it was not approved by the Board until this session. The contract includes a five-year agreement with the option for a re-opener in 2018.

  1. New Faculty Hires in Fiscal Year of 2016

Among the many aspects spoken about in the treasurer’s report, the addition of staff and instructors over the course of the next year was another item spoken about. This is something that is also part of the budget that prompted the tuition increase approval in July. In addition to the roles that have been previously specified in the past, searched are being made for a new vice president for development and alumni relations, dean of the school of nursing, dean of the school of health sciences, and associate vice president for research.

However, some positions have already been filled, including the newly created role of chief operating officer, which was simultaneously announced as being created and filled on Oct. 27. Board member Scott Kunselman has taken on this new position, according to Hynd, positioning him as a member of the President’s Cabinet.

  1. Sexual Assault Awareness

During President Hynd’s report, he made mention of the growing awareness about sexual assaults on campus. Hynd said that OU is trying to keep up with practices, education, and programs about sexual assault prevention and awareness. According to Hynd, OUPD is working actively to ensure that people feel safe on campus. He also mentioned that people should take into account the dangers and risks that are involved in social media.

  1. Strategic Planning Progress

The task forces that work together to provide a clear and direct purpose for OU have also been making strides, according to Hynd’s report. The team splits their work into three distinct streams: identification, ways to enhance communication, and financial diversity and revenue streams.

The Board of Trustees’ next formal session is scheduled for Dec. 2, and The Oakland Post plans to report on all future Board meetings.