The NGU Board of Trustees granted university president Dr. Gene C. Fant Jr. a three-year contract extension during the board’s fall meeting, held Oct. 24. The board also took up several other items during the meeting.
Fant began his tenure at the school June 1, 2017, with a three-year contract that was set to expire May 31, 2020. The three-year extension runs through May 31, 2023.
“We are delighted that Dr. Fant has become engaged and engrained in our community,” said David Charpia, board chairman. “The board has confidence in his vision and is fully supportive of his leadership.”
In other news from the meeting,the board voted to raise tuition and fees. For the 2020-21 school year, the cost for tuition, room and board for a full-time residential undergraduate student will be $32,500, an increase of 3.6%.
Also during the meeting, the board received the final audit report for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. The report included both a clean opinion from the auditors and news of a $3.2 million positive net income and an increase in net assets.
Selection of Independent Consultant for New Campus Master Plan
Board members also voted to name Lititz, Pennsylvania-based Derck & Edson Associates to develop a comprehensive campus master plan for UNG. The planning process is slated to begin immediately, and Derck & Edson is expected to make a final presentation to the board no later than fall 2020.
“We are very excited to be selected to work with North Greenville University in helping cast the vision for their long-term campus master plan,” said Steven Sproles, a partner with Derck & Edson who attended the board meeting. “We are confident that combining our national experience in campus planning with the results of the recently completed NGU strategic plan will result in both a practical, yet visionary, plan to guide the development of the campus for many years to come. We can’t wait to get started in this engaging planning exercise.”
Election of 2020-2021 Board Officers
The board also elected three officers for 2020: Travis Agnew, chairman; Bill Knupp (vice chairman); and Beverly Hawkins, secretary.
“I am sincerely humbled by the responsibility given by our trustees to serve as chairman,” said chairman-elect Agnew. “As an alum who will forever be impacted by my time in Tigerville, I count it such a rich honor to serve this institution by equipping current and future students to be transformational leaders for church and society.”