Current members Holleman, Wright also re-appointed to three-year terms
Belmont University announced today the selection of six members to its Board of Trustees consisting of two re-appointments and the election of four new members. Each of the individuals listed below will begin a new, three-year term at the University’s Jan. 17 board meeting.
John Ferguson is the chairman of the board for Corrections Corporation of America and past commissioner of finance and administration for the State of Tennessee. A member of First Presbyterian Church, Ferguson also serves on boards for The Boy Scouts, Nashville Public Education Foundation and The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
A Belmont Trustee since 2003, Jim Holleman, retired President of Conroy, Marable & Holleman Realtors, was re-elected to a new term. The former Leadership Clarksville Vice President, Holleman has also served as Heritage Bank Chairman, Clarksville Rotary past President and Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce past President. He is a member of First Baptist Church, Clarksville.
Alumnus Klay Kelley earned both a B.B.A. and an M.B.A. from Belmont and served as an alumni regent on the Board of Trustees from 2009-2012. Employed by Western Spirits, he also serves as chairman of Alpha Tau Omega Board of Trust and as a member of Belmont Young Alumni Council and the Nashville American Marketing Association. Kelley is a member of Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood.
Dove and Grammy Award winning artist Michael W. Smith is a Christian author, worship leader, musician and songwriter who has sold more than 15 million albums. The founder of Rocketown, a nonprofit youth outreach facility in downtown Nashville, Smith is also active in Billy Graham Crusades and The Samaritan’s Purse. He is a member of New River Fellowship.
Alumnus Randy Smith, a former Belmont Trustee from 1982-1987, is an entertainment industry attorney. He serves on the First Tennessee Bank Board of Advisors and the Belmont College of Law Development Committee and is a member of First Baptist Church, Nashville.
A Belmont Trustee first elected in 1994, alumnus Mark Wright is president of Show Dog-Universal Music. Wright, a member of First Presbyterian Church, serves of the boards of the YMCA Foundation, Salvation Army, Country Music Association and City of Hope.
Belmont University President Dr. Bob Fisher announced today that longtime employee Dr. Paula Gill has been promoted to Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness. In this role, Gill is responsible for evaluating the university’s progress toward its performance objectives and for seeking ways to improve services and processes that provide value for students. In addition, she will serve as a member of the President’s senior leadership cabinet, providing feedback and consultation on University decisions and strategic planning.
“As Belmont University continues its phenomenal growth trend, the need for assistance at the highest level of leadership has become apparent,” Fisher said. “We want to provide guidance to help our campus be more effective and manage resources for the good of our students. There’s simply no better person for this role than Dr. Gill. Her expertise and perspective are matched only by her great love for, and dedication to, the Belmont community.”
Gill added, “I am incredibly honored by this appointment, not only for what it represents to me personally and professionally but also for what it proves about this University’s commitment to guiding students to their full potential in order to lead lives of meaning and purpose. My professional success is the result of Belmont administrators, faculty and staff who shared their wisdom and invested their time in me during my academic and professional journey. My gratitude for this promotion is exceeded only by my excitement to serve this dynamic institution and its students in new ways in the future.”
The Teagle Foundation has awarded The New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U), of which Belmont University is a member, a $150,000 grant for a project that will identify new approaches to build on the core values of a liberal education in a residential setting and prepare students for productive and successful careers. When the project–“Preparing 21st Century Students through New Visions for Faculty Evaluation, Campus Governance and Curriculum”–is completed, NAC&U hopes to have, among other outcomes, a curriculum development map that shows the integration of liberal and professional studies and emphasizes general education and disciplinary learning outcomes.
Sixteen members of the national consortium will participate in this project. In addition to Belmont, they are Arcadia University, Hamline University, Hampton University, John Carroll University, Nazareth College, Pacific Lutheran University, Samford University, The Sage Colleges, The University of Scranton, University of Evansville, University of Redlands, Valparaiso University, Wagner College, Westminster College and Widener University. This current project will implement goals outlined in NAC&U’s previous Teagle-funded project, “Preparing and Evaluating 21st Century Faculty: Aligning Expectations, Competencies, and Rewards.”
The Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville announces a partnership with Belmont University beginning January 2013. The partnership will advance the educational and charitable purposes of both organizations by leveraging and uniting their unique resources along with the arts and business communities to create a thriving, sustainable creative culture in Nashville.
“The partnership with Belmont University will be a springboard for organizational growth and innovation in our work to make Nashville a place where the creative culture thrives,” said Casey Summar, executive director of the Arts & Business Council. “We are thrilled to find alignment with Belmont’s priorities and become a nonprofit in residence on campus.”
Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher said, “Partnering with the Arts & Business Council makes perfect sense in light of Belmont’s vision for increased engagement with and service to the Nashville community. In addition, this partnership allows our students more opportunities for experiential education in a number of areas that represent popular fields of study, including music business, the performing arts, business and law.”
Belmont’s current BIC/MyBelmont system is receiving a major overhaul, one that is expected to provide a safer, more user-friendly interface. The new system, called simply MyBelmont, is scheduled to officially launch in late December.
“Our goal for this project from the beginning was to make this a much more user-friendly, efficient and effective portal for doing the business of being a Belmont community member,” said April Hefner, assistant director of communications and chair of the MyBelmont Steering Team. “We began the process in summer 2011 interviewing students, faculty and staff as well as looking at Google analytics to make sure we were providing quick and easy access to the content our community needs and uses the most.”
For Phase 1 of the transition to the new MyBelmont, users will find all of the same applications, resources and software that currently exist on BIC, but many of those systems will now operate as part of a single sign-on, allowing individuals to have one user name and password for multiple products including Blackboard, BannerWeb and BruinLink. Future phases of the project intend to add additional apps as single sign on while also expanding content in numerous areas.
While navigating the new MyBelmont, a Launchpad area will remain in the top left-hand corner of the user’s screen. The Launchpad contains commonly-used apps and a list of popular links for more efficient access to frequently requested information. This includes a Faculty Dashboard space as well as links to registration, student convocation credits and employee vacation leave.
Another exciting aspect of the new MyBelmont is the mobile optimization of the site. Students, faculty and staff will now be able to more effectively access the site through their smartphones and tablet devices.
Currently, beta testing for the new MyBelmont is underway with approximately 100 students, faculty and staff from across campus–individuals interested in being beta testers should contact April Hefner for information on registration. The transition to the new MyBelmont is expected to be complete by Dec. 21, and after that time, all campus members will need to register for the new system before starting the spring semester.