By Kyle Peveto, Staff Writer
A state of the university address will be given Monday to faculty and staff by Dr. Royce Money, university president.
The speech will address issues pertinent to the “short term vision” of the university, said Jim Holmans, executive assistant to the president.
Although all the topics to be addressed are not yet known, the economy’s effect on the university is sure to be included, Holmans said. Money’s speech will be given at 4 p.m. in Hart Auditorium.
The address will be about 35 minutes long.
“It will be his take on the health of the university,” Holmans said: “what we are doing and what we have done.”
Students are welcome to attend the event. Seating will be limited and topics “will not be geared toward student issues,” Holmans said.
Preceding the speech will be a devotional led by Tim Johnston, chief strategic enrollment officer, who also will be leading the prayer; Dr. David Wallace, associate professor of Bible, missions and ministry, who will lead singing; and Adam Hester, professor and chair of the Theatre Department, who will read scripture.
Following the devotional, a presentation will be given to faculty and staff by university employees who volunteer for the United Way of Abilene. Directors of ACU’s United Way campaign are asking university employees to donate portions of their salary to the program. The university encourages giving to the fund by giving incentives to employees who give.
Monday’s speech will be only the second official state of the university address. Last year, Money announced the beginning of a controversial reallocation process that included the cut of two departments, a program and a major.
In the past, employees were addressed at different times in smaller groups. Money will now make such an address an annual event, Holmans said.