The exciting future of Southeastern University is a few steps closer to reality.
Southeastern's Board of Trustees gave the final stamp of approval on many initiatives meant to continue pushing the university forward at its meeting on campus November 8-9. Among them were the beginning of a football program and the approval to pursue a nursing program, changes that could bring hundreds of new students and millions of dollars of investment to the campus in the next few years.
President Kent Ingle said he was thrilled with the Board's unanimous votes on both programs.
"The football and nursing programs are historic steps forward for Southeastern University," he said. "Our community is excited about these advancements and we're thrilled to move forward with the process.
'We're unified, strong and looking forward to the future and all that God has planned for SEU."
In addition to approving football and nursing, the Board also signed off on a new mission and vision statement for the university, approved a new faculty handbook, and adopted articles of incorporation and bylaws for the University Foundation.
But the decisions on football and nursing garnered the most attention.
The leadership team had previously outlined plans for an on-campus football stadium and its hopes of playing games by 2014. The approval by the Board gives those plans the chance to be put into action.
According to Vice President for University Advancement Brian Carroll, the nursing program could begin to take shape in Fall 2013 with a bridge program for registered nurses to earn a bachelor's degree in nursing. If the required accreditation and state approvals aren't in place by then, the program would begin in 2014. Carroll said more classroom space and lab space are scheduled to be added starting this summer.
Terry Raburn, chair of the university's Board of Trustees, said both the football and nursing programs will have lasting positive impacts on Southeastern.
"Both programs are examples of our university moving forward in academics, campus life and athletics," Raburn said. "These are historic and positive strides in the journey of our university!"