In Ann Stuart’s final Board of Regents meeting as president and chancellor of Texas Woman’s University, she cleared the way for Carine Feyten to assume the post July 1.
The board voted unanimously Friday to approve an employment contract for Feyten, though the document was not immediately released.
The meeting served as an additional farewell for Stuart, who already has had going-away parties and given closing remarks at university functions.
“I hope you know how much I have loved this job,” she said in Friday’s closing remarks. “I have had the best time ever.”
For the first time publicly, she announced her plans for when she leaves TWU later this month.
Her first project will be to update a strategic plan for the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, she said at the close of the meeting.
The job will be close to her new condominium in downtown Dallas, and she boasted that she will have her own office but no staff.
“It’s an interesting project, and one I believe in,” she said.
Stuart also is in talks with Margaret Spellings, president of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, to work on a project with principals of K-12 schools.
Looking forward, Stuart said, she hopes the university will be able to add more designated scholarship funds so that additional students can receive financial awards, with fewer requirements than specialized scholarships. She hopes that will be a priority of Feyten’s instead of budgeting or planning, which already are overseen by others at the university, Stuart said.
She once again thanked the board members, and said they and the university employees will be able to help Feyten as she adjusts to her role.
“You are all just the best regents that there could ever be, but you also have the best faculty, cabinet and staff, and Dr. Feyten is going to have a joy in working here and bringing this place forward,” she said.
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