It's mostly Official
Caught the Provost's assistant coming out of today's Board meeting. She says they approved my promotion to Associate, and the permanent contract (we don't have tenure).
I still don't know that I'll believe it till I see it in writing, but ...
ETA: Thank you so much, everybody, for the good wishes! It's finally starting to sink in. My dean told me I can order new business cards, so I guess it's real!