August 15, 2002
Bluefield State College
Board of Governors
M I N U T E S
August 15, 2002
Members Present: Mr. Norris Kantor, Mr. John Barnes, Ms. Ruth Payne Brown, Mr. Burt Clark, Ms. Carol Baldwin, Dr. Steve Bourne, Mr. Jack Caffrey, Dr. Lyn Guy, Mr. Frank Wilkinson
Members Absent: Ms. Ann Crowe, Reverend Garry Moore
Guests: Dr. Thomas Blevins, Dr. Albert Walker, Mr. Jim Nelson, Ms. Vivian Sidote
Mr. Norris Kantor called the meeting to order.
A motion was made and seconded (JCaffrey/SBourne) to approve the minutes of July 18 as submitted. Motion carried. A motion was made and seconded (FWilkinson/LGuy) to approve the minutes of August 1. Motion carried.
Introduction of Dr. Albert Walker
Mr. Kantor introduced Dr. Albert Walker, who will become president of Bluefield State College on September 1. Dr. Walker said that what is most important is to see that we have similar concerns facing our two higher education systems-North Carolina and West Virginia. He said North Carolina and West Virginia follow similar lines - budget and regulations coming forth from the governing group, following similar procedures. The financial challenges facing higher education could last for the next two years. He said BSC must be frugal - a good manager of the money we have. Dr. Walker also spoke about is the peer institutions with whom BSC is compared. He said that there are very few true peer institutions for us. This will create a very significant challenge.
He said one of the major concerns he sees facing BSC this year is the challenge of complying with the legislative mandates that have been placed upon us.
Dr. Walker said that he looks to this year as a challenge. He says that it is important that we share responsibilities and delegate. He will keep the Board informed at all times. He said that it is his hope that the institution can account for the accomplishments it achieves each year so that we can measure our success.
Bluefield State College Self Study Draft
Mr. Kantor said that, at the last meeting, he and Mr. Barnes concluded that we have a new paradigm in higher education. He said at Bluefield State College we use that paradigm. He instructed the staff to take the offensive and prepare our own self-study report so that we could be ahead of the Higher Education Policy Commission. Mr. Kantor said that he spoke to the Policy Commission during its August meeting held at Bluefield State College and let them know about Bluefield State’s accomplishments. He told the Higher Education Policy Commission that it should not be studying BSC, scrutinizing our performance, but rather should use BSC as a guide for doing things well. He said we will no longer be the silent child. We will “toot our own horn”. Dr. Blevins said that the self-study is a draft and a work in progress. He asked that the Board read this and make any corrections - grammar, punctuation, etc. and let him know what they think of it. The tone that he set with this piece is twofold: 1) information for the people who would not be aware of the College and would need background to bring them up to speed on what has happened in West Virginia higher education; and 2) a P.R. piece where we talk about BSC’s strengths and concerns. He said much of the document deals with our relationship to the Beckley Center and GCCC, and it also deals with the issues that have come up in the last year, namely, the movement to separate GCCC from Bluefield State College, and it addresses the issue of independent accreditation for the community college in Beckley where Bluefield State is the lead institution at the community and technical college level. These issues are paramount and in front of the legislature right now. Dr. Blevins went over the self-study extensively.
Mr. Kantor said at the last meeting discussion took place regarding working out a program to assist the GCCC campus, including the addition of a new full-time faculty member there as well as a program where faculty from this campus would go to the GCCC campus one or two days a week, spend the night, and help with student advising. It was also discussed that the President of this school spend at least one full day per month on that campus to enhance the feeling of interconnectedness. It is hoped that this will lessen the movement to separate GCCC from BSC.
Dr. Blevins said he made a proposal that if the State Legislature grants us new funds for a new independently-accredited community and technical college in Beckley we will move forward. However if funds do not become available, the State Legislature can choose to allow BSC to continue to be the lead institution for the Beckley campus.
Mr. Barnes said that in order to continue the growth at GCCC, we have to have the needed funds. He said that the Board needs to work with the President and his staff to raise adequate funds to support the programs needed to expand GCCC.
Mr. Barnes mentioned the Department of Highways building in Lewisburg, saying it would be ideal for GCCC use. It was recommended that we look at acquiring this building and investigate the possibility of a lease for the building. Mr. Barnes ask that this initiative be put on hold until they look at the lease. Mr. Kantor said that the governing board has to have authorization to own that building so that the lease cannot be executed until Board of Governor approves.
It was suggested that Dr. Perkins needs to review this document to give him a chance to comment on it.
LOCEA resolutions are proceeding as the self-study draft is being completed and will be given to the Policy Commission, then to LOCEA. The Chancellor said he will wait until the last minute to give his recommendation to LOCEA. He said the Chancellor’s goal is to submit his report by October 15.
Mr. Kantor mentioned the report containing the list of grants being submitted or those that have been approved.
Approval of Capitol Expenditure Request and Budget Request
Shelia Johnson reviewed the list of capital expenditure’s request. A motion was made and seconded (Guy/Caffrey) to approve the expenditure project schedule. Motion carried.
Shelia also reviewed the budget appropriation request.
The next meeting date is September 19, 2002.
With no other business to transact, the meeting adjourned at 8:32 p.m.