April 17, 2003
Bluefield State College
Board of Governors
M I N U T E S
April 17, 2003
Members Present: Mr. John Barnes, vice chair, Dr. Louis Aikens, Mr. Jack Caffrey, Dr. Steve Bourne (via phone), Mr, Burt Clark (via phone), Ms. Carol Baldwin, Dr. Lyn Guy
Members Absent: Mr. Norris Kantor, chair, Mr. Frank Wilkinson, Ms. Ann Crowe, Reverend Garry Moore
Guests/Staff: Dr. Albert Walker, Mr. Jim Nelson, Mr. John Cardwell, Ms. Shelia Johnson, Dr. David Perkins, Dr. Don Smith, Ms. Kathy Epperly, Dr. Skip Sullivan, Ms. Vivian Sidote
Mr. John Barnes, vice chair, called the meeting to order.
A motion was made and seconded (JCaffrey/LGuy) to approve the minutes of the March 20, 2003 Board meeting as submitted. Motion carried.
Financial and Administrative Affairs Report
Mrs. Shelia Johnson distributed a 10-page report on tuition and fees. She indicated that on April 23 & 24, the Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) has scheduled a meeting with College presidents during which state institutions will be given an opportunity to make formal presentations designed to justify their institutions tuition and fees increase requests. There was much discussion concerning the report on tuition and fees. A motion was made and seconded (BClark/LGuy) to vote on the tuition & fee and the housing rental separately. Motion carried. A motion was than made and seconded (JCaffrey/LGuy) to approve the housing rental fees as submitted. Motion carried. A motion was made and seconded (LGuy/JCaffrey) to approve the special fees as submitted. Motion carried. There was a lengthy discussion concerning the subject of the tuition and fee increase request. After discussing, motion was made and seconded (JCaffrey/LGuy) to approve tuition and fees as submitted. The motion was approved with one member, Mr. Burt Clark, voting no.
Greenbrier Community College Center Report
Reciprocity Agreement with Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
Dr. Perkins discussed the Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Reciprocity Agreement and requested that the Board approve the renewal of that agreement. Mr. Barnes indicated that this is not a new reciprocity proposal, but is one that has been in place for some time. After disucssion, a motion was made and seconded (JCaffrey/LGuy) to approve the renewal of this agreement, and authorize Dr. Walker to sign the agreement. Motion carried.
Lease Arrangement for Art In The Park
Dr. Perkins said this is not an action item. He indicated he was seeking Board support for him to continue discussions with Park representatives and bring to those individuals any concerns this Board may have regarding the lease proposal. After much discussion, Mr. Barnes said the Board approves the continued discussions with Park representatives.
Nicholas County Campus Report
Dr. Skip Sullivan distributed a two-page document outlining the progress being made at the Nicholas County Campus. The document also contained a proposal for financial aid transition during the Summer Session, 2003. There was discussion that followed.
Dr. Don Smith presented a report on the Beckley Center. He said this campus will become a very viable part of the New River Community and Technical College of BSC. Dr. Smith said some new programs and ideas have already been initiated. He said that, during the Fall 2002 Semester, 72 courses/labs were offered at the Beckley Center, and during the Fall 2003 Semester, 98 courses/labs will be offered. The institution is still seeking instructors/faculty to teach some of those courses. The number of students enrolled at the Beckley Center has doubled during the past year. There was discussion that followed.
Accreditation of the New River Community & Technical College of Bluefield State College
Dr. Tom Blevins presented an overview of the accreditation process and projected timelines for its completion. He said an institutional accreditation effort can take as long as 6-8 years to complete, but he noted that this institution has only 21 months to accomplish the task. He and Dr. Felica Blanks are co-chairs of the accreditation effort. There was a long discussion following Dr. Blevins report.
Mr. John Cardwell presented an update regarding the institution s enrollment. He said early registration for the Fall 2003 Semester is up 21.5% over figures for the same date one year ago.
President s Report
Dr. Albert Walker delivered a PowerPoint presentation, summarizing the institution s accomplishments and activities during the past 30 days.
There was no executive session.
Meeting Date The next meeting is scheduled for May 15, 2003, beginning at 6:45 p.m. in the Hebert Gallery, Harris-Jefferson Student Center.
Mr. Jim Nelson gave a report of the planned activities for the College s 2003 commencement exercises.
With no other business to transact, the meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m.