March 16, 2006
BLUEFIELD STATE COLLEGE
BOARD OF GOVERNORS MEETING
March 16, 2006
Members Present: Dr. Louis Aikens, Mr. Jack Caffrey (via conference call), Mr. Edward Knight III, The Reverend Garry Moore, Mr. Norris Kantor, Mr. Jeffrey Forlines, Mr. James Palmer III, Mr. Daniel Frost, and Dr. Norman Mirsky (via conference call)
Members Absent: Mr. Jack Stafford, Ms. Anne Crowe, Dr. Lyn Guy, Mr. Eli Sharp
Guests: Dr. Albert Walker, Mr. John Cardwell, Mr. Jim Nelson, Dr. Tom Blevins, Dr. Don Smith, Ms. Shelia Johnson, Mr. David Lord, and Ms. Anita Barilla
Call to Order
Chairman Norris Kantor called the meeting to order and asked for additions or corrections to the minutes of February 16, 2006. The minutes were approved as written.
President’s Report – Dr. Albert Walker
Dr. Walker reviewed various activities and accomplishments:
- “Partner in Education” – Dr. Tamara Meade, BSC English faculty member, has been collaborating with the Brushfork Elementary School with various activities.
- Consol, Inc. has made a $20,000 donation in support of BSC’s Mining Engineering Technology program.
- CART – Professor Bruce Mutter discussed CART-related achievements before the Joint Technology Committee at the December Legislative Interims.
- VT Bioinformatics Institute representatives visited at BSC on January 13, 2006.
- Delegate Clif Moore was the guest speaker for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon at BSC on January 14, 2006 coordinated by the Mercer County Chapter/NAACP.
- BSC employees and students attended Higher Education Day at the Legislature, February 15, 2006.
- The School of Business received full Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Accreditation.
- Dr. Howard Wade presented a program for Black History Month.
- Dr. Bernadette Dragich was honored with a luncheon as the George Cruise Endowed Chair in Nursing.
- VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)– BSC Accounting students are providing tax preparation assistance for low income families.
- BSC graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing program exceeded the state and national passage rate averages with a 92.5% national licensure passage.
- Mr. Tom Ridge, the first Secretary of Homeland Security and former Governor of Pennsylvania, will be the keynote speaker for the Shott Lecture Series on March 30, 2006.
Financial and Administrative Affairs – Ms. Shelia Johnson
Mr. Kantor informed the group that due to the nature of Ms. Johnson’s report, the agenda will be rearranged.
- Ms. Johnson called the group’s attention to the handouts of the budget figures from the various branches of the legislature. The final budget has not been received but is expected shortly.
- The legislative bill containing the proposed faculty increment passed.
- Various maintenance projects for which money has been requested and the status of these projects was reviewed by Ms. Johnson.
- Peer equity funding has been discussed at the legislature and BSC will receive some funding but no firm numbers are known yet. More information will be available at the April meeting. Mr. Kantor and Mr. Frost inquired concerning the funding of the classified salary schedule. Discussion followed.
Human Resources – Mr. David Lord
- Mr. Lord reviewed the Resolution passed at the last Board meeting and the policies which had no comment. He proposed that these policies be accepted. Motion made (JForlines/GMoore) to adopt these polices. Motion carried.
- Comments received for each of the other policies were reviewed and discussed. A motion was made (DFrost/LAikens) that the policy on travel reimbursement state that mileage be reimbursed at a rate not more than the IRS rate and not less than the state rate. Motion Carried.
- Mr. Lord reviewed Policy #33 Classified Employee Salary. This policy received one comment, but Mr. Lord informed the group that the policy has been approved by the Classified Staff Council and the College Council. Mr. Frost made a motion to change the wording to have the classified staff fully funded by 2007. With no second the Chair declared the motion dead. Discussion of the funding of the classified salary followed. Motion made (JForlines/LAikens) to approve the policy as presented. Motion carried with Mr. Frost opposed.
- Mr. Lord reviewed the comment for Policy #37 Enforcement and Penalties for Traffic and Parking. Discussion followed. Motion to approve policy as presented (JForlines/DFrost). Motion carried.
- Policy #38 Faculty Salary Pay Plan – Motion made (DFrost/LAikens) to approve the policy as written. Motion Carried.
Legislative and Media Relations – Mr. Jim Nelson
- Mr. Nelson reviewed various legislative bills and the importance to the institution. Mr. Frost discussed the legislation that reunited some baccalaureate institutions and their community college components in the state. Discussion followed.
Vice President for Academic Affairs – Dr. Don Smith
- MBA Program Update – Dr. Smith reported that the School of Business continues to make progress toward and MBA program. An Intent to Plan must be submitted and approved before authorization is received from HEPC to continue. The Mission Statement is ready to be reviewed by the College Council and Ms. Peggy Turnbull is working with faculty in an effort to bring the BSC library up to the standards required. Dr. Smith reported that the target date to complete all the criteria and submit the program to HEPC is April 3, 2006. Mr. Forlines asked that an update be given at the April meeting.
- Status of Grant Proposals – Dr. Smith called the group’s attention to the information provided by Dr. Felica Blanks concerning grant proposals submitted and grants funded. Discussion followed.
- Dr. Smith reviewed the Bachelor of Science Degree in Radiologic Science and asked the Board for approval of the program. Discussion followed. Motion was made (GMoore/DFrost) to approve the BS in Radiologic Science. Motion carried.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management – Mr. John Cardwell
- Mr. Cardwell reported than an agreement has been made with the Upper-Classman II to house students visiting the campus for College Summit later this summer. Students from the areas of Charleston, Logan, and McDowell County will be attending.
- There are currently eight (8) landlords with qualified housing for BSC students.
- The Upper-Classman II will very soon be doing a mass marketing campaign to attract students for the fall semester.
- Enrollment for the spring semester is 1,760 with the projected final enrollment being somewhere around 1,800 students.
- The admission process for Nursing and Radiology is finished and the students have been chosen for these programs.
- Applications for the fall are slightly ahead of last year’s figures at this time.
- Mr. Cardwell announced that BSC in conjunction with the Humanities Council is hosting the Smithsonian 2006 Produce for Victory Tour from March 15 through April 21, 2006 in the Hebert Gallery.
Dr. Aikens asked about the standing of the Legislative Committee appointed by the Board of Governors to work with various legislators concerning funding issues for the institution. Dr. Walker informed the group that upon contacting Mr. Stafford and Mr. Caffrey there has been no report from the committee. Dr. Walker, Mr. Nelson, Ms. Johnson and Mr. Kantor have been in close contact with legislators. Ms. Johnson reported that HEPC plans to hire an outside consultant and is forming a peer group committee to work on new peer groups. Mr. Frost suggested postponing discussion of funding until the budget is received.
Next Meeting Date – April 20, 2006
With no further business to discuss the meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p.m.