June 19, 2008
BLUEFIELD STATE COLLEGE
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
June 19, 2008
Members Present: Mr. John Shott, Ms. Gloria Stephens, Mr. Larry Morhous, Mr. Norris Kantor, Mr. James Palmer, III, Dr. Lyn Guy, Ms. Ashley Froy, Ms. Angie Lambert
Members Absent: Ms. Anne Crowe, Mr. Daniel Frost, Mr. Sylvester Myers
Guests/Staff Present: Dr. Albert Walker, Mr. John Cardwell, Mr. Jim Nelson, Dr. Tom Blevins, Dr. Don Smith, Ms. Shelia Johnson, Dr. Tracey Anderson, Ms. Karen Harvey, Ms. Leah Taylor, Ms. Anita Barilla, Dr. Tamara Ferguson, Dr. Bernadette Dragich, Mr. Jonathan Murray
Call to Order – Chairman James Palmer, III
Chairman James Palmer called the meeting to order at 6:45 p.m. in the BSC Othello Harris-Jefferson Student Center Private Dining Room.
Approval of the Minutes – May 15, 2008
Mr. Palmer asked for a motion to approve or corrections to the May 15, 2008 minutes. A motion was made (LGuy/NKantor) to approve the minutes as written. Motion carried.
Resolution to Bluefield State College Employees
Dr. Walker reminded the group that at the last meeting, the Board expressed a desire to recognize the faculty and staff who have accepted additional responsibilities due to SB 448. A Resolution was prepared expressing appreciation to the BSC faculty and staff signed by the BSC Board of Governors and the President’s Cabinet.
Presentation of Certificate of Appreciation to Board Member
Dr. Walker informed the group that this meeting will be Ms. Ashley Froy’s last meeting of the Board of Governors as the Student Government Association Representative. Chairman Palmer presented Ms. Froy with a plaque and thanked for her service and dedication on the Board.
Special Board Committee Report (Members Palmer, Kantor, Shott, Frost, and Dr. Walker as ex-officio)
Chairman Palmer discussed the appointment of the special committee to look into the effort of NRCTC and what BSC might do to increase the student base. He asked that the group review the material distributed earlier so that a discussion may take place at the August meeting.
President’s Report – Dr. Albert Walker
- WV Higher Education Policy Commission Board of Governors Summit at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, WV – August 22-23, 2008. Dr. Walker encouraged all members to attend.
- BSC Marketing – Mr. Jim Nelson presented a recruitment video and explained how the DVD will be used to introduce potential students to the college.
Academic Affairs – Dr. Don Smith
- Dr. Smith announced that the BSC Robotics Team received the honor of being world champions at the Robotics competition. The BSC team was the only entry who successfully completed the course during the competition.
- Program Reviews – Dr. Smith reviewed the revisions to the Degree Program Review Schedule. A motion was made (NKantor/LMorhous) to approve the revised schedule as presented. Motion carried.
- Approval of Program Review for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Humanities and Approval of Program Review for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Science and continuation of both at the current level. A motion was made (NKantor/LGuy) that the Resolutions be accepted as presented. Motion carried.
Financial and Administrative Affairs – Ms. Shelia Johnson
- Legislative Audit Report – Ms. Johnson reported on the activities of the legislative auditors and the findings at this point, as well as how issues have been resolved by the institution. She informed the group that the document will be posted on the Legislative Auditor’s web site.
Student Affairs and Enrollment Management – Mr. John Cardwell
- Tuition and/or Fee Waiver Policy – revised Policy No. 11 “Awarding of Undergraduate Tuition and/or Fee Waivers.” Mr. Cardwell explained the purpose of the policy and the reasons for the revisions. A motion was made (JShott/LMorhous) to approve the recommended resolution. Motion carried.
- Mr. Cardwell introduced the new SGA President Mr. Jonathan Murray.
- BSC will be hosting 161 new students for orientation on Friday, June 20, 2008. This represents the largest attendance for orientation on record.
- Mr. Cardwell presented a proposal to award an additional 5% in need-based tuition waivers for fiscal year 2008-2009 and thereafter. A motion was made (LGuy/JShott) to approve the resolution. Motion carried.
Virtual College, Instructional Technology, and the School of Education – Dr. Tom Blevins
- Dr. Blevins called the group’s attention to Policy No. 47 Archives and Records Management contained in the packet received by BOG members prior to the meeting. He reviewed the purpose of the policy and asked for approval for a 30 day comment period. A motion was made (NKantor/LMorhous) to approve the recommended resolution. Motion carried.
Mr. Kantor called the group’s attention to an invitation to the Mercer County “Create West Virginia Summit” to be held at the RiffRaff Arts Collective in Princeton, WV on June 26, 2008. He asked that members of BSC and the BSC R&D Corporation attend. This summit will be to suggest ways to create economic growth in the area.
Next Meeting Date – August 21, 2008
With no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m.