June 18, 2009
BLUEFIELD STATE COLLEGE
Board of Governors
June 18, 2009
Members Present: Ms. Gloria Stephens (via conf. call), Mr. Norris Kantor, Ms. Anne Taylor, Rev. James Palmer III, Mr. Daniel Frost, Mr. Erik Guyton, Ms. Angie Lambert, Mr. Sylvester Myers, Mr. Larry Ratliff
Members Absent: Mr. Larry Morhous, Dr. Lyn Guy
Staff/Guests: Dr. Albert Walker, Mr. John Cardwell, Mr. Jim Nelson, Dr. Don Smith, Ms. Shelia Johnson, Dr. Tracey Anderson, Ms. Karen Harvey, Ms. Anita Barilla, Ms. Lisa Neel, Mr. Craig Cardwell
Call to Order
Chairman Norris Kantor called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. in the BSC Othello Harris-Jefferson Student Center Private Dining Room.
Approval of Consent Agenda
- A motion was made (ATaylor/LRatliff) to approve the Consent Agenda. Motion carried with one “nay” vote.
- Election of Officers – Mr. Kantor opened the floor for nominations and the results are as follows:
o Chair – Rev. James Palmer III
o Vice Chair – Mr. Larry Ratliff
- Mr. Kantor asked for a motion to approve the Minutes of April 16, 2009 (ATaylor/LRatliff). Discussion followed. Motion carried with one “nay” vote.
- Proposed meeting dates for 2009-2010 – A motion was made (LRatliff/ALambert) to approve the proposed dates with a change for August due to a conflict. Motion carried. The dates are as follows:
o August 27, 2009 (fourth Thursday)
o October 15, 2009
o December 10, 2009 (second Thursday)
o February 18, 2010
o April 15, 2010
o June 17, 2010
- Enrollment Report – A motion was made (JPalmer/ATaylor) to accept the Enrollment Report as written. Motion carried.
- Financial Report – A motion was made (LRatliff/JPalmer) to accept the Financial Report as written. Motion carried.
- Academic Affairs and Human Resources Report – A motion was made (JPalmer/ATaylor) to accept the Academic Affairs/Human Resources Report as written. Motion carried.
- Cabinet Reports – A motion was made (DFrost/LRatliff) to accept the Cabinet Reports as written. Motion carried.
Dr. Smith announced that five new faculty members, all of whom hold terminal degrees, have been hired to fill vacancies. The institution now has 68% of the faculty with terminal degrees, which makes BSC eligible to propose masters level courses and to seek university status.
Mr. Nelson brought the group up-to-date on the Engineering Technology’s Robotic Competition. He reviewed last year’s success and announced that this year BSC’s Robotic team finished in third place against teams from around the world.
Finance Committee Report
Ms. Johnson reported on the challenges faced by the institution due to the reduction in state funding for the coming year and stressed the need to be very conservative with spending. She stated that the Classified Salary Schedule is 98% funded and will be reviewed in the fall after looking at the state of the economy and the institution’s enrollment figures to get a better idea of the finances of the institution. Ms. Johnson reminded the group of the loss of revenue from the NRCTC separation. Discussion followed.
- Ms. Lambert informed the group that New River Community and Technical College is aggressively pushing recruitment at the Mercer County Technical Education Center through materials distributed to students.
- Mr. Frost asked why the institution paid for licenses for the plumbers on campus. Ms. Johnson informed the group that state law now requires trades workers to be licensed. Personnel Development funds were requested for licenses for the first year to assist employees with the cost. Discussion followed.
- Dr. Walker made special presentations to Board members whose terms end June 30, 2009. Plaques were presented to Mr. Daniel Frost, Mr. Erik Guyton, and a special Honorary Doctorate was presented to Mr. Norris Kantor who has served on the BSC Board of Governors for eight years.
With no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 8:05 p.m.