SPECIAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
Brown Cafeteria April 23, 1968
The Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University met in a special called session
in the Brown Cafeteria, April 23, 1968, at 12:30 p. m., with the following members
Jonathan Woody, Chairman
J. R. Buchanan, Vice-Chairman
Dr. Charles O. Van
E. J. Whitmire
Mrs. Dan K. Moore
Paul A. Reid
Frank H. Brown, Jr.
W. N. Turner
James E. Kirkpatrick
Mrs. Anna D. Parker
Following lunch in the Brown Cafeteria the Chairman, Mr. Woody, called the meeting to order and President Reid announced that Board minutes would be mailed later to all members since this was a hurriedly called meeting.
President Reid announced the dedication plans for the Killian Building and the Hinds University Center on Saturday, May 11th and it was agreed that since most members of the Board would be attending the dedication that the spring meeting of the Board should be held at 10:00 o'clock on May 11th.
President Reid next presented the following recommendations from the Faculty Athletic Committee:
February 7, 1968
Dr. Paul A. Reid, President
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, North Carolina
Dear Dr. Reid:
The Faculty Athletic Committee met at 7:00 p. m., at Reid Gymnasium on February 6, 1968.
The Committee recommends that the following actions be taken:
1. That Western Carolina University withdraw from the Carolinas Intercollegiate Athletic Conference at the end of the 1968-69 academic school year.
2. That present contract for athletic contests involving other Carolinas Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schools be honored without causing undue hardship on any school involved.
3. That, contingent upon approval of recommendations number I and number 2, the present Director of Athletics be replaced in this capacity. It is recommended that this change be made at the earliest feasible date. The Committee feels that an expanded program of intercollegiate athletics can best be served by a person who will be available to develop the program over a number of years.
4. That, contingent upon approval of recommendation number I and number 2, that the present student activities fee be raised $5.00 per quarter with the entire $5.00 credited to the Athletic Department for development of an expanded athletic program. (This recommendation was voted by the students with a total of 1807 votes in favor of the increase)
WCU Faculty Athletic Committee
Jim Hamilton, Chairman
Frank H. Brown, Jr.
Upon motion by Mr. Mitchell, seconded by Mr. Boyce Whitmire, the Board unanimously approved recommendations number 1, 2, and 4, as submitted by the Faculty Athletic Committee.
President Reid presented a letter from Coach Young requesting to be relieved from his duties as Athletic Director, effective at the end of the academic year. Considerable discussion followed and upon motion by Mr. Boyce Whitmire, seconded by Mr. Mitchell, the Board unanimously approved this request.
The Board also recommended that the Faculty Athletic Committee look into the possibility of up-grading the football coaching staff.
Upon motion by Mr. Cooper, seconded by Mr. Mallonee, the Board unanimously approved the following Faculty Senate action, March 18, 1968, on recommendations from the Faculty Committee on Athletics:
A. That the Faculty Senate recommend to the President and Board of Trustees a thorough reappraisal of the organization and objectives of the athletic program at Western Carolina University with special attention directed but not limited to:
(1) Composition of the Athletic Committee.
(2) Duties of the Athletic Committee.
(3) Duties of the Director of Athletics.
(4) Duties of the Coaches.
(5) An organization plan including a chart which clearly establishes lines of relationship and authority between all positions and constituted bodies associated with the control of athletics.
B. That the method employed in (A) be left to the discretion of the President and Board of Trustees.
C. That the Faculty Senate recommend to the President and Board of Trustees approval of the three recommendations from the Athletic Committee which were presented by President Reid to the Executive Committee on February 7, 1968, and which are attached to this report. It is recommended further that the three recommendations be implemented concurrently with (A) above.
D. That the results of the recent student referendum, which are attached to this report, be transmitted by the President to the Board of Trustees and to any group involved in the implementation of recommendation (A) above.
At a meeting of the Executive Committee held on February 1, 1968, the Committee authorized the printing of a brochure depicting the growth and development of the University over the past twenty years with the cost and number of copies to be printed at the discretion of the President. President Reid announced, after consultation with administrators concerned, that all were of the opinion that 12,500 copies should be printed.
President Reid next presented a request for the establishment of a School of Allied Health Professions and Services from the State of Franklin Health Council, Inc. A motion was made by Dr. Van Gorder that this request be approved with the proviso that the administration and Faculty Senate develop this program and bring their recommendations back to the Board of Trustees for whatever action the Board deems necessary. This motion was seconded by Mr. E. J. Whitmire and unanimously passed. (See Exhibit #1 on file in the President's Office)
Dr. W. N. Turner presented a request for changes in the Organizational Chart of the institution. Upon motion by Mr. Walsh, seconded by Dr. Van Gorder, the Board unanimously passed the requested changes. (See Exhibit #2 on file in the President's Office)
Dr. Turner also presented a request from Dr. Jim Hamilton, Head Department of Health & Physical Education, to teach both terms of summer school. Discussion followed concerning the set policy by the Board on summer school employment and upon motion by Mr. Walsh, seconded by Mr. Cooper, the Board unanimously recommended that summer school employment be left to the discretion of the administration and the Director of Summer School.
At this point President Reid and other administrative personnel left the meeting.
The Chairman then reported to the Board some of the hardships encountered by the Selection Committee in their efforts to find a president for the institution. The Committee had worked hard and long in interviewing applicants and one of the major problems was the salary. Mr. Woody and Mr. E. J. Whitmire had made several trips to Raleigh in behalf of getting support to increase the salary of the president to a more adequate level. On their last trip they were assured that approval from the Advisory Budget Commission would be given for a salary of $27,000 for the position.
Dr. Van Gorder moved that the salary of the new president for Western Carolina University be set at $27,000. This motion was seconded by Mr. Buchanan, and unanimously passed.
The meeting adjourned at 2:30 p. m. to meet again at 3:00 p. m. in the Conference Room of the Bird Administration Building to receive the report of the joint Presidential Selection Committee.
The Board of Trustees met again in the Conference Room of the Bird Administration Building with the joint Presidential Selection Committee, at 3:00 p. m. and received the following recommendation:
"After much work, careful consideration, personal interview and upon the highest of recommendations from his colleagues, the members of the Trustees Selection Committee and the Faculty Advisory Committee wholeheartedly recommend to the Board of Trustees the election of Dr. Alexander Simpson Pow, Vice-President for Academic Affairs of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, as the President of Western Carolina University, effective July 1, 1968".
Dr. and Mrs. Pow at this time were presented to the full Board of Trustees for a short interview and were then dismissed.
A motion was made by Mr. E. J. Whitmire that Dr. Alexander S. Pow be employed as the President of Western Carolina University, effective July 1, 1968, with the rank of full Professor in Political Science. This motion was seconded by Mr. Mallonee, and unanimously passed.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned for a press conference at the University Center.
Jonathan H. Woody, Chairman
Paul A. Reid, Secretary