April 7, 1964

REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

Conference Room of Bird Administration Building          April 7, 1964

The Board of Trustees of Western Carolina College met in the Conference Room of the Bird Administration Building, April 7, 1964, at 11:00 o'clock, with the following members present:
Jonathan Woody, Chairman
J. R. Buchanan, Vice-Chairman
Morgan Cooper
Sam Ervin, III
Arnold Hyde
Tom Mallonee
Guy Sutton
Dr. Charles 0. Van Gorder
Modeal Walsh
Boyce Whitmire
E. J. Whitmire

Members absent:
Mrs. Dan K. Moore

Others present:
Paul A. Reid, Secretary
Frank H. Brown, Jr.
Dr. D. C. Sossomon
Taylor L. Huskins
W. B. Harrill
James E. Kirkpatrick
Anna D. Parker

Chairman Woody called the meeting to order and President Reid gave a brief report on the enrollment 1963-64, enrollment prospects for 1964-65 and the Southern Association Visiting Committee which was on the campus October 20-23, 1963.

Mr. Frank H. Brown, Jr. gave a report on the current building program and Professor W. B. Harrill reported on the summer school enrollment.

Upon a motion by Mr. E. J. Whitmire, seconded by Dr. Van Gorder, the following action taken by mail ballot on February 21, 1964, was unanimously approved:

''I approve the location of the elevated water reservoir above Robertson Hall''.

A motion was made by Mr. Ervin, seconded by Mr. Cooper, unanimously approving the minutes of the Building Committee of the Board of Trustees which was held on December 13, 1963; February 4, 1964 and February 20, 1964.

President Reid read the following letter:

JACKSON COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Sylva, North Carolina
April 3, 1964

Dr. Paul A. Reid, President
Western Carolina College
Cullowhee, North Carolina

Dear Dr. Reid:

The Jackson County Board of Education in its December meeting approved a motion favoring the consolidation of Johns Creek School with the McKee Laboratory School at the beginning of the 196465 school term.

Under the present plan of organization the Johns Creek, Canada and Cullowhee areas constitute a school district for attendance and transportation purposes. Teachers for this district are alloted on the basis of average daily attendance in these three schools. Buses that serve Johns Creek and Canada also serve McKee Laboratory School. Pupils from the Johns Creek and Canada Schools attend the high school at McKee Laboratory School. Therefore, the problems of teacher allotment, attendance, pupil preparation, pupil adjustment, and many others are common to all three schools.

It is our belief that the present problems in the Johns Creek School are of such nature, i. e. inadequate curriculum, inadequate plant facilities, too few students, too few opportunities for social development, inability to utilize teacher's ability, and others, that they can best be corrected by consolidating this school with the school at Cullowhee.

It is our belief that this consolidation is of such importance to the pupils of the Johns Creek and Cullowhee areas that it merits the full and wholehearted support of all who can make it a reality. Therefore, we respectfully request that you, as President of Western Carolina College, take whatever steps are necessary to help us accomplish this.

We wish to assure you that we will take full responsibility for recommending this consolidation. We will be most happy to discuss any matters pertaining to it and will do anything we can to make it a profitable action for the pupils of Johns Creek and Cullowhee.

Very truly yours,

/S/ George J. Stewart, Chairman
Jackson County Board of Education

/S/ R. P. Buchanan, Secretary
Jackson County Board of Education

Considerable discussion followed and a motion was made by Mr. Boyce Whitmire, seconded by Mr. Cooper, approving the consolidation of Johns Creek School with the McKee Laboratory School.

Upon a motion by Dr. Van Gorder, seconded by Mr. E. J. Whitmire, the Board unanimously approved the following Capital Improvement Requests of the 1965 General Assembly:

1.  400-student Dormitories (800 beds), $2,400,000
2.  Addition to Bird Admin. Bldg. 12,000 sq. ft.. $198,000
3.  Home Ecs. - Fine Arts & Music Bldg. 65,000 sq. ft., $1,736,000
4.  Addition to Phy. Ed. Facilities 50,000 sq. ft., $860,000
5.  Business Building 50,000 sq. ft., $840,000
6.  Renovation and Alteration to Stillwell Building, $237,000
7.  Renovation of Hoey Auditorium, $50,000
8.  Pipe Organ 5,000 sq. ft., $55,000
9.  Warehouse 5,000 sq. ft., $40,000
10.Walks, Drives and Landscaping, $50,000
11.Extend Power Service to New Buildings, $50,000

TOTAL     $6,516,000

A motion was made by Mr. E. J. Whitmire, seconded by Mr. Mallonee, approving the following personnel matters upon the recommendation of the President:

Employees 65 yrs. old or above: (retention of all for 1964-65 recommended)

Dr. Cecil Mann, Professor of Psychology (68)
Mrs. Lilian Buchanan, Professor; Librarian (67)
Mrs. Edith M. Hall, Dorm. Supervisor; Assist. Dean of Women (66)
Dr. W. A. Ashbrook, Professor of Business (65)
Mary C. Thomas, Cataloguer, Library (65)

Faculty Salary Schedule (election by Board recommended) (See Exhibit #1 on file in the President's Office)

Authorization to make faculty salary adjustments in 1964-65 Budget.

Salary Schedule - Classified employees (See Exhibit #2 on file in the President's Office)

Re-ranking of Personnel :
Dr. T. L. Huguelet from Assoc. Prof. to Professor (English)
Mr. J. F. Kilpatrick from Assist. Prof. to Assoc. Prof. (Education)
Dr. R. B. Sizemore from Assist. Prof. to Assoc. Prof. (Education)
Dr. Geza Nagy from Assist. Prof. to Assoc. Prof. (Social Sciences
Mrs. Marian Renfro from Instructor to Assist. Prof. (Education)
Mr. C. M. Darden from Instr. to Assist. Prof. (Heal. & Phy. Ed.

Employees requesting leave of absence:
Mr. Kenneth Young, Instructor in Business
Mr. Dan Wells, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Employees resigning:
Mr. Gordon Robertson, Instructor in History
Dr. L. S. Varnado, Assist. Professor of English
Mr. W.B. Herlinger, Assist. Prof. of Mod. Languages
Dr. Hoke S. Miller, Associate Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Joe Barnhart, Instructor in Psychology
Mrs. Jo Edith Burchfiel, Instructor in Business

Upon a motion by Mr. Hyde, seconded by Mr. Cooper, the Board unanimously approved the following faculty housing policy:

"Excepting faculty housing to assigned positions, it shall be the policy of the college that vacant housing in the future be assigned for a maximum of three years to any one member of the faculty or staff".

Upon the recommendation of the President a motion was made by Dr. Van Gorder, seconded by Mr. Cooper, increasing the salary of Mr. Frank H. Brown, Jr., Vice-President and Administrative Assistant, from $10,992 to $13,000 annually. This motion was unanimously passed by the Board.

At this point President Reid expressed his appreciation to Dr. D. C. Sossomon who has been serving as Acting Dean since the death of Dr. Hinds. President Reid requested that Dr. Sossomon continue in this capacity until a permanent Dean is named.

A motion was made by Mr. Boyce Whitmire, that Dr. Sossomon continue to serve as Acting Dean and that the Executive Committee be empowered to act for the full Board when the President is ready to make a recommendation for the employment of a permanent Dean. This motion was seconded by Mr. Hyde, and unanimously passed.

A motion was made by Mr. Sutton, seconded by Mr. E. J. Whitmire, approving the 1964-65 College Catalog.

A motion was made by Mr. Buchanan, seconded by Mr. Cooper, approving the prospective graduates for degrees at the May 1964 Commencement, conditioned upon the completion of all requirements as approved by the Dean's Office. (See Exhibit #3 on file in the President's Office)

Upon a motion by Mr. Mallonee, seconded by Mr. E. J. Whitmire, the Board unanimously passed the following resolution:

Whereas, Dr. Anthony Keith Hinds, Vice-President and Dean of Western Carolina College, departed this life on February 11, 1964;

And whereas, the members of the Board of Trustees, both individually and collectively, desire to give formal expression of their deep sorrow at his passing, and to pay tribute to his many contributions to the College;

And whereas, his death terminated an illustrious career of thirty-one years of devoted service to this institution, which began in 1932 when he joined the faculty as an instructor of mathematics, and continued as he rose rapidly
through the ranks to become an assistant professor in 1934, an associate professor in 1937, professor of mathematics and chairman of the Mathematics Department in 1939, Dean of the College in 1958, and Vice-President and Dean of the College only last year;

And whereas, Dean Hinds, in the performance of his duties and in his daily living set examples of humility, fairness, intellectual honesty, loyalty, and devotion, thereby making a profound and lasting impression upon all who knew him;

And whereas, the extent of his influence for good on this campus and in this community and State cannot be measured;

And whereas, Dean Hinds has left behind him a lasting imprint upon this College, and a challenge to the administration, the faculty, and the student body to continue to strive for the academic excellence which Dean Hinds prized and worked for, and for the development of the Christian character which he exemplified;

Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Board of Trustees of Western Carolina College:

a. That the Board of Trustees of Western Carolina College expresses its sorrow over the death of Anthony Keith Hinds, and extends its deepest sympathy to the members of his family.

b. That the Board gives thanks for his life, for his friendship, and for his many contributions to this institution.

c. That this resolution be made a part of the permanent records of the Board of Trustees, and that copies hereof be furnished to the member of his immediate family.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,
____________________________
Jonathan Woody, Chairman

____________________________
Paul A. Reid, Secretary

 

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