October 25, 1969

REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

Conference Room of Bird Administration Building          October 25, 1969

The Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University met in regular session in the Conference Room of the Bird Administration Building, October 25 1969 , at 10:00 a. m. The following members were present:

Wallace N. Hyde, Chairman
Thomas L. Mallonee, Vice-Chairman
Jack E. Abbott
J. Ramsey Buchanan
Frank Forsyth
Arnold J. Hyde
W. Harold Mitchell
Clyde M. Norton
Modeal Walsh
Boyce Whitmire

Members absent:

Mrs. Dan K. Moore
E. J. Whitmire

Others present:

Alex S. Pow
Frank H. Brown, Jr.
W. Newton Turner
Taft B. Botner
J. Gerald Eller
Gerald N. Hardy
Taylor L. Huskins
L. D. Hyde
James E. Kirkpatrick
Maurice B. Morrill
Ronald M. North
Douglas A. Reed
Walter L. Williams
Mrs. Jane W. Sossomon

Dr. Hyde called the meeting to order and noted the absence of two members, Mrs. Dan K. Moore and Mr. E. J. Whitmire. Dr. Pow reported that in a telephone conversation with Mrs. Moore she stated that she would not be present because of other commitments which she did not specify. Mr. E. J. Whitmire for many years has taken a number of youngsters from Franklin to the North Carolina State Fair and he could not break this long-standing promise and, therefore, could not be present. Mr. Forsyth moved that Mr. E. J. Whitmire be officially excused and Mr. Boyce Whitmire seconded. The Board was unanimous in its acceptance of the reason for Mr. E. J. Whitmire's absence. At the suggestion of several members of the Board, Dr. Hyde requested that the statutes regarding attendance at Board meetings be read. Following further discussion, Mr. Abbott moved that we go strictly by the rules regarding attendance as of this date. This received a second from Mr. Walsh. A voice vote did not indicate acceptance. Dr. Pow suggested an amendment to the original motion. Mr. Abbott moved that in the future we abide by the rules regarding attendance and that any member of the Board who finds he must be absent from a regular meeting submit in writing the reason for his absence to the Chairman of the Board. The Board would then, in regular session, determine if the absence was for just cause. Mr. Arnold Hyde seconded this motion and the vote of the Board was nine affirmative and one negative. Members of the Board are requested to write in advance of the meeting for which they cannot be present; failing that possibility, members are requested to write promptly after the meeting from which they are absent.

According to the statutes, the fall and spring meetings are considered to be regular meetings of the Board; and the Board consensus was that other meetings, on special identification by the Board or its Chairman, should be considered regular meetings.
Mr. Boyce Whitmire suggested that a copy of the above motion be sent to all members of the Board.

Dr. Hyde stated that the minutes of the last meeting had been mailed to Board members and asked if it was the desire of the Board to have the minutes read. Mr. Arnold Hyde asked that the section regarding the nomination and election of the Chairman be read. This was done. Mr. Arnold Hyde then moved that we dispense with the reading of the minutes, and this was seconded by Mr. Abbott. The vote of the Board was unanimous.

Next, Dr. Hyde presented the list of committee appointments. They are:

Executive Committee

Wallace N. Hyde, Chairman
Thomas L. Mallonee, Vice-Chairman
Jack E. Abbott
Frank Forsyth
Modeal Walsh

Building Committee

E. J. Whitmire, Chairman
Frank Forsyth
Arnold Hyde
Harold Mitchell
Clyde M. Norton
Wallace N. Hyde, Ex-Officio

Legislative Committee

Boyce Whitmire, Chairman
Thomas L. Mallonee
Mrs. Dan K. Moore
Clyde M. Norton

Auditing Committee

Boyce Whitmire, Chairman
J. Ramsey Buchanan
Harold Mitchell

Endowment Committee

Frank Forsyth, Chairman
Jack E. Abbott
J. Ramsey Buchanan
E. J. Whitmire

Instruction Committee

Modeal Walsh, Chairman
Arnold Hyde
Thomas L. Mallonee
Harold Mitchell

Public Relations Committee

Thomas L. Mallonee, Chairman
Mrs. Dan K. Moore
E. J. Whitmire

Mr. Forsyth moved that the committee appointments be adopted. This received a second from Mr. Abbott and the vote of the Board was unanimous.

Mr. Boyce Whitmire reported on the meeting of the Auditing Committee, held at 9:15 a. m., October 25, 1969. He asked for a further report from Mr. Kirkpatrick regarding the funds of the Division of Continuing Education following the audit in February, 1970. He commended Mr. Kirkpatrick on his work and, as Chairman of the Auditing Committee, moved that the Audit Report (Exhibit No. 1, on file in the President's Office) be approved. Mr. Arnold Hyde seconded this motion and the vote of the Board was unanimous.

Dr. Turner presented a list of new faculty appointments (Exhibit No. 2, on file in the President's Office) for the approval of the Board. Mr. Forsyth moved that these be approved, Mr. Walsh seconded; and the approval of the Board was unanimous.

Dr. Pow presented the Progress Report of the President to the Board (Exhibit No. 3, on file in the President's Office). He expressed his appreciation to the Board, the faculty and staff, the students of the University, the Governor, the State Board of Higher Education, and the State Advisory Budget Commission for their assistance during the past year. Dr. Pow asked for the reaction of the Board to possible publication of this report, probably as a part of the Alumni Magazine. He then asked each of the following to give a short resume of his area of responsibility as presented in the report: Dr. Turner, Academic Affairs; Mr. Huskins, Student Affairs; Mr. Kirkpatrick, Business Affairs; Mr. Williams (report made by Mr. Reed) Athletic Affairs; and Mr. Brown, Institutional Affairs.

Mr. Hardy spoke briefly reporting on contracts and grants during the past year in connection with University development.

Dr. Hyde expressed the opinion that the President's Report was a fine and encouraging one. Mr. Mallonee moved that the report be published as suggested and this was seconded by Mr. Forsyth. The Board was unanimous in approval of the motion.

Dr. Pow presented his plan for a Board of Visitors and asked for the reaction of the Board. He gave the purpose and aims of such a board and indicated the type of membership desired. The reaction of the Board was favorable for the formation of such a board.

Mr. Hardy spoke briefly on the Patrons of Quality program and distributed copies of the brochure (Exhibit No. 4, on file in the President's Office) to members of the Board.
Dr. North gave a progress report of the Economic Development Center. It is providing the following services in the twenty-eight Western counties of North Carolina: (1) technical assistance to existing business firms; (2) technical assistance to new business; (3) technical assistance to community facilities; (4) basic research projects, oriented to business and economic development, with the participation of the School of Business;(5) basic economic data.

Dr. Hyde and Dr. Pow spoke on recent discussions between the University of North Carolina at Asheville and Western Carolina University concerning the support and mutuality we must have between the two institutions. Dr. Highsmith and Mr. Elmore of Asheville, and Dr. Bishop from Chapel Hill, have also been involved in these discussions. The principal points under discussion have been the need to identify principal areas of work and use of facilities. Dr. Pow said the relationships have been warm and cordial between the two institutions and we are working well together. The two institutions, working together, can provide tremendous service to this region.

Dr. Hyde expressed appreciation to Dr. Pow for his reception for the Governor and the cordial welcome the Governor received on this campus, and, also, for the fact that the President's home has been opened so freely for members of the faculty, the students, and the Trustees.

There being no further business, Dr. Hyde declared the meeting adjourned at 12:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
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Wallace N. Hyde, Chairman

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Alex S. Pow, Secretary

 

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