January 18, 1972


Conference Room of Bird Administration Building          January 18, 1972

The Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University met in regular session at 10:30 a. m., Tuesday, January 18, 1972, in the Conference Room of Bird Administration Building. The following members were present:

Wallace N. Hyde, Chairman
Thomas L. Mallonee, Vice-Chairman
Jack E. Abbott
Robert Edwards
Arnold Hyde
Ted Jordan
Charles O. Van Gorder
Boyce Whitmire
E. J. Whitmire
Gregory K. Lockamy

Others present were:

Frank H. Brown, Jr.
Doyle M. Dillard
A. F. Gilman III
S. Aaron Hyatt
Wat Hopkins
Virginia Molinatto
A. Douglas Reed
Herbert F. Reinhard
William E. Scott
Robert L. Waters

Dr. Hyde called the meeting to order. The roll call indicated the absence of three members: F. Carl Harman, W. Harold Mitchell, and Clyde M. Norton. Motion was made by Dr. Van Gorder, seconded by Mr. Mallonee, and unanimously carried that the Board excuse these absences.

Drafts of minutes of the meetings of the Board of Trustees of November 6, 1971 and December 6, 1971, had been mailed to members of the Board. Dr. Hyde asked for corrections or changes to the minutes. Mr. Jordan moved that the minutes be approved, Mr. Abbott seconded the motion, and the Board's vote was unanimous.

Mr. E. J. Whitmire presented the transactions of the Building Committee meeting held at 9:30 a. m. January 18, 1972; these principally were agreement that the Committee urge all architects to complete their projects; deferment of the post office project until after the by-pass is completed; deferment of appointment of an architect for the additional dormitory; and a recommendation that a committee be appointed to raise funds for the new football stadium. It was further stated that a dinner is scheduled for January 31, 1972, for the purpose of development of the drive. Upon motion of Mr. Jordan, seconded by Dr. Van Gorder, this report was unanimously approved by the Board. (See Exhibit #1 on file in the President's Office for minutes of the January 18 Building Committee meeting.)

Mr. Abbott reported on the Personnel Committee meeting held December 29, 1971, in Asheville, concerning the resignation of Dr. W. Newton Turner. The Committee recommended that the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs assume the duties of the Vice-President for Academic Affairs with full authority to carry out the functions of the Office under the direction and supervision of the University's Acting President. It was moved by Mr. E. J. Whitmire, seconded by Mr. Lockamy, that the Board accept the action of the Personnel Committee. The Board's vote was unanimous (See Exhibit #2 on file in the President's Office for minutes of the December 29 meeting of this Committee.)

A lengthy discussion followed with respect to tributes being made to Dr. Turner in recognition of his contributions to the University. A resolution is to be drafted by Mr. Douglas Reed for presentation to Dr. Turner, and, the Personnel Committee is to sponsor some sort of event that will recognize the contributions of Dr. Turner to the University. A motion to this effect was made by Mr. Mallonee, seconded by Mr. Jordan, and unanimously carried.

Mr. Brown brought to the attention of the Board a directive from Raleigh requiring that the University's request for capital improvements for the next three bi-enniums be filed by January 31. It was stated that when this report is prepared, it be brought to the attention of the Building Committee.

Mr. Dillard gave a report concerning the Optional Retirement Program under TIAA/CREF. It was moved by Mr. Arnold Hyde that the TIAA/CREF Optional Retirement Program be approved by the Board. Motion was seconded by Mr. Boyce Whitmire and unanimously carried. (See Exhibit #3 on file in the President's Office.)

Mr. Brown gave a report to the Board with respect to working with the Asheville Orthopedic Hospital and suggested that an investigation be made with the hospital administrators as to what their requests are. Dr. Hyatt stated that the greatest need is for special education classes to take care of young students confined to the hospital. A discussion was had as to whether or not in-training students would be of help in this area. It was moved by Mr. Arnold Hyde, seconded by Mr. Boyce Whitmire, and unanimously carried by the Board that an investigation be made as to what type help is requested from the University.

Mr. Brown brought to the attention of the Board the necessity to enlighten the public with respect to the International Program, and that this could best be done by having the Public Information Director go to Colombia and write an on-the spot story regarding this program. It was stated that the Asheville Citizen-Times had assured the University appropriate time and space for a feature story on this program. It was moved by Mr. Mallonee, seconded by Dr. Van Gorder, and unanimously carried by the Board that Mr. Douglas Reed be granted permission to make this trip.

A discussion was had with respect to Deer Lake Lodge, with a statement being made that a planning council should be appointed to develop these facilities. It was further stated that Mr. Harold Thoms, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Asheville Orthopedic Hospital, be on this council. No action was necessary.

Mr. Brown announced to the Board that the Association of Governing Boards would have its National Conference on April 23-25, 1972, in Boston, with emphasis being on "Trusteeship. "

The next item on the agenda was the naming of the new men's and women's residence halls. Dr. Hyde requested Mr. Brown to complete a list of faculty and students for appointment to the committee for this purpose. He stated Board Members would also be on this committee.

At this point the Board went into Executive Session. Open Meeting Act

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 1:10 p. m.

Respectfully submitted,
Wallace N. Hyde, Chairman

Frank H. Brown, Jr., Acting Secretary


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