May 30, 1973


Catamount Room, A. K. Hinds University Center           May 30, 1973

The Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University met in regular session on May 30, 1973, at 11:30 a.m. in Hinds University Center. The meeting was called to order by Mr. Jack Abbott who welcomed the new member of the Board, Mr. Harold Rogers, newly-elected President of the Student Body. The roll call indicated the following members present:

Mr. Jack Abbott, Chairman
Mr. Arnold Hyde, Secretary
Mr. Jack Arrington
Mr. Robert Edwards
Mr. Carl Harman
Dr. Ed Henson
Mr. Reg Moody
Senator Clyde Norton
Dr. Charles Van Gorder
Mr. Modeal Walsh
Mr. Harold Rogers

Members absent were Mr. Thomas Mallonee and Mr. Ted Jordan, both absent because of other pressing business. Dr. Van Gorder made the motion that their absences be excused, Mr. Hyde seconded, and the vote was unanimous.

Minutes of the May 2 meeting had been mailed to the Board members and Mr. Abbott requested that the minutes be corrected to reflect the attendance of Dr. Van Gorder at that meeting. There were not other corrections to the minutes and they were declared approved as corrected.

Mr. Hyde reported on the meeting of the Personnel Committee, stating that all Committee members were present, along with Mr. Abbott, Dr. Carlton, and Dr. Wilson. The Committee discussed the qualifications of Dr. Glenn W. Stillion for the position of Vice-Chancellor for Student Development, and Dr. Carlton's recommendation for his appointment will be forwarded to the Board of Governors for approval.

The Personnel Committee also considered the following promotions:

Dr. George Gumm to Head, Department of Administration and School Personnel
Dr. Patrick Morris to Acting Head, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Dr. Yvonne Phillips to Assistant Vice-chancellor for Academic Affairs

It was the recommendation of the Personnel Committee that the Board of Trustees approve the promotions, and Mr. Hyde so moved. The motion was seconded by Mr. Walsh. In response to Mr. Rogers' question and his desire to speak about the appointment of Dr. Stillion, Mr. Abbott stated that the recommendation of Stillion had to be made to the Board of Governors. The vote on Mr. Hyde's motion was unanimous

Mr. Walsh reported on the meeting of the Property and Buildings Committee. (See Exhibit #1 on file in the Chancellor's Office for detailed minutes of the committee meeting.) Upon motion by Mr. Walsh, seconded by Senator Norton, the following resolution was adopted:

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Chancellor or other appropriate officials file the necessary forms with the Department of Administration and take what other appropriate action is necessary for the purchase of the property of Mrs. Vera Bryson which consists of one five-room house and lot located on Dicks Gap Road in proximity to the University campus.

Dr. Van Gorder reported on the meeting of the Academic Affairs Committee at which all committee members and Mr. Harold Rogers were present. The Committee discussed whether or not a Board member should be a member of the committee to be set up to study tenure. Since this Board is in a transitional state, a motion was passed in committee to table participation from the present Board on the tenure committee.

Mr. Rogers asked for a motion of special privilege; he then distributed and read a prepared statement (see Exhibit #2 on file in the Chancellor's Office). Upon Mr. Rogers' conclusion of the statement, Mr. Abbott declared the Board in executive session. Open Meeting Act

At the end of the executive session, staff members and visitors were invited to hear the vote on Mr. Rogers' motion. Mr. Abbott stated that a substitute motion was made by Mr. Hyde to table the motion until June 27 in light of some developments which are being formulated in Chapel Hill at this time. The substitute motion was seconded by Mr. Harman and was passed, with Mr. Rogers requesting that his negative vote be so recorded in the minutes.

With no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Jack E. Abbott, Chairman

Arnold Hyde, Secretary


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