May 4, 1978

REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

CONFERENCE ROOM, BIRD ADMINISTRATION BUILDING     MAY 4, 1978

The Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University met in regular session on May 4, 1978, at 10:00 a.m. in the Conference Room of Bird Administration Building.

ROLL CALL

Members of the Board present were: Mr. Abbott, Mr. Cowan, Mr. Edwards, Mr. Glenn, Mr. Gloyne, Mr. Hennessee, Mr. Holt, Mr. Ledford, and Miss Nelson. Others present were Chancellor Robinson; Vice Chancellors Stoltz and Dooley; Mrs. Jakes, Assistant to the Chancellor; Mr. Brown, Special Assistant to the Chancellor; Dr. Phillips, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; Mr. Creech, Director of Academic Services; Mr. Pressley, Alumni Representative to the Board; Dr. Pickering, Faculty Representative to the Board; Mr. Reed, Director of Public Information; Mr. Wood, Director of Institutional Studies and Planning; Mr. Ramsey, Assistant to the Chancellor for WCU Programs in Asheville; Mr. Scott, Legal Counsel; Mr. Culp, Director of Physical Plant; Mr. Murphy, Outgoing Student Body President; Mr. Manring, Director of Alumni Affairs; and Mrs. Shuler, Administrative Assistant to the Chancellor. Chairman Glenn presided over the meeting.

INTRODUCTION OF NEW STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT

Mr. Murphy introduced Miss Wanda Nelson, newly-elected President of the Student Government Association and member of the Board of Trustees in an ex officio capacity.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF MARCH 2, 1978, MEETING

Chairman Glenn reported that copies of the minutes of the meeting held on March 2, 1978, had been mailed to the Trustees. No suggestion or correction was made, and, upon proper motion duly seconded and unanimously carried, the minutes were approved.

REPORT OF THE BUILDING COMMITTEE

1. Master Plan for Campus Development

Mr. Hennessee asked Vice Chancellor Carter to present the master plan. Vice Chancellor Carter explained that the plan had been developed in response to a request from General Administration and that the plan covered all the planning for physical facilities for the next five years. He gave a brief history of the evolvement of the plan and indicated that the plan does not set priorities for projects. The plan is composed of the following divisions: New Construction; Renovated Facilities; Streets and Thoroughfares; Landscaping Plans; Utility Systems. Each of these divisions was explained comprehensively. Following discussion and upon proper motion duly seconded and unanimously carried, the master plan was approved for submission to General Administration.

2. Renovation of Robertson Hall

Vice Chancellor Carter told the Trustees of plans to convert Robertson Hall into apartments for married students, with the rental rate to be approximately $150 monthly. He requested that the architectural firm of Foy and Lee be retained for this project. Following discussion and upon proper motion duly seconded and unanimously carried, the proposal was approved.

APPROVAL OF 1978 GRADUATES

The list of graduating students at the May 7 commencement was presented. Following discussion and upon proper motion duly seconded and unanimously carried, the list was approved. Chancellor Robinson requested that the Trustees give approval for the summer graduates on a tentative basis, subject to the candidates' meeting all requirements for graduation. Upon proper motion duly seconded and unanimously carried, the approval was given and will be ratified at the August meeting.

INFORMATION REPORTS

1. Meeting with Legislators

Chancellor Robinson invited the Trustees to meet with the western area legislators on May 21 from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

2. Southern Conference Annual Meeting

Chancellor Robinson reported that WCU would become a member of the Division IA of the NCAA, as would other schools in the Southern Conference except Davidson. Also, East Tennessee State University was accepted as a new member of the Conference. Chancellor Robinson announced that the annual meeting of the Conference would be held here next April.

3. Construction Projects

Mr. Wood reported that the contractor got out of Moore Hall on May 12; the Music-English Building is about a month behind schedule; the pre-cast concrete is up on the new Administration Building and the completion date is scheduled for December 7, 1978.

4. Long-Range Plan

Mr. Wood also reported that work on the Long-range Plan is underway, with material being sought from the departmental level for this year's up-date. Future plans will be prepared on a biennial basis.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

1. Commencement activities for week-end of May 5-7

2. Proposed Calendar for Board meetings:

August 24, 1978
November 30, 1978
March 1, 1979
May 4, 1979

3. Dedication of Science Building October 14, with Dr. Philip Handler as speaker

4. Mountain Heritage Day - September 23

EXPRESSION OF APPRECIATION

Mr. Gloyne expressed appreciation to Pay Murphy for the manner in which he has worked with the Board during his term as Student Body President.

REPORT ON COMPUTER CENTER

Mr. Wood introduced Miss Brown, Assistant Director of Academic Services; Mrs. Nicholl, Programmer; Mr. McNeely, Manager of Academic Services at Computer Center; and Mr. Newman, Manager of Administrative Services at Computer Center. Mr. Wood reviewed for the Trustees the administrative structure of the Center and the capabilities of the Xerox 560 computer. Mr. Creech, assisted by Miss Brown, explained the Student Information System. Mr. Manring summarized the ways the Alumni Office uses the computer. During these reports, Mrs. Nicholl carried through an actual computer application, and Mr. Wood then informed the group of the results of her efforts.

EXECUTIVE SESSION Open Meeting Act

Chairman Glenn declared the Board to be in Executive Session.

ADJOURNMENT

With no further business to be transacted, the meeting was declared adjourned at 2:15 p.m.

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James H. Glenn, Chairman

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Avis Phillips, Secretary

 

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