REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
Conference Room of Bird Administration Building January 17, 1969
The Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University met in called session January
17, 1969, in the Conference Room of the Bird Administration Building at 10:00 a. m.,
with the following members present:
Jonathan Woody, Chairman
J. R. Buchanan, Vice-Chairman
E. J. Whitmire
Dr. Charles 0. Van Gorder
Mrs. Dan K. Moore
Alex S. Pow
Frank H. Brown, Jr.
Dr. W. Newton Turner
Dean Taylor L. Huskins
Dean Maurice B. Morrill
Dr. Jim Hamilton
Dr. Paul Flynn
Mrs. Anna D. Parker
The meeting was called to order by the Chairman, Mr. Woody, who presented the minutes of the last meeting of the Board held on October 19 for approval.
Upon motion by Mr. Walsh, seconded by Mr. Boyce Whitmire, and passed, the minutes were amended to read as follows:
"The contract with Dr. Pow as President is for a five-year period of service, subject to renewal by the two parties. Dr. Pow's appointment includes tenure ranking, effective July 1, 1968, as Professor Political Science, Western Carolina University, this role to be assumed at the end of the five years at the maximum salary allowed by the State Department of Administration as full professor at that time, or at an earlier date set or agreed to by the Board, or at a later date negotiated between the Board and Dr. Pow".
After the amendment the minutes were approved to become a part of the permanent minute book.
Dr. Pow presented a proposal for the improvement and expansion of higher education in Western North Carolina.
Considerable discussion followed; and, upon motion by Mr. E. J. Whitmire, seconded by Mr. Cooper, the Board unanimously approved this proposal and authorized the President to release the proposal as a statement from the Board of Trustees. (Exhibit #1 on file in the President's Office).
Dr. Pow next presented the progress being made for the appointment of an Athletic Director , stating that the ad hoc committee had presented three names of top notch men for his consideration and recommendation to the Board of Trustees. Dr. Jim Hamilton was present for this discussion and gave reports on the findings and final selection of his committee.
Dr. Pow presented the Board the credentials of Colonel Walter L. Williams and recommended to the Board that Colonel Walter L. Williams be appointed Athletic Director of Western Carolina University at a twelve-months salary of $18,000, effective immediately. Full discussion followed; and, upon motion by Mr. Boyce Whitmire, seconded by Mr. Cooper, and passed, with the exception of Mr. Modeal Walsh who stated he opposed the recommendation, and Mr. Arnold Hyde who abstained, Colonel Williams was appointed Athletic Director of Western Carolina University, at a salary of $18,000 effective immediately.
Colonel Williams was then brought into the meeting and introduced to the Board members. He was assured of their full support and cooperation in his endeavors to develop an athletic program in keeping with the desires and wishes of the University community.
Upon motion by Mr. Hyde, seconded by Dr. Van Gorder, the Board authorized the Bond Council to prepare a loan agreement with the First Union National Bank for $325,000 at 5% interest for a term of 15 years, for addition to the health and physical education facilities.
Dr. Turner next presented a list of appointments of new faculty members employed since the last meeting of the Board of Trustees. Mr. E. J. Whitmire moved that this list of appointments be approved. This motion was seconded by Mr. Hyde and unanimously passed. (Exhibit #2 on file in the President's Office).
Upon motion by Mr. Buchanan, seconded by Mr. Cooper, the Board unanimously passed appropriate resolutions of recent deaths of three faculty members at Western Carolina University; Dr. John McGeever, Dr. Stanton Procter, and Mr. Vernon Parker.
Drs. Turner, Flynn and Morrill presented a proposal of program for preparation of directors of audiovisual education leading to Master of Arts in Education. Upon motion by Mr. E. J. Whitmire, seconded by Dr. Van Gorder, the Board unanimously approved this proposal to be presented to the State Board of Higher Education.
Dean Huskins presented to the Board the proposed development of student health services, explaining the plans for expansion of personnel, including the employment of a full-time physician, increase of the nursing staff, purchase new equipment for the Infirmary, with long-range programs of expanding the facilities of the Infirmary, such as more bed space, laboratories, etc.
Dr. Pow then informed the Board that he had received a telephone call and a letter from Dr. Hugh Mathews of Canton, expressing an interest in locating in Cullowhee. After personal interviews with Dr. Pow and Dean Huskins, and inquiry of Dr. Van Gorder, the position of Director of Student Health Services was offered Dr. Mathews. Upon motion by Mr. Hyde, seconded by Dr. Van Gorder, the Board unanimously approved the employment of Dr. Hugh Mathews as Director of Student Health Services at Western Carolina University at a salary of $23,000.
Dean Huskins next presented a request from Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity for approval of a Western Carolina University Flag, showing drawings of the proposed flag. Upon motion by Mr. Boyce Whitmire, seconded by Mr. E. J. Whitmire, the Board unanimously approved the request.
Upon motion by Mr. Boyce Whitmire, seconded by Mr. Buchanan, the Board unanimously approved the following members to serve as Trustees of the Endowment Fund:
Frank Forsyth, Chairman
Alex S. Pow
Frank H. Brown, Jr.
During the luncheon of the Board, Mr. Brown and Dr. Pow presented an analysis of the status of the appropriations requests pending before the General Assembly.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned for lunch in the Brown Cafeteria.
Jonathan Woody, Chairman
Alex S. Pow, Secretary