December 1, 1977



The Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University met in regular session on December 1, 1977, at 10:00 a.m. in the Conference Room of Bird Administration Building.


Members of the Board present were: Mr. Abbott, Mr. Edwards, Mr. Glenn, Mr. Gloyne, Mr. Ledford, Mr. Mallonee, Mr. Murphy, and Mr. Wynne. Others present were Chancellor Robinson; Vice Chancellors Carter, Dooley, Stillion, and Stoltz; Mrs. Jakes, Assistant to the Chancellor; Mr. Brown, Special Assistant to the Chancellor; Dr. Pickering, Faculty Representative to the Board; Mr. Pressley, Alumni Representative to the Board; Mr. Reed, Director of Public Information; Mr. Wood, Director of Institutional Studies and Planning; Mr. Scott, Legal Counsel; Mr. Ramsey, Assistant to the Chancellor for WCU Programs in Asheville; Mr. Kirwan, Director of the University Library; and Mrs. Shuler, Administrative Assistant to the Chancellor.

Chairman Glenn presided over the meeting.


Chairman Glenn reported that copies of the minutes of the meeting held on August 18, 1977, 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.


Vice Chancellor Carter explained in detail the proposed fee structure for 1978-79, with particular emphasis on the telephone service fee and the reduction in summer school tuition. Following the extensive discussion and upon proper motion duly seconded and unanimously carried, the proposed fee scheduled was approved. (Copy of the schedule is on file with minutes material.)


Vice Chancellor Stillion presented the need for an amendment to the Student Government Association Constitution relating to absences of justices of the S.G.A. courts. Upon proper motion duly seconded and carried unanimously, the following clause was added: "Article V, Section 5 5. All absences of all chief justices and associate justices from regularly scheduled respective court sessions must be excused by the justices of their respective court. Two unexcused absences during their tenure as chief justice or associate justice shall constitute suspension from that court."


1. Trustees' Conference

Mr. Glenn made some brief comments about the conference held in Chapel Hill in early November. He will make a more comprehensive report at the next meeting of the Board of Trustees.

2. Story on Football Team

Copies of Sports Illustrated made available by Mr. David Rayburn and carrying a story about the WCU football team were distributed to the Trustees.

3. Information on Highway Bids

An announcement from the Department of Transportation indicates that the bid letting on the relocation of NC107 will be held in January.

4. Visit by Board of Governors

Chancellor Robinson reported on the visit by new members of the Board of Governors, accompanied by Chairman Johnson, Mrs. Holderness, and Mr. Kennedy, to the campus on November 27-28. The Vice Chancellors and the Deans made brief presentations during the visit.

There was a discussion about inviting the full Board of Governors to hold a meeting on the campus, and the consensus was to wait until the new Administration Building is completed before issuing the invitation.

5. HEW Desegregation Plan

Chancellor Robinson informed the Trustees that the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare had rejected the desegregation plan submitted by the University officials and the Board of Governors. Work will continue on a plan as University officials develop a response to HEW, and Trustees will be kept apprised of the situation.

6. WCU Long-Range Plan

Mr. Wood explained the process that was used to up-date the Long-range Plan for the next five years and the review to which the document had been subjected. There was University-wide involvement, both in budgeting and long-range planning, and it is anticipated that this type of process will continue for future revisions.

7. Construction Projects

Mr. Wood reported that the Music-English Building is scheduled to be completed in March, although work may possibly extend into April; the Moore Hall renovation is proceeding on schedule; structural steel work in the Administration-Mountain Heritage Building is completed, and the completed date is scheduled for December, 1978; the glass-blowing facility is ready for use; and the Reid Gym storage facility is in use.

Dr. Robinson discussed briefly the capital improvement projects under consideration and told the Trustees the first priority will be the library building.

8. UNC Long-range Plan

Chancellor Robinson listed for the Trustees the planning authorizations for new programs in the UNC Long-range Plan (Environmental Health, Engineering Technology, Master's in Art and Art Education, and Master's in Home Economics, general). The Long-range Plan also designated the Cherokee Center as a resident credit center.

The Trustees were also informed of the discussions with Acting Chancellor King regarding the Asheville program, the development of a preliminary document, and the continuing negotiations with Chancellor Highsmith.

9. Hunter Library

Mr. Kirwan, University Librarian, provided an informative report on the Library collections, the services provided, and some of his goals for the future. The library staff, consisting of ten professional librarians and 24 clerical personnel, is attempting to increase library usage by letting more people know what is available.

Mr. Kirwan also commented on the need for additional library space, stating that only 8% of the student body can be seated in the present library. There is a lot of noise in the present building, and the volume of traffic could be handled much better in a new building.

10. Remedial Programs

Dr. Jody told the Trustees of the University-wide study of remedial programs on fifteen campuses and the component parts of the program at Western. The report issued by General Administration placed Western's efforts as among the best in the study.

Plans are being made to expand the remedial program here, and a grant proposal is now in process for funds to assist in this necessary work. One of the major thrusts will be to find the students who need remedial work and then make it available to them.


Chairman Glenn declared the meeting in executive session following a short recess.


With no further business to be transacted, the Board adjourned for lunch in the Mary Will Mitchell Room of Brown Cafeteria. Following the luncheon, Dr. Clifford R. Lovin gave a progress report on the AIDP program.

James H. Glenn, Chairman

Avis Phillips, Secretary


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