June 3, 1976



The Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University met in regular session on June 3, 1976, at 10:00 a.m. in the Conference Room of Bird Administration Building.


The following members of the Board were present: Mr. Abbott, Mr. Coward, Mr. Edwards, Mr. Glenn, Mr. Gloyne, Mr. Holt, Mr. Ledford, Mr. Mallonee, Mr. Patterson, Mrs. Owen, Mr. Teague, and Mr. Wynne. Others present were Chancellor Robinson; Vice Chancellors Dillard, Reed, Stillion, and Stoltz; Mrs. Jakes, Assistant to the Chancellor; Dr. Pickering, Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees; Mr. Allman, Alumni Representative to the Board of Trustees; Dr. Lovin, out-going Faculty Representative; Mr. Killam, outgoing Student Body President; Mr. Scott, University Legal Counsel; Mr. Creech, Director of Academic Services; Mr. Wood, Director of Institutional Studies and Planning; Mr. Waters, Director of Athletics; and Mrs. Shuler, Secretary to the Chancellor.

Mr. Glenn presided over the meeting.


Mr. Killam introduced Mr. Walton Teague, newly-elected Student Body President and ex officio member of the Board of Trustees. Dr. Lovin introduced Dr. Thomas Pickering, newly-elected Chairman of the Faculty.

Chancellor Robinson expressed appreciation to Mr. Killam and Dr. Lovin for their contributions to the University and to the Board.


Chairman Glenn reported that copies of the minutes of the meeting held on March 4, 1976, had been mailed to each Trustee. No suggestion or correction was made, and upon proper motion duly seconded and unanimously carried, the minutes were approved.


Each trustee had been contacted by telephone regarding the appointment of Odell and Associates as architects for the Administration Building-Mountain Heritage Center. Upon proper motion duly seconded and unanimously carried, the action appointing Odell and Associates was ratified.

Each trustee had also been contacted by telephone about granting an easement to the North Carolina Department of Transportation for the widening of Long Branch Road from the Cullowhee Post Office to the area of Dodson Cafeteria. Upon proper motion duly seconded and unanimously carried, the granting of the easement was ratified.


Mr. Scott explained that the present penalty for parking violations is $2 per offense for the first five and $6 each for subsequent offenses. Mr. Scott proposed that a penalty of $5 each be established for the first five offenses for parking on lawns, grassed areas, or shrubbery and that subsequent offenses carry a penalty of $10 each.

Following discussion and upon proper motion duly seconded and unanimously carried, the proposed penalties were adopted.


Mr. Reed presented a resolution of appreciation for the many contributions made by Dr. C. D. Killian to Western Carolina University. Upon proper motion duly seconded and unanimously carried, the resolution was adopted. (Copy of resolution on file with minutes material.)


Chancellor Robinson told the Trustees of a provision in the will of Mrs. Theo W. Murphy establishing music scholarships or a music professorship in memory of her sister, Inez Wooten Gulley, a former music teacher at Western Carolina University. Upon proper motion duly seconded and unanimously carried, the following resolution was adopted:

Chancellor Robinson reported to the Board that Mrs. Theo Murphy, age 76, passed away recently at her home in Hickory, North Carolina. Mrs. Murphy's sister taught at Western Carolina University some years ago in the Music Department. Mrs. Murphy's will provides that after the payment of all debts, funeral expenses, grave marker, and administration costs, all the rest of her estate shall be converted to cash and given to Western Carolina University for the establishment and maintenance of a music scholarship or a music professorship in memory of Mrs. Murphy's sister, Inez Wooten Gulley.

Upon motion duly made and seconded, the following resolution was unanimously adopted:

BE IT RESOLVED that this Board, acting on and in behalf of the faculty and staff of Western Carolina University, does accept the generous bequest given by Mrs. Theo W. Murphy in loving memory of her sister, Inez Wooten Gulley, who for many years was an instructor of music at Western Carolina University.

BE IF FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Executor of Mrs. Murphy's will to become a part of her permanent record.


A listing of candidates who would complete requirements for graduation on June 6, 1976, was presented to the Trustees. Upon proper motion duly seconded and unanimously carried, approval was given to grant degrees to the candidates who successfully completed all requirements. (A copy of the list is on file with the minutes material.)


1. Flood Damage

Vice Chancellor Dillard informed the Trustees of the damages created when the Tuckaseigee River flooded on May 14 and stopped the pumping station, finally necessitating the close of classes for three days. A new pumping station, under construction for several months, has been completed and placed in operation, and efforts are being made to obtain a diesel pump so electricity can be generated if necessary.

2. Student Opinion Poll

A student opinion poll developed by Stephen Sherman, Vice President of the Student Body, was presented to the Trustees. Mr. Teague will continue to work on this type of poll.

3. Jamaica Study Team

Chancellor Robinson apprised the Trustees of a recent trip to Jamaica by a four-man study team to evaluate and make recommendations for the development of a higher education system in that country. There was a general discussion of the contributions Western Carolina University could make in such development.

4. Southern Conference

Director Waters told the Trustees that Western Carolina University will be on probation in the Southern Conference for one year and will not be able to compete for championships during that year. There is a possibility that the spring sports will be eligible for next year's championships. Appreciation was expressed for the help given by the Trustees in making this conference affiliation possible.

5. ROTC Program

Mr. Creech explained the requirements of the ROTC program and indicated that enrollment in the program is anticipated to be more than the minimum required. The WCU program presently is an extension program through Clemson University and will have two or three staff members the first year.

6. Enrollments

The enrollment level is still up this year with the head count increased by some 150 students. Western Carolina University is funded

for 5,485 average FTE students and received an appropriate allocation from the special session of the Legislature for enrollment increases.

7. Faculty Rental Rates

Effective July 1, 1976, rental rates on faculty apartments will be increased $5 per month.

8. Student Fees For Semester System

Vice Chancellor Dillard presented the schedule of fees to be charged on the semester system, explained that some fees were being increased effective July 1, 1977. There was a general discussion on WCU's relative position among the 16 institutions with regard to total cost. Upon proper motion duly seconded and carried, the Trustees endorsed the fee schedule. Mr. Teague's vote was negative.

9. Administration Building-Mountain Heritage Center

Mr. Wood briefly outlined the proposed building of five floors containing 72,000 total square feet, of which 55,000 square feet will be usable space. Work on the site plan is being coordinated with the architect and the Department of Transportation.

10. Changes in Student Government Constitution

Vice Chancellor Stillion told the Trustees of some minor changes in the Student Government Constitution which have been approved by the Chancellor.


1. Commencement exercises will be held on June 6, 1976, with Dr. Sidney Marland, President of the College Entrance Examination Board, as the speaker. Trustees are invited to all functions.

2. The next Board meeting will be held on September 16, 1976.

3. A resolution of appreciation was extended to Mr. Stedman Mitchell upon the occasion of his retirement.

4. Trustees were informed that Congressman Roy Taylor had proposed a gift of $5,000 to support a program in public speaking.


Following a short recess, the Board went immediately into executive session.


With no further business to be transacted, the meeting adjourned for luncheon in Brown Cafeteria at 1:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

James H. Glenn, Chairman

Helen B. Owen, Secretary







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