REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
Conference Room, Bird Administration Building June 5, 1975
The Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University met in regular session on June 5, 1975, at 10:00 a.m. in the Conference Room of Bird Administration Building.
The following members of the Board were present: Mr, Coward, Mr, Edwards, Mr. Glenn, Mr. Gloyne, Mr. Hennessee, Mr. Holt, Mr. Killam, Mr. Ledford, Mr. Norton, Mrs. Owen, and Mr. Wynne. Also present were Chancellor Robinson; Vice Chancellors Brown, Dillard, Stillion, and Stoltz; Mrs. Jakes, Assistant to the Chancellor; Mr. Scott, University Attorney; Mr. Reed, Director of Public Information; Dr. Lovin, Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees; Mr. Allman, Alumni Representative to the Board of Trustees; and Mrs. Shuler, Secretary to the Chancellor.
Chancellor Robinson introduced Dr. Robert E. Stoltz, who was appointed Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs on April 1, 1975.
Vice Chancellor Stillion introduced Mr. Michael Killam newly-elected President of the Student Government Association and ex officio member of the Board of Trustees,
STATEMENT BY DR. LOVIN
After being recognized by Chairman Glenn, Dr. Lovin read a statement (copy on file with minutes material).
APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF MARCH 6 1975 MEETING
Chairman Glenn reported that a copy of the minutes of the meeting of the Board of Trustees held March 6, 1975, 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.
REPORT OF BUILDING COMMITTEE
1. Cooperative Water System between Western Carolina University and Jackson County
Mr. Norton presented a request from Jackson County officials for the University to enter into a reciprocal agreement that would enable either system to draw water from the other system in case of emergency, and Vice Chancellor Dillard explained the stipulations governing the University's participation in such an agreement. (Letters on file with minutes material.)
Following discussion and upon proper motion duly seconded and unanimously carried, the University was authorized to enter into the agreement with Jackson County.
2. Approval of Architectural Plans for Volatile Solvents Storage Building
Upon proper motion duly seconded and unanimously carried, architectural plans prepared by Mr. Lawrence J. Traber for the Volatile Solvents Storage Building were approved.
3. Addition to Roads to State Highway System
Mr. Norton presented a request for authorization to petition the North Carolina Department of Transportation and Highway Safety to add two roads to the State Highway System: the Camp Lab. School Road and the Cullowhee Creek Road (the road behind Whitmire Statium). After discussion and upon proper motion duly seconded and unanimously carried, the University was authorized to petition for these additions.
4. Lease of Property to Western Carolina Telephone Company
Mr. Norton presented a request from Western Carolina Telephone Company for additional property in order to expand the present telephone building located behind the Cullowhee Baptist Church. University Attorney Scott explained that the lease would be for 25 years and would contain an option to renew the lease for an additional 25 years. Rental income would be $100 per year.
Following discussions and upon proper motion duly seconded and approved, the lease to Western Carolina Telephone Company was approved. (Plat and legal description filed with minutes material.)
5. Capital Improvement Funds
Chancellor Robinson informed the Trustees that all presently-authorized capital improvement funds must be committed by January 1, 1976, or the funds will revert to the State treasury. Architectural work on one building authorized in 1973 is now in progress and it is definitely expected to go to contract before the deadline,
REPORT OF FIELD HOUSE NAMING COMMITTEE
Vice Chancellor Dillard, chairman of the committee, reported that the committee had met twice; however, because of delay in sending materials requesting suggestions of names, it was felt that more time should be allowed. The committee will report on suggested names at the next Board meeting.
INCREASE IN PARKING VIOLATION FINES
Vice Chancellor Stillion requested that the Uniform Traffic Code be amended to reflect a fine of $2.00 per offense for the first five parking offenses and a fine of $5.00 for the sixth and subsequent offenses. The Traffic Code presently provides for fines of $1.00 and $3.00 respectively.
Following discussion and upon proper motion duly seconded and unanimously carried, the amendment to the Uniform Traffic Code was approved.
RESOLUTION OF APPRECIATION FOR MR. GLENN C. PALMER, SR.
Upon proper motion duly seconded and unanimously carried, the Board of Trustees adopted the following resolution honoring the life of former Trustee Glenn C. Palmer, Sr.:
A RESOLUTION HONORING THE LIFE AND PUBLIC SERVICE OF THE HONORABLE GLENN C. PALMER, SR,
WHEREAS, Glenn C. Palmer, Sr,, prominent citizen of Haywood County and dedicated civic, church, and political leader, died on April 15, 1975; and,
WHEREAS, Mr. Palmer devoted much of his public career to the cause of education, serving for eight years, from 1941 to 1949, on the Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University, and in earlier years taught in the public school of Haywood County; and,
WHEREAS, he represented Haywood County in the General Assembly of North Carolina from 1939 to 1949 during which time he was responsible for legislation serving the interests of western North Carolina farmers and wood producers and for the establishment of the county manager system of government in Haywood County; and,
WHEREAS, his public service also included twenty-four years as a governor of the North Carolina Rural Electrification Administration, twenty years as a trustee of the Haywood County Public Library, and terms as Tax Collector, County Commissioner, and school board member in Haywood County; and,
WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees, the Administration, Faculty, and Student Body of Western Carolina University are grieved by the death of Mr. Palmer,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY:
1. That the sincere appreciation of this Board for the life and service of Glenn C. Palmer, Sr., and its sympathy to his family, be and hereby are recorded.
2. The copies of this resolution be sent to his daughter, Mrs. B. F. Nesbitt, his sons, Mr. W. Riley Palmer, State Senator Joe H. Palmer, and Glenn C. Palmer, Jr.; his brother, Mr. Gudger Y. Palmer; and his sister Mrs. Hattie Smith.
3. That this resolution be made a part of the permanent records of this Board.
UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTED BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY this the fifth day of June, One Thousand Nine Hundred Seventy Five, in Cullowhee, North Carolina.
James H. Glenn, Chairman
Helen Boyd Owen, Secretary
1. Faculty Constitution and Bylaws
Dr, Robinson told the Trustees that the constitution and bylaws were developed by a faculty committee and were recently approved at the local level. The documents will be reviewed by President Friday's staff for conformance with The Code., (Copy filed with minutes material.)
2. Paul Reid Scholarships
Dr. Robinson informed the Trustees that President Emeritus Paul A, Reid has given the University more than $50,000 to be used to provide scholarships to students from Surry County, each scholarship to be approximately $750. Four or five scholarships will be awarded this first year, and President Reid hopes to provide an equal amount of money to expand this program at a later date.
3. ROTC Program
Dr. Robinson reported that a faculty committee looked into the possibility of having an ROTC program on this campus, and a survey was made by officials of the ROTC program at Clemson University. The Faculty Senate approved this proposal and application has now been made to the Department of Defense. It is hoped that this program can be authorized by January 1, 1976, and go into effect in the fall of 1976.
4. Commencement Announcements
Dr. Robinson presented the list of 785 degree candidates for approval (copy filed with minutes material). Particular attention was directed to those students graduating, with honors and those students designated as University Scholars,
Following discussion and upon proper motion duly seconded and unanimously carried, the list of degree candidates was approved subject to fulfillment of all requirements by the University.
5. New Academic Programs
Vice Chancellor Stoltz summarized the new degree programs authorized for planning since 1973: B.A./B.S. in Anthropology, B.A./B.S. in Special Studies, and B.S. in Health Sciences. Five proposals are now under consideration for planning authorization and these will be presented to the Board of Governors some time this summer: M.S. in Art, M.S. in Business, B.S./B.A. in Electronic Communication, Ed.S. in Guidance and Counseling, and Ed.S. In Elementary Education,
Vice Chancellor Stoltz informed the Trustees of a number of programs that could be considered in the nature of new programs. These included; work with provisional students; honors courses; work with adults and retirees; developments in the area of technology; summer and Saturday programs for talented students; mathematics contest; criminal justice and law enforcement.
6. Land Acquisition
Vice Chancellor Dillard reported that two tracts of land had been acquired:
(1) Hooper-Queen-Prevost property; 22.3 acres of cost of $140,000; lying west of the campus along Cullowhee Creek, beginning at the bridge on Long Branch Road. This property will make the University's property contiguous to the new proposed Highway 107,
(2) Davie Sutton property, 38.2 acres at cost of $170,000 in the same area as the Hooper Queen-Prevost property, lying on up the hill, Acquisition of this property will prevent development facing the campus entrance on the new highway.
The Chavis property on Highway 107 is in the process of being acquired, and it is planned to build a warehouse there in order to keep trucks off the campus.
1. Annual Trustees Conference, Appalachian State University October 23-24, 1975
2. The Xerox 560 computer has been delivered.
3. Any Trustee who has not had portrait made is requested to contact Allan of Asheville for appointment.
4. Calendar of 1975-76 Board meetings
September 11, 1975
December 4, 1975
March 4, 1976
June 3, 1976
5. Newly-elected members of the Board of Governors were announced,
6. The 1975-76 issue of the catalog was presented.
EXECUTIVE SESSION Open Meeting Act
Following a short recess the Board went into executive session.
By consent the meeting adjourned at 12:45 p.m. and luncheon followed in the Mary Will Mitchell Room of Brown Cafeteria.
James H. Glenn, Chairman
Helen B. Owen, Secretary