REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
CONFERENCE ROOM, BIRD ADMINISTRATION BUILDING March 1, 1979
The Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University met in regular session March 1, 1979, at 10:00 a.m. in the Conference Room of Bird Administration Building.
Members of the Board present were: Mr. Abbott, Mr. Cowan, Mr. Edwards, Mr. Glenn, Mr. Gloyne, Mr. Hennessee, Mr. Holt, Mr. Mallonee, Miss Nelson, Mr. Patterson, and Mr. Wynne. Others present were: Chancellor Robinson; Vice Chancellors Carter and Stillion; Mrs. Jakes, Assistant to the Chancellor; Mr. Creech, Director of Academic Services; Mr. Wood, Director of Institutional Studies; Dr. Pickering, Faculty Representative to the Board; Mr. McGinnis, Director of Development; Dr. Phillips, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; Mr. Ramsey, Assistant to the Chancellor for WCU Programs in Asheville; Mr. Scott, University Legal Counsel; Mr. Reed, Director of Public Information; and Mrs. Shuler, Administrative Assistant to the Chancellor. Chairman Glenn presided over the meeting. He expressed the group's appreciation to Mr. Mallonee for the 19 years of public service from which Mr. Mallonee will retire on March 31.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF NOVEMBER 30, 1978, MEETING
The chair requested that approval of the minutes be deferred until the Executive Session.
LEASE ON CULLOWHEE POST OFFICE
Vice Chancellor Carter presented for approval a lease for the building to be used as the Cullowhee Post Office. This lease would be for a period of one year, with option for two additional years, at a rental of $6,000 per year. Following discussion and upon proper motion duly seconded and unanimously approved, the lease was approved. (Copy on file with minutes material.)
Vice Chancellor Carter informed the Trustees of the necessity for increasing the book rental fee $5 per semester in order to maintain a two-year schedule of textbook adoptions. Following discussion and upon proper motion duly seconded and unanimously approved, the increase was approved.
Vice Chancellor Carter also asked that the food service fee for 1979-80, which was approved in August at $270 per semester, be increased to $275. Following discussion and upon proper motion duly seconded and unanimously approved, the increase was approved.
LEASE ON GRAHAM COUNTY PROPERTY
Mr. Scott presented for approval a lease on property in the town of Robbinsville to be used by the Child Development Center. Following discussion and upon proper motion duly seconded and unanimously carried, the lease was approved. (Copy on file with minutes material.)
TRANSFER OF CAMP SHELTON INTO ENDOWMENT FUND
Mr. Scott explained that, in order to be in compliance with a request from General Administration, the Camp Shelton property should be placed in the Endowment Fund. Following discussion and upon proper motion duly seconded and unanimously carried, the property was transferred.
PLACEMENT OF RIGDON ESTATE INTO DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION
Chancellor Robinson informed the Trustees of the receipt of the estate of Mr. James Rigdon, who had named the University as the beneficiary of his estate before his death in 1973. Following discussion and upon proper motion duly seconded and unanimously carried, the proceeds of the estate were placed into The Development Foundation.
1. State Aid to Private Institutions
Statistical information was distributed to the Trustees to be used as necessary.
2. Trustees' Conference
Mr. Edwards attended the conference in Chapel Hill and gave a brief report on some of the activities there.
3. Paul Reid Distinguished Service Awards
A committee has been appointed and will be accepting nominations through this week for these awards.
4. Legislative Items
Dr. Robinson discussed with the Trustees the Greenwood bill authorizing a study of the college-going rate; proposed salary increases of approximately seven percent; the open meetings law; the provisions in the State Board of Education budget for $70,000 for upgrading of faculty at two-year institutions, with Western providing the training.
5. HEW Litigation
Chancellor Robinson summarized briefly the status of the HEW litigation.
6. Business Advisory Council
The Business Advisory Council composed of representatives from major industries, banks, and other businesses has been meeting to assist the School of Business in its work toward accreditation.
7. Long-Range Plan
The revised edition of the Long-range Plan has been sent to Chapel Hill. It is anticipated that future revisions will be done on a biennial basis.
8. Southern Conference Meeting
The annual meeting of the Southern Conference will be hosted by Western in late April.
9. Trip to Cuba
Dr. Robinson gave some highlights of his recent trip to Cuba which was sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
10. Construction Projects
Mr. Wood reported that painting and floor covering work are proceeding in the Administration Building and that we still hope to move about the second week in May, although work on parking lots, etc., will need good weather in order to be completed. The highway work is waiting on a break in the weather. The schematic plans on the library were returned from State Construction with a minimum number of comments, and the development phase is now ready to be submitted. It is hoped that construction drawings can be submitted by the end of April and bids received in late May, with actual work to start later this summer.
11. Revised Food Plan
Vice Chancellors Carter and Stillion reported on the work of the Foods Advisory Committee, which has been investigating the possibility of optional meal plans. The Trustees will be informed when the committee completes its recommendations.
12. School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Acting Dean Ramsey introduced the program coordinators in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, as listed: Mrs. Ruth deF. Flowers, Medical Records Administration; Mr. Alston Macon, Health Science general courses; Mr. Dan Southern, Medical Technology; and Dr. Marjorie Baker, Associate Dean and Head of the Department of Nursing. These individuals presented informative reports on their areas of responsibilities, indicating that the School of Nursing and Health Sciences is having a major impact on health care needs in the western region of the state and that a substantial number of the graduates are staying in this region.
EXECUTIVE SESSION Open Meeting Act
Chairman Glenn declared that the Board would go into Executive Session following a short recess.
With no other business to be transacted, the meeting was adjourned at 12:45 p.m. Lunch followed in Brown Cafeteria.
James H. Glenn, Chairman
Avis Phillips, Secretary