REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
Conference Room of Bird Administration Building May 27, 1971
The Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University met in regular session at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 27, 1971, in the Conference Room of Bird Administration Building. The following members were present:
Wallace N. Hyde, Chairman
Thomas L. Mallonee, Vice-Chairman
Jack E. Abbott
F. Carl Harman
W. Harold Mitchell
Others present were:
Alex S. Pow
Taft B. Botner
Frank H. Brown, Jr.
W. Douglas Davis
J. Gerald Eller
Jim T. Hamilton
James E. Kirkpatrick
Herbert F. Reinhard
William E. Scott
Ruth C. Shuler
John W. Slater
W. Newton Turner
Dr. Hyde called the meeting to order. The roll call indicated the absence of four members of the Board: Senator Clyde Norton, serving in the Legislature in Raleigh; Dr. Charles 0. Van Gorder, who was detained by medical duties; Mr. Boyce Whitmire, who was ill; and Mr. E. J. Whitmire, in Raleigh for a meeting of the State Board of Higher Education. The motion to excuse these absences was made by Mr. Abbott, seconded by Mr. Walsh, and passed unanimously.
Dr. Hyde asked Dr. Pow to introduce the new member of the Board, the President of the Student Body. Dr. Pow first presented David Huskins, President of the Student Body at the time the legislation making the Student Body President a member was passed, and then introduced Gregory Lockamy, the incumbent President of the Student Body.
Draft minutes of the meeting of the Board of Trustees on March 18, 1971, had been mailed to members of the Board. Dr. Hyde asked for corrections or changes to the minutes. Two corrections were made: Phase B of the Bell contract is for $7,000 rather than $6,000 as stated in the draft minutes; the effective date of residence hall rental rates and institution of damage deposit will be Fill Quarter, 1971. Mr. Harman moved that the minutes be corrected to reflect these changes, Mr. Abbott seconded the motion, and the Board's vote was unanimous.
Dr. Pow endorsed the proposed new Student Government Association constitution (Exhibit #1 on file in the President's Office) and asked Dr. Reinhard to comment in greater detail. After remarks by Dr. Reinhard, Mr. Huskins, Mr. Lockamy, Dr. Davis, and Mr. Scott, a motion was made by Mr. Abbott that the constitution be approved to take effect immediately. Upon a second by Mr. Mitchell, the vote of the Board was unanimous. At the same time the following resolution was adopted by the Board:
It has come to the attention of the Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University that the officers of the Student Government Association, Student Senate, and by referendum, the Student Body, together with the approval of the proper officials of the administration, have adopted a new Student Government Constitution to be effective upon approval by this Board.
Now, therefore, BE IT RESOLVED that the Constitution of the Student Government Association herein referred to is hereby adopted and shall be in full force and effect beginning immediately and until rescinded, modified, changed or altered by this Board.
It is further resolved that all prior constitutions and by-laws of the Student Government Association are hereby void and declared to be of no effect except, however, that portion relating to the Student-Faculty Judiciary Committee set forth in the Student Handbook of 1970-71 is hereby retained and continued in full force and effect until further modified, altered, changed or amended by this Board.
Dr. Turner presented a list of new faculty appointments for the Board's approval (Exhibit #2 on file in the President's Office). On motion for approval by Mr. Mallonee, with a second by Mr. Harman, the vote of the Board was unanimous.
Dr. Pow presented a proposal for a B. S. Degree program in Social Welfare (Exhibit #3 on file in the President's Office), and Mr. Walsh as Chairman of the Instruction Committee recommended approval. Mr. Jordan's motion to approve the proposal was seconded by Mr. Abbott and passed by the Board.
On a motion by Mr. Jordan, seconded by Mr. Harman, the Board approved the 1971 Undergraduate catalogue (Exhibit #4 on file in the President's Office.)
Mr. Kirkpatrick presented resolution authorizing issuance of $442,000 Housing Revenue Bonds of 1971 to construct 19 faculty apartments, requesting Advisory Budget Commission approval of the issuance of bonds, and permitting the Business Manager to advertise for public sale of the bonds. Upon a motion by Mr. Harman, seconded by Mr. Hyde, the following resolutions were adopted:
WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University desires to adopt a bond resolution authorizing the initial issuance of $442,000 the Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University Housing System Revenue Bonds, Series A, dated May 1, 1971, and the Board of Trustees has caused to be prepared a bond resolution authorizing such bonds; NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University as follows:
The Bond resolution entitled "Resolution Authorizing the Issuance of Faculty Housing Revenue Bonds of 1971 of the Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University" is hereby adopted.
WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University has heretofore adopted a resolution entitled "Resolution Authorizing the Issuance of Faculty Housing Revenue Bonds of 1971 of the Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University" and
WHEREAS, the issuance of the bonds thereby authorized must be approved by the Advisory Budget Commission of the State of North Carolina, and
WHEREAS, the Project to be constructed from the proceeds of said Bonds must be approved by said State Advisory Budget Commission; NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University as follows:
(1) The Advisory Budget Commission of the State of North Carolina is hereby requested to give its approval to the provisions of said resolution and to the issuance of the $442,000 Bonds thereby initially authorized and the Secretary of the Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University is hereby directed to submit a certified copy of said resolution to said Advisory Budget Commission for its consideration.
(2) The Advisory Budget Commission of the State of North Carolina is hereby requested to give its approval to the Project to be constructed from the bonds authorized by said resolution consisting of nineteen apartments to provide housing for members of the faculty of the University, and the Secretary of the Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University is hereby directed to submit a certified description of said Project to said Advisory Budget Commission.
WHEREAS, the Debt Service Grant Program of the United States of America, Department of Housing and Urban Development, requires that bonds, the payment of which will be assisted by the Debt Service Grant, shall be sold at public sale and the Board of Trustees wishes to provide for the public sale of such bonds for the purpose of securing such Debt Service Grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development; NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University that sealed bids for the purchase of its $442,000 The Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University Housing System Revenue Bonds, Series A, dated May 1, 1971, shall be received by the Business Manager at his office in Cullowhee, North Carolina, at a time to be set by the Business Manager with the approval of the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and that the Business Manager be and he hereby is authorized to publish in the Daily Bond Buyer, a financial newspaper published in the City of New York, State of New York, a notice of the sale of such bonds in such form as shall comply with the conditions prescribed by said Debt Service Grant Program of the United States of America and by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees is hereby authorized to award the bonds to the successful bidder therefore in accordance with the terms of the notice of sale.
Next Mr. Kirkpatrick presented the need for acquisition of rights of -way for the proposed sewage disposal plant outfall lines. Mr. Mallonee made a motion that the following resolution be adopted, Mr. Walsh seconded the motion, and the Board's vote was unanimous.
WHEREAS, Western Carolina University was authorized by the 1969 General Assembly to construct a new sewage treatment facility located on the main campus; and
WHEREAS, on February 18, 1971, the Advisory Budget Commission approved a request to relocate the sewage treatment plant from its original planned located to a new selected location as a distance from the main campus and to accept a Federal grant under Public Law 660 to accomplish this relocation,; and
WHEREAS, in order to construct the sewage treatment plant at the new location, it will be necessary for outfall lines to cross property owned by various other persons,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the administration of the University is authorized to secure the necessary rights-of -way to permit said construction.
Dr. Pow recommended payment of $1,500 to Richard C. Bell and Associates for work performed in connection with the rhododendron garden, the proposed stadium location, and at the request of the State Highway Commission, this sum to compensate for services beyond Phases A and B of Mr. Bell's contract. He stated that he was joined in this recommendation by Trustee E. J. Whitmire. On a motion by Mr. Jordan to authorize the payment, seconded by Mr. Abbott, the vote of the Board was unanimous.
Mr. Brown reported on legislation now pending in the General Assembly concerning Western Carolina University. Senator Norton has introduced Senate Bill 584 to permit the construction of the post office-office bank building; Senator Killian has introduced Senate Bill 591 to establish fees for traffic violations which may be collected by the University; Senator Norton will introduce a bill relating to funds for the proposed stadium. Mr. Brown stated that various persons in Raleigh are hopeful that the recommendations of the "A", "B", and "C" budgets can be held intact, although additional funds will be hard to come by.
Dr. Pow presented for approval the By-Laws of The Development Foundation of Western Carolina University, Inc. (Exhibit #5 on file in the President's Office). Mr. Scott stated that the charter and the By-Laws would need to be amended to reflect thirteen members of the Board of Trustees, but that this could be done at the next meeting. Upon a motion by Mr. Harman, seconded by Mr. Jordan, the Board voted to approve the By-Laws.
Dr. Pow reported on the meeting of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges which he attended in Cincinnati.
Upon a motion by Mr. Mallonee, seconded by Mr. Mitchell, the Board approved the list of candidates for degrees and certificates to be awarded on June 6, 1971, provided these candidates complete requirements for graduation (Exhibit #6 on file in the President's Office. )
Dr. Turner presented four names to be considered for the designation of Professor Emeritus: Dr. Agnes Stout, Mrs. Annie K. Hoyle, Professor Joseph U. Crum, and Professor F. T. Siewert. Mr. Mallonee made a motion that the title Professor Emeritus be conferred on each of these persons. Mr. Walsh seconded the motion and the vote of the Board was unanimous.
Dr. Pow presented a proposal for a B. S. Degree program in Recreation Leadership (Exhibit #7 on file in the President's Office). Mr. Walsh as Chairman of the Instruction Committee recommended approval. The motion for approval was made by Mr. Jordan, seconded by Mr. Mitchell, and passed by the Board.
Dr. Hyde reported on the deliberations of the Warren Commission appointed by Governor Bob Scott to study higher education in North Carolina. He summarized the reports to the Governor concerning the restructuring of the sixteen public institutions and creation of a Board of Regents, replacing the State Board of Higher Education and the Consolidated University Board of Trustees (the majority plan), and giving the State Board of Higher Education more authority over all higher education, but leaving the Consolidated University intact (the minority plan). Under the second plan, existing institution boards would be retained; and under the first plan, each unit of the present Consolidated University would have a separate board. After discussion of how the plans would affect Western Carolina University in particular and higher education in North Carolina in general, Mr. Abbott made a motion that the Board go on record as endorsing the Warren Commission's majority report with the Governor's two modifications (reduce the size of the Board of Regents from 100 to 47 members; make the effective date October 1 instead of July 11, 1971). Mr. Walsh seconded the motion, and the vote of the Board was unanimous.
At this point the Board went into executive session.Open Meeting Act
Dr. Hyde declared the meeting adjourned. The Board met for lunch in Brown Cafeteria, and during this session heard a report on the academic progress of the School of Arts and Sciences, presented by Dean J. G. Eller.
Wallace N. Hyde, Chairman
Alex S. Pow, Secretary