REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
CONFERENCE ROOM, BIRD ADMINISTRATION BUILDING SEPTEMBER 16, 1976
The Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University met in regular session on September 16, 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. Hennessee, Mr. Ledford, Mr. Mallonee, Mrs. Owen, and Mr. Teague. Others present were Chancellor Robinson; Vice Chancellors Dillard, Dooley, Stillion, and Stoltz; Mrs. Jakes, Assistant to the Chancellor; Dr. Pickering, Faculty Representative to the Board; Mr. Creech, Director of Academic Services; Dean Hyatt, Chairman, Space Allocation Committee; Mr. MacDonell, Director of Financial Services; Mr. Ramsey, Assistant to the Chancellor for WCU Programs in Asheville; Mr. Scott, University Attorney; Mr. Slater, Assistant Director of Public Information; Mr. Wood, Director of Institutional Studies and Planning; and Mrs. Shuler, Secretary to the Chancellor.
Chairman Glenn presided over the meeting.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF JUNE 3, 1976, MEETING
Chairman Glenn reported that copies of the minutes of the meeting held on June 3, 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.
ELECTION OF BOARD OFFICERS
The Code of The University of North Carolina provides that Board officers will be elected at the first meeting following July 1 each year. Upon proper motion duly seconded and carried by acclamation, the incumbent officers were elected to another term. These officers are: Mr. Glenn, Chairman; Mr. Hennessee, Vice Chairman; Mrs. Owen, Secretary.
REPORT OF THE BUILDING COMMITTEE
1. Ratification of Telephone Polls
A. Easement for Placing Telephone Lines Underground
The Board members had been contacted by telephone regarding an easement to the telephone company for placing the utility lines underground. Upon proper motion duly seconded and unanimously carried, the telephone poll was ratified.
B. Appointment of Architect on Glassblowing Facility
The Board members also had been contacted by telephone regarding the appointment of Foy and Lee Associates, Waynesville, North Carolina, as the architect for the glassblowing facility at Belk Building.
Upon proper motion duly seconded and unanimously carried, the telephone poll was ratified.
2. Easement on Sewerage System
Mr. Scott presented plats showing a proposed easement to Jackson County in order that the installation of a sewerage system might be completed. Following discussion and upon proper motion duly seconded and carried, the easement was granted. (The plats are on file with minutes material.)
3. Approval of Plans and Specifications for Renovation of Moore Hall
Dean Hyatt discussed with the Trustees the plans for the renovation of Moore Hall. Following discussion and upon proper motion duly seconded and carried, the plans and specifications were approved. After further discussion, the name of the building was changed to "Moore Building" instead of "Moore Hall."
Mr. Creech gave a report on fall enrollment, indicating approximately 2,000 new students registered and an anticipated total head count of 6600 students. Of this total head count, 5400 will be on the Cullowhee campus and 1200 at WCU-Asheville and other off-campus locations. Included in this number are students from 88 counties in North Carolina, 27 other states, and eight foreign countries.
Mr. Creech also informed the Trustees about the provisional student program under which students scoring less than 350 on the SAT and from the bottom half of their high school classes are enrolled during the summer session to see if they can do satisfactory college-level work. Of the 250 in the program during the past summer, 170 performed satisfactorily. Approximately 75 students will continue in this provisional program during the fall.
Mr. Creech further reported that the residence halls are almost filled to capacity (3200 students), an increase of 300 over last year. A significant number of this increase is composed of upper-class students.
The Trustees were given a copy of the special issue of The Western Carolinian, and Dr. Robinson commented on several other publications: the Admissions brochure, "A Beautiful Way to Get an Education"; the Residence Hall Handbook; the Faculty Handbook; the new tenure and promotion document to be presented to the Faculty Senate at its September meeting; the new engagement calendar; and the Jamaica report.
3. Budget Submissions
Mr. Dillard summarized for the Trustees the items contained in the change budget and the capital improvements request. There was a general discussion of WCU's position as compared to that of other institutions within the University System. An announcement was made that Mr. Frank Brown will again work with the Legislature.
4. New Administration Building
Mr. Wood reported on the progress of the plans for the new Administration Building-Mountain Heritage Center, and the suggestion was made that a "mock-up" of the building be developed.
Chancellor Robinson announced that the Advisory Budget Commission would visit the campus on September 30 and invited Trustees to be present if at all possible. He also announced that Mountain Heritage Day would be held on October 16.
EXECUTIVE SESSION Open Meeting Act
The Board, following a short recess, went into Executive Session.
With no further business to be transacted, the Trustees were taken on a tour of the campus and then to lunch at Brown Cafeteria.
James H. Glenn, Chairman
Helen B. Owen, Secretary