Board of Visitors Summary of Actions and Discussions

by Bill Wyatt


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The James Madison University Board of Visitors met Friday, January 18, 2013, in the Board Room of Madison’s Festival Conference and Student Center.

Following is a summary of actions taken by the board and key areas of discussion at the board meeting:

  • Approved the September 28, 2012 BOV meeting minutes;
  • Approved committee reports from Athletics, Audit, Development, Education & Student Life, and Finance & Physical Development;
  • Received the President’s Report presented by Mr. Jonathan Alger;
  • Received a Strategic Planning Update presented by:
    • Dr. Mark Warner, Senior Vice President for Student Affairs & University Planning
    • Dr. Brian Charette, Associate Vice President for University Planning;
  • Received a presentation on Disruptive Technologies:  Curriculum Delivery presented by:
    • Dr. Jerry Benson, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
    • Dr. Teresa Gonzalez, Vice Provost
    • Ms. Sarah Cheverton, Director, Center for Instructional Technology
    • Dr. Carol Hurney, Director of the Center for Faculty Innovation;
  • Received a presentation on Proposed Summer 2013 Tuition and Fees presented by:
    • Mr. Charles King, Senior Vice President for Administration & Finance;
  • Received the Governor’s 2013-14 Budget Update presented by:
    • Mr. Charles King, Senior Vice President for Administration & Finance;
  • Received a Presidential Inauguration Update, presented by:
    • Mr. Joseph Funkhouser, JMU BOV Rector
  • Actions taken following Closed Session:
    • Mr. Nick Langridge has been named vice president of University Advancement
    • Approved the purchase of real property at 45 East Fairview Avenue for $345,000.

Was told by President Jonathan Alger:

  • Listening Tour Update:
    • Dozens of meetings on and off campus, including all the colleges and other academic and administrative units, student leaders and organizations, Parents Council, academic advisory groups, faculty emeriti, etc.
    • Visits all around VA, CA (Bay area), Charlotte, Dallas, Philadelphia
    • Special thanks to hosts at home events (Hollands, Roberts, Leeolous, Smiths)
    • Hundreds of comments, shared with Madison Future Commission (strategic planning process)
    • More meetings are planned for this spring (DC, Baltimore, Hampton Roads, Charlottesville, Tampa, NYC)
    • Feedback from each event is shared on the website (see )
    • The university is reviewing and organizing the feedback, and some key themes are consistent (e.g., importance of faculty-student interaction; public service/civic engagement; continued growth of national reputation; need for more private funding; need for competitive faculty compensation and support)
    • The Listening Tour events are helping us set strategic planning and fundraising priorities;
  • Task Forces at Work
    • Madison Future Commission (strategic planning)
    • Faculty and staff compensation
    • Diversity (faculty, staff, and student issues)
    • Support of junior faculty;
  • Ongoing Academic Leadership Searches
    • College of Business Dean
    • Next year:  Deans for newly configured colleges (Health and Behavioral Studies; Integrated Science and Engineering)
    • Vice Provost for Research;
  • Institutional Accreditation
    • SACSCOC 10-year review site visit is coming in April 2013
    • Preliminary report has been received and reviewed internally
    • At December meeting in Dallas, JMU was featured prominently (and recognized for its strength in assessment)
    • Site visit will focus on the Quality Enhancement Plan – Madison Collaborative:  Ethical Reasoning in Action
    • BOV members may be called upon for interviews;
  • December 2012 Commencement
    • Degrees conferred on 648 undergraduates, 127 master’s, 3 educational specialist and 4 doctoral students
    • Featured speaker was Justin Constantine (Class of ’92, Iraq War veteran);
  • General Assembly
    • 2013 General Assembly Session began on January 9 (a full report was presented by Mr. Charles King, Senior Vice President for Administration & Finance);
  • Admissions/Enrollment Outlook
    • Early Action applications continue to go up – up by 23 percent over last year
    • There is a trend for out-of-state applicants to apply early rather than regular decision (other universities have seen this as well, probably due to the non-binding nature)
    • Steady increase in the academic quality in early applications;
  • Momentum in Fundraising
    • Increases in Annual Giving, Individual Major Gifts, and Organizational Gifts with additional various gift conversations underway
    • Templeton Foundation gift – Project Title:  Test of Rational Thinking (Dr. Robin Anderson and Dr. Richard West, graduate psychology)
    • Other significant gifts to academics and athletics;
  • JMU Recognitions
    • Top Fulbright ‘Producer’:  Two Fulbright professors in 2012-13 (Dr. Anthony Tongen, mathematics and statistics; Dr. Sang Yoon, art, design and art history)
    • National leader in Study Abroad (second nationally among similar institutions)
    • Debate Team (ranked #3 and #5 out of 127 schools in the category)
    • Best Values in Public Colleges for 2013 (#20)
    • One of 5 regional universities in the South that operate most efficiently (US News & World Report);
  • JMU’s Relay for Life
    • Won national and regional awards:
    • South Atlantic Division Awards
      • #1 Top Fundraising Relay Team:  Duke Royale (Relay Exec) -- $46,452
      • Marketing Award (best use of social media and our website to promote our events, meetings, and fundraisers):  Relay for Life of JMU
      • #3 Top Individual Fundraiser Award:  Tina Magee -- $10,800
    • National Relay for Life Awards
      • #1 Nationwide Collegiate Per Capita Award (15,000-24,999 students) -- $13.04
      • Nationwide Youth Team of Excellence Award:  Duke Royale (Relay Exec) -- $46,452 (average of $1,601 per team member).

Published: Friday, January 18, 2013

Last Updated: Thursday, October 20, 2016

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