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Board of Visitors Summary of Actions and Discussions

June 6, 2014

The James Madison University Board of Visitors met on Friday, June 6, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the JMU Festival Conference and Student Center.

The following is a summary of key areas of discussion at the board meeting:

  • Received the president’s report from Mr. Jonathan Alger during which the board was told:
    • U.S. House Historian Matt Wasniewski was the featured speaker at the May commencement exercises;
    • Admissions yield continues to be strong for the fall 2014 semester;
    • Governor Terry McAuliffe attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Ice House facility downtown;
    • JMU has been included in the Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition;
    • The university has earned a silver level Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award for the East Campus Hillside Naturalization Project;
    • A team of JMU students finished second in the wind turbine category at the College Wind Competition sponsored by the Department of Energy;
    • JMU hosted American Wind Energy Association’s State Wind Energy Forum;
    • JMU will host a meeting of the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia on September 15-16, 2014; and
    • Many renovations and improvements are ongoing on campus.

The Board of Visitors took the following actions:

  • Approved the minutes of the April 11, 2014 meeting;
  • Approved revisions to the faculty handbook;
  • Approved the creation of an independent scholars major;
  • Approved a utility easement near the former WVPT building on Port Republic Road;
  • Approved tuition and fees for the 2014 – 2015 academic year:
2013-14 2014-15 $ Change
Virginia Student
Tuition & Fees $5,104 $5,406 $302
Comprehensive Fee $4,072 $4,256 $184
TOTAL COMMUTER COST $9,176 $9,662 $486
Room & Board $8,519 $8,828 $309
TOTAL ON-CAMPUS COST $17,695 $18,490 $795

  

2013-14 2014-15 $ Change
Non-Virginia Student
Tuition & Fees $19,582 $20,266 $684
Comprehensive Fee $4,072 $4,256 $184
TOTAL COMMUTER COST $23,654 $24,522 $868
Room & Board $8,519 $8,828 $309
TOTAL ON-CAMPUS COST $32,173 $33,350 $1,177

  

2013-14 2014-15 $ Change
Graduate (per credit hour)
Virginia $410 $434 $24
Non-Virginia $1,095 $1,135 $40
      
  • Approved the 2014-2015 budget:
2013-14 2014-15 $ Change % Change
Education & General 257.9 275.2 17.3 6.7%
Auxiliary Enterprises 169.9 177.1 7.2 4.2%
Financial Aid 12.1 13.2 1.1 9.1%

Sponsored Programs

36.9 36.9 - 0.0%
Total Operating* $476.8 $502.4 $25.6 5.4%

*Excludes ETF

  • Elected board officers for the 2014 – 2015 term. Mr. Mike Thomas has been elected to serve as rector and Ms. Carly Fiorina has been elected to serve as the board’s vice-rector. Ms. Donna Harper, vice president for Access and Enrollment Management, will serve as secretary.
  • Approved the following real estate purchases:
    • 2868 South Main Street for $4.3 million.







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