Board of Visitors Summary of Actions / Discussions

by Bill Wyatt


The James Madison University Board of Visitors met on Friday, January 16, 2015, in the Board Room of the Festival Conference and Student Center.

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

  • Approved the minutes of the September 26, 2014 full board meeting and the November 1, 2014 executive committee meeting;
  • Accepted committee reports from the Advancement, Athletics, Audit, Education & Student Life, and Finance & Physical Development committees;
  • Approved the creation of an executive leadership MBA program within the College of Business;
  • Approved tuition and fees for summer 2015:
Virginia Undergraduate $300 $312 $12
Non-Virginia Undergraduate $817 $845 $28
Virginia Graduate $411 $411 $0
Non-Virginia Graduate $1,085 $1,085 $0
Virginia Undergraduate $23 $23 $0
Non-Virginia Undergraduate $23 $23 $0
Virginia Graduate $23 $23 $0
Non-Virginia Graduate $23 $23 $0
Room $100 $100 $0
Board $107 $107 $0
  • Received a presentation on JMU’s Career and Academic Planning program by its director, Ms. Mary Morsch;
  • Received an update on the governor’s budget proposal to the General Assembly by Mr. Charles King, Senior Vice President for Administration & Finance.
  • Approved the purchase of real property at 40 East Fairview Avenue for $371,000.

During President Jonathan Alger’s report, the board was:

  • Told more than 800 students graduated at the December commencement in the Convocation Center where Secretary of the Commonwealth and JMU alumnus Levar Stoney was the featured speaker;
  • Updated on state and federal efforts to improve higher education costs and outcomes;
  • Updated on the Madison Vision tour events;
  • Briefed on the implementation of the new Engaged University Council;
  • Updated on the university’s efforts to combat sexual assault;
  • Briefed on the launch of the Valley Scholars program;
  • Shown a video of the Marching Royal Dukes participation and performance in Rome and at the Vatican;
  • Informed of the latest university achievements, rankings and recognitions.

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Jan. 16, 2015

Published: Friday, January 16, 2015

Last Updated: Thursday, October 20, 2016

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