Board of Visitors Meeting, April 18, 2003
Summary of Actions/Discussions
Approved minutes from this meeting (Microsoft Word format)
The James Madison University Board of Visitors met Friday, April
18, 2003, in the Board Room of JMU's College Center. Following is a
summary of actions taken by the board and key areas of discussion
at the board meeting:
- Set the 2003-2004 costs to attend JMU for an on-campus Virginia
student at $10,794. That figure includes tuition, fees and room and
board. For a Virginia commuter student, the cost will be $5,058 a
year. The cost for out-of-state commuter and residential students
will be $13,280 and $19,016, respectively. Per credit hour costs
for graduate students will be $201 for Virginians and $605 for
- Increased financial increments awarded to faculty members when
they are promoted or awarded tenure. The amounts going to faculty
promoted to associate professor increase from $1,750 to $3,500. The
amounts going to faculty promoted to full professor increase from
$2,500 to $5,000. Faculty who receive tenure but are not promoted
at the same time will receive $3,500 increments. None had been
awarded before. The changes are effective immediately.
- Approved construction of a new athletic performance center. The
$9.8 million center will be located in the south end of Bridgeforth
Stadium. Construction is expected to begin in July and be completed
by July, 2005. Private and university funds will be used in the
project, but no tax money. JMU President Linwood H. Rose said that
the goal for private funds, $7 million, has been reached. He
announced that $2 million for the project had come from longtime
JMU supporters Robert E. and Frances W. Plecker of Harrisonburg.
The board agreed to Rose's request to name the center in their
honor. An additional $2 million for the project was donated by
former JMU Rector Zane Showker, who served on the board of visitors
from 1994 to 2002. A $1 million gift for the project came from the
Bridgeforth family of Winchester. The late William E. Bridgeforth
Jr. was a member of the JMU board from 1982 to 1990. JMU's Showker
Hall is named for Zane Showker and Bridgeforth Stadium is named for
the Bridgeforth family.
- Passed a resolution formally naming the new JMU theater and
dance building the Dorothy Thomasson Estes Center for Theatre and
Dance. Charles E. Estes had given the university $2.5 million
earlier this year in honor of his late wife, a member of the JMU
Class of 1945.
- Passed a resolution praising Kevin G. Miller, who is retiring
from the State Senate after serving more than 20 years in the
General Assembly. Miller is also a retired JMU faculty member.
- Approved re-designating the doctor of psychology in assessment
and measurement degree as a doctor of philosophy in assessment and
- Heard a report from President Rose that:
- The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia has approved
JMU's Master of Physician Assistant Studies program.
- JMU ranked fifth nationally among medium-sized universities in
the number of student serving in the Peace Corps. JMU has 41 alumni
in the Peace Corps.
- Some 300 JMU students took part in the alternative spring break
program, where they did volunteer work in a variety of locations
around the country and abroad.
- Approved a resolution requesting the Circuit Court to give JMU
police jurisdiction concurrently with the Harrisonburg Police
Department in certain areas near campus. The area covers
neighborhoods with a large number of JMU students. The City of
Harrisonburg must also approve the request.
- Voted to direct the JMU Health Center to discontinue dispensing
Emergency Contraceptive Pills (ECP). The pills currently are
available, with a prescription, to students for a $15 fee. The
majority of Virginia public colleges and universities make ECPs
available to students.