Board of Visitors Meeting, Jan. 11,
Summary of Actions/Discussions
The James Madison University Board of Visitors met Friday,
January 11, 2002, in the Board Room of JMU's Chandler Hall.
Following is a summary of actions taken by the board and key areas
of discussion at the board meeting:
- The board asked the General Assembly to keep any reductions to
JMU's budget in the 2002-04 biennium to a minimum. A proposal
by Gov. Jim Gilmore calls for a 6 percent reduction in the
university's budget in the coming biennium. That cut would
amount to $7.9 million. The board pointed out that a General
Assembly study showed that JMU is already the most under-funded
college in the state, with a $26-$28 million budget deficiency.
With that existing deficit, "the university cannot absorb a
significant general fund budget decrease without severely impacting
the mission of the university," the board action said.
- JMU President Linwood H. Rose and Vice President for
Administration and Finance Charles W. King Jr. both discussed a
capital outlay proposal of Sen. John H. Chichester and Del. Vincent
F. Callahan. The two legislators proposed $1.2 billion in
construction projects at Virginia colleges over the next seven
years. JMU would receive $126.3 million under the proposal, the
largest of any college or university in Virginia. Part of the
projects would be funded directly and part would be subject to
approval by voters in a bond referendum. Construction projects at
JMU that would be funded include the following:
- Center for the Arts, $29.8 million
- Chemistry-physics building east of Interstate 81, $24.2
- Music Recital Hall, $22 million
- Library facility east of Interstate 81, $19.8 million
- Miller Hall renovations, $13.9 million
- Harrison Hall and Annex renovations, $9.7 million
- Steam infrastructure improvements, $4 million
- Handicapped accessibility projects, $1.8 million
- Sewer repair and upgrade project, $1.1 million
- Phyllis Palmiero, executive director of the State Council of
Higher Education for Virginia, gave the board a summary of
SCHEV's activities concerning the needs of higher
- President Rose introduced four JMU faculty members who have
recently written scholarly works: Dr. Roger Allan Hall, professor
of theater; Dr. Karen E. Santos, associate professor of special
education; Dr. J. Barclay Rosser Jr., professor of economics; and
Dr. Ronald G. Kander, professor and department head of integrated
science and technology.
- Among other items Rose told the board in his President's
- A Ph.D. program in communications sciences and disorders at JMU
has been approved by SCHEV. That will be JMU's first Ph.D.
program. The university current offers a Psy. D. (doctor of
psychology) with two areas of concentration.
- The JMU marching band, the Marching Royal Dukes, appeared in
the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York and will take
part in Gov. Mark Warner's inaugural parade.