Board of Visitors Meeting, Jan. 12,
Summary of Actions/Discussions
The James Madison University Board of Visitors met at 1 p.m. on
Friday, January 12, 2001, CFW Room of the Integrated Science and
Technology/Computer Science Building. Following is a summary of
actions taken by the board and key areas of discussion at the board
- The board announced that it expected the JMU administration to
make a recommendation to the board's Athletics Committee
concerning the university's intercollegiate athletic program by
March 1. After the recommendation is made, the Athletics Committee
will hold a public meeting prior to the March 23 full board
meeting. If the administration's recommendation to the
committee proposes that a particular sports program be eliminated,
or severely curtailed, the committee will hear presentations from
representations of that sport. The announcement followed a two-hour
closed session to discuss the JMU athletic program. A series of
recommendations have been made concerning the athletic program by
the Centennial Sports Committee. The administration has not yet
made any type of recommendation to the board. The board met with
representatives from the Attorney General's Office to discuss
legal ramifications of Title IX of the Education Amendments Act as
they apply to intercollegiate athletics.
- President Linwood H. Rose reported to the board on the
- A JMU graduate, Cynthia Goshorn (Ed.S., '96), was named
School Psychologist of the Year.
- Tom Martin, men's soccer coach and Dave Rinker, women's
cross-country coach, were named Colonial Athletic Association
Coaches of the Year in their respective sports.
- The university received an "exceptional" rating from
the Commonwealth on a recent audit of the JMU Accounts Payable
- JMU is second in the nation among master's level
universities in the number of students taking part in studies
- The JMU Marching Royal Dukes will appear in President
Bush's Inaugural Parade.
- Relocation of the speech communication program from
- The addition of four new universities Hofstra University, the
University of Delaware, Drexel University and Towson University to
the Colonial Athletic Association.
- A summary of the "Measuring Up 2000" report which
graded state public higher education systems and ranked Virginia
15th in the nation with a "B" grade in
economic and civic benefits; preparation; completion rates; and
participation rates; and a "C" in affordability.
- A report on the General Assembly's Joint Subcommittee on
Higher Education Funding Policies, which concluded that JMU is the
most underfunded public college or university in Virginia.
JMU's current yearly budget for E&G programs is $116.2
million. The legislative committee said that JMU should have an
additional $24 million to $26 million per year.
- An announcement that JMU and Blue Ridge Community College have
executed a new articulation agreement.
- A report on SCHEV's new system-wide measures for
institutional effectiveness reports.
- An announcement that President Rose is one of 14 members named
to the National Advisory Committee to the James Madison
- The board agreed to ask the General Assembly for additional
funding that would include a $6.4 million increase in the
university's base operational funding, a salary increase for
faculty and a $27 million chemistry and physics building. Budget
amendments approved include:
- $764,843 to provide salary increases for faculty that would
average 3.3 percent. That percentage increase for JMU faculty was
recommended by the State Council of Higher Education.
- Funds to construct a new $27.3 million chemistry and physics
building. The new building would be the third in a series of
connected academic buildings on the JMU campus east of Interstate
81. JMU has already been allocated $1.25 million in planning money
for the building.
- $1.75 million for a facilities management building on the east
side of Interstate 81.
- $795,954 to restore operational cuts proposed by the
- $1 million for an increase in energy costs.
(Gov. Gilmore's proposed budget for JMU already includes $3.7
million for maintenance work on campus buildings and $8.6 million
in a proposed bond issue to renovate and expand Harrison Hall to
accommodate several communications programs in the Colleges of Arts
and Letters. Planning money for that building has already been
approved. The governor also asked the General Assembly to increase
financial aid at JMU by $485,657 and requested a 3.5 percent salary
increase for the university's non-teaching staff.)