Board of Visitors Meeting, June 8,
Summary of Actions/Discussions
The James Madison University Board of Visitors met Friday, June
8, 2001, 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:
- Approved an operating budget of $219.9 million for the
university in 2001-2002, a 4 percent increase over the current
year's $211.4 million budget. The majority of the budget
($121.2 million) will go toward education and general programs
those dealing with academics and student support. Another $82.3
million will go toward auxiliary enterprise services non-academic
functions such as housing and dining areas. The remainder of the
budget will go to financial aid ($4 million) and sponsored programs
- Approved a six-year capital outlay plan for the university. The
plan proposes a variety of new construction and renovation projects
in the next three biennia. Around $211.4 million in expenditures is
proposed for the 2002-2004 biennium, $156.8 for 2004-2006, and
$145.2 million for 2006-2008. Major facilities proposed for funding
in the first biennium are the third academic building in the CISAT
area, a $36.6 million center for the arts and a $22.8 million music
- Re-elected Zane D. Showker of Weyers Cave as rector (chairman)
of the board. Showker, chairman emeritus of HFP-Sysco in
Harrisonburg, was first elected rector last year. He has been on
the board since 1994. Paul J. Chiapparone of Dallas, Texas, was
re-elected vice rector. Chiapparone is executive vice president of
EDS, an electronic data systems corporation. He was rector of the
board from 1996 to 1998, was elected vice rector last year and has
been a board member since 1995. Dr. Barbara P. Castello, vice
president for university relations at JMU, was re-elected board
- Approved a new Faculty Handbook.
- Approved a revised law enforcement mutual aid agreement between
JMU, the City of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. A mutual aid
agreement between the police forces of the three jurisdictions has
been in place since 1994 but needed to be updated because of recent
changes in the law.
- Discussed, in a committee meeting Thursday night and at
Friday's board meeting, the funding and operation of The
Breeze, JMU's student newspaper. No action was taken. At
the March board meeting, one of the visitors had expressed concern
over the Turf, an insert that has appeared in several issues
of The Breeze.
- President Linwood H. Rose reported to the board on the
- JMU ranked 21st in the nation in the number of
students participating in the Peace Corps. There are 37 active
volunteers in the Peace Corps from JMU.
- Twenty-nine JMU students were invited to the National
Conference on Undergraduate Research in Lexington, Ky.
- The JMU marching band will be one of the few bands to take part
in the annual Macy's Parade on Thanksgiving Day.
- A $9 million Commonwealth Information Security Center to help
combat attacks on computer systems will be established at JMU.
- The new the parking deck will open in July. The Leeolou Alumni
Center and conference center will be completed in April, 2002.
- The four new members of the Colonial Athletic Association the
University of Delaware, Drexel University, Towson University and
Hofstra University will join the conference this coming academic
year, a year earlier than previously anticipated.