Board of Visitors Meeting, March
Summary of Actions/Discussions
The James Madison University Board of Visitors held its
regular quarterly meeting on March 26, 1999, in Room 102 of the
University Services Building at JMU. Following is a summary of
actions taken by the board and of key areas of discussion at the
board meeting and committee meetings:
- Dr. Mark J. Warner, vice president for student affairs,
reported that the university's new parental notification plan
on alcohol and drug violations went into effect March 15. Under the
new regulations, parents of students are notified if their under-21
child: 1) is found guilty of one major, or two minor, violations on
campus, or 2) is charged with one major, or two minor, violations
- Dr. Warner also announced that JMU had received a national
honor by winning the "1998 Alternative Break Program
Award." This is the highest national honor for programs of
this type. The JMU program places students in volunteer programs
throughout the country during spring break.
- Charles W. King Jr., vice president for administration and
finance, reported on the 1999 General Assembly actions. Mr.
King said that public higher education received $71.3 million
dollars in new General Fund support in four areas: operating,
financial aid, maintenance reserve, and capital outlay. JMU
received additional funds for a 20 percent tuition reduction for
in-state students of $3,929,513; enrollment growth funds of
$1,991,586 in general funds and $1,684,234 in non-general funds;
operation and maintenance funds of $260,000; and financial aid of
$556,776. The university also received additional funds in capital
outlay for maintenance reserve of $306,637, planning funds for the
third academic facility for CISAT of $800,000, and renovations to
Warren Hall of $1,500,000.
- King presented the recommended 1999-2000 tuition and fees.
Tuition for Virginia students will decrease from $1,940 to $1,550
($390) or 20.1 percent in accordance with a state mandate to lower
tuition by at least 20 percent. The state mandate only affects
tuition and not mandatory fees. The comprehensive fee will increase
$66 and room and board fees will increase by $174. Out-of-state
tuition will increase by $210, or 3.1 percent, from $6,806 to
$7,016. Graduate tuition will increase by $1 to $135 per credit
hour for in-state students and $11 to $415 per credit hour for
non-Virginia students. Graduate distance learning courses will
carry a charge of $454 per credit hour. The board approved tuition
and fees as presented. [ See News
- The board met in closed session for approximately one hour to
discuss personnel matters, legal matters, and honorary degrees or
- Following the closed session, the board approved routine
personnel actions regarding hiring, resignations, awarding of
tenure, salary adjustments and status changes of various faculty
- The board interviewed three finalists for the position of
student representative to the Board of Visitors for 1999-2000 and
elected Emily Sue Couch.
- Rector Henry Harrell announced that the next Board meeting has
been rescheduled from June 4 to June 18.
- A motion was considered to have the 2000-2001 Student
Government Association president serve as the student board member
instead of using the current student board selection process. The
motion failed by a 6-3 vote.