Approved Minutes for this Meeting (MS Word Format) 

Summary of Actions / Discussions

The James Madison University Board of Visitors met Friday, January 18, 2013, in the Board Room of Madison’s Festival  Conference and Student Center.

Following is a summary of actions taken by the board and key areas of discussion at the board meeting:

Approved the September 28, 2012 BOV meeting minutes;

  • Approved committee reports from Athletics, Audit, Development, Education & Student Life, and Finance & Physical Development;
  • Received the President’s Report presented by Mr. Jonathan Alger;
  • Received a Strategic Planning Update presented by:
    • Dr. Mark Warner, Senior Vice President for Student Affairs & University Planning
    • Dr. Brian Charette, Associate Vice President for University Planning;
  • Received a presentation on Disruptive Technologies:  Curriculum Delivery presented by:
    • Dr. Jerry Benson, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
    • Dr. Teresa Gonzalez, Vice Provost
    • Ms. Sarah Cheverton, Director, Center for Instructional Technology
    • Dr. Carol Hurney, Director for Faculty Innovation;
  • Received a presentation on Proposed Summer 2013 Tuition and Fees presented by:
    • Mr. Charles King, Senior Vice President for Administration & Finance;
  • Received the Governor’s 2013-14 Budget Update presented by:
    • Mr. Charles King, Senior Vice President for Administration & Finance;
  • Received a Presidential Inauguration Update, presented by:
    • Mr. Joseph Funkhouser, JMU BOV Rector
  • Actions taken following Closed Session:
    • Mr. Nick Langridge has been named vice president for University Advancement
    • Approved the purchase of real property at 45 East Fairview Avenue for $345,000

Was told by President Jonathan Alger:

 -       Listening Tour Update:

  • Dozens of meetings on and off campus, including all the colleges and other academic and administrative units, student leaders and organizations, Parents Council, academic advisory groups, faculty emeriti, etc.
  • Visits all around VA, CA (Bay area), Charlotte, Dallas, Philadelphia
  • Special thanks to hosts at home events (Hollands, Roberts, Leeolous, Smiths)
  • Hundreds of comments, shared with Madison Future Commission (strategic planning process)
  • More meetings are planned for this spring (DC, Baltimore, Hampton Roads, Charlottesville, Tampa, NYC)
  • Feedback from each event is shared on the website (see http://www.jmu.edu/whymadison/ )
  • The university is reviewing and organizing the feedback, and some key themes are consistent (e.g., importance of faculty-student interaction; public service/civic engagement; continued growth of national reputation; need for more private funding; need for competitive faculty compensation and support)
  • The Listening Tour events are helping us set strategic planning and fundraising priorities;

-       Task Forces at Work

  • Madison Future Commission (strategic planning)
  • Faculty and staff compensation
  • Diversity (faculty, staff, and student issues)
  • Support of junior faculty;

-       Ongoing Academic Leadership Searches

  • College of Business Dean
  • Next year:  Deans for newly configured colleges (Health and Behavioral Studies; Integrated Science and Engineering)
  • Vice Provost for Research;

-       Institutional Accreditation

  • SACSCOC 10-year review site visit is coming in April 2013
  • Preliminary report has been received and reviewed internally
  • At December meeting in Dallas, JMU was featured prominently (and recognized for its strength in assessment)
  • Site visit will focus on the Quality Enhancement Plan – Madison Collaborative:  Ethical Reasoning in Action
  • BOV members may be called upon for interviews;

-       December 2012 Commencement

  • Degrees conferred on 648 undergraduates, 127 master’s, 3 educational specialist and 4 doctoral students
  • Featured speaker was Justin Constantine (Class of ’92, Iraq War veteran);

-       General Assembly

  • 2013 General Assembly Session began on January 9 (a full report was presented by Mr. Charles King, Senior Vice President for Administration & Finance);

-       Admissions/Enrollment Outlook

  • Early Action applications continue to go up – up by 23 percent over last year
  • Hurricane Sandy is a factor in the increase as we extended the deadline for those affected, and we believe prospective students took us up on the extension
  • There is a trend for out-of-state applicants to apply early rather than regular decision (other universities have seen this as well, probably due to the non-binding nature)
  • Steady increase in the academic quality in early applications;

-       Momentum in Fundraising

  • Increases in Annual Giving, Individual Major Gifts, and Organizational Gifts with additional various gift conversations underway
  • Templeton Foundation gift – Project Title:  Test of Rational Thinking (Dr. Robin Anderson and Dr. Richard West, graduate psychology)
  • Other significant gifts to academics and athletics;

-       JMU Recognitions

  • Top Fulbright ‘Producer’:  Two Fulbright professors in 2012-13 (Dr. Anthony Tongen, mathematics and statistics; Dr. Sang Yoon, art, design and art history)
  • National leader in Study Abroad (second nationally among similar institutions)
  • Debate Team (ranked #3 and #5 out of 127 schools in the category)
  • Best Values in Public Colleges for 2013 (#20)
  • One of 5 regional universities in the South that operate most efficiently (US News & World Report);

-       JMU’s Relay for Life

  • Won national and regional awards:
    • South Atlantic Division Awards
      • #1 Top Fundraising Relay Team:  Duke Royale (Relay Exec) -- $46,452
      • Marketing Award (best use of social media and our website to promote our events, meetings, and fundraisers):  Relay for Life of JMU
      • #3 Top Individual Fundraiser Award:  Tina Magee -- $10,800
      • National Relay for Life Awards
      • #1 Nationwide Collegiate Per Capita Award (15,000-24,999 students) -- $13.04
      • Nationwide Youth Team of Excellence Award:  Duke Royale (Relay Exec) -- $46,452 (average of $1,601 per team member).

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