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Approved Minutes for this Meeting (MS Word Format)

Summary of Actions & Discussion

The James Madison University Board of Visitors met on Friday, June 6, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the JMU Festival Conference and Student Center.

The following is a summary of key areas of discussion at the board meeting:

  • Received the president’s report from Mr. Jonathan Alger during which the board was told:
    • U.S. House Historian Matt Wasniewski was the featured speaker at the May commencement exercises;
    • Admissions yield continues to be strong for the fall 2014 semester;
    • Governor Terry McAuliffe attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Ice House facility downtown;
    • JMU has been included in the Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition;
    • The university has earned a silver level Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award for the East Campus Hillside Naturalization Project;
    • A team of JMU students finished second at the College Wind Competition sponsored by the Department of Energy;
    • JMU hosted American Wind Energy Association’s State Wind Energy Forum;
    • JMU will host a meeting of the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia on September 15-16, 2014; and
    • Many renovations and improvements are ongoing on campus.

The Board of Visitors took the following actions: 

  • Approved the minutes of the April 11, 2014 meeting;
  • Approved revisions to the faculty handbook;
  • Approved the creation of an independent scholars major;
  • Approved a utility easement near the former WVPT building on Port Republic Road;
  • Approved tuition and fees for the 2013 – 2014 academic year:

2013 - 14

2014 - 15

$ Change

VIRGINIA STUDENT

Tuition & Fees

$5,104

$5,406

$302

Comprehensive Fee

$4,072

$4,256

$184

TOTAL COMMUTER COSTS

$9,176

$9,662

$486

Room & Board

$8,519

$8,828

$309

TOTAL ON-CAMPUS COSTS

$17,695

$18,490

$795

2013 - 14

2014 - 15

$ Change

NON-VIRGINIA STUDENT

Tuition & Fees

$19,582

$20,266

$684

Comprehensive Fee

$4,072

$4,256

$184

TOTAL COMMUTER COSTS

$23,654

$24,522

$868

Room & Board

$8,519

$8,828

$309

TOTAL ON-CAMPUS COSTS

$32,173

$33,350

$1,177

2013 - 14

2014 - 15

$ Change

GRADUATE (per credit hour)

Virginia

$410

$434

$24

Non-Virginia

$1,095

$1,135

$40

  • Approved the 2014-2015 budget:

2013-14

2014-15

$ Change

% Change

Education & General

257.9

275.2

17.3

6.7%

Auxiliary Enterprises

169.9

177.1

7.2

4.2%

Financial Aid

12.1

13.2

1.1

9.1%

Sponsored Programs

36.9

36.9

-

0.0%

Total Operating*

$476.8

$502.4

$25.6

5.4%

*Excludes ETF 

  • Elected board officers for the 2014 – 2015 term.  Mr. Mike Thomas has been elected to serve as rector and Ms. Carly Fiorina has been elected to serve as the board’s vice-rector.  Ms. Donna Harper, vice president for Access and Enrollment Management, will serve as secretary.
  • Approved the following real estate purchases:
    • 2868 South Main Street for $4.3 million.