Approved Minutes for this Meeting (MS Word Format)

Summary of Actions and Discussion

The James Madison University Board of Visitors met Friday, September 29, 2017, in the Board Room of Madison’s Festival Conference and Student Center.

The following is a summary of actions taken by the board and key areas of discussion at the board meeting;

  • Approved the June 1-2, 2017, Board of Visitors meeting minutes;
  • Approved committee reports from the Advancement, Athletics, Audit, Education & Student Life, and Finance & Physical Development committees;
  • Received a report on the Center for Global Engagement presented by Dr. Lee Sternberger, executive director of the Center for Global Engagement;
  • Approved the university’s six-year plan as required by the State Council on Higher Education of Virginia;
  • Approved revisions to the faculty handbook;
  • Approved a resolution requesting the state to issue bonds to construct a new residence hall and one agreeing to reimburse the state for those bonds;
  • Approved easements granting Columbia Gas and the City of Harrisonburg access to university property for utility work;
  • Met in closed session;
  • Approved the following real estate purchases:
    • 475 Eastover Drive for $230,000;
    • 1010 Forest Hills Road for $360,000. 

Was told by President Alger during his President’s Report:

  • The university received the following awards:

-       Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award – Diversity Champion;

-       NILOA 2017 Excellence in Assessment Designee and recognized for sustained excellence;

-       AASCU Community and Civic Engagement Excellence and Innovation Award;

-       Governor’s Technology Award

  • The university has created a task force to examine free speech and inclusion issues;
  • The Center for Global Engagement is working with JMU’s DACA students to provide support;
  • JMU hosted the Go Virginia region 8 meeting;
  • President Alger and SGA President Jewel Hurt have been appointed to the Governor’s Task Force on Millennial Civic Engagement;
  • The James Madison Center for Civic Engagement recently held an opening event;
  • JMU will host the Virginia chapter of Campus Compact. Rollin Johnson, Jr. will serve as executive director.


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