Board of Visitors
Meeting, October 3,
Approved minutes from this meeting (Microsoft Word format)
The James Madison University Board of Visitors met
Friday, October 3, 2003, in the Board Room of JMU's College
Center. Following is a summary of
actions taken by the board and key areas of discussion at the board
- Gave its approval for the university to award two
new degrees: a Bachelor of Science
in Health Services Administration and a Bachelor of Science in
Athletic Training. Each action
would upgrade an existing academic concentration to a degree
program. The action will now go the
State Council of Higher Education for approval.
- The Education and Student Life Committee received
a background report from Senior Vice President Mark on the April
board of visitors decision ordering the JMU Health Center to stop
dispensing Emergency Contraception Pills and the subsequent
reaction by students and others.
Dr. Meredith S. Gunter, committee chair, requested Warner's report
to acquaint new board members with the situation. She suggested that the matter be brought back
to the committee for consideration at its January 9, 2004, meeting,
allowing board members time to consider the matter. (There are five new members on the 15-member
board of visitors.) The committee
agreed. At the same committee
meeting, both Student Government Association President Levar Stoney
and student board of visitors representative Timothy A. Brooks
again called on the board to reverse its action.
- Approved a request to seek an additional $40.2
million in funds in the 2004-2006 biennium. Among the request is a $7 million per year
increase in the university's base funding. Senior Vice President Charles W. King Jr. told
the board that a General Assembly study has shown that JMU is the
most under-funded public university in the state and should have an
addition $28 million in base funding. JMU is requesting $7 million a year to meet
that shortfall over a four-year period, King said.
- JMU President Linwood H. Rose gave the board a
report on the major accomplishments at the university during the
past five years
- Voted to award an honorary doctor of science
degree at the December Commencement ceremony to the main speaker at
the program, Dr. Marcia Angell. A
JMU graduate, Angell is a member of the Harvard University Medical
School faculty and is the former editor-in-chief of the New
England Journal of Medicine.
- Approved a change in board of visitors procedure
on motions. Any motion coming
before the full board must now be made available to all board
members at least seven days prior to the board meeting. No prior notice was previously required.
- Received reports from Senior Vice President Warner
on the university's performance measures and from Associate Vice
President Randy Mitchell on the JMU Success Center.