Board of Visitors
Meeting, Oct. 4, 20002
Approved minutes from this meeting (Microsoft Word format)
The James Madison University Board of Visitors met
Friday, October 4, 2002, 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
- The board heard reports on possible budget cuts
from President Linwood H. Rose and Senior Vice President for
Administration and Finance Charles W. King Jr. JMU, along with other state colleges,
has prepared budget reduction plans calling for 7 percent, 11
percent and 15 percent budget reductions and submitted them to Gov.
Mark Warner. Plans on budget
reductions will be announced Oct. 15 by the governor. Specific budget reduction plans have not been
released. Dr. Rose and Mr. King presented general plans for budget
reductions but both indicated the university is anticipating a
major cut. Mr. King said he
expected the cut to be 15 percent and possibly more. Dr. Rose said
that major budget reductions would "fundamentally and structurally
change this institution."
- An Alternative Severance Option for faculty was approved
by the board. The plan offers
enhanced retirement benefits if the university needs to reduce
personnel costs. No decision has
been made to implement the plan, President Rose and Vice President
King told the board. Board approval
gives the university the option to initiate the plan if it is
- Dr. Mellasenah Morris, director of the JMU School
of Music, gave a presentation on the programs and faculty of the
School of Music.
- Mr. King presented an update on the university's
current and planned construction projects.
- In his report to the board, President Rose
introduced several members of the JMU Community who have received
• Cited for their work on the
Southern Association for Colleges and Schools reaccreditation
process were: Dr. Martha Ross,
professor of education, SACS self-study director; Dr. Robert
Koslow, professor of health sciences, SACS steering committee
chair; and Ms. Tina Grace, administrative assistant, institutional
research office, SACS secretary.
• Dr. Lennis Echterling, professor
of psychology, Alumni Distinguished Faculty Award.
• Ms.Glenda Rooney, associate vice
president for university relations, Alumni Distinguished Service
• Mr. Spanky McFarland, JMU
baseball coach, CAA Baseball Coach of the Year.
• Mr. Dave Rinker, JMU men's and
women's cross country coach, CAA Women's Cross Country Coach of the
- The board also authorized the university to
finalize negotiations for the acquisition of three pieces of
property near the university.