Board of Visitors Meeting, Oct. 5,
Summary of Actions/Discussions
The James Madison University Board of Visitors met Friday,
October 5, 2001, in the Board Room of JMU's Chandler Hall.
Following is a summary of actions taken by the board and key areas
of discussion at the board meeting:
- The board was told by JMU President Linwood H. Rose that five
JMU faculty members have recently received high honors. The faculty
members were introduced to the board:
- Gregory R. Versen, associate professor of social work, who
received the 2001 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Virginia
chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.
- Dr. Jonathan Monroe, associate professor of biology, who
received the 2001 Excellence in Teaching Award from the American
Society of Plant Biologists.
- Dr. Nicholas Bankson, professor of speech-language pathology
and head of the department of communication sciences and disorders,
who will receive the Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing
Association in November.
- Dr. Virginia Andreoli Mathie, professor of psychology, who has
been selected by the American Psychological Association as winner
of the 2002 Distinguished Contributions of Applications of
Psychology to Education and Training Award.
- John W. Woody, associate professor of media arts and design,
who has been selected to join the Apple Distinguished Educator
Program for 2001-2002.
- Among other items Rose told the board in his President's
- For the eighth consecutive year, JMU has been ranked as the
top-rated master's level public university in the
highly-regarded annual poll on academic quality conducted by
U.S. News & World Report.
- Yahoo! Internet Life magazine included JMU in its 2001
listing of "The Nation's 100 Most Wired
Universities," a listing of universities that are doing the
best job in preparing students to deal with today's
- The Madison Center has re-opened at JMU, under the direction of
Phil Bigler, a JMU alumnus who is the former national public school
teacher of the year.
- Donna Harper has been named as executive assistant to Rose. She
was formerly associate vice president for student affairs.
- Summer school tuition and fees were established for the summer
of 2002. The percentage increases mirror the increases for the
current regular session. Tuition is unchanged for Virginia
undergraduate ($52/hour) and increased from $248/hour to $270/hour
for out-of-state undergraduates. In-state graduate rates increase
from $114/hour to $118/hour; out-of-state graduate rates increases
from $402/hour to $440/hour.
- The board approved a recommendation to change the name of the
Graduate School to the College of Graduate and Professional
Programs. The new college combines the current graduate school with
the continuing education program.
- Charles W. King Jr., vice president for administration and
finance, told the board that the state Department of Planning and
Budget had pre-approved the following 11 capital outlay projects at
JMU and asked the university to provide additional information on
- CISAT A-3, a $28.4 million project.
- Center for the Arts, $43.8 million.
- Music Recital Hall, $27.8 million.
- Technology infrastructure, $8.8 million.
- Library for campus area east of Interstate 81, $24.8
- Six renovation projects: Harrison Hall and Annex, $11.9
million; Miller Hall, $16.6 million; Cleveland Hall, $7.1 million;
Roop Hall, $12.1 million; Bluestone residence halls, phase 3, $9
million; and Warren Hall, $1.8 million.
- The board approved a request to ask the Governor and General
Assembly to increase JMU's base operating budget by $12
million, the first $6 million in 2003 and an additional $6 million
in 2004. A recent legislative study said that JMU should have an
additional $24-$26 million in its annual operating budget. This
request would meet half that goal.
- The board approved a revised manual for the Board of
- In closed session, the board discussed the possible purchase of
two pieces of property near the university. The board directed the
university's administration to proceed with negotiations and
purchase of the properties.