Board of Visitors Meeting, Sept. 16,
Summary of Actions/Discussions
The James Madison University Board of Visitors met at 3 p.m. on
Thursday, September 16, 1999, at the Board Room in Chandler Hall.
Following is a summary of actions taken by the board and of key
areas of discussion at the board meeting:
- Approved a proposed biennial budget of $455.6 million for
2000-02. The proposed budget represents an increase of about 10.7
percent over the 1998-2000 budget of $411.7 million. The major
increase in the request is caused by growth in the cost of high
cost majors. Just over $20 million in new funding is sought to
cover those rising costs. The proposed budget also includes $3.3
million each for Internet-related courses and for new academic
programs. The new academic programs are a master's degree in
integrated science and technology and an undergraduate degree in
- Reviewed previously approved capital outlay requests of $68
million. About two-thirds of those funds would be from the
state's General Fund; the remainder would be raised by JMU
through charges and fees. The biggest request is for $26 million to
build the third academic building in the College of Integrated
Science and Technology. The second CISAT academic building is now
under construction and will open in about a year. Other capital
outlay requests include more than $8 million each in renovation
projects for Harrison Hall and for bluestone dormitories on
JMU's original campus. Approval to spent $16 million in non-tax
funds on improving Bridgeforth Stadium was also requested.
- Passed a resolution naming a soon-to-be-built alumni center in
honor of alumni Stephen R. Leeolou and Mary C. "Dee Dee"
Leeolou. The Leeolou Alumni Center, which will be located adjacent
to the College Center, will open in 2001.