Board of Visitors Meeting, Sept. 29,
Summary of Actions/Discussions
The James Madison University Board of Visitors met at 1 p.m. on
Friday, September 29, 2000, in the Board Room in Chandler Hall.
Following is a summary of actions taken by the board and key areas
of discussion at the board meeting:
- Set tuition for summer school, leaving fees unchanged for
in-state undergraduates with slight increases for out-of-state
undergraduates and all graduate students. The tuition costs per
academic hour will remain at $52 for in-state undergraduates and
increase from $240 to $248 per hour for out-of-state
undergraduates. Tuition for graduate students increases from $111
per academic hour to $114 per hour for Virginians and $391 to $402
for out-of-state students.
- Welcomed a new member to the JMU board. Robert L. Testwuide of
Vienna was appointed to the board just prior to the meeting by Gov.
Jim Gilmore. Testwuide, a 1988 graduate of JMU, is a vice president
and certified financial planner with Merrill Lynch in Reston.
Testwuide filled the board spot previously held by Suzanne B.
"Renny" Humphrey of Chesterfield.
- Re-appointed to the board were Helen R. Blackwell of Arlington;
Pablo Cuevas of Broadway; Joseph C. Farrell of Richmond; and
William S. Jasien of Clifton.
- The board heard the following:
- A summary of the university's 1999-2000 accomplishments
from President Linwood H. Rose.
- An update on the accreditation process of the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools from Vice President for
Institutional Effectiveness Robert L. Scott.
- A report on current capital projects from Vice President for
Administration and Finance Charles W. King Jr.
- A presentation about JMU public radio station WMRA-FM from Dean
of the College of Arts and Letters Richard Whitman.
- Approved eligibility requirements for the student member of the
board. The student member must:
- Be a full-time student at the point of election and during both
semesters as a board member.
- Must have a cumulative grade point average of at least
- Must have earned 60 credit hours by the end of the semester in
which the election is held.
- Approved a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Communications
Sciences and Disorders. The proposed program will now go to the
State Council of Higher Education for consideration.
- Approved an undergraduate degree in E-Commerce. The proposed
program will now go to the State Council of Higher Education for
- Approved a compensation plan which allows for a $1,000
promotion increase for reaching the rank of assistant professor;
$1,750 for associate professor; and $2,500 for professor.
- Approved submitting the following budget requests to the
Commonwealth for consideration by the 2001 General Assembly:
- $8.5 million for salary and operating funds for 68 positions to
meet the demands of current enrollment
- $27.3 million for a new chemistry and physics classroom/office
building to be constructed east of Interstate 81.
- $8.8 million in renovation funds for Harrison Hall.