The James Madison University Board of Visitors met Friday, September 26, 2008, in the Board Room of Madison's Festival Conference and Student Center.   

Following is a summary of actions taken by the board and key areas of discussion at the board meeting: 

  • New officers were nominated and then elected by the Board; 
  • Approved May 2, 2008 and June 4-6, 2008 BOV meeting minutes; 
  • Heard and approved committee reports from Athletics, Audit, Development, Education & Student Life, and Finance & Physical Development; 
  • Heard a presentation on “University Recreation (UREC) – A Model of Student Learning,” presented by Mr. Eric Nickel, UREC Director; 
  • Heard a presentation on “Policies for Awarding Degrees,” presented by Dr. Teresa Gonzalez, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Ms. Michele White, University Registrar; 
  • Heard a presentation on the 2009-2010 budget reduction plans, presented by Mr. Charles King, Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance; 
  • Approved 2009-2010 budget requests. 

Was told by President Linwood H. Rose: 

  • that U.S. News & World Report ranks three JMU Graduate Programs; 
  • that JMU students place in Top 10 in Worldwide Online Marketing Competition;
  • that JMU still tops among public universities in the South (U.S. News & World Report); 
  • that the last beam of the new Theater and Dance Facility was placed; 
  • that JMU received $1.5 million to promote STEM education; 
  • that JMU announces the formation of the Institute for Stewardship of the Natural World.

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