WVU at Parkersburg
Board of Advisers
October 31, 2000
Conference Rooms 2536-2538
The meeting was called to order by Joyce Okes, Interim Chair. Those present were Ms. Okes; Erik Bitterbaum, President WVU Parkersburg; Dan Curry, Superintendent Wood County Schools; Jim Mylott, Executive Director Mid Ohio Valley Regional Council; George Kellenberger, President Chamber of Commerce; Ed Ball, Manager Washington Site Safety Section GE Plastics; Skip Hackworth Superintendent Pleasant County Schools; Trudy Seita Consultant/Trainer; Jack Burlingame, Jackson County Development Authority; Joe Campbell, Vice President WesBanco; Robert D'Avria, Executive Director Parkersburg YMCA; Gary Swisher for Tony Platis, Environmental Health Coordinator E. I. Dupont; Cindy Kelley, Faculty Representative and Patsy Bee, President's Executive Secretary. Absent were: James Hayhurst, Executive Vice President United Bankshares, Inc; August Kafer, Staff Representative; Nell Higgins Orosco, Student Representative
The minutes of the Board meeting on July 31, were approved upon a motion by Mr. Kellenberger and second by Mr. Mylott.
Report from the President:
Dr. Bitterbaum reported on several items:
He announced the new Bachelors of Applied Technology degree and presented members with a draft of the brochure for the program. It is being reviewed by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
He reported the possibility of offering the bachelors in social work degree through the WVU campus.
He updated Board members on the current status of the Compact. Colleges are still awaiting guidelines from the Central Office. A draft of the Compact will be ready for the Board's approval at the December Board meeting. The report is due at WVU in Morgantown in February.
He shared information on NCHEMS Peer Institution selections for WVU Parkersburg. WVUP is the least funded college in the state of West Virginia.
He announced $200,000 to the Caperton Center for Applied Technology through the efforts of Congressman Mollohan. Dr. Bitterbaum visited with the Congressman and other delegates on a trip to Washington, D.C. in September. Keith Burdette was especially helpful in the college receiving these funds.
He announced that Congressman Mollohan has agreed to be our commencement speaker at our May graduation.
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October 31, 2000
He described a new Center for Teaching Innovation program opened to participation from various counties and schools in and out-side of our seven county service area. The first session attracted over 150 high school teachers.
He announced WVU Parkersburg would become part of WVU's Capital Campaign which will be very important to our college.
He announced, through an anonymous gift to the college, WVUP has been able to hire a part-time alumni assistant and our first ever alumni magazine will be sent out this year.
He organized an Enrollment/Management Council that will review ways in which we can improve admissions and retention at the college.
Dr. Bitterbaum encouraged Board members to be active in college activities, and he will be sending them complimentary tickets to the November 10 Distinguished Performance Series featuring Chamber Orchestra Kremlin.
Next on the agenda was the election of officers. Dr. Curry, Chairperson of the Nominating Committee moved that Mr. Hackworth be nominated for the position of Chairperson and Mr. D'Avria be nominated for the position of Vice Chair. Mr. Mylott moved that nominations be closed. Board members voted to elect Mr. Hackworth as Chair and Mr. D'Avria as Vice Chair.
Next was the Proposed Suspension of Engineering Technology AAS Degree - Chemical Option was submitted to the Board for review and approval. The Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Joseph Badgley, reported only two students are enrolled in the program, and other associate degree programs have been developed that better serve our students. He explained it would be in the best interest of the college to put the program on hold rather than have it eliminated in case interest in the program may be revived at a later time. After some discussion, Mr. Mylott made a motion to suspend the program. Mr. Ball seconded the motion. The motion carried.
Reports from President's Cabinet
Dr. Badgley reported on the academic area. He described the academic programs offered, and offices and departments of the college that are under the academic area.
Mrs. Judy Higgs, Dean of Student Services, provided Board members with information on the different areas and activities that serve students such as registration, student assistance, health services, and student activities.
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Dr. David Bell, Dean of Business, Industry and Development Services, provided an overview of the BIDS area. He invited Board members to an open house on November 14 for the new BIDS building.
Mr. Jack Simpkin, Business Manager, provided an overview of Business Services area and shared information on the college's current financial status. He noted some potential problems for the future could be a 3% decrease in the budget, and the possibility that colleges may have to eliminate using outside checking accounts which would require checks to be ordered from the state treasury for financial aid awards. He added that WVU is working with the legislature to try to resolve the problem. Mr. Kellenberger offered support from the Chamber of Commerce to encourage legislature to allow accounts to remain at the colleges. He will submit this recommendation to the next state-wide Chamber of Commerce meeting.
Mrs. Beth McNally, Executive Director of the WVU at Parkersburg Foundation provided an overview of the Foundation since its creation in 1971 as well as its current assets and scholarship disbursements.
Ms. Connie Dziagwa, Director of Public Relations and Communications, provided an overview of the Public Relations and Communications areas including marketing, graphics, printing, mail and phone services..
Ms. Braden reported on behalf of Jackson County Center and the faculty, staff and students that work and attend the Center in Ripley, West Virginia. Ms. Braden invited Board members to hold a meeting on the JCC campus some time in the future.
Mr. David Cunningham, Director of Facilities and Services provided an overview of the facilities and services area of college. He reported on the status of capital projects such as parking lot repairs and boiler replacements, and future projects for the college such as a new sign announcing the entrance to the college.
With no further business to discussed, the meeting adjourned at 10:00 a.m. The next Board of Advisers meeting will be held in December. President's Cabinet members will schedule committee meetings for Academic Affairs; Business Affairs; Student Affairs; Public Relations; and Business and Industry Services before the next Board meeting.
President's Executive Secretary
Skip Hackworth, Chairperson
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