WVU Parkersburg Board of Advisors
February 16, 2004
Conference Rooms 2536-2538
The meeting was called to order by Joe Campbell, Chair.
Those present were; Joseph Badgley, Interim President WVU Parkersburg; James
Hayhurst, Executive Vice President United Bankshares, Inc.; Joe Campbell, Vice
President WesBanco; William Niday, Superintendent Wood County Schools; Tony
Playtis, Environmental Health Coordinator E. I. Dupont; Greg Smith, President
and CEO Mountain State Blue Cross & Blue Shield; Linda Dickirson, Jackson
County Representative; Joyce Okes, Program Director Workforce Investment
Board; Michael Hastings, General Manager Benson International; George
Kellenberger, Chamber of Commerce; President, Cindy Kelley, Faculty
Representative; Violet Mosser, Staff Representative; and Patsy Bee, Executive
Secretary to the President. Absent were: Jim Mylott, Executive
Director Mid Ohio Valley Regional Council; Trudy Seita Consultant/Trainer;
Robert D'Avria, Executive Director Parkersburg YMCA; and Chris Mowry, Student
Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the
Board meeting on November 17 were approved upon a motion by Mr. Smith and
second by Mr. Hayhurst.
Report from the
- Received grant in the
amount of $36,000 from West Virginia University to partner with Potomac
State College to create an online program in Criminal Justice. Within
the next two years students will be able to complete the entire program
- Received grant in the
amount of $129,000 from the West Virginia Department of Education to develop
a Professional Development Partnership Model through our Education Division.
- The NCA Accreditation
visit is scheduled for April 19 – April 21. The President asked Board
members to place these dates on their calendars for possible meetings and/or
conference calls. An itinerary will be prepared and Board members will
be notified in advance of meetings scheduled with NCA Team members.
- A timeline for the NCA
Self Study process was provided for Board members to review.
- The President reviewed
with Board members the proposal to terminate the AAS degree in Manufacturing
Technology. He noted that plastics manufacturing in our area has been
in a depressed state since the program first began. After several
discussions with leadership in the plastics industry, and because of
consistently low enrollment in the program and only a few graduates it is
recommended that the program be terminated. It was pointed out that
the faculty member affected will be reassigned to teach in another area.
- The Civil Rights Audit
was recently completed on campus and WVU Parkersburg is in compliance.
- Enrollment is up from
this time last year. The current FTE is up 5% and Headcount is up 2%.
- Copies of the
President’s Report to the WVU Board of Governors was prepared and
distributed for the Board members to review. The President reported
that the presentation went well, and it gave him an opportunity to educate
WVU Board of Governors about our campus.
- The President reported
on the status of the budget. Prior to the Governor’s State of the
State address everyone thought higher education would be cut 9% and were
very pleased when it was announced that only a 2 ½ % budget cut was being
proposed. However, the additional capital bond money that was added to
reduce the budget cut only applies to this year, and higher education will
still face at least a 7% budget cut over the next two years.
- There is a Community
College Bill that has been introduced in the Legislature that would develop
a Community College System. Currently the bill includes WVU
Parkersburg and contains language that would separate our college from West
Virginia University. Because WVUP is the only community college in the
State that also offers baccalaureate programs, it separates us from the
other community colleges and we have been assured that language in the bill
will be changed to restore our mission with West Virginia University.
- An update was provided
on the north stair tower subsidence. West Virginia University has
hired an architect to review the structure to determine if it would be
better to repair or replace the structure. Regardless of the final
determination and cost, the Chancellor has given his assurance that the cost
will be included in the bond call.
- Dr. Badgley announced
that after careful consideration he has decided not to become a candidate
for Campus President of WVU Parkersburg. He believes that WVU
Parkersburg needs someone that can provide a sense of renewal that would
inspire creativity, and he feels he can best serve the institution by
assisting the new President.
- Student Government
Representative, Chris Mowry, has been hired by a firm in North Carolina and
will be resigning from his position on the Board. Mike Howerton,
current Student Body Vice President, will take his place on the Board and on
the Presidential Search Committee.
President’s Cabinet Members:
Dr. Dotty Muir, Dean of
Students reported on the following:
- New program entitled
MOVE AHEAD that provides assistance with resume writing and job interviews.
Five workshops have been developed and are open to students and the
community. The first workshop was held last Tuesday evening and a
total of 45 people were in attendance. Workshops will also be
conducted for Work Force Development and Waterford High School Seniors
majoring in business.
- Gear Up for Success
program is doing well and making a difference in the lives of students that
would not otherwise have attended college.
- Social Justice
Committee is planning a field trip to the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC.
They have also invited the Reverend Samuel “Billy” Kyles to speak to the
campus on Wednesday, February 18 at 2pm in the Activities Center on campus.
Dr. Kyle was with Dr. Martin Luther King when he was assassinated. The
Social Justice Committee is also sponsoring several events for Women’s
History Month in March.
Business, Industry &
Development Services Update
Dr. David Bell, Dean
reported on the following:
- ACT Testing Center has
been upgraded to meet the standards of the Automotive Service Excellence and
the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). To date 76 TSA
individuals have been tested. This allows them to test locally and not
have to travel to Columbus or Charleston.
- The ACT Training
curriculum has been accepted into the Simonton Corporate University.
They will likely have employees access the curriculum from their various
sites. They have a specific interest in English as a second language
for their west coast facilities.
- Woodcraft has started
issuing CEU’s. In the last quarter they issued some 340 CEU
certificates. They have 61 modules in the curriculum and last quarter
education events totaled 2,640 sessions and they produced $750,000 in
revenue to the stores. There is some interest in credit offerings and
some large organizations are considering doing tuition reimbursement for the
- At the Work Force
Development Institution held in New Orleans, the Department of Labor and
Education and Training Administration presented the “High Growth Industry
Focus.” These industries were determined by the Business Relations
Group and included Health Care and Information Technology Retailing (that we
currently offer). Also, included high tech manufacturing,
biotechnology, geospatial, automotive, construction, and transportation.
WVU at Parkersburg
Mr. Paul Daugherty,
Executive Director reported on the following:
- Vandale Estate has
been finalized with a total donation to the WVU at Parkersburg Foundation of
$950,000. This donation will be used for unrestricted scholarships and will
make a lasting impact on the lives of many students.
- Harrisville Lyons Club
has created two scholarships. One through the Ritchie County Community
Foundation and one through WVU Parkersburg.
- A part-time staff
member has been hired for the Alumni Development Office. The individual
hired is shared with the President’s Office where she provides clerical
assistance as a work study student. Board members will be receiving
information soon on an Alumni Fundraising dinner scheduled in conjunction
with the Masters of Mexican Music presentation scheduled for March
- Jim Denova from the
Benedum Foundation recently visited campus. The Benedum Foundation
provided a three-year grant for the very successful Gear Up for Success
program, and is now interested in looking at other funding possibilities
such as multi-task technician.
Partnership Agreement with Wood County Schools
Cindy Kelly reported on
the renewal of the partnership agreement between WVU Parkersburg and Wood
County Schools that was originally made in 1991. The agreement allows
for WVUP education students to gain field experience at schools throughout
Wood County. The program began with one school and has expanded to five.
The principals of these schools met in November of last year to sign a formal
agreement to participate in the program. The President of WVUP and
Superintendent of Wood County Schools has signed the renewal agreement and is
recommending that final approval be given by the Wood County Board of
Education and WVU Parkersburg Board of Advisors. Mr. Niday added that
the program provides a great opportunity for students pursuing a teaching
degree. Mr. Hayhurst made a motion that the renewal agreement be
approved. Mr. Kellenberger seconded the motion. The motion passed.
Terminate AAS Degree Program in Manufacturing Processes
Next on the agenda, was a
proposal to terminate the AAS degree in Manufacturing Technology. Dr. Badgley
noted that if demand for the program becomes evident in the future that it can
be easily put back into place. Mr. Smith made a motion to approve the
recommendation that the AAS in Manufacturing Technology be eliminated.
Mr. Hayhurst seconded the motion. The motion passed. The proposal
will now be sent to the WVU Board of Governors for final approval.
Other Business and
NCA Self Study Report
– Governance Section
Dr. Badgley asked Board
members to review a section of the Self Study dealing with Governance and how
the Board of Advisors works with the WVU Board of Governors and President.
The Self Study Report will be sent to the printer some time this week and
Board members will receive a copy of the final document.
Update on Presidential
reported on the Presidential Search Process. He expressed disappointment
that Dr. Badgley will not be applying for the position, but does understand
his position. He reported that the committee has met for the first time.
Committee members include: Board members: Violet Mosser, Cindy Kelley,
Mike Howerton, William Niday, and Michael Hastings. Additional faculty
representatives are Vijay Shah and Ragina Copeland. Co-chairs are C. B.
Wilson, Associate Provost at WVU Morgantown and Chairman Campbell.
Luanne Moore from WVU Human Resources will serve as the Social Justice
The position has been
advertised in the Chronicle of Higher Education and the American Association
of Community Colleges, and recruitment letters went out on Friday to peer
institutions. Deadline for applications is March 5. The Search
Committee will meet again the second week of March to review the applications
and begin the next step of selecting applicants to be interviewed. The
entire Board will be included in the interview process. Three to five
names will be submitted to President Hardesty at WVU, and he will make the
final decision. It is hoped that the new Campus President will be in
place by July 1 of this year. Questions regarding the process can be
directed to Joe Campbell or C. B. Wilson.
Business Community and WVUP
announced a new partnership between the Business Community and WVU Parkersburg
to provide speakers. He would like to applaud Sy Sarkarat and the
Business Department for making that happen.
The next meeting is
scheduled for Monday, May 17 at 8:00 a.m. and will be a joint meeting with the
WVU at Parkersburg Foundation Board of Directors.
With no further business
to be discussed, Mrs. Dickirson made a motion that the meeting be adjourned
Mr. Kellenberger seconded the motion the motion passed.
Executive Secretary to the President
Joe Campbell, Chairman