WVU Parkersburg Board of Advisors
August 8, 2005
Conference Rooms 2536-2538
The meeting was called to order by Board of Advisors Chairperson, Joe Campbell. Those present were: Joe Campbell, Senior Vice President Wes Banco; Linda Dickirson, Jackson County Representative; Tony Playtis, Environmental Health Coordinator E.I. Dupont; Curtis Miller, President Curtis Miller Insurance Agency, Inc.; James Hayhurst, Jr. Executive Vice President United National Bank; Jim Mylott, Executive Director Mid Ohio Valley Regional Council; Robert D’Avria, Consultant YMCA of the USA; Cindy Kelley, Faculty Representative; Violet Mosser, Staff Representative; David Cumberledge, Student Representative; Marie Foster Gnage, President WVU Parkersburg, and Patsy Bee Executive Secretary to the President.
Absent were: George Kellenberger, Chamber of Commerce President; Gregory Smith, President Blue Cross/Blue Shield; Joyce Okes, Program Coordinator Workforce Investment; William Niday, Superintendent Wood County Schools; and Trudy Seita, Consultant/Trainer, Motivation & Volunteerism.
Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the Board meeting held on May 9, 2005 was approved upon a motion by Mr. Hayhurst and second by Mr. Mylott.
Chairman Campbell introduced new Board members Curtis Miller, President of Curtis Miller Insurance Agency, Inc., and David Cumberledge, Student Representative. He noted that they would be assigned to committees. Mr. Campbell welcomed the new members to the Board and informed them that they would be assigned to a Board committee.
President Gnage provided her report to the Board noting that she celebrated her first year anniversary at WVU Parkersburg on July 1, and noted that her goal is still the same: “to provide the leadership to make a great institution greater.”
President Gnage also reported on progress on the Strategic Plan goals that were presented to Board members last year:
Campus beautification/improvement has been a particular emphasis this summer. We will offer a brief tour at the end of the meeting.
Plans are just plans unless there is funding to support them. We continue to talk with legislators, the HEPC and the CTCC about the need for an increase in state appropriations. At the same time, it is important for us to look at grants and partnerships as resource development. We are planning some development activities and we continue to look for a grant writer.
President Gnage provided Board members with a chart showing the re-organizational changes regarding areas of responsibility. She reminded Board members that the college continues to need their support, and asked that they continue to be college’s representatives/liaisons in the community and state, and to use their connections to help WVUP. She invited Board members to visit the campus often, and she also acknowledged and thanked Mr. Curtis Miller, for demonstrating his commitment to the college by joining the Board.
Review of Campus Beautification Projects:
David White, Assistant Director of Facilities and Grounds to provided a report to the Board on some costs associated with campus beautification. These included:
New flag pole and concrete pads $ 2,500
New Ceiling in Canopy outside
Activities Center 6,500
Faculty offices, paint, carpet, furniture 31,000
Journalism Lab 20,510
Welding Shop 65,000
Student Lounge 44,000
Learning Center 37,350
End of Hall – lockers 2,300
President Gnage noted that special coffers, Perkins funding and other grants assisted in covering the cost of many projects.
Update on Classroom Tower Project:
Wayne Riley, Director of Purchasing, presented an update on the classroom tower to Board members noting that the project is still on schedule. The project is proceeding as follows:
Mr. Riley also reported that the Higher Education Policy Commission funds provided $600,000 for HVAC and roofing upgrades. Some of this will be used to upgrade the HVAC system in the theatre to take care of mold. They are reviewing specifications to replace the large cooling tower. The Jackson County Center will be first priority for roof repairs. The remaining funds will be used to repair the roof of the faculty wing and the two story section of the college.
Other Business and General Discussion
Board members agreed to the following meeting schedule for the Spring Semester:
Monday, February 13, 2006 8:00 a.m.
Monday, May 8, 2006 8:00 a.m.
President Gnage noted that our Board of Advisors meetings now have to be announced and agenda registered with the Secretary of State two weeks prior to each meeting.
Chairman Campbell requested that Public Forum be added as an item to the Agenda.
Campus Tour – Campus Improvements:
President Gnage announced that following the meeting a tour would be available for Board members to visit the areas where campus beautification/improvements have taken place during the summer.
With no further business to be discussed Mr. Hayhurst made a motion to adjourn, Mr. Playtis seconded the motion. The motion passed and the meeting adjourned at 9:30 a.m. The next meeting will be held on Monday, November 14, 2005 at 8:00 a.m.
Patsy J. Bee
Executive Secretary to the President
Joe Campbell, Chair
Board of Advisors