WVU Parkersburg Board of Advisors
August 14. 2006
The meeting was called to order by Board of Advisors Chairperson, Linda Dickirson. Those present were: Linda Dickirson, Jackson County Representative, Joe Campbell, Senior Vice President Wes Banco; Tony Playtis, Environmental Health Coordinator E.I. Dupont; Curtis Miller, President Curtis Miller Insurance Agency, Inc.; Robert D’Avria, Consultant YMCA of the USA; William Niday, Superintendent Wood County Schools; Trudy Seita, Consultant/Trainer, Motivation & Volunteerism; Ed Crisp, Faculty Representative; Joyce Okes, Program Coordinator Workforce Investment; Jim Mylott, Executive Director Mid Ohio Valley Regional Council; and George Kellenberger, Chamber of Commerce President; Violet Mosser, Staff Representative; David Cumberledge, Student Representative; Marie Foster Gnage, President WVU Parkersburg, and Patsy Bee Executive Secretary to the President.
Absent were: Gregory Smith, President Blue Cross/Blue Shield and James Hayhurst, Jr. Executive Vice President United National Bank;
Call to Order
Mrs. Dickirson called the meeting to order and presented the agenda.
Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the Board meeting held on May 5, 2006 was approved upon a motion by Mr. Mylott and second by Mr. Campbell.
Mrs. Dickirson reported on the June 8, 2006 WVU Board of Governors meeting. She noted that she was sworn in as a new member of the Board, and Joe Campbell was awarded a presentation for his past service.
On behalf of the WVU Parkersburg and WVU at Parkersburg Board of Advisors, Mrs. Dickirson presented Mr. Campbell with a certificate of recognition for his service as Chair on the WVUP Board of Advisors. Mrs. Dickirson also presented a certificate of appreciation to Ms. Cyhthia Kelley, for her years of service as faculty representative on the WVUP Board of Advisors.
President Gnage summarized progress with the following report on the Strategic Plan and the plan for this academic year:
Academic Year 2006-2007 is upon us and excitement and anticipation are evident among faculty, staff, administrators and the student leaders. Preparations for the fall semester began before the end of the Spring 2006 semester with the development of the class schedule focused on access and flexibility for our students. We have developed strategies for student engagement and are quite anxious to see the outcome. Corporate and Community Education has developed its first ever schedule of non-credit courses and credit fast track programs. Faculty are returning today for in-service activities including our all college program on Thursday, which we invite you to attend.
As I begin my third year as president of this very fine institution, the college continues to implement our Strategic Plan, which we “rolled out” in January 2004. And while we have made a great deal of progress, we know that we must continue to address the objectives—adding to them as institutional assessment indicates necessary—and we must continue to evaluate our progress using our key indicators.
I will briefly summarize our progress with the Strategic Plan since our last meeting with you and the plan for this academic year.
Recruitment and Retention of Faculty and Staff
· The new Executive Director for the Foundation/Director for Development, Jenny Keup, and I have been meeting with donors and prospective donors as a team.
· Two Department of Labor grant proposals are in the process of being developed: one for energy-related programs and another for a health care career ladder.
· We will be seeking HB3009 funding, which will match contributions received from partners for applied technology programs.
· West Virginia colleges and universities are in the process of choosing peers for peer equity purposes. Use of peer equity as a means of determining increases in state appropriations has worked to WVUP’s advantage in the past.
WVUP is indeed focused on its vision—to be the regional college of choice, and its mission—to meet the higher education and training needs of the region it serves.
The college is almost 45!!! We invite your full participation in the planning and execution of events to celebrate our 45th anniversary as a higher education institution. The week long celebration begins with Mountain Stage on Sunday, October 1st, and concludes with the President’s Gala on October 7th. President Hardesty will keynote a Founders’ Luncheon the October 2nd. There will be many other events.
Thank you for your service to West Virginia University at Parkersburg. Please come to visit with us often, “talk us up” in the community, and provide us with suggestions and recommendations that will make us even better.
Other announcements included:
Education Programs and Services
Dr. Badgley reported on the following:
Campus Improvement and Development
Dave White provided a report on renovation projects and other campus improvements including:
Wayne Riley provided an update on the Campus Renovation project noting that the project is 88% complete and within budget. There has been a delay in the glass being delivered but they have been assured that part of the project will be completed by the end of August. The Brick cladding on the south brace will be completed soon and then work will begin on the brace at the front of the building. The project should be completed by mid October. In addition, renovation will begin soon on the Bookstore which is owned by Barnes and Noble. That project will be paid for by Barnes and Noble.
Jenny Keup, the new Executive Director of the WVU at Parkersburg Foundation provided the following report to the Board:
Approval of the Multidisciplinary Studies Bachelor of Arts Degree Program: Mr. Mylott made a motion to pursue the the program at WVU Parkersburg, Mr. Kellenberger seconded the motion. The motion passed.
President Gnage announced that the West Virginia Community College Association/West Virginia Association of Developmental Education Conference will be held in Parkersburg at the Blennerhassett Hotel on October 25-27 and invited Board members to participate if their schedules would allow.
Connie Dziagwa reported that the 45th Anniversary for the college noting that it is a milestone celebration because the citizens of Wood County were the ones who initiated a campaign in the late 1950s to establish a public-supported higher education institution in the Parkersburg area. The first center opened in 1961 with 104 students and has grown to over 3,800. The theme for this event is “Celebrating the Community’s Commitment.”
President Gnage reminded Board members that the college is looking for funding of buildings for a child care center, technology building and library. She encouraged Board members to talk with legislators, and potential donors that may be interested in supporting a room, wing or building. Some suggestions were discussed. Dr. Gnage reported that there would be an opportunity to talk with Legislators at a dinner at the Jackson County Center on August 28, and at the Breakfast meeting on September 27. Mr. Mylott recommended that a Legislative Committee be appointed to discuss issues to bring to the Legislators. Mrs. Dickirson appointed Mr. Mylott and Mr. Campbell to serve with her on the committee.
Dr. Dotty Muir, Dean of Students announced the college’s first Convocation will be held on Monday, August 28 at 11:00 a.m. and Susan Hardesty will be the guest speaker, and Board members are invited to attend.
The next meeting of the WVU at Parkersburg Board of Advisors will be held on Monday, November 13.
With no further business to be discussed, Mr. Mylott made a motion to adjourn, Mr. Campbell seconded the motion. The motion passed.
Patsy J. Bee
Executive Secretary to the President
Linda Dickirson, Chair