January 23, 2008
|Members Present, in person:
A Michael Perry, Mike Farrell, Sue
Richardson, Brent Marsteller, General H.F. Mooney, Virginia King,
John Hess, Letitia Chafin, Sherri Noble, Monica Brooks, Kristina
|Members Present, by
Bob Shell, Verna Gibson
Gary Adkins, Gary White, Mike Sellards.
Presidents Kopp and Cotroneo, Senior Vice
Presidents, various staff members of the University and Community &
I. Call to
Chairman Pro Tem, A. Michael Perry, announced a quorum
was present and called the meeting to order. Mr. Perry acted
as chairman pursuant to Rule 5 of the BOG Rules of Order and
commented that for this meeting, we would go back to the
previous meeting orders.
Upon a motion by Brent Marsteller, seconded by Virginia
King, the minutes of the October 16, 2007 were unanimously
III. Audit/Dennis Juran
Mr. Perry explained that Dennis Juran, Partner, Deloitte
& Touche had a flight and the order of the agenda would be
altered so that he could present the agenda item. Mr. Juran
reported that the University received an unqualified opinion
on the financial statements for the year ended June 30,
2007. The audited financial statements were presented
earlier to the Finance Committee. Virginia King gave a brief
summary of Mr. Juran’s report. Upon a motion by Mrs. King,
and seconded by Mr. Marsteller, the Board unanimously
received the audit report from Dennis Juran of Delloitte &
Upon a motion by Mr. Hess, seconded by Mr.
Marsteller, the Board unanimously selected and approved the
firm of Deloitte & Touche for a one year commitment to audit
the FY 2007/08 financial statements.
IV. Bridge Campaign Presentation
Dr. Ron Area, assisted by Rebecca Samples, gave a
presentation regarding the new fundraising “Bridge Campaign”
to the MUBOG. He stressed 100% participation and challenged
the Board to participate in this very important endeavor.
Mr. Perry echoed this and encouraged the Board Members to be
V. Community & Technical
President Cotroneo gave a report on enrollment patterns
of the CTC and discussed some issues from his first 4 months
on the job. He discussed the need for separate policies for
the Community College from the University going forward. The
accreditation team will be in Huntington on March 10, 2008,
and would like to have lunch or dinner with Board Members.
He asked all to participate. And, lastly, he commended Jean
Chappell for two Biotech Manufacturing Grants received.
John Hess presented an informational item regarding the
separation from University dorm requirements for CTC
students. After discussion with the Board, it was decided
that further recommendations will be brought to a future
meeting after going through the CTC Advisory Board and the
MUBOG Executive Committee.
Mr. Farrell commented that
he encouraged the policies that apply to the CTC be tailored
to their mission. He cautioned the CTC to quantify the
materials with facts and details at that time.
VI. University Meeting
President Kopp gave a report and updated the Board on
various university projects. Dr. Kopp noted that it had been
14 weeks since the last meeting of the Board and several
events have happened. Below are the highlights:
- Capstone bond closing occurred. Everything is now
full steam ahead;
- Housing is on schedule to open August 2008;
- Recreation Center is on schedule to open February
- Engineering/Laboratory Building scheduled to open
- Softball facility is on schedule, noting that the
Clubhouse will be completed by summer 2008, but the
press box will open by the beginning of this season;
- Remodeling at Memorial Student Center in the Bowling
- Fountain face lift and repairs are progressing and
are scheduled to be complete by March at the time the
fountain is normally turned back on. Dr. Kopp thanked
the MU Foundation for their participation in this
important Campus Memorial;
- Remodeling of the Registrar’s office will be
complete later this spring;
- Dr. Kopp briefly commented on the naming
opportunities to be fully discussed during Executive
- ADA restroom facilities for wheelchairs were
discussed noting the expense per restroom of $9,000. The
plan is to have all restrooms ADA accessible within 5
- Foundation and Alumni Center – will begin
construction March 2008;
- Forensic Science Center proceeding;
- International Programs, Clark Egnor, is
participating in a visit to Europe with the WV
- Admissions increases;
- Open office times during semester break were
successful and will continue in the future;
- E-Course enrollments increasing;
- High School Visits success and continuation;
- Legislative work ongoing;
- Dr. Kopp highlighted the newest 50 years ago today
showcasing the digitized archives from WSAZ. Will be a
good resource for the future. He publicly thanked all
who were involved.
- Today a press conference was held for “Bucks for
Jobs” with the Governor and WVU.
- Tomorrow, there will be a press conference
announcing a major gift with BB&T;
- Dr. Kopp discussed the positive results of SB 603
and his discussions with the Governor;
- Commended Dr. Jan Fox for the $8.4 million FCC grant
– this grant was very important to the School of
Medicine and internet connectivity.
Dr. Kopp announced to the Board that Sarah Denman would
be retiring at the end of this semester and asked her to say
a few words. Sarah gave a heart wrenching speech and was
commended with a standing ovation from the Board. Upon a
motion by Mr. Perry, seconded by Mr. Marsteller and Ms.
Noble, the Board unanimously requested that an appropriate
resolution be done and asked Dave Wellman and others to put
it together. Mr. Perry made a motion that an appropriate
resolution for Mr. Ketchum be written. This was seconded by
Mr. Marsteller and Mr. Farrell. The Board unanimously
At this time, Mr. Perry called on Mrs. King
to discuss the rest of the Finance Committee agenda items:
1. Finance, Audit & Investment
Mrs. King discussed the Lottery Bond Project Updates
for Smith Hall. The following resolution was made:
Resolved, that the Marshall University Board of
Governors approve the transfer of the remaining
balances from the Biotechnology Science
Center/Development Center and Harris Hall to the
Smith Hall Lottery Bond Project.
Upon a motion by General Mooney, seconded by Mrs.
Gibson, the Board unanimously approved this agenda item.
Mrs. King discussed the facility/Land Use Master Plan
Modifications report which was accepted with a motion by
Mr. Marsteller, seconded by Mr. Farrell and unanimously
approved by the Board. Further discussion regarding the
Update including the following resolution was made:
Resolved, that the Board approve the Five-year
update to Marshall University’s Ten-year
Facility/Land Use Master Plan as required by Series
12 Capital Project Management.
Upon a motion by General Mooney, seconded by Mr.
Marsteller, the Board unanimously approved this agenda
Mrs. King discussed the Forensic Science
Annex Construction and Financing and the following
resolution was read:
Resolved, that the Marshall University Board of
Governors authorizes the design and construction of
an annex to the existing Forensic Science Center and
the acquisition of financing necessary to fund such
construction and approve the attached Inducement
Resolution. (Attached to these minutes as Appendix
The item was motioned by General Mooney, seconded by
Mr. Marsteller, and unanimously approved by the Board.
Mrs. King discussed the quarterly financial reports and
investment updates approved by the Finance Committee
during their meeting earlier today. Upon a motion by Mr.
Marsteller, seconded by General Mooney, the Board
received the report for the three months ending
September 30, 2007 and September 30, 2006.
King discussed the Investment Earnings Update for
CommonFund. Upon a motion by Mr. Hess, seconded by
General Mooney, the Board received the Investment
Earnings Report for the period ending November 30, 2007.
2. Academic Committee
Mrs. Gibson asked Dr. Monica Brooks to discuss the
new majors to be offered in the College of Liberal Arts.
Upon a motion by Dr. Brooks, seconded by Mrs. King, the
following resolution was unanimously approved by the
Resolved, that the Marshall University
Board of Governors approve the following new majors to
be offered in the College of Liberal Arts: Japanese,
French, German and Spanish.
Dr. Brooks and Dr.
Fox also updated the Board regarding RIAA (Recording
Industry Association of America) for Illegal Downloading
of Music and an informational update on the campus
impact of online course growth.
3. Medical School
Mr. Marsteller asked Dr. Jan Fox to briefly give some
information regarding the FCC Internet 2 Grant received.
Dr. Kopp gave a brief synopsis during his earlier report
as well. The Board found this information very
interesting and asked Dr. Fox to present this at a
meeting in the near future to this Board and other
4. Athletic Committee
Mr. Farrell reviewed and discussed a schedule change
for the football game with WVU being requested by ESPN.
The date will change from September 13, 2008 to
September 27, 2008.
Mr. Farrell discussed and
reviewed the athletic facility renovations to take place
at the Shewey Building. He announced that the source of
funding is “on hand” and will be taken from the facility
fees. Upon a motion by Mr. Farrell, seconded by Mr.
Marsteller, the Board unanimously approved these
renovations and source of funds.
updated the Board regarding the facilities for baseball
and softball. He reported a clean financial audit for
Big Green Club was received, and discussed the academic
performance by NCAA athletes noting that 7 teams earned
better than a 3.0 and that 22 athletes carried a 4.0
VI. Executive Session
Mr. Farrell moved to enter into Executive Session. Mr.
Marsteller seconded and the Board unanimously approved going
into Executive Session to discuss personnel matters and
awarding of naming opportunities.
VII. Post Executive Session
After a time, the Board came out of Executive Session.
Mr. Marsteller moved to enter back into regular session,
seconded by Mrs. Chafin, and unanimously approved by the
- Mr. Farrell made a motion that the items discussed
in Executive Session regarding naming opportunities, be
approved and announced at a later date. Motion seconded
by Mr. Hess and unanimously approved by the Board.
- Mr. Farrell made a motion that the Provost Search be
initiated and handled by John DiBiaggio and his firm,
Executive Search. Seconded by Mr. Hess and unanimously
approved by the Board.
There being no further business, the meeting was
Verna Gibson, Secretary