A meeting of the Marshall University Board of Governors was held on
April 23, 2007, at the Marshall Student Center.
Members Present, in person:
Menis E. Ketchum, A. Michael Perry,
Letitia Chafin, Sue Richardson, John Hess, General H. F. Mooney,
Brent Marsteller, James Sottile, Sherri Noble, Virginia King, Verna
Gibson, and Mike Farrell.
Gary Adkins and Robert Shell. Members absent: Gary White and Chad
Presidents Kopp and Hayes, various staff
members, Dean Hensley, Kristy Fueyo, Coach Donnie Jones, Mike Dunn,
Clark Egnor, Christine Soulas, Provost Denman, Tammy Johnson, and
I. Call to Order
Chairman Ketchum announced a quorum was present and called the
meeting to order.
The minutes of the January 24, 2007, February 9, 2007, and March
28, 2007 meetings were approved. It was noted that the remarks of
President Hayes ordered to be attached to the February 9, 2007
minutes need to be attached to these minutes.
a) Chairman Ketchum introduced the new basketball coach, Donnie
Jones, to the Board.
b) Mike Dunn made a presentation on behalf of the Classified
c) Clark Egnor and Christine Soulas made a presentation about the
Gloria Brothers Study Abroad Program.
d) Provost Sarah Denman and Tammy Johnson gave a presentation
about student recruitment and admissions.
e) Dean Hensley introduced Kristy Fueyo who will be the student
board representative beginning July, 2007.
IV. Community & Technical College Meeting
a) Interim President Hayes presented a report on numerous
projects and initiatives of the College.
b) The Board approved by consensus the college’s 2006-2007
Program Review Recommendations.
c) Mike Perry moved, seconded by Mike Farrell, that the Community
College budget and tuition be approved without the proposed tuition
increase because this proposed increase was disallowed by the
Community College Council. Mr. Perry further moved:
The Board resolves that the $68 tuition increase is needed for
the operation of the Community College and that Dr. Hayes ask for
reconsideration of the proposed $68 tuition increase accompanied by
a detailed explanation of the need for the increase. The motion
V. University Meeting
President Kopp reported on the progress being made on the new
engineering lab, Capstone Project, Research Institute, and other
initiatives. He also presented a framed resolution thanking Verna
Gibson for her work on the movie premiere.
1. Finance, Audit &
The following resolutions were adopted by unanimous
a) The proposed University budget and tuition for fiscal
year 2007-2008 is approved.
b) The quarterly financial report ending 12/31/06 was
c) The Executive Committee is delegated the authority to
approve any bond refinancing for the Series 2001 A -
$46,610,000 Revenue Bonds.
2. Academic Committee The
following resolutions were approved by consensus.
a) The new Spanish, M.A. Program;
b) The 2006-2007 program review recommendations.
3. Medical School Committee
Chairman Marsteller gave a report on the progress being made
by the medical school to self insure the school and reported on
new signage needed at the medical school.
4. Athletic Committee
Mike Farrell gave a detailed report on the condition of the
Athletic Department, an update on football season ticket sales
and the upcoming MU-WVU game.
VI. Executive Session
The Board discussed and unanimously consented and approved that
the Board go into Executive Session to discuss real estate
purchases, leases, and personnel matters.
VII. Post Executive Session
The following resolutions were adopted by unanimous consensus of
a) The easement requested by the Huntington Industrial
Corporation over the existing driveway to its property at
University Heights is approved.
b) The lease with CSX of its softball field is approved.
c) Betsy Bilheimev-Atwater and Jane E. Kopp are appointed to
the Autism Training Center Advisory Board.
d) A purchase of the Porter parcel of land on the northeast
corner of 5th Avenue and 20th Street is approved for
$700,000.00. If this sum is not acceptable to the owner, the
chair is authorized to institute eminent domain proceedings to
acquire the land.
e) A new five year contract with President Kopp is approved.
The President will receive an additional $2,000.00 per month
which will be paid into a deferred compensation plan. The
additional compensation of $2,000.00 per month in this new
contract is subject to the approval of the Higher Education
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.