A meeting of the Marshall University Board of Governors was held on June
27, 2007, at the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI).
Members Present, in person:
Menis E. Ketchum, A. Michael Perry, Bob
Shell, Gary Adkins, Letitia Chafin, Mike Farrell, John Hess,
Virginia King, Brent Marsteller, General H.F. Mooney, Sue
Richardson, Gary White, James Sottile, and Kristina Fueyo.
Presidents Kopp and Hayes, Senior Vice
Presidents, various staff members, Mike Dunn, Monica Brooks and
other visitors from the University and Community.
I. Call to Order
Chairman Ketchum announced a quorum was present and called the
meeting to order.
The minutes of the April 23, 2007, May 9, 2007, and May 14, 2007
meetings were approved.
President Kopp introduced Ron Area, the new Foundation CEO.
Michael McGuffey reported on two potential policies that should be
reviewed by the Board of Governors. They will be presented as an
action item at the next board meeting. These policies are regarding
Background Checks and Document Retention.
IV. Community & Technical College Meeting
a) Interim President Hayes presented a report on numerous
projects and initiatives of the College.
b) Mr. John Hess updated the board on the Presidential Search for
the CTC. The search has gone well and it produced some excellent
candidates. Three finalists were chosen and they have been invited
to visit campus in the near future.
V. University Meeting
President Kopp reported on the progress being made on the new
engineering lab, Capstone Project, Research Institute, and other
1. Finance, Audit & Investment
Chairman Perry presented the following informational items
a) Terry Fenger, Director of the Forensic Science Center, met
with the Committee and discussed a possible building addition
for the Center. Resolved, the President and Executive Committee
shall investigate the feasibility of the proposed building. This
was approved by unanimous consent;
b) The Quarterly Investment Report from Common Fund for the
period ending March 31, 2007 was received;
c) The Quarterly Financial Report for the period ending March
31, 2007 was received;
d) Mr. Perry discussed the vacant Internal Audit position and
the Committee’s choice of Perry Chaffin. This appointment was
approved by unanimous consent;
e) Resolved, The $150.00 annual Student Activity Fee previously
approved for the Recreation Center may increase by 3% each year.
This is to satisfy bond covenants for the Recreation Center
Project. This resolution was approved by unanimous consensus.
2. Academic Committee
The following resolution and action was approved by unanimous
a) Resolved, that the Marshall University Board of
Governors approve the Intent to Plan, B.A. in Early
b) The nominee for the Autism Training Center Advisory
Board, Terri L. Rodighiero, was approved.
3. Medical School
Chairman Marsteller gave a report on the progress being made
by the medical school regarding enrollment.
4. Athletic Committee
Mike Farrell gave a report on the proposed softball field,
baseball field and tennis courts. Regarding tickets to the MU
football games, the season tickets should be mailed out the
first 10 days of July. There are still season tickets available
at $148.00 each.
VI. Election of Officers
Mr. Ketchum asked the nominating committee consisting of General
Mooney, Brent Marsteller, and Mike Perry to report on their
nomination of officers. The Nominating Committee has recommended Bob
Shell as Chairman, Menis Ketchum as Vice Chairman, and Verna Gibson
as Secretary for the year July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008. Mr. Perry
moved that these Officers be approved, seconded by Virginia King.
The motion passed unanimously.
VII. Executive Session
The Board discussed and unanimously consented and approved that
the Board go into Executive Session.
VII. Post Executive Session
The following resolution was adopted by unanimous consensus of
a) Resolved, there is an approved multimillion dollar gift
dedicated to the Engineering School which is being paid over a 5
year period. The donor desires to make an additional gift of
$2.5 million, which is to be paid over 10 years. The gift will
be structured as an irrevocable gift with an early demise
benefit clause. Mr. Perry moved, seconded by Mr. Farrell that
this additional gift paid over 10 years is approved.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.