Board of Governors
Minutes of Special Meeting
of December 17, 2004
Mr. A. Michael Perry, Mr. William Smith,
Mrs. Verna Gibson, Mr. Brent Marsteller, Mr. John Hess, Mr. Menis
Ketchum, Dr. Jim Sottile, Mr. Bob Shell, Mrs. Letitia Chafin, Mr.
Seth Murphy, Mrs. Sherri Noble, Mr. Gary White, Mrs. Virginia King,
Mr. Mike Farrell, Mr. Gary Adkins, Mr. Joseph Williams
Mr. Michael McGuffey, Mr. Herb Karlet,
Mr. Layton Cottrill, Dr. Sarah Denman, Mr. Lance West, Dr. Keith
Spears, Ms. Stephanie Neal, Mr. Dave Wellman, Dr. Jan Fox, Mr. Glen
Mr. Terry Sammons
(telephonically) and Dr. Michael Mullen
I. Call to Order
The Meeting was called to order by Chairman A. Michael Perry.
II. Announcement and Information
III. Committee of the Whole
a) Discussion of Presidential
Mr. Perry outlined the Presidential Search Process; The Board
of Governors is responsible for the search and selection
process, and determines the composition of the search committee.
Mr. Perry stressed the importance of involving various
university constituencies, and the advisability of expanding the
search committee to include key constituent representation.
Mr. Perry suggested adding the following individuals to our
search committee: Mr. Mike Garrison and Mr. Terry Sammons from
the Higher Education Policy Commission; Dr. Larry Stickler from
Faculty Senate; Dr. Jan Fox, Vice President for Information
Technology at Marshall University.
Mr. Perry further suggested that he and Mr. Ketchum serve as
co-chairs of the search committee.
Following discussion, Mr. Shell moved that the Search Committee
be comprised of the current members of the Board of Governors,
plus the following individuals: Mr. Garrison and Mr. Sammons (HEPC);
Dr. Stickler (Faculty Senate); Dr. Fox (VP Information
Technology); and that Mr. Perry and Mr. Ketchum serve as
co-chairs of the Search Committee.
Seconded by Mr. Marsteller
Mr. Murphy moved to amend Mr. Shell’s motion by adding the Chair
of Marshall’s Staff Council and the President of MU’s Student
Government Association to the Search Committee. Seconded by Ms.
This motion was defeated by voice vote.
Mr. Murphy then moved to amend Mr. Shell’s motion, by adding the
Chair of Staff Council and The SGA President to the Search
Committee as non-voting members.
Seconded by Mr. Williams.
This motion was defeated by a show of hands.
The question now being on Mr. Shell’s motion, motion carried by
Mr. Perry discussed the role of an outside consultant in the
Presidential Search process; the Board authorized Mr. Perry and
Mr. Ketchum to seek proposals from consulting firms, and report
such proposals to the full Search Committee.
Mr. Farrell informed Board members that he has submitted his
resignation from the Board, in a letter to Governor Bob Wise.
IV. Executive Session
Mr. Marsteller moved that the Board enter into executive session;
second by Mr. Ketchum. Motion carried.
At the conclusion of executive session the Board re-convened in full
and open session.
Mr. Murphy moved that the Board appoint Mr. Michael Farrell as
Interim President of Marshall University, effective January 1, 2005,
at a salary of $10,000 per month. Mr. Farrell is to take a leave of
absence from his law firm. Seconded by Dr. Sottile. Motion carried
Mr. Sammons approved this selection on behalf of the Higher
Education Policy Commission.
With no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
Joseph Williams, Secretary