Minutes of April 23, 2008
meeting of the Marshall University Board of Governors was held
on April 23, 2008, at the Marshall University Campus in
|Members present, in person:
Bob Shell, Mike Sellards, Virginia King, General Mooney, Brent
Marsteller, John Hess, Kristina Fueyo, Verna Gibson, Letitia Chafin,
Sue Richardson, Gary White, Monica Brooks, Sherri Noble
Gary Adkins, A. Michael Perry, Michael J.
Presidents Kopp and Cotroneo, Senior Vice Presidents, various staff
members of the University and Community & Technical College.
I. Call to Order
Chairman Bob Shell announced a quorum was present and
called the meeting to order. Judge Dan O’Hanlon did the
swearing in of Mike Sellards as a new Board of Governor
Upon a motion by Gary White, seconded by Virginia King,
the minutes of the January 23, 2008 meeting were unanimously
III. Sarah Denman Presentation
Mr. Shell asked Verna Gibson to read a citation regarding
Sarah Denman and roses were presented to her by the board.
Sarah Denman gave a brief summary and farewell speech about
her many years at Marshall.
IV. Academic Committee
To the participants on the Board that participate in the
Program Reviews, a huge thank you was expressed by Sarah
Denman and Verna Gibson. The Board approved the Program
Reviews with the following amendment for Family and Consumer
Science: The Academic Committee requested the FSC provide a
follow-up report by the end of the fall 2008 term to
a) A review of the BA curriculum with a comparison to other
successful FSC programs at other institutions;
b) A justification for the differences in the MU program;
c) A report on the electives vs. the required course with a
revision to the electives list.
Upon a motion by Mrs. Gibson, seconded by Mrs. Chafin, the
program reviews and the amendment to this specific program
V. Athletic Committee Report
In the absence of Mike Farrell, Kristina Fueyo presented the
agenda items from Athletics. Kristina discussed naming
opportunities and apologized that the names were already on
the rooms, but that the Athletic Department didn’t realize
they needed board approval for them. The rooms were named
for: Niday, Light, and Salvatore. A letter of apology was
passed through the board. After a question from Mr. Hess
regarding financial obligations, and being told that they
were satisfied, upon a motion by Mr. Marsteller and Mrs.
King, the naming opportunities were approved.
VI. MCTC President’s Report, Keith Cotroneo, Ed.D.
The MCTC update was given by Dr. Keith Cotroneo. He
discussed several items:
- Update on 10 year accreditation, which is not yet final
and they are waiting for the report.
- New AAS program in Bio Medical Technician.
- Commencement is May 9 at the Keith Albee
- Gave handouts for listings of graduates by program
- Discussed degrees or certificates/compilation of the
various groups (AAS, C, AA), noting that 12 are General
Study Programs that will transfer to the University
- Senate Bill 3215 – they are reviewing
- Developing more workforce programs
VII. Marshall University President’s Report, Stephen J.
The University report update was given by Dr. Stephen Kopp.
- The Legislative session, noting it was a very active
session with effective outcomes for us. He noted several key
bills were passed including a 3% salary increase for all
higher education employees.
- He thanked Bill Burdette and Bill Bissett for their
dedication and for keeping him informed during the session.
He also thanked our legislative officials and the work they
do in Charleston.
- Key legislation was:
a) The state appropriation was increased slightly from last
year, however, the budget is still tight;
b) There was an addition to the MUSOM budget
c) The WV Research Trust Fund Bill was the most significant
in recent memory allowing the establishment of the trust
fund for dollar-for-dollar match to support research at MU
(our goal is $20 million)
d) HB423 moves cap on retirement limit for employee
e) HB3215 provided CTC independence;
f) SB535 established a blueprint for WV education by 2020
which includes a comprehensive plan for K-12 and higher
g) SB476 which establishes a fund at state auditor level for
cashing out sick leave for state employees
- Construction updates on campus: the softball facility was
dedicated March 15th, the team room/clubhouse are expected
to be completed in June; the student housing is on schedule;
the Recreation Center is projected to open February 2009;
the Engineering lab building will be complete and open in
August 2008 noting that fixtures and equipment are to be
provided by gifts or the MUF line of credit; the Memorial
Fountain and cemetery renovations are complete and beautiful
thanks to a generous gift; the Joseph M. Gillette Welcome
Center’s grand opening was April 12th; Neighborgall
Construction will break ground on the Alumni/Foundation
Center this summer, the Forensic Sciences Annex is pending
with a Cabell County Commission Bond and the MSC renovation
- The Bridge Campaign is at $11 million to date;
- Student Recruitment is active and a 2-3% increase is
anticipated in full time freshmen this fall. He noted that
25% of undergraduates will likely be non-residents and we
are anticipating recruiting out of state students more
- Establishing Appalachian scholarship program is under
consideration. This program parallels the current border
scholarship program and increases our base to include all
states in Appalachia;
- The E-Course program continues to grow;
- Dr. Kopp continues to visit high schools, and has visited
30 thus far;
- Searches: Dr. Sherri Clarke will begin June 1st as VP of
Multicultural Affairs; Dr. David Pittenger will begin July
1st as the COLA Dean; and the Provost search is progressing;
- STEM Academy – working with COEHS to support and create a
tri-state initiative for students in WV, OH and other
- Drinko memorial service;
VIII. Finance, Audit & Investment Committee
The Finance, Audit & Investment Committee was reported on by
Virginia King. The following items were approved:
- Rescind Policy HR-11/Alternative Dispute Resolution for
Resolved that the Board of Governors hereby rescinds Board
policy HR-11, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) for
Statutory Grievances, due to a change in the WV State Code
section governing the grievance process. Upon a motion by
Gary White, seconded by Tish Chafin, this item was
- Proposed MU Tuition and Fees, per semester, for Fiscal
Year 2008-2009 and Budget for Fiscal Year 2008-2009.
Resolved that the Marshall University Board of Governors
approve the proposed Marshall University Tuition and Fees,
per semester, for Fiscal Year 2008-2009 and approves the
proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2008-2009. Upon a motion by
Brent Marsteller, seconded by Tish Chafin, this item was
- Quarter and 6 months ending December 31, 2007,
Resolved that the Board of Governors receives the
Financial/Budget Report for the quarter and six months
ending December 31, 2007. Upon a motion by Gary White,
seconded by General Mooney, this item was unanimously
- School of Medicine-Forensic Science Annex Construction
Resolved, that the Marshall University Board of Governors
approves the award of the construction contract to
Neighborgall Construction Company of Huntington, the low
bidder, in the amount of their base bid of $4,197,000. Upon
a motion by Brent Marsteller, seconded by Verna Gibson, this
item was unanimously approved.
- Investment Earnings Update
Resolved, that the Marshall University Board of Governors
receives the Investment Earnings Report for the quarter and
six months ending December 31, 2007. Upon a motion by
General Mooney, seconded by Monica Brooks, this item was
- Internal Audit Update. A report was given as an update.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
Verna Gibson, Secretary