WVU Parkersburg Board of Advisors
May 5, 2006
Caperton Center Auditorium
The meeting was called to order by Board of Advisors Chairperson, Joe Campbell. Those present were: Joe Campbell, Senior Vice President Wes Banco; Tony Playtis, Environmental Health Coordinator E.I. Dupont; Gregory Smith, President Blue Cross/Blue Shield; Curtis Miller, President Curtis Miller Insurance Agency, Inc.; Robert D’Avria, Consultant YMCA of the USA; Linda Dickirson, Jackson County Representative; William Niday, Superintendent Wood County Schools; Cindy Kelley, Faculty Representative; Violet Mosser, Staff Representative; David Cumberledge, Student Representative; Marie Foster Gnage, President WVU Parkersburg, and Patsy Bee Executive Secretary to the President.
Absent were: Trudy Seita, Consultant/Trainer, Motivation & Volunteerism; James Hayhurst, Jr. Executive Vice President United National Bank; Joyce Okes, Program Coordinator Workforce Investment; Jim Mylott, Executive Director Mid Ohio Valley Regional Council; and George Kellenberger, Chamber of Commerce President
Call to Order
Mr. Campbell called the meeting to order.
Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the Board meeting held on February 13, 2006 was approved upon a motion by Mr. Niday and second by Mr. Miller.
Mr. Campbell reported that he is very proud to serve on the WVU Parkersburg Board of Advisors, and to have had the opportunity to serve as chair and representative on the WVU Board of Governors. He explained that he has seen the dedication of WVUP faculty and staff, and the leadership shown by President Gnage. He noted that WVUP has a real advocate on the WV Council for Community and Technical Colleges in Greg Smith from Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital noting that it was his support that enabled WVUP to receive the full tuition increase that was being requested. He added that the Board Retreat, that will follow the meeting today, is designed to assist Board members in getting to know more about WVUP, its governance and how they too can be more of an advocate for WVUP. He also added that Commencement was his favorite event at the college, and he encouraged all Board members to attend.
President Gnage thanked Mr. Campbell for his service as chair of the WVUP Board of Advisors, and noted that the college looks forward to his support as he continues to serve on our Board.
President Gnage introduced Don Carlson, the new Dean for Corporate and Community Education. She noted that the Academic Year 2005-2006 is coming to a close and commencement is near. President Gnage invited Board members to attend this year’s commencement with approximately 247 WVUP and 62 WVU candidates for graduation.
Faculty and Staff Recruitment and Retention
President Gnage concluded her presentation by noting that this summer will be spent preparing for the next academic year as well as completing some of the planning that is underway—facilities, safety, enrollment management…. Corporate and Community Education will offer summer career academies for high school students in addition to our general summer academic program offerings. Also, Student Services will partner with the Workforce Investment Board to offer “Hit the Ground Running” workshops to college students.
Wayne Riley, Director of Purchasing and Dave White, Director of Facilities and Grounds provided a facilities projects update. Mr. Riley provided an update on the classroom tower noting that the project is on schedule and is expected to be completed by fall. He also reported that the work on the Theatre HVAC should be completed within the next two – three weeks, and the roofing projects should be completed by the end of June. Mr. White reported on several major projects throughout the campus noting considerable savings to the college by doing the work inside rather than contracting outside. His area also had many projects lined up for this summer. Mr. Riley added that Barnes and Noble plans to renovate the bookstore on our campus. This should be approximately a $100,000 project.
Dr. Badgley reported that the certificate program for Emergency Responders is completed. The Bachelors in Applied Science will be submitted to the Higher Learning Commission (NCA) for approval in January. WVU has authorized that the Bachelors in Multi-Discipline Studies can be offered on our campus – more information on this will be presented at the next meeting.
No report at this time.
President Gnage noted that this was covered in the report from Mr. Riley and Mr. White.
On behalf of the nominating committee, Mr. Niday nominated Linda Dickirson to serve in the position of Chair for the WVUP Board of Advisors, and Jim Hayhurst was nominated to serve in the position of Vice Chair. With no other nominations, Mr. Niday made a motion that the nominations be closed and approved. Mr. D’Avria seconded the motion. The motion passed. Linda Dickerson will serve as the Chair and Jim Hayhurst will serve as Vice Chair of the WVU Parkersburg Board of Advisors.
Mr. Niday made a motion that the proposed meeting schedule of August 14, 2006; November 13, 2006, February 12, 2007 and May 14, 2007 be approved for 2006-2007 WVUP Board of Advisors. Mrs. Dickirson seconded the motion. The motion passed. The time for the meetings will remain the same.
The next regular meeting of the Board is currently scheduled for Monday, August 14, 2006 at 8:00 a.m. in rooms 2536-38.
With no further business to be discussed, the meeting adjourned.
Patsy J. Bee
Executive Secretary to the President
Joe Campbell, Chair
Board of Advisors