Concord Board Approves College Plans
Athens, W.Va. - The Concord College Board of Advisors met Tuesday, January 23, 2001.
Board Chairperson James M. Brown called the meeting to order and asked President Jerry Beasley to review the compact the College is developing as mandated by the West Virginia State Legislature in legislation enacted last year to upgrade and consolidate the higher education delivery system in West Virginia. Provisions of the law also include a directive for higher education to assist the State with economic development and provide a “seamless” system to deliver education to state residents. All public colleges and universities are required to submit a compact outlining how each will meet goals specified by the legislature.
Beasley outlined key elements Concord will address in the next six years to meet state mandates, including: higher admissions standards, development of masters level courses, improved faculty/student ratio, fundraising goals, staffing and salary goals, and introduction of an entrepreneurial program. Other targets were also listed in the compact. “The legislature is to be commended for the courage to enact legislation with such lofty goals. I am concerned, however, about how the College can meet some of the mandates when funding has not been addressed, but will be a critical component of the plan if we are to succeed,” stated Beasley. Board members adopted a motion to approve the compact as presented by the president.
A major component of the compact is the delivery of graduate programs by Concord to meet needs in southern West Virginia. The College is seeking approval from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to offer up to 20 hours of advanced coursework in the near future. The interim Board of Advisors adopted a motion to allow Concord to enact the College’s plan to deliver masters level courses as set forth in the compact.
The board also approved resolutions that will be presented to Senator Robert C. Byrd, Congressman Nick Joe Rahall, and Mrs. Ruby Carter for their significant contributions in support of Concord’s mission and service.
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Concord College Notes: The board of advisors is comprised of 12 persons who review proposals of the institution in the areas of mission, academic programs, budget, capital facilities and other matters as requested by the president according to Senate Bill 653. In general, the intent of this legislation is to diversify and expand the economy of the state, increase the competitiveness of the state’s workforce and the availability of professional expertise by increasing the number of college degrees produced to the level of the national average and significantly improve the level of adult functional literacy.
Lay members of Concord’s interim governing board are: James M. Brown, Beckley, W.Va.; Daniel C. Dunmyer, Princeton, W.Va.; James L. Miller, Princeton, W.Va.;
R. T. “Ted” Rogers, Hinton, W.Va.; Margaret Sayer, Beckley, W.Va.; J. Franklin Long, Bluefield, W.Va.; Wayne Meisel, Princeton, N.J.; and Eugene V. Fife, Charlottesville, Va. Other members include student representative R.D. Lukas, faculty representative Charles H. Brichford, and classified staff representative Linda Martin.