Concord Will Meet Student’s Needs, Select Cuts Will Be Made to “Protect College’s Mission”

For Immediate Release: 
Apr 20 2003

Concord Will Meet Student’s Needs, Select Cuts Will Be Made to “Protect College’s Mission”

Athens, W.Va. - Concord College President Jerry Beasley provided an update on the state of the College to the College’s Board of Governors on Tuesday, April 01, 2003, including, $50 million in cuts from higher education state-wide ($1.8 million from Concord’s budget), increases in general liability and health insurance, and an increased focus on recruiting students from out-of-state. Also, North Central (an accreditation body) approved select classes for the College’s master’s program, and the social work program was accredited in a report noting “exemplary” efforts from the social work department staff. Alumni membership was up, total number of donors supporting scholarships and other college programs was up, and the total amount of gifts to the College was up. Congressman Nick Joe Rahall secured $1.125 million in appropriations from the federal government for the College’s technology center. Admissions applications were lagging slightly although acceptances were up.

Vice President for Business and Finance James “Jim” Cannon presented 15 options for cost reduction for Concord College. The options included: percent reduction by cabinet area, personnel reductions, workload/workweek reductions, reductions by academic division, and others. Mr. Cannon provided a brief explanation of each option, noting that a combination of options may be best.

The College’s Board of Governors requested that Dr. Beasley and his administration make “select” cuts to “protect the College’s mission.”

The Board discussed the Bluefield State College/Concord College report requested by the legislature in SB 2224, and concluded that the report could give the institutions an opportunity to take a leadership role in outlining opportunities for improved efficiencies in higher education. The legislation directs all colleges and universities to eventually form partnerships or consortiums to save money. The report from Bluefield State and Concord will be the first effort toward addressing the legislative mandates that will eventually be required from all institutions in the state.

“Quite frankly,” stated President Beasley, “it makes good sense to not only work with Bluefield State College, but to collaborate with other institutions to avoid duplication.”

“We want to get the word out that Concord College will be here to meet student’s needs,” stated Board Member Ted Rogers.

“We can provide a model for the rest of the state,” commented Board Member Gene Fife.

The Board approved the procedure for evaluating the President, and requested that a resolution be written in support of the Bluefield State College/Concord College efficiency report.

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Concord College Notes: In general, the intent of Senate Bill 653 and 703 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.

Effective July 1, 2001, an institutional board of governors was established as required by SB 653 and 703. The board of governors powers and duties generally include: determining controlling supervisions and managing the financial, business and education policies and affairs of Concord, developing a master plan, demonstrating how the master plan will be used, developing goals and missions, and other items as directed by the legislation.

The board of governors is comprised of 12 people including: 9 members appointed by the governor, a full-time member of the faculty, a member of the student body and a member of Concord’s classified employees.

Members of Concord’s 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 Sayre, 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 Heather Arnott, faculty representative Charles H. Brichford, and classified staff representative Linda Martin.