April 7, 2006

The fourth regular meeting of the University of Mary Washington Board of Visitors for the 2005-06 academic year was held April 7, 2006.  Highlights of the topics discussed and the actions taken by the Board during this meeting are presented below.  Please call the President’s Office at ext. 1301 if you would like more detailed information on any of the items.

The Academic Affairs Committee meeting included a report from the Faculty Representative to the Board, a report on the proposed amended Faculty Handbook for the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Personnel Docket.  Professor of Biological Sciences Stephen Fuller was introduced as the new Faculty Representative to the Board.

The Audit and Finance Committee session included an update by the Internal Auditor on current and future activities and a review of the UMW financial report for the period ending February 28, 2006.  Approvals of the 2006-07 internal operating budget and tuition & fees were postponed until the General Assembly finalizes the State budget.

The Graduate and Professional Studies Committee included reports from the Faculty Representative to the Board, revisions to the Honor Constitution approved by the student body, and a proposal for a Master of Education in Secondary Mathematics, the first collaborative degree offering by the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Graduate and Professional Studies.  Associate Professor of Education Norah Hooper was introduced as the new Faculty Representative to the Board.

The Alumni & University Relations Committee session included reports from the Alumni Association and the UMW Foundation, including three new scholarships.

The Historic Properties Committee reviewed the current operations of the James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library and the Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont.

The Student Affairs Committee meeting included introductions of new Student Government Association President Jay Sinha and new Honor Council President Stephen Gregg.  Revisions to the Honor Constitution passed by a record student vote of 818 to 365 were presented for the Board’s approval.

In the Buildings & Grounds Committee portion of the meeting, an update on campus construction and planned projects was presented, including the location of four modular units to accommodate staff during the remedial work in the George Washington Hall basement and the renovation of Lee Hall.

The dates for the Inauguration of William J. Frawley as the seventh President of the University of Mary Washington were announced as September 29, 30, and October 1, 2006 (Family Weekend).

The Board approved minutes from the January 24, 26, 28, and February 16-17, 2006, meetings, and the following resolutions:

  1. Amended Faculty Handbook
  2. Establishment of a Master of Education Concentration in Math Education, to begin in Fall 2006
  3. Establishment of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Scholarship
  4. Establishment of the Louise W. Robertson, M.D. ’56 Scholarship
  5. Establishment of the Barbara Bishop Mann ’66 Virginia Educator Award
  6. Gift of an 1819 newspaper to the James Monroe Museum
  7. Campus signage replacement project
  8. Naming of the convocation center the Anderson Center in honor of William M. Anderson, Jr.
  9. Amendments to Article III, Section 4B of the Honor Constitution, as follows:

In the case of a conviction, one of the following entries shall be made on the student’s official, academic record, as appropriate:

  • “Placed on social probation for [period of time] by the Honor Council on [date] for the Honor Code offense of [name of violation].”  At the time of graduation from the University, this notation shall be removed from the official academic record.
  • “Sanctioned by the Honor Council on [date] to perform [number] hours of community service for the Honor Code offense of [name of violation].”  At the time of graduation from the University, this notation shall be removed from the official academic record.
  • “Placed on academic probation for [period of time] by the Honor Council on [date] for the Honor Code offense of [name of violation].”  Three years after graduation from the University, this notation shall be removed from the official academic record.
  • “Suspended for [period of time] by the Honor Council on [date] for the Honor Code offense of [name of violation].  Entitled to enroll no earlier than [date].”  This is a permanent notation.
  • “Permanently dismissed from the University by the Honor Council on [date] for the Honor Code offense of [name of violation].”  This is a permanent notation

10. Personnel Docket, Part I:

College of Arts and Sciences:

  • Appointment of 11 full-time, tenure-track faculty members beginning August 16, 2006, and ending May 15, 2007
  • Promotion of 14 faculty members, effective August 16, 2006
  • Award of tenure to nine faculty members, effective August 16, 2006
  • Reappointment of 20 full-time, tenure-track faculty members
  • Conditional reappointment of one tenure-track faculty member
  • Reappointment of four full-time, nontenure-track, continuing, renewable positions
  • Terminal contracts to two faculty members
  • Appointment of the William M. Anderson, Jr., Distinguished Chair of Biological Sciences
  • Appointment of one full-time, nontenure-track faculty member

College of Graduate and Professional Studies: Promotion of one full-time faculty member, effective August 16, 2006

Full minutes of the meeting will be available in the Reserve Section of Simpson Library following approval at the Board of Visitors meeting on September 15, 2006.

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