The University of Mary Washington is a public corporation that by statute is governed by the Board of Visitors, one member of which is elected every two years to serve as Rector. Composed of 12 members appointed by the Governor of Virginia, the Board is empowered to establish the mission and purpose of the University and to promote the general welfare of the institution. Some of the specific responsibilities of the Board of Visitors include appointing the President, determining institutional policies, setting faculty salaries, fixing tuition and fees, awarding degrees, approving changes to the curriculum and the Honor System, and overseeing the Internal Audit office.
The appointment of the Board of Visitors is set forth by the Code of Virginia, which requires that Board appointment be confirmed by the General Assembly. In addition, at least six members of the Board must be alumni of the University, and no more than three may be nonresidents of Virginia. Each member serves a term of four years and may be eligible for reappointment to one successive term.
Recent Board Minutes
BEGINNING IN JANUARY 2011, BOARD MEETING AGENDA, MINUTES, AND POLICIES CAN BE FOUND ON BOARDDOCS.
Board of Visitors to Consider New Rates for
Tuition and Fees Effective 2020-21
The University of Mary Washington Board of Visitors will consider new rates for tuition and fees effective for the 2020-21 academic year during their March Executive Committee meeting scheduled at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in the Minor Executive Board Room at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center, 1119 Hanover Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia. This is an open meeting. No public comment will be taken. The meeting agenda will be available and accessible online by close of business on Friday, March 13, at BoardDocs.
Tuition for in-state and out-of-state students is estimated to increase in 2020-21 within a range of 3.0% to 7.0%. For the mandatory Auxiliary Comprehensive Fee, anticipated increases for in-state and out-of-state students range from 6.0% to 10.0% for 2020-21. Student Housing increases for students residing in the residence halls are anticipated to range from 2.0% to 4.0%. Anticipated increases in Board Plans for 2020-21 range from no increase to 3.0%.
Additional revenue from tuition and fees is needed to support state-mandated increases in employer health premiums and employer contributions to the Virginia Retirement System (VRS). Increases at the higher-end of the range will be required if the 2020 General Assembly acts to mandate across-the board salary increases for faculty and staff. State increases in salaries and fringe benefits are financed under a cost-sharing approach using state funds and revenue from tuition and fees. Other costs to be supported through rate increases include additional funding support for student financial aid, replacement funding for expiring federal grants supporting Title IX programming, debt service for residence hall renovations, and general operating cost increases for utilities, contracts and leases.
The Board of Visitors will hold a public comment period at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 20, 2020, in the ballroom of the Jepson Alumni Executive Center, 1119 Hanover Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia. This will be a time for members of the public, as well as members of the University community, to share their thoughts with Board members. To sign up for a three-minute slot, go to Public Comments.