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Meeting Information

COMMITTEE ON THE UNIVERSITY OF

VIRGINIA'S COLLEGE AT WISE

Thursday, January 18, 2001

6:25 - 6:55 p.m.

Board Room, The Rotunda

Committee Members:

William G. Crutchfield, Chair Joseph E. Wolfe

Thomas J. Bliley, Jr. John P. Ackerly, III, Ex Officio

AGENDA

  • REPORT BY THE CHANCELLOR AD INTERIM OF THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA'S COLLEGE AT WISE (Mr. Culbertson)
    1. Chancellor’s Transition

B.Chancellor's Search Process

C. Chancellor’s Remarks

BOARD OF VISITORS AGENDA ITEM SUMMARY

AGENDA ITEM:A. Chancellor's Transition

BACKGROUND: The decision by Chancellor Lemons to accept the Presidency at Susquehanna University has resulted in a search for a new chancellor at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise. Mr. George Culbertson, the Provost at the College, has been appointed Chancellor ad interim to serve during the transition period.

DISCUSSION: During the transition period, it will be necessary to make temporary modifications to the administrative structure. These modifications were developed to minimize disruption and ensure continued high performance of all units at the College. The plan of work for the transition period includes:

  • moving forward with Connections, a faculty-led curriculum improvement currently in development;
  • completing negotiations with the State Council of Higher Education for the College’s Report of Institutional Effectiveness and with the Secretary of Education on an Institutional Performance Agreement;
  • providing input to General Assembly members on the new higher education funding formula, currently under consideration by the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees;
  • working with the southwest Virginia delegation to address the College’s legislative agenda; and
  • celebrating our students’ success at graduation.

Mr. Culbertson will report to the Board of Visitors on the modifications to the administrative structure and the plan of work during the transition period.

ACTION REQUIRED: None

AGENDA ITEM: B. Chancellor Search Process

BACKGROUND: The decision by Chancellor Lemons to accept the Presidency at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania has resulted in a search for a new chancellor at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise. EMN/Witt/Kiefer is assisting in the search and President Casteen has appointed a Search Committee, comprised of members of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise Board, administrators, faculty, staff, and students. Ms. Joan Fry, Special Assistant to the President, is the University’s liaison for the search process.

The principals of EMN/Witt/Kiefer visited the campus in November, conducting focus group sessions with faculty, staff, students, board members and community representatives. Working with the Search Committee, the firm has placed a position announcement in appropriate publications and developed a detailed position specification. The College’s Board reviewed the position specification at its December 14, 2000, meeting, after a lengthy workshop on the search process. According to the timeline prepared by EMN/Witt/Kiefer, it is anticipated that a new Chancellor will be named by April 2001.

Information on the Chancellor’s search can be viewed on the College’s website, www.uvawise.edu.

DISCUSSION: Mr. William Crutchfield will give an update on the search process.

ACTION REQUIRED: None


AGENDA ITEM: C. Chancellor's Remarks

BACKGROUND: The Chancellor will report on items of interest to the Committee.

DISCUSSION: Mr. George Culbertson, who is serving as Chancellor ad interim will provide a brief summary of issues at The University of Virginia's College at Wise of which the Board should be aware, but do not require Board action. Mr. Culbertson will report on three major areas: construction of facilities, including the Science Building addition and the Student Center; the signing of a sister agreement with Cardenal Spinola University College CEU of Seville, Spain; and a follow-up progress report on increasing enrollment.

ACTION REQUIRED: None


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