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Meeting Information

SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON CLINCH VALLEY COLLEGE
Friday, January 23, 1998
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Development Office Conference Room
N. E. Wing, The Rotunda

Committee Members:

Champ Clark, Chair
William G. Crutchfield, Jr.
T. Keister Greer
James C. Wheat, III
Hovey S. Dabney, Ex Officio

AGENDA

I. ACTION ITEM (Mr. Lemons)

II. REPORTS BY THE CHANCELLOR OF CLINCH VALLEY COLLEGE (Mr. Lemons)

A. Chancellor's Remarks

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA BOARD OF VISITORS AGENDA ITEM SUMMARY

Approval of the Radio Station

BACKGROUND: In September 1996, Clinch Valley College was awarded a planning grant by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The College used the grant to conduct a study on the feasibility of operating the first public radio station in far southwest Virginia. Based on the favorable study results, the College applied for, and was awarded, an NTIA grant to help construct the station and an FCC construction permit. Approval is pending for the call letters WCVC.

DISCUSSION: The Coalfields region has limited access to public radio stations. Those public stations that can be heard are in neighboring states and do not provide significant news about Virginia or the region. The College will provide an important public service by broadcasting state news, and the radio station will increase the College's name recognition and prestige. In the long term, the station may provide curricular and work-study opportunities.

FCC requirements state that the non-profit organization (the University) have a governing board which must hold the broadcast license, thus making the University legally responsible for compliance with FCC regulations. This arrangement will be similar to the existing relationship between WTJU and the Board of Visitors.

The College recommends that the NTIA grant and the FCC construction permit be accepted. Additionally, the College requests that the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the University be authorized to enter into a broadcast license agreement on behalf of The Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia, as would be necessary to make the radio station fully operational.

ACTION REQUIRED: Approval by the Clinch Valley College and the Board of Visitors.

APPROVAL OF THE RADIO STATION

WHEREAS, Clinch Valley College has conducted a feasibility study indicating support for a public radio station in southwest Virginia; and

WHEREAS, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has awarded Clinch Valley College a grant to help construct the station; and

WHEREAS, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has awarded Clinch Valley College a construction permit for a public radio station; and

WHEREAS, the College will need to apply for an FCC broadcast license in order that the radio station become fully operatonal;

and

WHEREAS, the College will provide an important public service by operating the radio station;

RESOLVED that the NTIA grant and the FCC construction permit are accepted; and

RESOLVED FURTHER that the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer is authorized to enter into a broadcast license agreement on behalf of The Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia;

RESOLVED FURTHER that the operation of a public radio station by Clinch Valley College is approved.

BACKGROUND: Each year, Clinch Valley College distributes to local legislators a notebook with descriptive information about the College and its requests for legislative amendments. The notebook also contains summary background information for each proposed amendment.

DISCUSSION: The College is requesting legislative amendments for projects that were not included in the Governor's budget. Faculty salaries are the first priority for the College. The second priority is funding for the renovation of and addition to the Science Building, along with both operating and capital requests. Additionally the College is requesting approval to spend non-general fund money for planning and construction of the proposed student center. The Chancellor will summarize the amendment requests.

ACTION REQUIRED: None.

BACKGROUND: Crockett Hall is the oldest building on the Clinch Valley College campus. As one of the original Poor Farm buildings, it has historical significance and is the College's signature building. Crockett was originally an academic building, but it has been used for many years as a residence hall.

DISCUSSION: The condition of Crockett Hall is deteriorating, and it must be closed for renovations. A lay committee has worked with various constituencies and an engineering firm to evaluate possible uses of Crockett and the feasibility of each option. The Chancellor will report on the committee's recommendation, which has been approved by the Advisory Council.

ACTION REQUIRED: None.

BACKGROUND: The College has instituted a formal program review policy, in which each department will be reviewed every five years. The review will assess the department's support of the College's mission; departmental productivity; the department's results; and the costs and resources of the department.

DISCUSSION: The department of history and philosophy and the department of business and economics underwent program review in the fall of 1997. The Chancellor will discuss the review process and provide an introduction to the department of history and philosophy. Due to time constraints, this report was deferred from the November 1997 meeting.

ACTION REQUIRED: None


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