The WVU Board of Governors met Friday, April 22 to discuss campus honors and accomplishments.
April is a time for honors and recognition of achievement before the onset of spring on college campuses. That was the focus of much of the Friday, April 22, meeting of the West Virginia University Board of Governors.
“Preparing students to succeed is our primary goal. The past month has shown many different ways that we are giving our students the skills they need to change their lives and our world,” President Gordon Gee said during his report to the board.
Gee congratulated three faculty members honored this week as outstanding Foundation teachers, and he highlighted this year’s five Foundation scholars who were awarded the highest academic scholarship for students awarded by the University.
Student Body President Amaya Jernigan, who is also completing her term as Student Representative to the BOG, delivered a presentation on the Student Government Association’s efforts over the past year, including an initiative successful in highlighting local small businesses to help them during the pandemic and increased work with the Accessibility Office to help students improve accessibility services on campus. SGA has also worked with University and state legislators to introduce legislation to support higher education mental health funding in West Virginia.
Vice President and Vice President for Academic Affairs Maryanne Reed mentioned the inaugural GradFest underway this week which will culminate with launch ceremonies May 13-15, marking a transition from chapter to chapter for graduates – and for the University.
Reed noted the next steps in academic transformation focused on undergraduate counseling to better serve students and improve retention and graduation rates.
“We are nearing completion of changes that will ensure that every undergraduate student will have access to centrally coordinated career counseling over the next two years,” Reed said.
She also updated recently announced leadership changes for the Keyser and Beckley campuses, as well as the search for the founding dean of the new College of Applied Human Sciences on the Morgantown campus.
WVU is also moving forward with a modernization program overhauling finance, human resources, and student information systems. Current efforts are focused on overhauling the University’s budget model.
The Board approved the University’s request to issue up to $22 million in bonds to fund a dozen projects as part of its annual capital improvement program, including renovations to the B&E building, E. Moore and Chitwood Halls, lighting upgrades at Canada Creative Arts Center’s Clay Theater and a new roof at WVU Potomac State College’s Davis Hall.
Additionally, WVU Athletics received approval to increase the budget for the Coliseum Courtside Club construction from $3 million to $3.5 million to be paid through available marketing rights funds. The club, which is due to be completed by November, will be in the current strength and conditioning space that has been vacated as part of a planned move to the Athletic Performance Center.
The University will also negotiate an extension of its current athletics concessions contract with Sodexo from 2031 to June 30, 2036, as it develops a banquet-style facility at the Coliseum called the Concourse Club located in the Mountaineer Gate area for accommodate functions of up to 350 people. Improvements are also planned at the Puskar stadium in Milan.
The Board also approved several new academic offerings, including a Master of Public Health program within the School of Public Health and a Master of Science in Engineering Management at the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources..
The next regularly scheduled meeting is scheduled for June 24.
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