by Jeff Fox
Sometimes no news is good news. At the WVU Parkersburg Board of Governors meeting held on March 30, the mood was more congratulatory than news making. The items presented at short meeting were ones which all can agree on and enjoy.
After roll call, there was nothing for the chairman’s report, nor was there need for an executive session. The minutes from the February 9 meeting were then approved. There were no committee reports to be submitted.
Under informational items, Dr. Rhonda Tracy, senior vice president for academic affairs, reported on several applications for sabbatical leave. Rose Beebe, chairperson of the Health Sciences Division, was granted leave for the spring 2012 semester to complete doctoral dissertation research. The idea of having a doctoral prepared nursing faculty member is being viewed by the Board as both a benefit for Ms. Beebe and the college. She will return to the college for the fall 2012 semester.
Dr. Tracy also reported on Dr. Ed Crisp, who was on sabbatical during the fall 2010 semester. Dr. Crisp’s sabbatical has recently produced two online courses, as well as a manual, which hopefully will be published. After reviewing his sabbatical report, President Dr. Marie Foster Gnage and Dr. Tracy reported that they were both impressed by Dr. Crisp’s achievements.
Dr. Tracy also noted the approval of two honorary designations of faculty staff to emeritus status. Recent retiree Dr. Martha McGovern, who still continues to teach as an adjunct, was awarded the title of Associate Professor of Reading Emerita. Jane King, who will retire at the end of the current academic year, was awarded the title of Associate Professor of Biology and Chemistry Emerita.
President Gnage was pleased to inform the Board that Connie Dziagwa has been awarded administrative and professional staff emeritus. President Gnage personally thanked Connie for her years of commitment and hard work at the college, and jokingly added that she was in hopes that Connie would be back volunteering to help out in the near future. A round of applause followed.
The Board then discussed three items. One of the items dealt with a revision regarding the requirements to give advanced placement to those in the licensed practical nurse program. LPN applicants, who can demonstrate competency in first semester material, will now be allowed to skip to the second semester study. The Board also noted proposed revisions to rules regarding the college’s salary policy. The aforementioned honorary degrees were the third part of the consent agenda.
The next Board of Governors meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 11, at 5:45 p.m.