Board of Visitors passes 34 resolutions in April 18-20 meetings

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The Board of Visitors proposed additions to the College curriculum including a Japanese major and a master's of science in a psychology graduate program. SARAH SMITH / THE FLAT HAT

The College of William and Mary’s Board of Visitors met April 18-20 to discuss topics including faculty retirements, admissions deadlines and the accomplishments of the Task Force on Race and Race Relations. These discussions resulted in the presentation and approval of 34 resolutions.

Resolution 1: The Richard Bland College Committee dealt with this resolution about appointments to fill instructional faculty vacancies in closed session.

Resolution 2: The Richard Bland College Committee dealt with this resolution about appointments to fill professional faculty vacancies in closed session.

Resolution 3: This resolution dealt with academic promotion and the Richard Bland College Committee discussed it in closed session.

Resolution 4: The Richard Bland College Committee passed this resolution to acknowledge and express its appreciation for Chuck Moore, the director of athletics and the head men’s basketball coach. Moore began working at Richard Bland in 2012.

Resolution 5: The Richard Bland College Committee acknowledged the retirement of Lois Wray, who worked at Richard Bland for 41 years. Since she joined the staff, she has served as the secretary to the registrar, the assistant to the registrar, the campus bookstore manager and then as an administrative staff specialist in the Office of the University Registrar.

Resolution 6: The Richard Bland College Committee acknowledged the retirement of and sent well wishes to Gregory Taylor, who is retiring after 30 years. He began his time at Richard Bland as a housekeeping worker and was later promoted to the position of grounds worker. In 1991, he returned to working in a housekeeping position.

Resolution 7: The Richard Bland College Committee approved a revised College Weapons on Campus Regulation. This revision expands the prohibition of weapons at all events and activities on college property and in all outdoor areas. This revision also adds that individuals in violation of this policy may be subject to arrest for trespassing.

Resolution 8: The Richard Bland College Committee approved a revised Richard Bland College Open Flames on Campus Regulation policy, which will be considered for final adoption in September 2018. This policy states that open flames are prohibited on all college property, including within college buildings and facilities unless a permit has been obtained for an approved event.

Resolution 9: This resolution, discussed by the Richard Bland College Committee, approved the fiscal year 2018-19 tuition and fees.

Resolution 10: This resolution, also discussed by the Richard Bland College Committee, finalized the 2018-19 operating budget.

Resolutions 11-16: These resolutions were all discussed in closed session and dealt with matters such as designated professorships, faculty leaves of absence, academic tenure and faculty promotions at the College.

Resolution 17: This resolution discussed the resignation of kinesiology lecturer and Recreation Class instructor Randall Drake. He officially resigned because his contract with the College ended, making Drake ineligible to continue teaching in the fall. Drake’s contract is ending because the College will no longer offer activity-based kinesiology classes in the same way next year. Although it will be offering some activity courses, Drake was ineligible to teach in the fall because of Virginia laws mandating that there be a gap between the end of one contract and the start of another.

Resolution 18: This resolution discussed the resignation of Raymond A. Mason School of Business professor James Haltiner. Haltiner began his career at the School of Business in 1976 and was promoted to the status of a full professor in 1988. In 2016, he also became the co-director of the Boehly Center for Excellence in Finance. Most recently, he has taught courses on financial management.

Resolution 19: This resolution discussed the resignation of Kenneth Moore, who serves as a professor at the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences. Moore first joined the College community in 1973 as a research scientist with a background in chemistry and coastal plant ecology. He has since been promoted to the status of a full professor. According to the BOV, he has played a vital role in the state and the nation’s coastal management programs.

Resolution 20: This resolution discussed the resignation of Raymond A. Mason School of Business professor Philip Shane. He joined the School of Business in 2013. His research interests include the economics of financial reporting, incentives and financial statement analysis. Following this resignation, he will be a KPMG professor of business emeritus.

Resolution 21: This resolution discussed the resignation of Kim Whitley M.Ed. ’91, Ed.D. ’96, another of the College’s kinesiology instructors for activity-based courses. Whitley began his career teaching in 1986 and has since taught Adventure Sports Leadership, Rock Climbing, Backpacking, Adventure Games, Canoe Camping, Flatwater Canoeing, Mountain Biking, Outdoor Leadership and Ski/Snowboard Maine.

Resolution 22: This resolution contains the final text of the amended weapons policy for the College. This policy was first introduced in fall 2017 and was also discussed by the BOV in February 2018. This policy expands the prohibition of weapons and also adds that those in violation of the policy might face arrest.

Resolution 23: This resolution contains the final text of the amended open flames policy for the College. This policy was first introduced in fall 2017 and was also discussed by the BOV in February 2018. These amended policies came about from a desire to address potential safety concerns. This policy requires all individuals to obtain permits for open flames on campus.

Resolution 24: The BOV voted on the College’s operating budget for fiscal year 2018-19. This budget comes as part of the Six-Year Plan that was previously approved by the BOV.

Resolution 25: This resolution addresses the changes in student tuition for fiscal year 2018-19. It maintains that the William and Mary Promise will be offered to in-state students. For FY 2019, the in-state tuition for new students will be $17,434. The out-of-state tuition for incoming new students will be $38,734.

Resolution 26: The BOV also voted on the operating budget for VIMS. The state appropriation for fiscal year 2018-19 is $23 million in general funds support. Total revenue for FY 2019 is $48,262,754 and total expenditures is $48,222,754.

Resolution 27: This resolution amends the bylaws of the BOV. These amendments include adding a new section for student representative members of committees and correcting the title for the vice president for strategic initiatives and public affairs position.

Resolution 28: The Richard Bland College Committee approved leaves of absences for art professor Michelle Delano and English professor Elizabeth Rescher for the 2018-19 academic year for purposes of study and reflection.

Resolution 29: This resolution approved the hiring of a two-year postdoctoral fellow for The Lemon Project in partnership with the Omohundro Institute.

Resolution 30: This resolution discussed the College’s decision to adopt an Early Decision II admissions program, in addition to the current Early Decision I and regular decision admissions programs.

Resolution 31: In this resolution, the BOV commended English professor Jacquelyn McLendon for her work as the chair of the 50th Anniversary Committee as well as the work of Dawn Lambert, the administrative assistant to the committee.

Resolution 32: This resolution confirms the acceptance of a historic gift of a sterling silver and enamel badge of office to be worn by the College president. No such badge or chain has been worn by a College president since 1987. This badge will be added to the official regalia and will be worn at all official programs.

Resolution 33: This resolution honors College President Taylor Reveley and his wife, Helen Reveley, for their service to the College. It also confers upon the couple the titles of president emeritus and first lady emerita.

Resolution 34: The BOV issued this resolution as an apology for the College’s historic role in slavery and segregation. It also serves as a salutation to the work of late history professor Robert Engs, The Lemon Project and Lemon Project Director Jody Allen.