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2009 News Releases

Longwood Board approves additional funding for Nursing program

September 17, 2009

The Longwood University Board of Visitors took the following actions during its meeting Sept. 11-12 on campus:

  • approved allocating up to $348,000 from the university's General Auxiliary Reserve Fund for planning expenses for the nursing program space in Stevens Hall. The funding is necessary for the clinical simulation laboratory, a key component of the program, to be completed when it is needed by the nursing program, which began this fall. The university has recently received three sources of funding for the laboratory totaling $1,135,000, of which $1 million came from Dr. Edward I. Gordon, a Farmville physician. It was the largest gift from a local donor in the university's history. Although additional funding is required to complete the space, the architectural plan will provide information on the total cost of the project and allow it to move forward. With this request, the estimated State Auxiliary Reserve balance is nearly $14.2 million.
  • approved documents related to Longwood's bid to obtain Level II authority in information technology and procurement, which would provide numerous benefits. Legislation was approved by the 2008 General Assembly establishing criteria for Virginia public colleges and universities seeking Level II status, granting additional operational authority, through the Restructuring Act passed in 2005. Institutions can request authority in two of these areas: information technology, procurement, and capital projects (excluding leases). Five colleges have been granted Level II status, and the Virginia Community College System plans to seek this authority.
  • approved a Memorandum of Understanding among Longwood University, the Longwood University Foundation Inc., and the Hull Springs Farm Foundation Inc., related to the management of the Farm. Some activities there have reached a level of complexity that requires a clear definition of the responsibilities of the aforementioned entities. Hull Springs Farm, which consists of 637 acres in Westmoreland County on the Northern Neck, was bequeathed to Longwood in 1999 by Mary Farley Ames Lee, a 1938 alumna.
  • approved a resolution granting authorization to the vice president for administration and finance to be the authorizing agent for a grant from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission. Longwood's Institute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative Practices and the Southside Virginia Regional Technology Consortium are applying for a grant of $1,319,108 to implement "Synergize Southside Virginia: Seeds of Change for Economic Development," a proposal that will expand the Southern Virginia Education Network, install high-definition video conferencing systems in partnering school divisions, and develop and implement courses in emerging technologies in partnership with higher education institutions in rural communities. A requirement of the grant application is a resolution from the Board of Visitors permitting a representative of the university to be the "authorizing agent" for the grant.
  • approved revised and new administrative policies regarding administration, finance, facilities and technology.
  • approved revisions and deletions of policies for information technology.
  • approved resolutions honoring former Board members Barry Case and Tom DeWitt, whose terms expired June 30. Each resolution praised each for having "served with distinction" and expressed "heartfelt appreciation for his devoted service." Case served on the Board for eight years and is a former rector, and DeWitt, a 1980 Longwood graduate, served for four years. Case chairs the Presidential Search and Screening Advisory Committee.

The next regular meeting of the Longwood University Board of Visitors will be held on campus on December 4-5, 2009.