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2011 News Releases

Board of Visitors approves internal operating budget and elects new slate of Board officers

June 22, 2011

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The Longwood University Board of Visitors took the following actions during its meeting Friday, June 17, 2011:

  • approved an internal operating budget for fiscal year 2011-12. The projected revenue budget is $101,540,040, an increase of slightly more than $3.2 million over the current fiscal year. The proposed expenditure budget is $99,578,008, an increase of nearly $3.6 million over the current fiscal year.
  • approved a resolution that will allow the use of bond proceeds remaining in the former Lankford Hall renovation/addition project to be used to fund the University Center project design. After the Master Plan was completed, it was determined that a new building would be constructed for the University Center and that Lankford would be renovated for library space and for a "one-stop shop" for students. Under previous plans, when Lankford was slated to remain the student union facility, the university sold 9(d) bonds to fund design work to renovate and add onto Lankford. The University Center, to be built on the site of the Cunningham residence halls, will be funded by bonds and private donations.
  • approved a motion that the university will lease a property at 200 N. Main St. from the Longwood Real Estate Foundation if the Longwood Real Estate Foundation purchases the property.
  • approved an audit plan for fiscal year 2011-12.
  • approved revisions to the Student Handbook that govern how student complaints are handled. The changes are designed to help Longwood maintain compliance with Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' requirements on institutional procedures to respond to students' written complaints.
  • affirmed new faculty hires: Dr. Donald P. Blaheta, assistant professor of computer science; Emily Cox, instructor and librarian for instruction and reference services; Dr. Danette C. Gibbs, assistant professor of psychology; Blain C. Harrison, instructor of exercise science; Dr. Brett Martz, assistant professor of German; Michael J. Mergen, instructor of art; Susan Szasz Palmer, dean of Greenwood Library and professor of library science; Dr. Gary L. Page, visiting assistant professor in physics; Sean R. Rudy, assistant professor of English; and Thomas H. Wears, assistant professor of mathematics.
  • affirmed the appointment of Dr. Bryan Rowland as vice president for university advancement. Dr. Rowland will begin work June 27.
  • re-appointed three board members of the Longwood Real Estate Foundation: Otis L. Brown, Barry J. Case, and E. Duffy Myrtetus. Brown is president of the Real Estate Foundation and vice rector of the Longwood Board of Visitors; Case is a former rector of the Longwood Board of Visitors; and Myrtetus, a Richmond attorney who specializes in real estate, is a partner with Kaufman & Canoles. All were re-appointed to three-year terms and have served on the Real Estate Foundation since its inception in 2004.
  • approved accepting American Sign Language (ASL) courses toward satisfaction of the university's foreign language entrance requirement. This is to conform with action by the General Assembly in the last session that requires public institutions of higher education to count successful completion of ASL courses, either in a secondary school or higher education institution, toward satisfaction of the foreign language entrance requirement.
  • approved granting undergraduate course credit to students who have successfully taken Cambridge Advanced Examinations and achieved the minimum required scores. This is to conform with action by the General Assembly in the last session to award course credit for Cambridge Advanced Examinations taken by high school students as part of the secondary school diplomas.
  • elected a slate of Board of Visitors' officers to serve the 2011-12 term, beginning July 1: Marge Connelly, rector; Rita Hughes, vice rector; Dr. Judi Lynch, secretary; and Jane Brooke, member-at-large. Hughes, Dr. Lynch and Brooke are Longwood alumni. Connelly has served on the Board since 2004 and was rector from 2007 to 2009.