West VirginiaUniversitys Board of Governors on Friday (Sept. 6) adopted 10 operating goals for the University as outlined by President David C. Hardesty Jr. and expressed appreciation to the president and his team for achieving outstanding results in 2001-02.

“The single most important subject the board had on its agenda last Friday was a report by the president on his goals and achievements for 2001-2002 and his recommendations for 2002-2003,”said BOG Chairman Hank Barnette, chairman emeritus of Bethlehem Steel, a 1956 WVU graduate and a member of WVU s Distinguished Alumni Academy.

“And, as President Hardesty pointed out many times, these achievements are a result of a team effort, inclusive of the entire administrative staff and the University as a whole.”

When viewed collectively, Barnette said WVU s successes over the past year are”overwhelming,”noting the completion of four major facility projects; record highs in enrollment, research funding and private support; maintaining a stable budget in difficult financial times; and contributing to economic development through projects like the ResearchPark, among others.

This is a strategic course the board wants the University to maintain and grow, Barnette said, noting that the panel”enthusiastically adopted a resolution that unanimously expressed approval of these achievements”that serve to advance the mission of WVU .

Highlights of those 2001-02 goals include:

  • Advance the vision and strategic plan of the University

  • a record freshman enrollment of close to 4,000, which is driving record overall enrollment at more than 23,000 at a time of declining high school enrollment in West Virginia

  • a 6.89 increase in summer enrollment over last year

  • enhanced academic credentials of incoming freshmen in terms of average ACT scores and GPAs

  • 126 percent residence hall occupancy

  • successful Operation Jump-Start programs such as Resident Faculty Leaders and the Mountaineer Parents Club with some 11,000 families

  • the addition of 19 new faculty positions and approximately $1.7 million in new computers for faculty

  • expanded technical support, including the launch of a student-faculty intranet and completion of new administrative data center

  • fulfilled a pledge to move salaries to 90 percent of SREB for faculty and to fully fund classified employee salary schedule

  • finances remained stable and collections exceeded budget

  • Cause the University to be accountable and responsive to the State and its citizens extramural funding for research grew to $134 million, an amount that has doubled since 1998

  • significant progress has been made toward developing a research park in Morgantown

  • two projects are in the final stages of consideration for funding from the West Virginia Economic Development Grant Committee (ResearchPark and StateFireAcademy)

  • WVU joined with start-up company Protea Biosciences

  • patent applications continue to rise since establishing Office of Technology Transfer to facilitate the process of commercializing faculty research

  • WVU continues to recruit PROMISE -eligible West Virginia residents with approximately 1,400 of the eligible 3,800 students matriculating to WVU

  • some 87 capstone courses offered to undergraduates

  • master plan at health sciences expanding patient care and facilities for West Virginians

  • Lead operations and capital construction

  • facility master plan is brought to completion with Wise Library Complex, StudentRecreationCenter, Life Sciences and One Waterfront, including a new VisitorsResourceCenter

  • other capital projects on tap include Jacksons Mill cottage renovations, Coliseum roof repair, renovations to Lair Plaza/parking structure, etc.

  • three major construction projects at Health Sciences will commence next year, including Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute

  • Support institutional advancement and fund-raising

  • private giving increased significantly over the past five years, withthe”Building Greatness”campaign nearing its goal of $250 million, with $225.8 million in support as of August 2002

  • contributions from alumni and friends accounted for more than $127.7 million; gifts from corporations and foundations comprised approximately $71.9 million; $26.2 million came from other organizations

  • Other goals met this year included providing management succession, leadership training and development and enhancing governance of the University

For the 2002-2003 academic year, the president set forth these goals that the board endorsed:

  • Advance the vision and strategic plan of the University further developing WVU s brand as a student-centered environment, while expanding research centers and investing in technology that meets the needs of the state and nation.

  • Maintain sound financial condition �€leading efforts to examine reductions in state appropriations while lessening the impact of these proposed reductions.

  • Foster accountability and responsiveness to the State and its citizens �€ addressing a board range of issues from undergraduate and graduate education and access to enrollment management, research capacity and health care cost and delivery, among others.

  • Facilitate State leadership �€by identifying and pursuing strategies that enhance the states economy and support efficiency and effectiveness

  • Complete the Presidents Four-Year Evaluation �€per the Boards required process.

  • Lead operations and capital construction �€providing oversight of University operations and the timely completion of capital projects.

  • Provide management succession, leadership training and development �€through goal setting with senior executives, training, hiring, mentoring and personal study.

  • Support institutional advancement and fund raising �€by supporting the”Building Greatness”campaign and focusing on donor relations.

  • Evaluate enrollment management �€ by providing oversight of a University-wide examination of enrollment management-related issues including expansion of non-resident enrollment and appropriate standards for admission and entrance into various majors and programs.

  • Governance �€continuing to work closely with the Board on creating a highly effective system of governance by keeping them informed and involved.