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Board Meeting Minutes

July 29, 2003


Board members present:  Jay Allen, Joan Dressel, Bill Fisher, Barbara Humphrys, Edith Keys, Bill Miller, Betty Moore, Willene Paxton, Dorman Stout, Betty Tester, and Charles Votaw.  Others present: Diana McClay

The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Betty Moore at 3:33 p.m.

Ms. Moore began by thanking those responsible for the successful picnic.  She also thanked Dorman Stout and his committee for creating the letter concerning taxes which was approved at the picnic and subsequently sent to Governor Bredesen who has responded (letter attached to minutes).  She also noted that she had called Dr. Stanton and indicated the board's support of the difficult decisions he has had to make because of the budget situation.

The minutes were approved as distributed by unanimous acclamation.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:  Ms. Betty Moore, Chair

Ms. Moore drew attention to the previous suggestion that certain legislators be invited to a board meeting.  She wondered if a subcommittee should be formed to develop a statement of purpose of meeting, questions to be asked, and requests to be made.  Bill Fisher indicated that the faculty was considering a similar meeting. Bill Fisher was asked to act as liaison with faculty and determine if it would be appropriate to join forces.  Bill will report back to the board.

Ms. Moore asked for suggestions of names to be given to the Faculty Outreach Committee.  Suggestions were submitted.


It was reported that the membership is now 312, the 300 level finally being surpassed.

FINANCE COMMITTEE: Mrs. Betty Tester, Chair

Completion of the June audit showed:

Operating fund............................................. $2,820.79

Life Membership Account:......................... $10,975.00

Scholarship Endowment Account:.............. $58,544.27

Endowment Interest Account:...................... $2,340.03

Two students who had received scholarships had sent nice notes of thanks to the board.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE:  Ms. Joan Dressel, Chair

The picnic was a great success.  Some suggestions for the fall meeting were given, including inviting Dr. Stanton to give an overview of the state of the university, and invite the athletic director to discuss sports at the university. (Incidentally a discussion of SARS was ruled out.)  

TALES OF THE UNIVERSITY:  Dr. Willene Paxton, Chair

Willene Paxton had nothing to add for the Tales of the University Committee since the picnic.

She indicated there will be a meeting of her committee the next week and asked for more members.  Dr. Stout was volunteered for this duty.

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE:  Dr. Barbara Humphrys, Chair

Dr. Humphrys will use the current membership list to notify the membership of the Eat and Chat session at Shoney's, September 18.


George Granger was absent. Ms. Moore had asked George to attend a work session by AARP on independent living.  He obtained several packets of information to distribute to board members and others.  One useful item is a check list of safety items for the home.

LIAISON COMMITTEE:  Dr. William Fisher, Chair

Several items were brought to the board members attention.  These were: 

         information on an act before the Tennessee General Assembly concerning nursing homes;

         estimated fiscal impact of the current fiscal budget for the state;

         information on scholarships available to ETSU students;

         new higher education laws passed by the assembly;

         information on the state's income and expenses;

         higher education budgets for next fiscal year (current status which can change depending on income received by the State);

         important legislative dates coming up;

         information and membership on creation of a State Select Oversight Committee on Higher Education;

         information on the State's house and senate bills to establish a TennCare Pharmacy Advisory Committee within the department of Finance and Administration (one function will be the creation of a preferred drug list for TennCare).


Ms. Moore indicated the need to establish a nominating committee to recommend a slate of nominees for election to the board at the fall meeting.  She requested volunteers.  The response was less than enthusiastic. She will proceed with creation of the committee.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:45 p.m.

Respectively submitted,


Charles Votaw, Secretary

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