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WINTHROP UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

May 13, 2004
Via Teleconference

Minutes of Meeting of the Board of Trustees

Members present:            Mary Jean Martin (Chair), Kathy Bigham, Larry Durham, Polly Ford, Bob Gahagan, Sanita Savage Bob Thompson, Skip Tuttle and Anthony J. DiGiorgio (ex officio).

Members absent:              Karl Folkens, Glenda Owens.

Representative present:     Marilyn Smith, Faculty Representative.

Representative absent:      Richard Fowler, Student Representative.

Staff present:                   Brien Lewis, Secretary to the Board.

Guests present:                Karen Bair, The Rock Hill Herald; Jim Johnston, Biology Department Chair; Joy Mwiruki, student.


The Board of Trustees met on Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. via teleconference at the call of the Chair pursuant to Article V(B) of the Board’s by-laws.

Call to Order
Mary Jean Martin called the meeting to order at 10:06 a.m.

Resolution to Endorse Agreement with Rock Hill School District Three
Bob Thompson moved that the Board endorse the Resolution and Skip Tuttle seconded the Motion. President DiGiorgio reviewed the resolution and supporting materials that had been presented to the Board and noted that the proposed Agreement had been approved on Monday May 10 by the Rock Hill School Board. He also noted that the work could begin within days and, weather permitting, that the project to convert the 1.1 acre area to “wetland” could be completed within a couple of weeks. Skip Tuttle noted that the area in question was ideal for this purpose and could not be used usefully for other purposes. President DiGiorgio was asked what the cost of the project would be to Winthrop University and he responded that there would be minimal costs related to signage and fencing, as well as annual reporting to appropriate state agencies. Biology Department Chair Jim Johnston was asked for his perspective and he reported that the Biology faculty were ecstatic about the project because of improved aesthetics, the improvements the wetlands would make in cleaning the lake area, and the creation of a research area for students and faculty. The Resolution passed unanimously by voice vote.

Executive Session
Bob Thompson moved, seconded by Skip Tuttle, that the Board go into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing personnel and legal matters. The motion was approved unanimously by voice vote. No actions were taken in Executive Session.

Adjournment
Upon returning to public session, Bob Gahagan moved that the Board adjourn. The Motion was seconded by Bob Thompson and approved unanimously by voice vote. The Board adjourned at 10:35 a.m.

Minutes submitted by Brien Lewis, Secretary to the Board.

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