Yesterday marked the first meeting for the Board of Visitors for the 2012-2013 academic year.
Monday’s meeting began with discussion of a new faculty development program focused on recruiting and preparing individuals to enter the ranks of Virginia Tech faculty.
“The future faculty development program is designed to enhance the faculty pipeline by intentionally reaching out to promising graduate students who have the potential to contribute to the university,” said Suzanne Obenshain, chair of the Academic Affairs Committee. “An extended campus site to support this mission in Newport News was proposed, and the resolution for the new facility carried through.”
The new off-site location in Newport News will be operated by staff at the Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Center.
Another issue discussed during the meeting concerned the Summer Academy program. This program assisted 126 freshmen in the transition from high school to the university.
The program was meant to give new freshmen an early glimpse at the rigor of university work and help them navigate Tech’s campus.
“Plans are underway to prepare for next year’s summer academy. Students received advising and most attended Hokie Camp, and reported a majority of positive feedback,” Obenshain said.
Cordel Faulk, the chair for the Student Affairs and Athletics Committee, shared news and gave feedback from students who participated in Hokie Camp.
“This year, we increased enrollment in Hokie Camp by more than 800, and I’m happy to report that next year we may be at capacity with our current facilities,” Faulk said.
Hokie Camp is currently held at W. E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake.
Faulk introduced other student life issues to the board. The Corps of Cadets is seeing its highest enrollment since the 1960s, Tech opened its second residential college in West Ambler Johnston and the new dining facility, and Turner Place at Lavery Hall was opened.
The student affairs committee also made note of the hiring of a full-time LGBT coordinator position to serve the LGBT community and put on programming, such as Safe Zone trainings.
This meeting also a first for several new board members.
“This is somewhat of a unique situation in that we have eight new board members, with four out of five committee chairs being new, along with a new rector,” said the new rector for the board, Michael Quillen.
The new members of the Board include Nancy Dye, William Fairchild, Keith Fulton and Dennis Teacy. The Governor of Virginia appoints all but one member of the board, and members serve until June 30, 2016.
The board’s next meetings will be on Nov. 17 and 18, 2012. Visit bov.vt.edu for information on which sections of their meetings are open to the public.