Board of Visitors

Academic Affairs Committee Meeting April 16, 2021

Present from the Board

  • Maria Herbert (Acting Chair)
  • Ella P. Ward
  • Judy Ford Wason
  • Christy T. Morton
  • Regina P. Brayboy

Present from the University

  • David C. Doughty, Jr., University Provost
  • Rachel J. Holland, Associate Professor of Music and Faculty Senate Liaison
  • Deborah Roundtree, Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff

Absent from the Board

  • C. Bradford Hunter, Chair
  • Steven S. Kast
  • Lindsey Carney Smith, Esq.
  • Junius H. Williams, Jr.

The regular meeting of the BOV Academic Affairs Committee of Christopher Newport University was called to order at 9:30 AM on April 16, 2021 by Maria Herbert, Acting Committee Chair.

A vote was held to approve the previous minutes. A motion to approve the minutes was made by Ella P. Ward and seconded by Judy Ford Wason. The minutes were unanimously approved by the committee.

Topics that were discussed by the Provost are as follows:

  1. Faculty Searches
  2. Curriculum
    1. New Major in Kinesiology
    2. New Adjunct Major in Leadership
    3. First Graduating Class of MFinA (Masters of Financial Analysis)
  3. New Laboratories
    1. Cybersecurity Lab
    2. Kinesiology Lab
  4. New Agreements with Other Institutions
    1. Virginia Tech (4+1 Program)
    2. VCU (Admission to Medical School and Pauley Heart Center)
  5. Research
    1. 2.4 Million in grant awards, with 3.6 million still pending
    2. NSF CAREER award won by Physics Assistant Professor, Ryan Fisher
    3. Summer Scholars Program
  6. Wason Center for Civic Leadership
    1. Ran by Thomas Kramer - Executive Director; Dean Quentin Kidd - Academic Director; and Dr. Rebecca Bromley-Trujillo - Research Director
    2. Adjunct Major possible due to generous donation from the Wasons
  7. Study Abroad
    1. Spring/Summer trips cancelled, but one (Oxford)
    2. 20 Trips For Spring/Summer 2022
    3. Resume University of Glasgow Next Spring
  8. Service and Service Distinction
    1. Students Still Amass 50,000 hours of Community Service with half remote
    2. 230 students will graduate with Service Distinction, only dropped 20 from the previous years average.

A vote was held to recommend the previously viewed Emeritus Resolutions to the Full Board. A motion was made by Ella P. Ward and seconded by Christy T. Morton. The motion was unanimously passed.

With Commencement coming up, Provost David C. Doughty, Jr. informed the board members they were welcomed to attend as many events as they desired. He gave a quick rundown of all scheduled events.

With the remaining minutes, Acting Chairwoman Herbert asked Judy Ford Wason to discuss the history of the Wason Center.

The next meeting will be held at 10:00 AM on June 11, 2021 in the Madison Room of the David Student Union unless otherwise announced.

With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 10:28 AM by Acting Chairwoman, Maria Herbert.

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