The University of Arkansas-Monticello's Board of Visitors met on the Monticello campus Oct. 5
in a general meeting to discuss UAM finances and other
Board President Ian Beer of Monticello called the meeting to order. Following
his call to order, individuals from various departments on campus issued reports
about their areas. A portion of the meeting focused on the university ending the
2003-2004 fiscal year in the black.
Dr. Mark Davis, vice chancellor for finance and administration, provided the
board with positive news concerning the university's fiscal year end.
“All of our revenues were up for this year,” Davis said. “Total revenues
exceeded total expenditures by $2,392 for the 2003-2004 fiscal year.”
Davis attributed the positive revenues to a variety of things, but he said he
believes the recent increase in student enrollment was a significant factor.
Davis also reported to the board on the master plan being developed for the
university system. The plan will help university officials improve the campus
appearance, landscaping, possible future developments and a variety of other
“We are very excited about working with the architect over the coming year,”
Davis said. “Not only is this exciting for the Monticello campus, but it is also
exciting for the Crossett and McGehee campuses as they will be included in the
In addition to finances, the board addressed several other university related
- David Ray, vice chancellor for academic affairs, discussed current academic
concerns including concurrent enrollment for high school students.
“I recently met with 13 area superintendents to discuss the possibility of UAM
coming back into their schools to offer courses,” Ray said. “The interest level
is very high at this time.”
Ray also announced his newest staff member. Former UAM employee Dr. Ranelle
Eubanks returned to the university to accept the position of assistant vice
chancellor for academic affairs at the beginning of October. Eubanks comes to
UAM from Auburn University - Montgomery where she served as Director of the
Student Services Center.
Ray also briefed the board on the new academic catalog currently in the
development stages. The catalog, set to be released in July 2005, will include
all three campuses of the UAM system.
- Dr. Peggy Doss, vice chancellor for student affairs and university relations,
presented the board with a brief homecoming update. According to Doss, several
events will take place during the week preceding Halloween.
“We are very excited about the homecoming festivities, and we hope our turnout
is big,” Doss said. “In addition to providing our alumni and friends with a
variety of activities homecoming weekend, students will also have numerous
events to take part in during the week.”
Additionally, Doss acknowledged the increase in student enrollment again this
fall. Figures released by Doss indicated the enrollment for the UAM system to be
Doss also included an update to the board on the 2004 annual phonathon
fundraising campaign conducted through the university relations office. Current
reports show the campaign has already exceeded the amount of gifts received this
time last year.
“We are very pleased with the success we have had so far with our phonathon,”
Doss said. “It is exciting to know our alumni and friends are willing to give
back to their university.”
- Athletic Director Alvy Early announced two new competitive sports coming to
UAM. The new sports, women's volleyball and men's cross country, will keep the
university in compliance with current athletic regulations.
Early also announced UAM offered more athletic scholarships to deserving
recipients this year. The increase in scholarship money came from the extra
money generated in student athletic fees.
- UAM Chancellor Dr. Jack Lassiter addressed the board last. Lassiter
complimented the work of the Higher Learning Commission team of the North
Central Association of Colleges and Schools who was on campus to re-accredit the
university. Several members of the accrediting team made an appearance at the
Board of Visitors meeting.
Lassiter also told the board about ideas to the promote the
university. Current plans include renting local billboards and movie theater
advertisements aimed to promote UAM and help with student recruitment efforts.
Lassiter said a video production team will be on campus homecoming week to
shoot footage for a new recruitment video..
The Governor appoints members to the UAM Board of Visitors. The board serves
as a link between the local community and the university. The board holds open
meetings on a quarterly basis unless a specially called meeting is necessary.
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