meet to pass budget, award tenure
ERIC CHAMBERS, STAFF WRITER
The Board of Trustees had a busy schedule at last weekend's
meeting held at the Black Point Inn in Prout's Neck, Maine. The Board
discussed a report presented by the Committee of the Future, awarded tenure
to five professors, finalized the College's budget for the next fiscal
year, and talked about the possible construction of a new academic building.
The report issued by the Committee of the Future was
compiled in December after faculty, staff, and students visited other
liberal arts colleges across the country.
The report identifies what the committee believes are
specific trends occurring in liberal arts education and focuses on areas
such as identity, curriculum, faculty recruitment, admissions, and capital
Calling this an "opportunity for the self-education
of board members," Secretary of the College Richard Mersereau said that
the major purpose of this report was to identify the specific goals that
a liberal arts college such as Bowdoin should have.
Copies of the report are available on reserve at Hawthorne-Longfellow
The trustees also voted to award tenure to five assistant
professors: Nancy Jennings in the Department of Education, Scott MacEachern
in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Madeleine Msall in the
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Elizabeth Muther in the Department
of English, and Patrick Rael in the Department of History.
The Board also approved the 2001-2002 budget for the
College, presented by Vice President for Finance and Administration and
Treasurer Kent Chabotar, and also approved the official tuition costs
for the 2001-2002 year.
The Board also discussed the construction of a possible
new academic building on campus. This building would be located between
Adams Hall and Memorial Hall and would house the psychology and education
departments as well as the Baldwin Learning Center.
Although Mersereau said that the plans for the building
were in no way definite, "talking about it at the meeting is enough to
say that we think enough of this plan to spend money on it, which is the
first action that leads to approval." If plans are carried out, between
$8 and $10 million will be allocated toward the construction.
Although the trustees discussed many issues during the
two-day meeting, only a few initiatives were voted on.
Mersereau said, "The College is in transition right
now, with the president Robert Edwards leaving and the president-elect
Barry Mills coming in."
Because of this, he said, the Board of Trustees is in
a position that makes it difficult to make hard and fast decisions about
policies concerning the future direction of the College.
"We have made this as harmonious a transition as possible,
with very encouraging results," Mersereau said.
For the first time in over twenty years, the trustees'
meeting was officially held off-campus.
The reason for this, Mersereau said, was so that the
members of the Board, including trustees, students, and other representatives,
"could get to know one another much better in a relaxed atmosphere."
One of the original intents of this meeting, which had
been planned over a year in advance, was to officially elect the new president
of the College. However, because the Presidential Search Committee made
a decision six weeks ahead of schedule, the Board used the time to officially
thank the Committee for its hard work and difficult decision-making.
The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled
for May 10-12.