1 NORTH CAROLINA WAYNE COUNTY The Wayne County Board of Commissioners met in special session on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. in the Hennessee Room in the Lois K. Murphy Regional Center at the University of Mount Olive, 630 Henderson Street, Mount Olive, North Carolina, after due notice thereof had been given. Members present: George Wayne Aycock, Jr., Chairman; Edward E. Cromartie, Vice Chairman; Joe Daughtery; A. Joe Gurley, III and E. Ray Mayo. Welcome Members absent: John M. Bell and William H. Pate. University of Mount Olive President Dr. PhilipP. Kerstetter welcomed everyone to the meeting. The information will show the Board of Commissioners how far the University of Mount Olive has come since 1954 when Dr. Burkette Raper opened Mount Olive College at Mount Olive Elementary School with 22 students. The University of Mount Olive is 60 years old. Dr. Burkette Raper's dream is now a reality. State of the University Report University of Mount Olive President Dr. PhilipP. Kerstetter stated the University of Mount Olive has seven locations- Research Triangle Park, Washington, New Bern, Jacksonville, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and the Mount Olive campus. There are 971 traditional students enrolled this semester with plans to grow to 1,100 students. There are 560 enrolled students living on campus with a goal of The seven locations have 2, 173 non-traditional students. There are 139 online enrolled students and 50 graduate students enrolled. Last January the University of Mount Olive offered its first MBA graduate program online and plans to expand to other graduate programs. The budgets are conservative and attainable. The current annual operating budget is under $38 million. The enrollment is sufficient to meet the operating budget. Unrestricted net assets have steadily increased. The university's financial responsibility ratio is almost twice what is required. The University of Mount Olive has made improvements to its physical plant. The former Sleep Inn was acquired. The old Mount Olive High School was acquired. There are new locker facilities and fields for lacrosse. The university has a new agriculture/maintenance facility and farm facility. The capital campaign has reached $19.8 million of its $20 million goal. Funding includes expansion ofthe fine arts, expansion of housing, an agricultural facility and support to secure programs. The university is seeking support for an all-weather track/field, chapel expansion, Henderson Building improvements and additional housing expansion. The University of Mount Olive does face challenges. There are changes in federal and state financial aid regulations and state tax laws. Regional and national accreditation rules are changing. Population demographics are changing. Collaborations are needed for the future. The University of Mount Olive also has many opportunities. These include agriculture, the fine arts, education and health care. The university is emphasizing its marketing niche. Changing demographics present new opportunities. Collaboration presents new avenues to explore. The University of Mount Olive wants to be part of a larger education curriculum and continuum partnership with the Wayne County Public Schools and Wayne Community College. The university also wants to be a good neighbor with the community.
2 Special Presentation - Agriculture by Dr. Sandra Maddox Dr. Sandra Maddox highlighted the agriculture program at the University of Mount Olive: Applied learning experiences Advanced and innovative teaching facilities Agriculture community support for program growth Statewide recognition of academic programs Agribusiness degree program has 59 enrolled. 2nd highest enrollment in programs offered in Tillman School of Business. Agriculture education degree program has 61 enrolled. Highest enrollment in programs offered in education. State approved teacher education licensure. There are two concentrations- agriculture teacher education and outreach and development education Agricultural production systems degree program will begin in the fall of2015. This program is designed to transition students graduating with an Associate of Applied Science into a Bachelor of Science degree program. The majority of the students are from eastern North Carolina, but the range is shifting across the state. 100% of the graduates are placed. 98% of the graduates are employed in eastern North Carolina. 90% of the agriculture education graduates are enrolled in graduate degree programs. The Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center has currently been awarded $446,500 in grants in A three-acre arboretum is being planned to train University of Mount Olive students, high school students, and nursery and landscape professionals. A new agricultural mechanical facility is being built to house welding, electronics, hydraulics and other agriculture-related programs. The University of Mount Olive received a 70-acre farm in Duplin County from the George Kornegay family to be used as a teaching facility. The farm will incorporate field crops, poultry, organic units, ruminants, agribusiness, marketing and other agriculture related programs. Special Presentation- Nursing by Dr. Joy Kieffer Dr. Joy Kieffer highlighted the nursing program at the University of Mount Olive: The Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN) degree is designed for licensed registered nurses who have graduated from a regionally accredited associate degree or diploma program in nursing and are planning to return to school for a bachelors degree and/or preparation for graduate-level education. The nursing classes are online only. Classes are small and offer individual guidance and expert faculty. Students have mentors. The program is reading and writing intensive and requires a minimum of 20 hours per week to complete classes and assignments. Classes are turning over every five weeks. Program has been in existence for nine semesters (fall of2014) with 55 baccalaureate degrees in nursing. Currently, there are approximately 94 BSN students taking courses. Awaiting accreditation status from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education following positive comments at the exit interview meeting. The initial accreditation decision this month will be for a five-year term. The follow-up onsite evaluation for the RN to BSN degree program in 2019 will be for a 1 0-year term. Online Masters in Nursing degree with a dual concentration in nursing education and nursing administration has been proposed. Special Presentation - Biological and Physical Sciences by Dr. Michael Cariveau Dr. Michael Cariveau highlighted the biological and physical sciences program at the University of Mount Olive: The biological and physical sciences program is one of the fastest growing majors among the students at Mount Olive College. The science program offers students hands-on learning with caring faculty who want to see every student achieve success. Classes are tailored to the student. Students learn in and out of the classroom.
3 Faculty is engaging with the students, who receive personal attention so they can get the most out of their program of study and a firm foundation in the essential areas of biology, chemistry and physics. Most students are placed after graduation and many further their educational pursuits. Special Presentation- Education by Dr. Tommy Benson Dr. Tommy Benson highlighted the teacher education program at the University of Mount Olive: Options for education majors- Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education (B-K) and elementary education (K-6); Bachelor of Science degree (K-12licensure) in music education and health and physical education; Bachelor of Science (secondary licensure) in social studies education, mathematics education, comprehensive science education and agriculture education; and Bachelor of Arts Degree (secondary licensure) in English. The goal is to have students in the classroom early and make sure they have a passion for the classroom and want to teach. Students are required to begin working in the schools during their freshman year and continue through their internship in their senior year. Teachers learn from practice. The University of Mount Olive believes teachers should have a calling and know this is their passion and want to make a difference in the lives of children. Teachers touch the future. The education department is comprised of ( 1) early childhood education (birth to kindergarten); (2) elementary education (kindergarten to 6th grade); (3) lateral entry program; and (4) licensure only. Degrees in secondary and middle school licensure programs include English, science, mathematics, social studies, music, agriculture education, health and physical education, elementary education, early childhood education and special education. Program for lateral entry teachers helps teachers with a degree in another field and are seeking licensure. Program for licensure only is for students who have received a degree other than a teaching degree and want to be teacher licensed. There is a proposal for a masters degree program in the future. Special Presentation- Masters of Business Administration Program by Dr. Norm Crumpacker Dr. Norm Crumpacker highlighted the Masters of Business Administration program in the Robert L. Tillman School of Business at the University ofmount Olive: MBA program began in January The 30-hour program is offered completely online. Two tracts available- a two-year tract and an accelerated one-year tract. Provides students with a fundamental knowledge of business functional and processes as well as understanding of the free enterprise system. Offered through the Robert L. Tillman School of Business Special Presentation - Analytics/Healthcare Management Program by Dr. Bankole Olatosi Dr. Bankole Olatosi highlighted the analytics/healthcare management program in the Robert L. Tillman School of Business at the University of Mount Olive: The healthcare management program is designed to prepare students to advance into supervisory and leadership positions in a variety of healthcare organizations and settings. The program requires an internship as a source of real world experience. The health care industry employs hundreds of thousands of individuals nationwide, and is acclaimed as one of the fastest growing industries in America. Those in health care management or healthcare administration are responsible for coordinating and organizing the financing and delivery of healthcare, and assist in the management of healthcare facilities. Often, this includes assessing the need for services, equipment, personnel, making recommendations regarding the expansion or curtailment of services and establishing new or auxiliary facilities. Healthcare managers may also oversee compliance with government agencies and regulations.
4 Analytics program is being scaled up to help students analyze practical application of data for business technologies. Special Presentation - Athletics Program bv Jeff Eisen Jeff Eisen highlighted athletics at the University of Mount Olive: University of Mount Olive offers 20 varsity sports, including 75 students participating in lacrosse 400 student athletes with over a 3.0 GP A over the past six semesters NCAA Division II member Student athletes involved in community activities including moving books into the new Steele Memorial Library and fundraising for Make-A-Wish America University of Mount Olive publicly recognizes its student athletes Infrastructure improvements including resurfacing of tennis courts, improving the baseball diamond and new flooring in the Kornegay Arena. New track and field facility needs for athletes. Even though the track team has no track, the men's track team is h in the nation. The goal is to build an all-weather surface facility on US Highway 117 with eight lanes and a competition field for lacrosse and baseball practice. This facility is part of the capital campaign. Comments University of Mount Olive President Dr. PhilipP. Kerstetter stated the University of Mount Olive continues to be a resource for Wayne County. The university is committed to serve the population east of Interstate 95 on behalf of the Freewill Baptist Church, the Mount Olive community, Wayne County and eastern North Carolina. The University of Mount Olive wants to be a major player in helping the people in our area. The university is broadening its prospective by adding athletic programs such as lacrosse, recruiting larger and more diverse populations, reaching out to international students through scholarship opportunities and interacting with student athletes. Moreover, the University of Mount Olive is showing students the importance of eastern North Carolina values. The honors programs have been restructured in order for students to get a broader prospective of our world by offering affordable opportunities for students to visit abroad. University of Mount Olive Foundation Chairman George Kornegay thanked the Board of Commissioners for coming. Darrell Horne, Chairman ofthe University of Mount Olive Board oftrustees, stated he appreciated the Board of Commissioners visiting the University of Mount Olive. The Board of Trustees is very proud of the administration, faculty and students, who are passionate about the university and everything they do to make it successful. Commissioner E. Ray Mayo stated he appreciated what the University of Mount Olive meant to Wayne County and eastern North Carolina. The University of Mount Olive has collaborated with many entities to be successful. Chairman George Wayne Aycock, Jr. thanked University of Mount Olive President Dr. PhilipP. Kerstetter for the invitation. Wayne County is fortunate to have the University of Mount Olive and Wayne Community College collaborating on educational programs for our citizens. Commissioner Joe Daughtery stated we recognize our eastern North Carolina youth are gravitating to our metropolitan areas. Eastern North Carolina is losing many of our brightest hopes for the future. He requested everyone support better highways in eastern North Carolina, such as the completion of Interstate 795 to Interstate 40, which will pass by the University of Mount Olive. Tour, Lunch and Comments The Board of Commissioners toured the campus of the University of Mount Olive and the new performing arts center, which was the former Mount Olive High School.
5 The Board of Commissioners and staff joined the University of Mount Olive faculty and staff for lunch. Members ofthe Board of Commissioners thanked the University ofmount Olive faculty and staff for the overview and tour. The University of Mount Olive is a value asset for Wayne County and an excellent community partner. Adjournment There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 1:15 p.m. ~tv12-jnw Mar. Wilson Clerk to the Board
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