Board of Regents meet Friday to discuss land sale, finances

Trey Crumbie

The Board of Regents will be discussing two new items at their meeting on Friday, in addition to voting on several items previously approved at the board meeting on Sept. 27.

The regents will discuss the selling of WKU’s land to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for the creation of a roundabout and will file university expenditures and revenue at 8 a.m. in the Cornelius A. Martin Regents Room located in Mass Media and Technology Hall.

President Gary Ransdell said sometimes action items will be voted on without going through committee meetings first because information may be unavailable at the time the committee meetings are held.

“In most circumstances, you want things to come through a committee to get the full discussion,” Ransdell said. “But the Board will have plenty of opportunity to discuss these two items.”

The first of the previously undiscussed action items — the selling of land — if approved, will allow WKU to sell a portion of its land to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to build a roundabout at the intersection of 31-W Bypass and University Boulevard.

Ransdell said the roundabout would alleviate traffic congestion.

One of the action items discussed in committee that will be voted on for final approval is the employment agreement for Deborah Wilkins, general counsel and chief of staff. The employment agreement will allow Wilkins to keep her position as general counsel but she will no longer serve as chief of staff.

Ransdell said the reason for the employment agreement is to alleviate workload pressure off of Wilkins.

“It was to much for one person to address,” Ransdell said.

Other action items that will be voted on are the approvals for Chinese and Arabic majors and minors and the approval for the creation of the department of psychological studies.

Keyana Boka, SGA President and student regent, said the Chinese and Arabic major and minor approval is the most relevant item pertaining to students at the meeting.

“These two languages are both critical languages for our country,” Boka said. “And in these times of globalization, I think they are very important to open a lot more opportunities for students and to make them overall more marketable in the workplace.”