Regents vote on Sig Ep move, announce enrollment numbers

Regents vote on Sig Ep move, announce enrollment numbers


A “light” agenda at this morning’s Board of Regents Fourth Quarterly meeting still held important action and informational items for WKU.

The biggest action item was the approval of the university’s authorization to exchange the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity property on Normal Street with their new home at Cherry Hill Place.

The resolution passed with six approvals, one disapproval, and one Regent abstaining.

Student regent Cory Dodds abstained from the vote, after saying he believed the Honors College shouldn’t be the first renovation priority at this time.

Faculty regent Patricia Minter voted “no” to the resolution. During discussion, Minter asked questions regarding the debt still owed on the Sig Ep property, and how much funding for the Honors College facility would come from Navitas International students.

The biggest informational item in the meeting was the announcement of increasing enrollment figures for the fall 2012 semester.

According to the report presented at the meeting, there are currently 21,124 students enrolled this semester, a 76-student increase from Fall 2011 enrollment.

Brian Meredith, associate vice president for Enrollment Management, said the number of juniors and seniors enrolled increased, as did the number of dual-credit high school students enrolled in WKU classes. Meredith said the freshmen “maintained” from the previous year. There was a 13 percent increase in international students this semester.

During the meeting, the Board also:

  • Approved awarding Emeritus status to three retired faculty.
  • Heard construction updates, utilities assessment, and further plans from John Osborne, vice president of Campus Services and Facilities, and Bryan Russell, director of Planning, Design & Construction.
  • Approved personnel salary increases listed in the agenda
  • Celebrated the 15th anniversary of President Gary Ransdell’s time at WKU
  • Received updates from Deborah Wilkins, chief of staff and general counsel, regarding reevaluating WKU’s Clery Act and Title IX policies.

The meeting went into a closed executive session at the request of Dodds to discuss “impending litigation regarding the university.”