2001 Session

Budget Amendments - SB800 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Hawkins
SCHEV - Advance Learning & Research Center (language only)

Item 162 #4s

Item 162 #4s

Education: Higher Education
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

Page 181, after line 38 insert:
"J. 1.
With such funds as are appropriated or made available for this purpose, there is hereby established the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research and it shall be referred to in this Chapter as the Institute.  The founding institutions shall be Averett College, Danville Community College, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  The Institute shall:
a. Encourage the expansion of higher education and training needs in the area known as Southside Virginia for continuing education, workforce training and development, and degree-granting programs, including undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, through partnerships with the Commonwealth’s private and public institutions of higher education, the City of Danville, County of Pittsylvania, the public schools, and the public and private sectors in the region;
b. Serve as a resource and hub for network-related initiatives in education at all levels, and in economic development activities;
c. Encourage and coordinate as appropriate the development and delivery of programs offered by those educational institutions serving the region;
d. Serve as a resource and referral center by maintaining and disseminating information on existing educational programs and resources; and
e. Encourage high technology economic development in the region.
2. The Institute shall be governed initially by a Board of Trustees consisting of the President of Averett College or his designee, the President of Danville Community College or his designee, the President of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University or his designee, a representative of the City of Danville, a representative of Pittsylvania County, and the Chairman of the Board of the Future of the Piedmont Foundation. An expanded Board shall be proposed for consideration in the 2002 session of the General Assembly. The Board shall elect a chairman and a vice-chairman from among its members.
3. The Board of Trustees shall have, in addition to its other powers, all the corporate powers given to corporations by the provisions of Title 13.1, except in those cases where, by the express terms of its provisions, it is confined to corporations created under that title.  The Board shall also have the power to accept, execute, and administer any trust in which it may have an interest under the terms of the instrument creating the trust. The Board shall have the authority to establish and administer agreements with institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth to provide continuing education and instructional programs at the Institute through both traditional and electronic modes of delivery.
4. The Board shall appoint an executive director for the Institute, who may be an employee of one of the founding institutions of higher education.  The executive director shall supervise and manage the Institute and shall prepare and submit, upon direction and approval by the Board, all requests for appropriations. In its initial phase additional staff support for the functions of the Institute may be provided upon agreement by the founding institutions and local governments.
5.     The Board is authorized on behalf of the Institute to apply for, accept, and expend gifts, grants, or donations from public or private sources to enable it to carry out its objectives.
6.     All agencies of the Commonwealth shall cooperate with the Institute, and upon request, assist the Institute in performance of its duties."

(This amendment is self-explanatory.)