2002 SAIR Business Meeting

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

  October 14, 2002


General Business

At 3:15 p.m., the meeting was called to order.  President Sam Lowther welcomed attendees and discussed the following items. 

Secretaryís Report

The business minutes from the 2001 SAIR Conference in Panama City were approved, with El Nault (Clemson University) moving and Joseph Hoey (Georgia Institute of Technology) seconding approval.

Treasurerís Report

Treasurer Ross Griffith stated that 351 individuals had registered for the SAIR 2002 conference.  He reported that the combined bank and investment balance, as of June 30, 2002, was $68,048.  Total assets, as of September 30, 2002, were $92,377 which included conference registration fees deposited by that date. The Financial Statement, dated October 8, 2002, was approved with Glenn James (Tennessee Tech) and Cornelia Wills (Middle Tennessee State University) seconding approval.

Past-Presidentís Report

Past President Harriott Calhoun reported that the newly elected board members are:

  • VP/President-Elect            Jim Purcell              Georgia College and State University        

  • Secretary                          Teresa Hall              University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Member-at-Large            Marcus Babaoye       Wiley College

  • Member-at-Large            Chris Mee                 Coastal Carolina University


The newly elected Nominating Committee members are:                                                   

  • Bill Fendley                                    University of Alabama         

  • John Kalb                                       Florida State University   

  • Kathleen Morley                             Baylor University

  • Libby Morris                                   University of Georgia

  • Nerissa Rivera                                 Duke University            


Past President Calhoun extended congratulations to all who were elected and to the nominating committee for their hard work.


Past President Calhoun announced that the 2003 SAIR Conference will be held at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, Texas, October 11-14, with Vice President/President-Elect Jim Purcell as program chair. The Sheraton is located in the downtown area near the river walk. Ms. Calhoun also announced that the 2004 SAIR Conference will be held at the Bayview Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi, October 16-19. This will be the first time that a SAIR conference has been held in Mississippi.


Ms. Calhoun announced that the Committee on Missions and Goals has established a travel grant in honor of Julia Duckwall.  Julia was the local arrangements chair when SAIR met in Memphis, and was Professional Development Chair for AIR.  The travel grant will assist a SAIR member who is a first-time AIR attendee and will pay the FORUM registration fee.


President-Elect Report

President-Elect Joseph Hoey thanked the local arrangements committee and planning committee members for their hard work and encouraged attendees to stay until the end of the conference.  At the time of this meeting, there were 350 registered participants.


Members-at-large Reports

Member-at-large Julie Fulgham stated that the SAIR conference had an excellent slate of workshops, and she thanked all who participated in making the sessions productive.


Member-at-large Cornelia Wills announced that we had 109 newcomers to SAIR compared to 100 last year.  Activities for the newcomers included a dinner on Saturday, a workshop, and a reception.  Entertainment at the reception was provided by Clemson University. Ms. Wills announced that the travel grant recipients would be announced at the Awards Breakfast.


Member-at-large Jim Eck stated that Joseph Hoey and Emily Cavender hosted the website last year.  Emily was also responsible for the design of the program, the redesign of the SAIR logo, and the redesigned SAIR web page.  Thanks were extended to Joseph and Emily for their hard work.  Jim announced the retirement of Mary Beth Adams and Jane Mathis-Hopson as editors of the Southern AIR.  Jim will be the new editor, and Ruth Salter and Darla Keel will serve as co-editors.  Thanks were extended to Larry Jones, Institute of Higher Education, for the assistance that the Institute provides to SAIR.


Member-at-large Jim Purcell stated that awards for Best Paper, Unsung Hero, and James Montgomery Service Award would be announced during the Awards Breakfast. 


IHE Report

Larry Jones stated that the SAIR/IHE Institutional Research Alliance continues to serve the purposes of the Association and the Institute of Higher Education as set forth in the Alliance objectives.  IHE provides SAIR mail. The faculty of the Institute of Higher Education look forward to working with the SAIR Board and members to keep the Southern region in the forefront of institutional research.


The meeting was adjourned at 4:00.

Respectfully Submitted,

Christine Mee 

SAIR Secretary                                                          Approved:___________________



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