Virginia Tech Incident Review Panel to Hold Public Meeting at Mason

Posted: June 7, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The review panel appointed by Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine to investigate the circumstances surrounding the April 16 incident at Virginia Tech will meet in open session at Mason on Monday, June 11.

The meeting, which will be held in the Meese Conference Room in Mason Hall, will open at 9 a.m. with remarks by Col. Gerald Massengill, panel chair. Mason President Alan Merten will follow with a welcome.

Public comments will be heard at the end of the meeting, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Those wishing to speak should sign up during the course of the day.

The rest of the agenda is as follows:

  • 9:15 a.m., Update from panel staff (SPC/TriData)

    —Philip Schaenman

    —Hollis Stambaugh

  • 9:30 a.m., Summary report on the investigation of Virginia’s mental health services and Seung-Hui Cho

    —James Stewart, inspector general for Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services

  • 10:45 a.m., Faculty options for dealing with student behavior at Virginia Tech

    —Jerome (Jerry) Niles, dean, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech

    —Christopher Flynn, director of Thomas Cook Counseling Center, Virginia Tech

    —Kerry Redican, president of the Faculty Senate, Virginia Tech

  • 11:30 a.m., Mental health issues at college campuses

    —Jerry Kay, committee chair, College Mental Health, American Psychiatric Association

  • Noon, Panel will vote to go into a closed meeting over lunch
  • 1 p.m., Risk assessment and counseling at the high school level

    —Representative from the National Association of School Psychologists

  • 1:30 p.m., Status report on the panel’s research into the mental health issues of the Virginia Tech tragedy

    —Bela Sood, panel member and medical director, Virginia Treatment Center for Children, Virginia Commonwealth University

  • 2 p.m., Awareness and strategies for families and survivors

    —Carroll Ann Ellis, panel member and director, Victim Services Division, Fairfax County Police Department

  • 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Public comments

This is the third meeting for the panel. Previous meetings were held last month in Richmond and in Blacksburg, Va. Another meeting is scheduled for July 18 in Charlottesville, Va.

For more information, see the panel web site.

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