September 5, 1997
The Board of Regents of Washington State University met pursuant to call in Open Meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, September 5, 1997, in the Lewis Alumni Centre, Pullman.
Present: Richard R. Albrecht, President; Regents: Kenneth Alhadeff, Phyllis J. Campbell, Richard A. Davis, Peter J. Goldmark, Scott B. Lukins and Carmen Otero; President Samuel H. Smith, Provost Gretchen Bataille, Vice President for Business Affairs Sallie A. Giffen, Vice President for Extended University Affairs Thomas L. Purce, Vice President for University Advancement Connie Kravas, University Counsel Sally P. Savage, Acting Division Chief Jan Frickelton, Faculty Senate Chair David Stock, Staff Senate President Sandra Brabb, Alumni Association President Denny Jones, GPSA President Micki Archuleta, and ASWSU President Neil Walker.
Also present were: Vice Provost for Student Affairs K. J. ÒGusÓ Kravas, Vice Provost for Human Relations and Resources Ernestine Madison, Executive Director of Budget and Planning Gregory P. Royer, Assistant Vice President for Business Affairs Ernest Renfro, and Director of News and Information Services Barb Petura.
1. Welcoming Remarks and Introductions. President of the Board Richard Albrecht welcomed everyone to the meeting. President Sam Smith introduced the following individuals: Jane Sherman, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs; Karen DePauw, Interim Dean for the Graduate School; Gail Chermak, Interim Dean for the College of Liberal Arts; Walter Gmelch, Interim Dean for the College of Education; Annabel Cook, Chair of Rural Sociology; Bonnie Frederick, Chair of Foreign Languages; Michael Katona, Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering; James Krueger, Chair of Veterinary Comparative Anatomy, Pharamacology and Physiology; Mark Kuzyk, Chair of Program in Materials Science; Donald Reed, Chair of Educational Administration and Supervision; Mary Doyle, Director of Information Technology Services; and David Moers, Director of Human Resource Services.
2. Minutes. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the minutes of the meeting of September 5, 1997. Carried.
3. Granting of Degrees. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the recommendation of the faculty that the candidates appearing in Exhibit A be advanced to the degrees set above their names as members of the Class of June 7, 1997. Carried.
4. Reports by University Groups. Faculty Senate Chair David Stock informed the Regents that the University community is very saddened at the recent loss of Professor Dick Crain who was the Executive Secretary of the Faculty Senate. He noted Professor CrainÕs deep commitment to teaching, his innovative approach to education, and his outstanding leadership. Dr. Stock reported that the Faculty Senate continues to meet accountability measures while at the same time maintaining the quality of education. In addition, the Faculty Senate is reviewing the following items: revisions to the Faculty Manual, issues concerning changing faculty roles, improvement of communication between the Faculty Senate and members of the faculty, and developments in Information Technology and the Learning Centers.
Staff Senate President Sandra Brabb reported on the following issues: 1) the upcoming Òall staffÓ meeting on September 25, with Provost Bataille as the featured speaker; 2) the creation of a Staff Senate Efficiency/Accountability Task Force assigned with the responsibility of evaluating efficiency and accountability measures in the areas affecting and affected by staff; and 3) an future meeting of the Presidents of the stateÕs four-year institutions to discuss issues and concerns to staff. Ms. Brabb also reported on a suit filed two years ago against WSU with the Higher Education Personnel Board alleging that the Staff Senate was an illegal management-dominated organization and noted that the Personnel Appeals Board will hear the case on October 2.
GPSA President Micki Archuleta reported that she is working on the structural aspects of GPSA and is trying to refocus energies back into the grassroots of GPSA to result in communicative type politics that have proven successful in the past, such as the GPSA communications to the legislature, for example. She said the primary goal is to strengthen the structure of GPSA. In addition to this, she is reviewing ways in which graduate students can help with the efficiency measures.
ASWSU President Neil Walker reported on the following issues: 1) efforts to place more emphasis on empowering a greater number of students and encourage them to have a greater effect in the communities in which they live; 2) the success of the Alive! Program and many other student-oriented events designed to welcome and inspire new students; 3) efforts to put forth a proposal of addressing community issues through the curriculum so that students will leave WSU with an understanding of real-world issues; 4) the selection of an architect to construct the Student Recreation Center; 5) the consideration of a bill that supports funding to post professor evaluations online; 6) the recent departure of several members of the African American community from WSU; 7) concerns of branch campus students about student and activity fees; and 8) a survey to be conducted to explore how we can be more effective to the students. In addition to the above issues, Mr. Walker stated that the students were very enthusiastic about possible opportunities to interact with members of the Board of Regents. He introduced Ms. Sara Stewart of Regents Hall, who invited the Regents to a reception and open discussion with students who live in Regents Hall. She said the Regents were welcome at the Hall anytime and that if they could visit while in Pullman for one of their upcoming meetings, the students would enjoy that very much.
Regent Dick Albrecht thanked Mr. Walker and Ms. Stewart and said the Regents would also enjoy that and would see that it was put included in an upcoming visit.
Regent Alhadeff stated that he and all the Regents take seriously the responsibility they have to the students and look forward to the opportunity to understand more about issues affecting them.
Alumni Association President Denny Jones announced that this year the Alumni Association will award thirty $1000 scholarships to entering freshman and six $500 scholarships to students at the three branch campuses. In addition, Mr. Jones reported on the following issues: 1) the start to the Alumni Association Centennial Celebration next spring; 2) plans for an Alumni Centre endowment for maintenance of the Centre and to support Alumni Association programs; and 3) the Fall Alumni Board meeting scheduled for September 25-26.
Regent Albrecht offered congratulatory remarks on getting an endowment started for the Alumni Centre and stated that the Regents are delighted that the building is being utilized and that they are looking to maintain it.
5. Academic Affairs Committee Report. Regent Carmen Otero reported that the Regents had reviewed the responsibilities of the Academic Affairs Committee and had discussed a timeline for future agendas, including: 1) enrollment and academic recruitment issues; 2) distance education and how to evaluate its success and quality; and 3) recognition to faculty who excel in activities which reflect the mission and goals of WSU. In addition, she said the Committee reviewed the 1998 Supplemental Budget request item and heard a report on technology and quality provided by Vice President Les Purce.
6. Supplemental Budget Request. Provost Gretchen Bataille summarized the 1998 Supplemental Budget request, including funding for the Higher Education Endowment, the COP K-20 Network Initiative on Instructional Access and Quality, legal services requested jointly with other agencies, and WSU Capital Projects.
The Regents considered the request in detail, with particular attention paid to issues surrounding the Higher Education Endowment item. The discussion focused on the fact that the state has not matched the donations of private citizens and corporations for a total of 51 distinguished professorships and graduate fellowships. It was noted that the way the request is written gives the impression that this is a new initiative, rather than an existing commitment by the state. Regent Davis requested that the supplemental request be designed to specifically request the unmatched funding for these professorships and fellowships.
It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the 1998 Supplemental Budget request incorporating the suggestion made by Regent Davis to request one-time funding for distinguished professorships and graduate fellowships, to be submitted to the Higher Education Coordinating Board and that the supplemental budget request be submitted to the Office of Financial Management (OFM) in accordance with its procedures, and further that the Board delegate authority to the President to approve minor changes or adjustments that may need to be made before the submission is finalized for presentation to OFM. Carried.
7. Report on the 1997-98 Accountability Plan. Provost Bataille provided a summary of the WSU 1997-98 Accountability Plan. Provost Bataille noted that WSU is very fortunate to have Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Jane Sherman who came to WSU from the HEC Board and the involvement of the Faculty Senate in the development of the Accountability Plan. Provost Bataille reported that the HEC Board has reviewed the plan, they are satisfied with it, and that they made some suggestions, which were incorporated and resubmitted to the HEC Board. Provost Bataille reviewed specific measures in the request, including the Undergraduate Graduation Efficiency Index (GEI), Undergraduate Student Retention, the Five-Year Graduation Rate, and strategies for accomplishing these measures. Provost Bataille also reviewed Faculty Productivity and Instruction Technology measures, as well as the strategies associated with these measures.
The Regents asked how the faculty feel about the measures, and Provost Bataille responded that the faculty do have some concerns about the difficulty of measuring quality with numbers and that they are emphasizing to the faculty that this is only one way we are measuring quality issues, that is, this is accountability from an outside agency and that what we do in an ongoing basis is internal assessment and that this will continue.
Faculty Senate Chair David Stock mentioned that most of faculty understand that this is something we must be a part of, that they are working with other faculty members to help them understand the importance of these measures, and that they are examining ways in which they can improve quality and still meet these measures.
Regent Davis noted that from a public perspective these measures are extremely important to the improved quality of higher education, so their efforts are very important, as there will be a positive dividend in the long-term perception of higher education.
There was a discussion about the process for development of the measures and targets, who was responsible for setting them, and how they are measured. Provost Bataille noted that the first three measures were selected by the state. It was suggested that WSU encourage better measurements, such as those associated with the undergraduate graduation efficiency index.
8. 1997-99 Omnibus Equipment Funding Report. Provost Bataille reported that the 1997 legislature provided $5 million to WSU in a capital fund omnibus equipment appropriation for the 97-99 biennium. A proviso stipulates that $2 million of the total is to be used for the college of Agriculture, including $1.5 million for agricultural research and $500,000 for teaching and extension equipment. Provost Bataille stated that $1.5 million per year is available for other equipment needs throughout the University and that the FY Õ98 appropriation will be largely earmarked for instructional technology at all campuses. She said this will facilitate the advancement of one of the UniversityÕs major initiatives and will assist in meting the accountability measures upon with part of the FY Õ99 state operating budget depends. Provost Bataille reviewed the instructional technology purchases by area.
9. Student Recreation Center Update. Executive Director of Budget and Planning reported that the architectural firm of Yost Grube Hall, Architecture, of Portland, Oregon, had been selected to design the Student Recreation Center. They have had two meetings of the program planning committee, which is made up in a large part by students. He said they have reviewed various financial issues that he knows concern the Regents and that a subcommittee is working with Vice President Sallie GiffenÕs office, as well as with outside consultants, regarding various revenue and expenditure levels. He said they are also analyzing issues having to do with generating sufficient funds to maintain the facility. Mr. Royer noted that the students have been very helpful and that the process is working very well.
10. Finance, Audit and Capital Committee Report. Regent Dick Albrecht provided a report on the Finance, Audit and Capital Committee meeting. He reported that they met with representatives of the State AuditorÕs Office and discussed the University audit and a special audit for proper accountability of funds for one of the academic departments and steps being taken by the University to improve its cash-handling procedures. He said the Committee also discussed Trust Land issues, that we would hear a report later in the meeting from Commissioner of Public Lands Jennifer Belcher, and that they discussed the issue of the Attorney GeneralÕs opinion from one-year ago that states it is improper to use any portion of the income from the lands made available to the University in the Morrill Act for administration of those lands. He noted that WSUÕs efforts to get a legislative solution last year were unsuccessful and that we will pursue other means of a solution to that issue. He reported that the Committee also reviewed a policy change in the make-up of the Endowment Investment Committee.
11. Statement of Regents/Foundation Investment Policies. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the Statement of Investment Policies and Objectives as appear in Exhibit B. Carried.
12. Contracts under Previous Delegation of Authority (under $500,000). Vice President for Business Affairs Sallie Giffen reported that on the authority delegated to the President of the University or his designee at the meeting of January 24, 1996, she has approved entering into contracts with the following:
ICONO, Inc., Seattle, for Thompson Hall Renewal: Bid Package I: Demolition, for a total cost of $411,725, including sales tales tax and contingency, to be paid from 1997-99 State Building Construction Account.
Motley-Motley, Inc., Pullman for the sewer intercepter replacement from Tacoma Street to College Avenue for the total cost of $220,439, including sales tax and contingency, to be paid from 1997-99 Minor Capital Renewal funds.
Washington Water Power, to provide consulting and design services for installation of 13,200 volt electrical service into the core of the campus for a total cost of $150,000, to be paid from State Building Construction Account.
Mike Coman Construction, Spokane, for a remodel of a French Ad office suite for a total cost of $103,575, including sales tax and contingency, to be paid from 1977-99 Minor Capital Improvement funds.
Mike Coman Construction, Spokane, for a remodel of room 514 in Science Hall for a total project cost of $86,975, including sales tax and contingency, to be paid from 1997-99 Minor Capital Improvement funds and departmental funds.
Germer Construction, Pullman, for a sanitary sewer line replacement from Science Hall to Todd Hall for a total cost of $73,928, including sales tax and contingency, to be paid from 1997-99 Minor Capital Renewal funds.
Tektoniks Corporation, Walla Walla, for Kimbrough Hall Hazardous Materials Abatement for a total cost of $50,826, including sales tax, to be paid from 1997-99 State Building Construction Funds.
13. Contracts under Previous Delegation of Authority (over $500,000). Vice President for Business Affairs Sallie Giffen reported that on the authority delegated to the President of the University or his designee at the meetings March 15, 1996, she has approved entering into contract with Shimuzu American Corporation, Oregon, for the WSU Vancouver Phase II Development: Early Childhood/Education Facility, for a total amount of $2,937,800
14. Completion of Contracts over $2,500. Vice President for Business Affairs Sallie Giffen reported that on the authority delegated to her at the meeting of June 24, 1994, she had approved satisfactory completion of the following contracts:
Inland Construction Co., for the Fulmer Hall/Fulmer Annex Renovation in the final amount of $10,141,291.
John Korsmo Construction, Inc., for the Greenhouse Replacements, Contract #1 in the final amount of $771,984.
Willms Corporation for the North Campus Chilled Water Project Water Line Installation in the final amount of $428,348.
Viking Automatic Sprinkler Co., for Holland Library Fire Sprinkler Retrofit in the final amount of $351,391.
Poe Asphalt Paving, Inc., for Spokane Street Resurface and roadway repairs in the final amount of $165,813.
Hamre Construction, Inc., for Holland Library basement waterproofing in the final amount of $104,466.
Cleveland Carpenter Services for Holland Library fire sprinkler retrofit in the final amount of $61,927.
Wind River Construction for WSU Creamery restroom addition in the final amount of $57,571.
15. Annual Report of Appointments of Architects and Engineers under Delegation of Authority. Vice President for Business Affairs Sallie Giffen reported that authority was delegated to the President or his designee at the meeting of January 24, 1996, the Vice President for Business Affairs, to select and approve entering into contracts with architects and engineers for projects in which the estimated total project costs are less than $500,00 As per this delegation Vice President Giffen provided this report to the Regents which they had also seen as part of their agenda packets prior to the meeting.
16. WSU/WSU Foundation Consolidated Endowment Fund Report. Vice President for Business Affairs Sallie Giffen reported on the Washington State University/WSU Foundation Consolidated Endowment Fund for the quarter ending June 30, 1997.
17. Retirement Report of Faculty, Administrative and Professional Staff and Classified Staff. Vice President for Business Affairs Sallie Giffen provided a list of the retirees from Washington State University from July 1, 1996, through June 30, 1997.
18. Adoption of Amendments to WAC 504-36-030 "Spectator Events—Safety Rules". It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents adopt amendments to section 504-36-030 of the Washington Administrative Code, "Spectator Events—Safety Rules. Carried.
19. Adoption of Order to Repeal Washington Administrative Code (WAC) Chapter 504-12 "Contract Award Procedures". It was moved and seconded that the board of Regents adopt an order expediting repeal of WAC Chapter 504-12 "Contract Award Procedures" to the Code Reviser of the State of Washington which was published in Volume 97-14 of the Washington State Registrar. Carried.
20. Permission to Advertise for Bids and Delegation of Authority Award a Construction Contract. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents grant permission to advertise for bids and delegate authority to the President or his designee, the Vice President for Business Affairs, to award a construction contract for the Kimbrough Hall Addition/Remodel project, if a budget can be established within the funds available. Carried.
The Regents asked if this architectural firm had done business with WSU previously, and Facilities Development Director Dave Smith said that they have not done business with WSU in the past but that they have a very good reputation.
21. Approval of Acquisition and Delegation of Authority to Sign Contract over $500,00. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve acquisition of electrical power and delegate authority to the President or his designee, the Vice President for Business Affairs, to sign a contract for the purchase and delivery of electricity within the funds available in the utilities operating budget. Carried by all Regents present, with the exception of Regent Richard Davis who abstained from the vote.
22. Approval of Acquisition of Natural Gas. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the acquisition of natural gas through a commodity broker, and delegate authority to the President or his designee, the Vice President for Business Affairs, to sign a contract for the purchase and delivery of natural gas within the funds available in the utilities operating budget. Carried by all Regents present, with the exception of Regent Richard Davis who abstained from the vote.
23. Use of Facility Agreement with Washington Water Power for the design, installation, and ongoing maintenance of a new utility-owned electrical service for the WSU Campus. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents delegate authority to the President or his designee, the Vice President for Business Affairs, to enter into a Use of Facility agreement with Washington Water Power for the design, installation, and ongoing maintenance of a new utility-owned 13,200 volt electrical distribution system for a portion of the WSU Campus. Carried by all Regents present, with the exception of Regent Richard Davis who abstained from the vote.
24. Report by the Vice President for Extended University Affairs. Vice President for Business Affairs Les Purce reported on the process being used for the K-20 Network. Vice President Purce noted that one of the plans for the system calls eventually for the transition of the WHETS system to the overall system of the K-20 Network. The process for this occurring is being reviewed. He stated that this is a pivotal piece for WSU, as WSUÕs system is the major backbone of the system that supports a significant system of this overall electronic network. The degree to which the legislature is willing to support the expansion of classrooms will be a major issue this fall. He stated that hopefully, sometime in October, decisions that have been made in regard to financial dollars that are needed for the final pieces of the connections to the various classrooms will be made before the legislative session. This is how we are able to make decisions with regard to the shape and form of our involvement in the system. There have been significant contributions made by the legislature concerning capital outlay in these areas that have legislative and political implications. These will require operating support by the legislature, so being able to use the Network effectively is dependent on what the legislature does relative to this funding.
Vice President Purce provided an update on the golf course expansion. He stated that this summer he had met with a wide variety of groups in the community, including city officials, members of the school board, environmental groups, and individuals with interests in recreation and multi-land use. He stated that in September he is gathering feedback from members of the faculty and informing them about input from other corners of the community. He said once these things have occurred, he will be reporting back to the Regents.
In addition to the K-20 Network and the golf course update, Vice President Purce reported on his involvement with the Research Park and Intellectual Property Administration. He said he will be reviewing several issues in regard to the operation, such as the governance structure of the Research Foundation, which supports the Research Park and plays a critical part as the avenue for the delivery of our intellectual properties and royalties to the institution. He said he will be reviewing the governance structure relative to the role of the Regents and what the shape and form of the long-term development of the Park itself.
25. Report by the Vice President for University Advancement. Vice President for University Advancement Connie Kravas provided a report on the Post-Campaign Plan. Vice President Kravas stated that the Post-Campaign Plan is organized around six operating goals, including trustee/volunteer leadership; institutional ownership; major gifts; participation; stewardship, recognition, and communication; and sustainability and continuous improvement. Vice President Kravas provided a short summary of each of these goals and emphasized that if we stay the course and implement each of these thoughtfully and with conviction, we will stay at a high plateau well into the future.
26. Request for State Attorney General to Provide Defense for University Employees. Acting Division Chief Jan Frickelton stated that the matters for which defense is being requested have been explained and that she has reviewed the circumstances of the cases and believes that the employees have acted within the scope of their employment.
It was moved and seconded that the WSU Board of Regents adopt the Resolution appearing in Exhibit C finding that the named employees acted within the scope of their authority and in good faith with regard to conduct alleged by the plaintiffs to be wrongful, and requesting the attorney general to defend them against the claims brought by the Robert W. and Sharon Browne Chelan County Superior Court. Carried.
27. Report by the Commission of Public Lands on the Trust Lands Issue. Commissioner of Public Lands Jennifer Belcher introduced members of her staff who were present with her at the meeting: Charlie Baum, new supervisor; Kaleen Cottingham, new Deputy Commissioner; Paul Silver, new Deputy Supervisor; Paul Dziedzic, beneficiary liaison; and G.I. James, tribal liaison. Commissioner Belcher reviewed the topics discussed at the last RegentsÕ meeting, which included an overview of the challenges faced with endangered species, a plan for getting back to stability in the timber sales program, and an overview of the departmentÕs land management responsibilities and some of the issues faced such as population growth. Adding to these issues, she reported on the stabilization of timber sales, the establishment of a sustainable yield for the next decade and the completion of phase I of the examination of the assets they manage. Commissioner Belcher also provided a notebook with information specific to the Scientific and Agricultural school trusts, including income information, revenue projections, and sales projections for timber.
Regent Ken Alhadeff asked what the revenue stream has been and what is projected for the future, as well as what factors are will be used to arrive at those projections. Commission Belcher referred the Regents to Sections 2 and 3 in the notebook relating to the volume sold on trust lands for both of the trusts that shows that from 1980 to current, what they have sold in timber. She stated that most of the lands that they manage to benefit WSU are timber lands, so they focus mostly on the timber. She said this provides an understanding of what has been done in volume. Commissioner Belcher went over the pertinent figures relative to this issue. She also referred to further charts specific to each of the trusts, and various charts showing the where revenue comes from.
Regent Carmen Otero asked about age class, and Commission Belcher responded that age class is probably the most critical factor of all in determining the revenue from the timber. She showed charts demonstrating all the timber and how old it is and said the charts show when then timber is ready to be harvested and that they harvest on a 60-year rotation.
Regent Goldmark asked about the value of stumpage, and Commissioner Belcher referred to Section 3 of the notebook that shows revenue projections and projected harvest volume and explained that they are required by statute to do an even flow sustained yield with no major periods of non-activity. She said they project out on a ten-year basis on how much they think they can harvest over a 200 hundred-year period without having a large fluctuation. Regent Goldmark asked how the projections pan out from the past when they are reviewed, and Commissioner Belcher said they began reviewing these only two decades ago. She said the last decadeÕs projection was at 778 million board feet a year from all trusts. She said the current decadeÕs projection is 665 million board feet.
Regent Albrecht asked why there is a projected decrease in projected yields, and Commissioner Belcher said this comes from the fact that primarily old-growth forest was harvested in the 1980s and so more volume was received from each acre and that this harvest is finished, so they are currently harvesting second and third-growth timber with much less volume per acre.
Commissioner Belcher said in the last decade much has been learned about environmental impacts of the harvests and the new laws that they are required to meet with regard to the endangered species act and other laws. In addition, regarding projections and what influences the projected revenue, she stated another factor of how much money is made and how quickly has to do with the mills that buy the timber and remove it having a different time frame than they used to. She said if the timber is sold this year, they have 2.5 to 3 years to harvest it. She said the revenue is realized throughout this period.
Commissioner Belcher reported that the Department of Natural Resources does a revenue forecast every quarter and provided a booklet that provides the revenue projections for the next six years. She said they do this because their ability to manage the lands is dependent upon the revenue generated and they need to know how much revenue is coming in. She said this information is provided to the state legislature and the Office of Financial Management who incorporate their projections into the state revenue projections, as well. In addition to this report, Commissioner Belcher provided a draft ÒState of the TrustsÓ report that summarizes the first 100 years of statehood, including how the trusts were set up, how they have been managed during the 100 years, the results, and issues faced in the future. She noted the most important information relates to draft strategies for the next decade to examine the assets to ensure they are making them as productive as possible. She said over the next few months they will be receiving public comment on the strategies and expect to improve them and invited the Regents to review the strategies. The Regents asked about the appropriate response to the strategies, and Commission Belcher said it could be done by letter to her, by presentation to the Board of Natural Resources, and at one of the five public hearings that are currently scheduled.
Regent Alhadeff asked about the purpose or intent for the land in the long-term and what can legally be done with the land, and Commissioner Belcher stated this is a question that various Commissioners have dealt with throughout the years and provided some historical information about the land, the lack of market for our land in the past, and stated that they are limited by statute and by constitution as to how much they can sell and what we can do with the land.
Regent Albrecht noted the Attorney GeneralÕs opinion that states that the current allocation or portion of the proceeds from the land granted by the Morrill Act cannot be used to pay for the expenses of operating the Department of Natural Resources, and they are in violation of the provisions of the trust for which the land was granted. Efforts over the last year to resolve this in the legislature were unsuccessful. He asked if the Regents could count on Commissioner BelcherÕs cooperation to try to work with the Governor and the legislature to help come up with an acceptable solution to that. Commissioner Belcher responded that they have a tremendous desire to find a source of funds to manage those lands. She said shortly after the last legislative session, she met with Vice President Sallie Giffen and other members of the University staff and that they have a meeting scheduled for this afternoon. She said they have worked throughout the summer trying to find a source of funds that will work for both the University and the Department. She said their goals is to find a stable source of money so they do not have to go to the legislature every two years to ask for money to manage the lands.
Regent Albrecht thanked Commissioner Belcher for coming to Pullman to meet with the Regents.
28. Executive Session. Regent Albrecht stated that the Board will convene in Executive Session with legal counsel to discuss pending litigation and to discuss a personnel issue and that the Board will reconvene briefly after the session.
At 11:35 a.m., the Regents convened in Executive Session and reconvened in open session at 12:25 p.m.
29. PresidentÕs Compensation. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents increase the salary of President Samuel H. Smith by $9,325, to bring his base salary to $145,000 a year, effective July 1, 1997. Carried.
Regent Scott Lukins stated that the action taken by the members of the Board of Regents reflects their confidence in the exceptional leadership President Smith provides the University. In particular, he noted his key role in the Campaign that secured $275 million in private contributions, exceeding the projected goal.
At 12:30 p.m., the RegentsÕ meeting adjourned. The Regents had lunch with Commissioner Belcher and other guests from the Department of Natural Resources.
Approved by the Board of Regents at
Its meeting held in the Regents' Room at
The Lewis Alumni Centre, Pullman,
Washington, October 17, 1997.
President, Board of Regents
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