May 5, 2000
The Board of Regents of Washington State University met pursuant to call in Open Meeting at 9:07 a.m., on Friday, May 5, 2000, in the Lewis Alumni Centre, Pullman.
Present: Peter J. Goldmark, President; Regents Kenneth Alhadeff, Bernadett Buchanan, Phyllis J. Campbell, Richard Davis, Robert D. Fukai and Joe King; President Samuel H. Smith, Interim Provost Rom Markin, Vice President for Business Affairs Gregory P. Royer, Vice President for Administration Sally P. Savage, Vice President for Extended University Affairs Thomas Les Purce, Senior Assistant Attorney General Antoinette Ursich, Faculty Senate Chair Peter Burke, GPSA President Steve Kuehn, ASWSU President Steve Wymer, and Alumni Association President Shari Friedenrich.
Also present were: Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Douglas Baker, Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs George Bettas, Associate Vice President for Administration and Assistant to the President for Human Relations and Diversity Ernestine Madison, Assistant Vice President for Business Affairs Glenn Ford, Assistant Vice President for University Relations Barbara Petura, Vice Provost for Research George Hedge, Executive Budget Director Karl Boehmke, Dean of the Graduate School Karen DePauw, Director of Statewide Affairs Larry Ganders, and Assistant Director of News and Information Services Sue Hinz.
1. Opening Remarks. Regent Goldmark opened the meeting and provided welcoming remarks. He provided brief comments regarding President Smith, in recognition of his last meeting with the Regents. He said President Smith had sat at the head of the Regents table for the past fifteen years, that it had been a pleasure to serve with President Smith, and that it would be difficult without President Smiths friendship and leadership. On behalf of the Board of Regents, Regent Goldmark recognized President Smith for his outstanding contributions to WSU.
President Smith provided welcoming remarks and mentioned that this was one of his favorite meetings because it leads up to Commencement and many celebratory events.
2. Minutes. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the minutes of the meeting of March 31, 2000. Carried
3. Reports from University Groups. The reports from the University Groups are attached as Exhibit A.
Faculty Senate Chair Peter Burke reviewed his report as submitted to the Board. He also mentioned that the Faculty Senates last regularly scheduled meeting was held on April 13 and that incoming president Rawlins provided an excellent and helpful address. Dr. Burke introduced the newly elected vice chair, William Cofer, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, and Fran McSweeney, who was elected as Faculty Senate chair for the upcoming year. He mentioned that Dr. McSweeney is the Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor of Psychology and had been with WSU for 25 years. He also said that she was chosen to present the Distinguished Faculty Address in 1994-95, received the distinguished achievement award in the College of Arts and Sciences in 1990, and was the Faculty Member of the Year in 1989. He reported that her term begins in August of 2000.
GPSA President Steve Kuehn reviewed his report as submitted to the Board. He also stated that he would be representing GPSA again in 2000-01. He mentioned that he was looking forward to the transition in leadership that the University is undergoing.
ASWSU President Steve Wymer reviewed his report as submitted to the Board. He also stated that the new vice president for ASWSU is Dana Myers.
Alumni Association President Shari Friedenrich reviewed her report as submitted to the Board. She also stated that she sincerely enjoyed her year as President and felt that significant progress had been made. She thanked President Smith, Regent Goldmark, and Vice President Savage for their support, as well as the staff in Alumni Relations. She mentioned that Frank Krook of Burlington, Washington, would be the new President of the Alumni Association and informed the Board that he would be attending the next meeting.
Ms. Friedenrich presented the Alumni Achievement Award to Brigadier General Barbara Doornink who is a native of Prosser, Washington, graduated from Pullman High School, and subsequently from WSU in Political Science. She began her career in the United States Army as a platoon leader for the 104th transportation company at Fort Devens, Massachusetts. Her military background included positions as Chief of Joint Logistics in the United States European Command Headquarters in Stuttgart Germany, Vice Director of Logistics and Security Assistance, and Deputy Commanding General of the Stabilization Support Command in Croatia. She currently is in command of the Defense Distribution Center at New Cumberland, Pennsylvania.
4. Presidents Report. President Smith introduced Director of Statewide Affairs Larry Ganders and thanked him for the excellent job during the legislative session. Mr. Ganders reported that the Legislature adjourned after 93 days and three sessions. He mentioned that there are some budget reallocations occurring at WSU, and he wanted to make it clear that this is not related to any actions taken by the Legislature this year. He stated that WSU received the budget they had requested and thanked President Smith for his efforts in Olympia. He said that this was based upon WSUs existing capacity and that an additional $1.26 million retained by the Legislature for this biennium would allow for a 3.3 percent (564 students) growth. He said that the Legislature expects WSU to reach that target so that when they convene in January, the Legislature will not reconsider the funding.
Mr. Ganders said that WSU Spokane will receive one of the largest enrollment increases in its history, which is 28 percent (119 Graduate and Professional students), and they will receive an additional $750,000 to accomplish that goal.
He also stated WSU Vancouver will grow by 10 percent, and that they received approximately $.5 million in new money to take them in that direction.
Mr. Ganders said that the Legislature took action to close a funding gap between WSU Tri-Cities and other branch campuses in the state. He reported that WSU Tri-Cities had received $2,000.00 less per student than other comparable branches such as Tacoma and Vancouver. He also mentioned that WSU Tri-Cities has been allowed to retain its entire funding level and has been asked to grow by another 20 students.
With regard to the Pullman Power Plant, Mr. Ganders reported that WSU received $3.6 million in one-time funding, which is the latest revised request by WSU given at the beginning of the legislative session.
Mr. Ganders said that WSU received $450,000 in new funding for the Cancer Prevention Research Center in Spokane, which is a joint venture with the Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute.
Regent Goldmark stated, on behalf of the entire Board, his appreciation for Mr. Ganders efforts and thanked him for being a major component of WSU in Olympia.
5. Academic Affairs Committee. Regent Phyllis Campbell stated that the Committee had a productive meeting on May 4. She stated that they discussed Regents professorships to recognize distinguished faculty.
6. Provosts Report. Interim Provost Rom Markin provided an update on undergraduate and graduate enrollments. Among the many figures shared with the Regents, he noted that WSU is up 7.2 percent for a total of 651 undergraduate applications over last year and that WSU is even in undergraduate deposits from last year. He also stated that graduation applications are up 5.4 percent, which is 163 over last year but that the increase is due to an increase in international students. Additionally Dr. Markin stated that WSU is up 234 percent in deposits from high ability non-resident students, for a total of 107, as opposed to 32 from the previous year and that WSU is up in applications from resident freshmen, for a total of 5,534 versus last years 5,460. He said by the end of the summer WSU should have approximately 5,000 deposits. In Dr. Markins closing statements, he mentioned that WSU has 7,400 freshman applications, and following WSUs Rose Bowl year, 7,800 were received.
7. Granting of Degrees. Interim Provost Rom Markin reported that on the authority delegated to the President or his designee at the meeting of April 4, 1999, degrees were granted for the class of March 11, 2000, attached as Exhibit B.
8. Faculty Manual Changes. It was moved and seconded that, effective immediately, the Board of Regents approve a change to the second paragraph under the Procedures and Promotion section of the Faculty Manual per the attached in Exhibit C. Carried.
9. Establishment of a Bachelor of Arts in Hotel and Restaurant Administration Joint Degree between Washington State University and Montana State University. It was moved and seconded that, effective immediately, the Board of Regents approve the recommendation to establish a Bachelor of Arts in Hotel and Restaurant Administration Joint Degree between Washington State University and Montana State University. Carried.
10. Finance, Audit, and Capital Committee. Regent Peter Goldmark summarized the items the Committee reviewed in its meeting relating to capital construction projects that are currently ongoing both on and off campus. He said that the Student Recreation Center had an expected completion date of December 15, 2000. He also said that the Regents, Vice Presidents, and other campus administrators would be touring the sight later in the day.
Regent Goldmark also mentioned that the Teaching and Learning Center Building is approximately 5 percent completed and that the Spokane Health Sciences Building is out for bid.
Regent Goldmark stated that the Committee also discussed the White Hall remodel project, which is out for bid with a May or June projection date. Regent Goldmark also expressed the Committees appreciation for Vice President Greg Royers efforts with capital construction. He said particular appreciation should be expressed to the Director of Facilities Development, Jerry Schlatter, who is providing a high degree of oversight and who has provided detailed reports to the Committee on a regular basis.
Regent Goldmark stated that the Committee also discussed the Power Plant where some recent events have made it quite clear that the entire facility is in need of repair and remodel. He mentioned that a complete review of the facility is occurring so that when the first step is made, they will be able to carry out the needed improvements logically and economically.
11. Report by the Vice President for Business Affairs. Vice President for Business Affairs Greg Royer reported that the Supplemental Budget would have a large impact with $3.6 million for the Power Plant. He also said that, because of a technical error correction on the Spokane Health Sciences Building, construction on the building could go ahead.
12. Contracts under Previous Delegation of Authority (over $500,000). Vice President for Business Affairs Greg Royer reported that based upon the authority delegated to the President or his designee, the Vice President for Business Affairs, at the meeting of June 26, 1998, he had entered into the following contract:
Motley-Motley, Inc., Pullman, for turf replacement in Martin Stadium and at Rogers Field for a total project cost of $1,813,621 to be paid from 99-01 Minor Capital Renewal (MCR), Athletics Funds and Student & Activity Fee Funds.>/p>
13. Contracts under Previous Delegation of Authority (under $500,000). Vice President for Business Affairs Greg Royer reported that based upon the authority delegated to the President or his designee, the Vice President for Business Affairs, at the meeting of January 24, 1986, he had entered into the following contract:
Stoneridge Development Corp., Spokane, for the remodel of the Central Building and Kruegel Hall (First through Third Floors) in the final amount of $201,558 to be paid from 99-00 State Building Construction Account AMID/Landscape Architecture Building Funds (Major Capital), Housing Department Funds, Minor Capital Improvement (MCI), Minor Capital Renewal (MCR) and Minor Capital Safety (MCS).
14. Completion of Contracts (over $2,500). Vice President for Business Affairs Greg Royer reported that on the authority delegated at the meeting of June 24, 1994, he had approved satisfactory completion of the following contracts:
V.K. Powell Corporation, Inc., for the Thompson Hall Renewal,
Bid Package II, in the final amount of $7,819,198.
Western States Construction for the Beasley Coliseum Catwalks in the final amount of $444,088.
Motley-Motley, Inc., for the Veterinary Teaching Hospital Parking Lot and Walkway in the final amount of $254,250.
Lydig Construction, Inc., for the McCoy Hall Remodeling of rooms in the final amount of $216,239.
3-H Mechanical, Inc., for the Power Plant temporary boiler installation in the final amount of $183,516.
Poe Asphalt Paving, Inc., for the Construction and Resurfacing of various Housing Services Parking Lots in the final amount of $85,987.
15. Quarterly Report of Appointments of Architects & Engineers under Delegation of Authority. Vice President for Business Affairs Greg Royer reported that at the January 24, 1986, meeting, the Board of Regents delegated authority to the President or his designee, 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 $500,000. Vice President for Business Affairs Greg Royer provided the Regents with a list of architect and engineering firms appointed as consultants through Facilities Operations for the Third Quarter of Fiscal Year 1999-2000.
16. Institute for Shock Physics. Vice President for Business Affairs Greg Royer introduced guests from the Miller Hull Partnership, an architectural firm from Seattle, who presented schematic documents for the Shock Physics Building and gave a presentation.
It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve schematic design documents and grant authority to proceed with design development and construction documents for the Institute for Shock Physics. Carried.
17. East Campus Infrastructure Road Improvements and Site Development. It was moved and seconded that the WSU Board of Regents approve design documents and delegate authority to the President or his designee, the Vice President for Business Affairs, to approve construction documents, East Campus Infrastructure, Road Improvements and Site Development project, if costs within the funds available. Carried.
18. Wenatchee Tree Fruit Research Orchards. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents, subject to necessary fundraising and the commitment of contributed funds, delegate to the President or his designee, the Vice President for Business Affairs, the sale of approximately 70 acres of the current research orchards and the purchase of additional orchard acreage in rural southeast Wenatchee. Carried.
19. Report by the Vice President for Extended University Affairs. Vice President for Extended University Affairs Les Purce gave an update on the work WSU is doing in the Southwest Washington Education Program. He said that the registration for students in the program has begun, and it looks like the project is somewhere around 100 FTE between the three community colleges that are involved in that endeavor. Dr. Purce also stated that the work being done with the College of Education at the Vancouver campus seems to be on track and that by next fall, WSU hopes to have one of the more innovative education programs involving consortiums with community colleges, WSU Vancouver, and the College of Education.
On a personal note, Dr. Purce stated that it had been a delight working with the Board of Regents, President Smith, and his colleagues. He also said that he is looking forward to a relationship of a different caliber, but that he would continue to be a Cougar. Dr. Purce thanked Regent Peter Goldmark, and concluded by stating that it had been a speedy five years.
20. Recognition of Les Purce. President Smith read a resolution from the Board of Regents to Dr. Purce, which is attached as Exhibit D.
Regent Goldmark congratulated and thanked Dr. Purce for his service to the institution and stated that he is proud of his future role in higher education.
21. Meeting of Shareholders, Students Book Corporation, Election of Directors. The meeting of the Board of Regents was recessed, and the meeting of the Shareholders of the Students Book Corporation was declared open. It was moved and seconded that the Shareholders of the Students Book Corporation elect the following to serve on the Board of Directors:
Jess Carmichael, undergraduate student, two-year term
Sarah Holderby, undergraduate student, two year term
Eric Newman, graduate student, two year term
Glenn Ford, appointed as an administrative representative as an ex-officio Director, by the Vice President for Business Affairs to fill the unexpired term of Sandra Howard
Donald Stem, a tenured faculty from the Department of Marketing, re-appointed by the President for a second two-year term Carried.
The meeting of the Shareholders of the Students Book Corporation was declared closed, and the meeting of the Board of Regents was reconvened.
22. Recognition of Student Regent Bernadett Buchanan. Regent Peter Goldmark presented Ms. Buchanan with a certificate of appreciation signed by all members of the Board. He stated that it had been a pleasure for the Board to have her strong voice and counsel in representing the students of WSU. He said that she brought more than just a student perspective, and that the Board was very appreciative and grateful to her for her unwavering commitment to Washington State University and to the Board during the past year.
23. Election of Officers. It was moved and seconded that Regent Kenneth Alhadeff be elected to serve as President of the Board of Regents for the year beginning May 15, 2000, and that Regent Rob Fukai be elected to serve as Vice President of the Board of Regents for the year beginning May 15, 2000, with the understanding that he shall act as President pro tempore in the absence of the President, with the power to preside at the meetings and to sign all instruments required to be executed by the Board of Regents. Carried.
24. Recognition of Regent Peter Goldmark. Regent Kenneth Alhadeff read a resolution from the Board of Regents to Regent Peter Goldmark, which is attached as Exhibit E. Regent Alhadeff emphasized strongly his appreciation, and stated that this had been an incredible year in the history of WSU. With heartfelt reflection, Regent Alhadeff stated that Regent Goldmarks efforts were Herculean. Furthermore, he stated that Regent Goldmark dedicated and sacrificed an incredible amount of time during the Presidential Search over the past year and that he was proud, as a human being, to be around another human being who stepped up to the plate, met the challenge, understood the responsibility, and took it to heart the way that Regent Goldmark had.
Regent Goldmark expressed his appreciation and thanks to all.
25. Recognition of President and Mrs. Smith. Interim Provost Rom Markin expressed his happiness to be able to make a few retrospective comments about President and Mrs. Smith. Dr. Markin said that it had been an honor and a privilege to work with him in a very close, cooperative and collective manner. He also stated that President Smith has brought distinction to Washington State University and provided WSU with fifteen years of superb administration and leadership. Dr. Markin gave a slide presentation highlighting a few of the many accomplishments President Smith had manifested in his career at Washington State University.
Regent Peter Goldmark read and presented a resolution from the Board of Regents to President Smith, which is attached as Exhibit F. Regent Goldmark stated that it is obvious to many people in the room that it is almost impossible to fully describe the contributions that the Smiths have made to Washington State University over the past fifteen years. He said that the impact will not be fully evident for many years, but during his brief tenure on the Board, there have been some overriding characteristics that are obvious and of great value to the institution. Regent Goldmark commented on President Smiths leadership, vision, statewide presence, and his ability to motivate the Legislature and have them deliver the kind of support that was reported by Larry Ganders earlier in the meeting. In closing, Regent Goldmark stated that President Smiths impact would last for a very long time.
President Smith thanked the Board of Regents and commented that the Regents have done a marvelous job with the University and stressed the need for them to continue the good work. He emphasized that the Regents play a key role in the future of the university: they help shape it, guide it, and their contributions are very much appreciated. President Smith mentioned that the administration, students, faculty, and staff appreciate their contributions. President Smith gave a special thanks to everyone in the Presidents Office for their hard work and accomplishments.
On behalf of the Board of Regents, Regent Phyllis Campbell presented President and Mrs. Smith with a Kenneth Callahan painting in appreciation for fifteen years of dedicated service to Washington State University.
At 11:45 a.m., the Regents Meeting adjourned. The Regents and the Executive Committee toured the Student Recreation Center, and returned to the Alumni Centre for an informal lunch, and later visited the Institute for Shock Physics.