March 12, 2004
The Board of Regents of Washington State University met pursuant to call in Open Meeting at 9:30 a.m., on Friday, March 12, 2004 at the Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute Boardroom 432, 665 North Riverpoint Blvd, Spokane, WA.
Present: Regent William D. Marler, President; Regents Kenneth Alhadeff, Elizabeth Cowles, Angela Cox, Peter Goldmark, Steven R. Hill, Christopher J. Marr, Connie Niva, and V. Rafael Stone; President V. Lane Rawlins, Provost Robert C. Bates, Vice President for Business Affairs Gregory P. Royer, Vice President for University Relations Sally P. Savage, Vice President for Student Affairs Charlene Jaeger, Vice President for Information Systems Mary Doyle, Senior Assistant Attorney General Antoinette Ursich, Faculty Senate Chair Ron Brosemer, Vice Chair for WSU Foundation Executive Committee Mikal Thomsen, ASWSU President Jesse Aspuria, Chancellor of WSU Vancouver Hal Dengerink, Chancellor of WSU Tri-Cities Larry James, and Interim Chancellor of WSU Spokane Rom Markin.
1. President of the Board of Regents. William Marler welcomed everyone to the Board Meeting and thanked Interim Chancellor Markin for hosting the Board of Regents. He also asked Rom to introduce his staff along with Dr. Sally Blank, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Exercise Science and one of her students Tom Asturias. He also introduced Nancy Blossom, Professor and Director for Department of Interior Design and Assistant Director of the Interdisciplinary Design Institute with one of her students Emily Moses. The faculty members and students provided highlights of their programs to the Board.
2. President of the University. President V. Lane Rawlins also thanked Chancellor Markin for hosting the Spring Board of Regents Meeting. He took a moment to introduce the appointment of Dr. Tom Brigham as the faculty Liaison for the President.
3. Minutes. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the minutes of the January 23, 2004 Board meeting. Carried.
4. Reports from University Groups:
Faculty Senate Chair Ron Brosemer reviewed his report as submitted to the Board. He also thanked Regent Marler for recently serving as a guest speaker in his biochemistry class. He added that both he and the students really enjoyed it.
ASWSU President Jesse Aspuria reviewed his report as submitted to the Board. He added that the 2004-05 election has come to a close and announced that the new ASWSU President for 2004-05 is Brea Thompson and Vice President Nate Kuester. He also talked briefly about the items in his report.
WSU Foundation Vice Chair Mikal Thomsen reviewed his report as submitted to the Board. He added that due to the drops in the stock market, many of the gifts that we receive went under. Regulation requires that the donor must be notified. The Foundation has notified donors via letter and the majority would like to continue in the same manner.
5. Executive, Planning, Budget and Athletics Committee. Regent Marler reported that the committee reviewed the action going before the Board for the Regents’ Distinguished Alumnus Award. They reviewed and discussed the actions that the Board will be asked to vote on in May regarding the election of officers, the Students Book Corporation Board of Directors, tuition setting for PharmD and Nursing as well as the 2005-07 Budget Request.
The Board took action on the following:
Regents’ Distinguished Alumnus Award. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents designate Dr. John Abelson as the recipient of the 2004 Regents’ Distinguished Alumnus Award. Carried.
6. Reports from System Chancellors.
WSU Spokane Interim Chancellor Markin reviewed his report as submitted to the Board. He mentioned that design and planning processes are under way for creating a new classroom, design studio and wet lab space in the South Building. He added that they are working on the implementation of three new academic programs for Fall 2004 and Spring 2005. The three programs are Professional Development, Exercise and Nutrition Science, and Informatics.
WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor James reviewed his report as submitted to the Board. He highlighted the agreement between WSU Tri-Cities and Columbia Basin College that will impact how bachelor’s degrees are delivered to Tri-Cities area students. He said this new program will map an express route to a WSU degree, enabling students to earn an Associates degree at Columbia Basin College and at the same time assure the transferability of courses to WSU Tri-Cities.
WSU Vancouver Chancellor Dengerink reviewed his report as submitted to the Board. He also reported on the Vancouver Campus Commencement Ceremony.
WSU System Update. Special Assistant to the President Dengerink reported on the two resolutions that the Board will be asked to vote on regarding the student government. He also reported on the Faculty Senate Steering Committee changes. He indicated that the Washington State Senate passed a bill for the Washington State Institute on Public Policy to conduct a study concerning the future of WSU Vancouver and at the same time, the House passed a bill that asked each of the five branch campuses and their local communities to conduct a study of the future of each campus. The questions to be addressed include expanding to four-year campuses, becoming a comprehensive institution or some combination of research and expanded partnerships with community colleges. He anticipates changes for WSU Vancouver and will keep the Board apprised of the studies.
7. Academic, Faculty, and Student Affairs Committee. Regent Alhadeff reported that the committee reviewed and discussed the resolutions on the Student Government Council and to delegate authority to the President to amend, adopt, or repeal S&A Fee guidelines governing the establishment and funding of program support by student services and activities. He also said the committee reviewed and discussed the S&A Fee Allocations and Rate Setting for the 2004-05 year, tuition setting for Nursing and Pharmacy. They heard updates on the Regents Scholars Program, Greek Life Initiatives, Cougar Alliance for a Safe Environment, and diversity benchmarking.
The Board took action on the following:
Dissolution of Student Government Council. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the dissolution of the Student Government Council and revoke its previously approved constitution. Carried.
Delegation of Authority for S&A Fees. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents delegate authority to the President to amend, adopt, or repeal guidelines governing the establishment and funding of programs supported by student services and activities fees. Carried.
8. Report from the Provost and Academic Vice President. Provost Bates provided a progress report on the program of prestigious scholarships and fellowships for post baccalaureate study by undergraduates. The Honors College and the new Office of Undergraduate Education are working with specific faculty members to prepare and mentor students for prestigious fellowships. A program is in place with both the information, resources, and faculty who are willing to provide a mentor and guidance role to individual students to help them understand more about these programs, and to help them be competitive and successful when they apply to these programs.
9. Report from the Vice President for Student Affairs. Vice President Jaeger reported on the new programs geared toward the recruitment and retention for students of color. She said the first programs brought high ability students to campus for a visit. Regent Alhadeff spoke at this program and received a standing ovation. She added that they are currently holding several programs for those students who have been admitted to WSU, but have not yet committed themselves to attend yet. They are also hosting Junior Preview Days, and are working with the Tribal Higher Education Group that involves tribal members preparing a strategic plan for the future of their children and how WSU fits into that plan. They have also held events for freshman students recognizing their academic achievements.
10. Business Affairs and Information Technology Committee. Regent Cowles reported that the committee received a security audit update as well as the strategic plan update for Information Technology. They reviewed and discussed the actions items; they also discussed future items on the facility service center, Dining Center Bond Resolution, Cleveland Hall Fire Sprinkler Systems, and Commons Hall renovations. She added that the committee also heard updates on the Capital Construction projects, WSU Fire Services and received an update on real estate.
11. Report from the Vice President for Business Affairs. Vice President Royer went over the action items as his report. He also introduced Architect Mark Reddington, a partner with LMN Architect who presented the schematic design of the Biotechnology/Life Sciences Building.
The Board took action on the following:
Biotechnology/Life Sciences Facility, Research and Education Complex. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve Schematic Design documents, grant authorization to proceed, and delegate authority to the President or his designee, the Vice President for Business Affairs, to award construction contracts, provided costs are within funds available. Carried.
Regents Dining Renovation. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve schematic design documents, grant authorization to proceed, and delegate authority to the President or his designee, the Vice President for Business Affairs, to advertise for bids and award a construction contract, provided costs are within funds available. Carried.
WSU Spokane, Riverpoint Higher Education Campus, South Campus Facility, Preservation and Partial Renovation – Design Documents. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve schematic design documents, grant authorization to proceed, and delegate authority to the President or his designee, the Vice President for Business Affairs to award to a consultant agreement and to advertise for bids and award a construction contract, provided costs are within funds available. Carried.
South Fairway Parking Lot and Road – Schematic Design. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve schematic design documents, grant authorization to proceed, and delegate authority to the President or his designee, the Vice President for Business Affairs, to advertise for bids and award a construction contract, if costs are within funds available. Carried.
Parking System Rates and Fines. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents adopt the proposed changes in Exhibit A. Carried.
WHITCOM Restructuring. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve WSU’s participation in a new interlocal governmental agency, WHITCOM, which would operate consolidated Emergency 911 and dispatch operations for participating governmental entities, including Washington State University; and delegate to the President or his designee, the Vice President for Business Affairs, the authority to negotiate and execute an interlocal agreement. Carried.
12. Report from the Vice President for Information Systems. Vice President Doyle provided an update on the status of the search for Chancellor for WSU Spokane and Vice Provost for Health Sciences.
13. University Development and University Relations Committee. Regent Hill reported that the committee reviewed and discussed the investment returns on the endowment, and the WSU Foundation Investment Committee. He also stated that he would like to see a process where the Board receives a report on investments regularly. He also said that the committee discussed the public relations and promotion efforts towards research.
14. Report from the Vice President for University Relations. Vice President Savage provided information on the leadership campaign that is focusing on the research message. The research messaging leadership campaign is focused on a number of areas that are known as WSU’s strength including biotechnology. They worked with feedback from focus groups and people want to know the benefits of our research programs and why they are important to individuals. The campaign focuses on the economic impact of WSU biotechnology programs and their impact on the quality of life.
15. President’s Report. President Rawlins reported on the Spokane Academic Center. He also talked about the many projects that are currently being realigned and improved at WSU. Some are controversial, but the important part is that the team is working on them together. WSU is in a transitional stage, which is why the benchmarks help to move forward.
16. Executive Session. At 12:00 noon, the Regents convened in Executive to discuss real estate matters. No action was taken.
At 12:30 p.m., the Regents meeting adjourned.
Approved by the Board of Regents at its meeting held at
Lighty Student Services Building, Room 405, Pullman,
Washington on May 7, 2004.
ORIGINAL SIGNED COPY AVAILABLE IN THE PRESIDENT'S OFFICE