September 16, 2005
The Board of Regents of Washington State University met pursuant to call in Open Meeting at 9:00 a.m., on Friday, September 16, 2005 at the Grand Ballroom II Conference Room, The Westin Hotel, 1900 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, Washington.
Present: Regent Elizabeth Cowles, President; Regents Kenneth Alhadeff, Francois Forgette, Laura Jennings, Joe King, Justin Leighton, Christopher J. Marr, Connie Niva, and V. Rafael Stone; President V. Lane Rawlins, Provost and Executive Vice President Robert C. Bates, Vice President for Business Affairs Greg Royer, Vice President for Information Systems Mary Doyle, Vice President for University Relations Sally Savage, Vice President for Equity and Diversity Mike Tate, Vice President for Development Len Jessup, Senior Assistant Attorney General Antoinette Ursich, Faculty Senate Chair Ken Struckmeyer, ASWSU President Isaac Wells, GPSA President DaVina Hoyt, Chair for WSU Foundation Board of Governors Mikal Thomsen, Alumni Association President Larry Arcia, WSU Vancouver Chancellor Hal Dengerink, WSU Spokane Chancellor Brian Pitcher, and WSU Tri-Cities Interim Chancellor David Lemak.
1. President of the Board of Regents. Regent Cowles welcomed everyone to the Board Meeting. She also welcomed Regents Forgette, Jennings and Leighton to their first official board meeting, as well as the new university group representatives.
2. President of the University. President V. Lane Rawlins also welcomed everyone to the Board Meeting.
President Rawlins also took a moment to introduce Erich Lear, Dean, College of Liberal Arts, and David Lemak, Interim Chancellor of WSU Tri-Cities.
3. Minutes. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the minutes of the May 6, 2005 Board meeting. Carried.
4. Reports from University Groups:
Faculty Senate Chair Ken Struckmeyer reported that he had the opportunity to visit with his counterpart at the University of Washington and to attend one of their board meetings. He indicated that they have decided to coordinate more faculty activities between the two Universities starting with the Joint Meeting in November.
GPSA President DaVina Hoyt introduced her new vice president LaDeidra Lockhart. She also reported that she excited about the new academic year and working with the new GPSA team.
ASWSU President Isaac Wells introduced his Vice President Mike King. He reported that they are busy moving forward with the CUB Renovation project. They have held one forum so far and are busy receiving student feedback, and developing a website for the project. He also reported that they are busy raising money to help student victims from Hurricane Katrina and that they are holding a relief concert which is expected to raise funds for relief efforts.
Alumni Association President Larry Arcia reported that the Alumni Association currently has more memberships than they’ve ever had. They are currently in the process of restructuring their Bylaws. He also mentioned that the arboretum project across from the Lewis Alumni Centre is to be completed by the end of October. He also reported that they are working on strategies to engage alumni into giving back to the University and to keep WSU on the forefront of their agenda.
WSU Foundation Board of Governor’s Chair Mikal Thomsen reported that they have raised the 2 nd largest number in the WSU Foundation of $49 million and he is looking forward to working with Vice President Jessup to raise $60 million. He also reported that the endowment has increased 14%. The current value is over $230 million and is up 40% in the last two years. He also reported on the upcoming Foundation annual meeting in October.
5. Executive, Planning, and Budget Committee. Regent Cowles reported that the committee reviewed the current items that the Regents will vote on regarding the naming of the Nuclear Radiation Center and the Supplemental Budget Request. The committee also reviewed the naming of the Vancouver Student Book Store that will come before the Board at the November meeting. The committee heard reports on fall enrollment, the Tri-Cities chancellor search, along with reports from all the regional campuses and a legislative update.
The Board took action on the following:
Facilities Naming – Nuclear Radiation Center. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the recommendation to name the Nuclear Radiation Center to the Harold W. Dodgen Research Facility (DODG). Carried.
President Rawlins presented on the 2006 Supplemental Budget Request.
Supplemental Budget Request. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the 2006 Budget Request (Exhibit A) and to delegate authority to the President to approve minor changes or adjustments that may need to be made before the submission is finalized to the Office of Financial Management . Carried.
6. System Report. Assistant to the President Hal Dengerink reported on the relationships among the WSU campuses and how they all relate as a system. He added that the changes already implemented include the replacement of the President’s System Council to University Council has already begun to consider the role of the University in economic development across the state of Washington. He also added that the search committee for the WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor has been selected.
7. Academic, Faculty, and Student Affairs Committee. Regent King reported that the committee reviewed and discussed several issues. The committee has asked Provost and Executive Vice President Bates to provide a more comprehensive study on the subject of faculty incentives, accountability, and tenure at the next meeting. He also reported that Regent Leighton had visited each of the newer campuses and that some of the concerns that the students voiced is the integration of student governance, S&A fees, and that the student regent process should be inclusive to all campuses which falls in line with the benchmarks that the University has established. ASWSU President Isaac Wells indicated that he would work with Regent Leighton on resolution of these issues.
8. Report from the Provost and Executive Vice President. Provost Bates reported on the academic reorganization. He indicated that they have established a Pullman Executive Council consisting of himself, Karl Boehmke, Larry James, and the Vice Presidents charged with the budget and planning of the administration of the Pullman campus. He also reported that 80% of our freshmen are enrolled in the Freshman Focus program. Freshman Focus is designed to increase student engagement in academic life and foster peer relationships based on common interests and academic goals. This is a result of freshman co-enrolled in one or both courses in the same living group. This program has resulted in a powerful collaboration among student affairs and academic affairs.
9. Report from the Interim Vice President for Equity and Diversity. Vice President Tate reported on the Equity and Diversity benchmarks. He also reported on the Education Initiative which focuses on preparing students, faculty and staff competencies in the areas of equity and diversity at a level that enriches our entire learning environment throughout the university system. He also mentioned that we have partnered with the organization the National Collaboration Building Institute (NCBI), which is a nonprofit leadership training organization, based out of Washington, D.C. NCBI has been working to eliminate prejudice and intergroup conflict in communities throughout the world. Their curriculum will be available to use in all education arenas.
Regent Cowles thanked Vice President Tate, Regents Stone and Marr for their hard work relative to the Human Rights Task Force Commission.
10. Business Affairs and Information Technology Committee. Regent Niva reported that the committee reviewed and discussed the action items on the CUB Renovation project, the Washington Building ( Old Hospital) Renovation project and the Sale of Fife Farm #3. She added that the committee also heard reports and discussed the Capital Projects, the Bookstore, Financing for the Compton Union Building Project and Collective Bargaining.
The Board took action on the following:
Stephanie Kingsworth from Pfeiffer Partners provided presentation on the CUB Schematic Design before Board Approval.
WSU Pullman, Compton Union Building Renovation, Schematic Design . It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve schematic design documents and grant authorization to proceed with the project, provided a Maximum Allowable Construction Cost (MACC) can be established within funds available. Carried.
WSU Pullman, Washington Building ( Old Hospital), Phase II, Renovation, Schematic Design . It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve schematic design documents and grant authorization to proceed with construction, provided costs are within funds available. Carried.
Sale of Fife Farm #3. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents delegate authority to the President or his designee, the Vice President for Business Affairs, the authority to sell Fife Farm #3, and execute all documents necessary for the sale. Carried.
11. University Development, University Relations and Athletics Committee. Regent Alhadeff who chaired the committee for Chris Marr indicated that the committee set the stage for their work plan for the year. They discussed the relationships among University Development, University Relations and Athletics and how they are integrated in many ways. He reported that the committee will have a full discussion on the Committee Work Plan during their next committee meeting.
12. Report from the Vice President for University Relations. Vice President Savage reported on the success of the Future Cougars of Color luncheon and the positive publicity we receive is due to relationships that President Rawlins works so hard to maintain. She also added that a major component added to this year’s schedule of WSU Week in Seattle is a recruitment luncheon targeted towards students from diverse backgrounds and high ability students. Current RSVP’s for this event are above 800 that will give WSU key exposure.
13. Report from the Interim Vice President for University Development. Vice President Jessup expanded on Mikal’s report and added that the President’s Associates Membership now has 5000 members and that they have exceed their goals. He also invited those who are yet members to become members. He also indicated that they are in the process of looking into the future of WSU Foundation. The Foundation has set ambitious goals and is in the process of restructuring a few areas. They will be calling on the Regents regarding their involvement in the fundraising efforts.
14. Report from the Director of Athletics. Athletic Director Jim Sterk gave an update on all the current sports activities and the activities surrounding the football game. He also reported on the upcoming Hardwood Classic Basketball Game in December at Key Arena in Seattle.
15. Other Business.
The Board took action on the following:
President’s Deferred Compensation Plan. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the amendment to President V. Lane Rawlins deferred compensation plan. This amendment makes only one modification to Dr. Rawlins’ existing Agreement with the Board: it increases the amount of the annual deferred compensation to $150,000. Carried.
16. President’s Report. President Rawlins recognized the student leadership and their wonderful efforts to raise funds for the victims from Hurricane Katrina. He also highlighted the many events that are taking place in Seattle surrounding WSU Week in Seattle.
At 11:40 a.m. the Regents Meeting adjourned.
Approved by the Board of Regents at its meeting held on November 18, 2005 at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront Hotel, Ballroom E-F, Seattle, Washington.
ORIGINAL SIGNED COPY AVAILABLE IN THE PRESIDENT'S OFFICE