The Board of Regents of Washington State University met pursuant to call in Open Meeting at 9:00 a.m., on Friday, June 14, 2002, in the Student Services Building, Room 236, at Washington State University, Vancouver, WA.
Present: Regent Joe King, President; Regents Phyllis Campbell, Betsy Cowles, Peter J. Goldmark, Steven R. Hill, Jason Johnson, William Marler, 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 University Development Richard Frisch, Interim Vice President for Information Technology Mary Doyle, Senior Assistant Attorney General Antoinette Ursich, Faculty Senate Chair William Cofer, ASWSU President Scott Dickinson, Alumni Association President Ray Eldridge.
1. Opening Remarks. Regent King welcomed everyone to WSU Vancouver.
He started off by introducing the newest member to the Board of Regents, Jason Johnson.
Regent King also introduced world-class faculty member, Brian Tissot, Associate Professor of Environmental Science at WSU Vancouver whose research efforts include the importance of habitat in fishery biology and management, habitat assessment of groundfish populations and the evaluation of the effectiveness of marine reserves to enhance aquarium fisheries. Dr. Tissot introduced graduate student Noelani Puniwai and undergraduate student Kathleen Greenwood. Both students work with Dr. Tissot in his lab.
2. President of the University. President Rawlins welcomed everyone to WSU Vancouver and took a moment to introduce Campus Dean and CEO Hal Dengerink. Dean Dengerink provided remarks regarding current WSU Vancouver activities. President Rawlins also introduced Rick Frisch, Vice President for University Development and President of Washington State University Foundation and the new university group representatives to the table.
3. Minutes. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the minutes of the meetings of April 30, 2002 and May 10, 2002. Carried.
4. Reports from University Groups.
Before asking for reports from each University Group Representative, Regent King presented Bill Cofer with a resolution commending him for his contributions as Faculty Senate Chair. Dr. Cofer’s term as Faculty Senate Chair ends at the end of June.
Faculty Senate Chair Bill Cofer reviewed his report as submitted to the Board. He highlighted the completed academic program reviews that will go to the HECB later in the summer. He also mentioned that there will be ten program reviews for the upcoming academic year along with two program proposals that are in the system for approval in the fall for WSU Vancouver. He ended his report by thanking the Board for the opportunity to serve as Chair and for their efforts to understand faculty issues and thanked them for their desire and commitment to quality of education.
ASWSU President Scott Dickinson reviewed his report as submitted to the Board. He noted that
ASWSU will be putting on workshops on Involvement for the students and parents attending ALIVE. He also shared their goals for the 2002-03 school year. He also mentioned a program that they are exploring called S.E.T.s (Students Evaluating Teachers). He said the purpose of this program is to strengthen the relationship between student and educator. The benefit of S.E.T.s is for students to become more successful in the classroom. Lastly, President Dickinson commented on the forefront of the discussions taking place in Olympia this year will be advocacy for long-term predictable tuition.
Alumni Association President Ray Eldridge reviewed his report as submitted to the Board. He started off by announcing the 2002-03 Alumni Association Executive Committee. He also added that the unique diversity of the committee that represents the institution’s former students. He went on to discuss the activities the Alumni Association has planned for the summer which includes a family activities to baseball games and waterslide parks; evening cruises on lakes and events at local community wineries along with Cougar Welcomes for incoming freshmen and their families. He concluded his report by providing an update on the upcoming annual Executive Committee meeting where they will discuss budget, programs and goal implementation.
5. Executive, Planning, and Budget Committee. Regent King reported that the committee reviewed and discussed the recommendations to approve the framework of the Biennial Operating Budget; the capital budget request; revisions to the Regents committee structure; and they reviewed and recommended the 2003 Board of Regents Schedule. He commented on the progress President Rawlins has accomplished and that it’s clear he has developed a well thought-out plan in setting the budget, and even with the cuts the institution faces, working with President Rawlins on the budget has been pleasant because of his plan. He asked President Rawlins to provide an update to the Board on the Biennial Operating Budget and Capital Budget Request before the Board calls to vote.
President Rawlins and Karl Boehmke provided information on the budget allocation process and the university allocation process.
The Board took action on the following items:
2003-05 Biennial Operating Budget. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the 2003-05 Biennial Operating Budget and that they delegate authority to the President, in consultation with the Regents’ Executive, Planning and Budget Committee, to develop the request. The final request will be submitted to the Board at the September 6, 2002 meeting. Carried.
Karl Boehmke provided information on the Capital Budget Request.
2003-05 Biennial Capital Budget Request. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the 2003-04 Biennial Capital Budget Request and that they 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 the Office of Financial Management in September, 2002. Carried
2003 Board of Regents Schedule. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents adopt meeting dates for the 2003 calendar year. Carried.
Board of Regents Committee Structure. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the proposed new Regents Committees:
Executive, Planning, Budget and Athletics Committee
Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs Committee
Business Affairs and Information Technology Committee
University Development and University Relations Committee
6. Report from the Vice President for University Relations. Vice President for University Relations Sally Savage updated the Board on the current activities surrounding the Cougar home football game in Seattle on August 31.2002. She also mentioned that the advertising campaign won a gold award from the Council for Advancement in Support of Education, which is their highest award. She also told the Board that they have hired Jesse Keene to work with the University Relations and Marketing Communications team for the upcoming year.
7. Report from the Interim Vice President for Information Technology. Interim Vice President for Information Technology Mary Doyle reported on the upgrade of bandwidth; the University Portal Project; the public broadcasting federal requirements to convert our public television to digital technology. She also reported that they implemented an anti virus program; that they’ve implemented a policy for desktop software licenses. She also talked about security system issues.
8. Report from the Vice President for University Development. Vice President Richard Frisch took the opportunity to thank Regents Campbell and Stone for their participation in the search process. He also thanked Vice President Savage for serving as interim. He commented that this is a great time to be affiliated with WSU to do the job of advancing relationships and building private support for the University with a president who has terrific vision and the ability to articulate that vision to our constituencies. WSU has a strategic plan in place where fundraising is a part of that plan. He added that fundraising is about relationships and WSU has extraordinary relationships all over the state and the world. He said that they are beginning to look into the staffing structure and to begin to think about campaigning. He also said that it’s been five years since WSU concluded its last campaign finishing over $275 million, but to be among our PAC 10 peer institutions, who have just completed campaigns of $500 million – $2.5 billion, we need to assess how we fit into that mix and decide what we need to do to achieve our strategic plan. He said that he’s counting on the Board of Regents to help articulate that vision.
9. Academic and Faculty Affairs Committee. Regent Marler reported that the committee discussed and reviewed the current action items and the future actions that will come before them this fall. He added that the committee received updates on the status of the Implementation Council and also were updated on the appointments of Interim Dean and Associate Dean in the Graduate School.
Regent Marler recommends the Board take action on the following items:
Ph.D. in Communication. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the Doctor of Philosophy in Communication, effective Fall 2002. Carried.
Name Change for the Department of Pharmacy Practice. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the name change for the Department of Pharmacy Practice to the Department of Pharmacotherapy effective Fall 2002. Carried.
BS/MS in Biotechnology. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the Board of Regents approve the Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology and Master of Science in Biotechnology degrees, effective Fall 2002. Carried
Name Change for the Department of Agricultural Economics to the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the name change for the Department of Agricultural Economics to the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, effective Fall, 2002. Carried
Name Change for the Hotel and Restaurant Administration program. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the name change for the Hotel and Restaurant Administration program to become the School of Hospitality Business Management, effective Fall, 2002. Carried
Graduate and Professional Students Association-Approval of Constitutional Amendments. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve amendments to the Graduate and Professional Student Association Constitution as amended and presented. Carried.
10. Report from the Provost and Academic Vice President. Provost and Academic Vice President Robert Bates provided an update on the Implementation Council and the implementation process. He noted that even though many faculty scatter throughout the summer, they are keeping the progress in putting the implementation process of the Strategic Plan in place. He added that the teams that have met and are moving along very well. He also mentioned that other stakeholders would get involved. Provost Bates concluded his report by announcing Dr. Howard Grimes as the Interim Dean of the Graduate School and Dr. Chris Johnson as Associate Dean.
11. Business Affairs Committee. Regent Stone reported the committee reviewed and discussed current action items and future action that will come forward in the fall. He added that the committee received status reports on current projects, reports on capital projects, and a report on real estate. He asked Vice President Royer to go into further detail of the current action items.
Architects Bruce Blackmer and Thomas Hacker presented on the WSU Spokane Academic Center before the Board took action.
WSU Spokane Academic Center. 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, if costs are within funds available. Carried.
Architect Ev Ruffcorn gave presentation on the Johnson Hall Addition before the Board took action.
Regent Goldmark added “that this building, like many on our campus represents a tremendous amount of work and planning over many years and has the potential to service the University in a major fashion for decades to come. Research is clearly an important part of the University Strategic Plan and we all know that research can provide teaching and many opportunities economic development throughout the state. So when we design the building we need to do it with our greatest thought and creativity for the future. I’m awestruck by the buildings we have just finished such as the Smith Center, and other designs we have recently reviewed and for buildings such as this, I’m real interested to make sure that the design that we end up with is a final result, is our best effort to realize the University’s Strategic Plan. I look forward to conversations between Business Affairs Committee and other elements of the University as we refine this ambitious project.”
Regent King asked for Provost Bates to comment on the academic side.
Provost Bates said that “the way we teach, learn, do research is changing rapidly. It’s more integrated every day and we just need to look at the space and how we design it serves an academic purpose and we will continue to work hard to bring those together at the earliest time possible so we have the result we need. The location of this building will help as we reflect on the rest of the plan.”
Johnson Hall Addition. 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, if costs are within funds available. Carried.
Wilmer-Davis Dining Hall Renovation. 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 approve the selection of the firm that will provide Architectural consulting services and grant permission to proceed with schematic design, if costs are within funds available.
Vice President Jaeger supported the renovation. She added this renovation will greatly enhance the dining and entertainment for the students.
12. Report from the Vice President for Business Affairs. Vice President for Business Affairs Greg Royer took a moment to point out a picture hung on the wall. He said that the picture is the layout of the WSU Vancouver Campus, which also included buildings that haven’t even been built yet. He added that seeing the media building outside the window being built, sitting here and then seeing the layout on the wall, is what you (the Board) have approved. He concluded his report by thanked Bill Cofer for his leadership in the Faculty Senate; he said it has made a huge impact on the relationship between Business Affairs the Faculty Senate.
13. Student Affairs Committee. Regent Campbell also commended Bill Cofer for his leadership. She said the Student Affairs Committee received updates on four items: Admissions; Granting of Degrees Report; Changing Student Culture; and the Portal Project. She added that the Admission update on enrollment was very positive and extremely impressive.
14. Report from the Vice President for Student Affairs. Vice President for Student Affairs Charlene Jaeger reported that with the success of the fall admissions numbers has made summer very busy for Student Affairs. The Alive Counselors are enthusiastic. Student Affairs is also working diligently to accommodate housing for all the students this fall.
15. President’s Report. President Rawlins thanked his staff for their work. He also thanked Bill Cofer for his leadership and the entire Faculty Senate. He said that we must continue our World Class Faculty recognition and we’ve been able to recognize some wonderful faculty members. He added that the budget cuts are being carried out. As we carry out the reductions we have positive direction, and he is confident that even with less we will do great things.
Meeting adjourned at 11:45 a.m.
Approved by the Board of Regents at its meeting held
at the Center for Undergraduate Education, Room 518,
Pullman, Washington, September 6, 2002
ORIGINAL SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS AND SECRETARY TO THE BOARD.