March 14, 2003
The Board of Regents of Washington State University met pursuant to call in Open Meeting at 9:30 a.m., on Friday, March 14, 2003, in Lighty Student Services Building, Room 405, in Pullman.
Present: Regent Joe King, President; Regents Kenneth Alhadeff, Phyllis J. Campbell, Elizabeth Cowles, Steven R. Hill, Jason Johnson, William Marler, Christopher J. Marr and 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 Barry Swanson, ASWSU President Scott Dickinson, GPSA President JoLie Wagner, and Alumni Association President Ray Eldridge.
1. Opening Remarks. Regent King welcomed everyone to Pullman. He introduced two world-class faculty members who were recently named members of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Anjan Bose, Dean of the College of Engineering and Architecture and Dr. James Asay, Research Professor and Associate Director of the Institute for Shock Physics.
Dr. Bose and Asay provided comments.
2. President of the University. President Rawlins welcomed everyone to Pullman, he also took a moment to introduce the new football Head Coach Bill Doba.
Coach Doba introduced Assistant Coaches Leon Burnett, George Yarno, Kenny Greene, and Kelly Skipper.
3. Minutes. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the minutes of the meeting of January 14, 2003. Carried.
4. Reports from University Groups.
Faculty Senate Chair Barry Swanson reviewed his report as submitted to the Board. He reported on the items that have passed through the Faculty Senate at their last three meetings. He added that they are looking forward to a very busy spring.
GPSA President JoLie Wagner reviewed her report as submitted to the Board. She added that the Wiley Research Exposition went very well.
ASWSU President Scott Dickinson started off his report by introducing his successors for the upcoming academic year. Jesse Aspuria, President and Lars Johnson, Vice President. He added that one of the primary objectives of his administration was to implement a campus-wide charity. He noted that ASWSU would be holding the first annual ASWSU Invitational Golf Tournament on April 6. All proceeds are going to the Pullman River Walk and Operation Smile. He added that the transportation referendum passed 56-44. He also mentioned that ASWSU is restructuring their programming committees to meet the current needs of the students. He ended his report by informing the Board ASWSU will be submitting student regent nominations to the Office Governor’s after Spring Break.
Alumni Association President Ray Eldridge reported that they just finished the Spring Board meeting held at the Tri-Cities and thanked Chancellor Larry James for the hospitality. He added that they would like to schedule all WSU campus location to have their meetings. He said that the Alumni Association is busy partnering with WSU Government Relations to coordinate Higher Education Day in Olympia on March 26. He added that they plan to have over 200 WSU alumni in Olympia supporting higher education. He said they are finishing up the Alumni Association high school scholarship interviews.
5. Executive, Planning, Budget and Athletics Committee. Regent Joe King reported that the main theme of the committee was the action item to be taken on the newer campus study. He added that they also discussed the Health and Wellness Fee and received a budget update. He also mentioned that that next year would be the first year that a tuition waiver will be given to the student regent. He said the Committee briefly discussed the April 29, 2003 Special Board of Regents meeting to hear public comment on tuition and budget. He said the Committee also heard from Provost Bates on the steps, programs and strategies being used to promote diversity and said that the response of the Regents was very enthusiastic and are please with the additional work in this area to promote faculty and students.
President Rawlins proved a presentation on the Washington State University System Recommendation.
After dialogue the Board took action on the following item:
Washington State University System Recommendation. It was moved and seconded that the Board approve recommendations for the Washington State University campuses in Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver Washington, with implementation to begin immediately. Carried.
Chancellors Hal Dengerink, Larry James, and Rom Markin joined the table.
6. Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs Committee. Regent Cowles reported that the committee discussed the two action items the Board will be voting on and the two items they will be voting on at the next meeting on the Health and Wellness Fee. She went on to explain some of the issues why the Health and Wellness needs the increase in fees for the Pullman campus. She added that counseling services state-funding support is going away, and the need is greater. Regent Cowles also reported on the remaining future actions items regarding the WAC Code Revisions and department name changes that they will vote on at the May meeting.
The Board took action on the following items:
Name Change for the Department of Rural Sociology. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approves the name change for the Department of Rural Sociology to the Department of Community and Rural Sociology, effective immediately. Carried.
Name Change for the Department of Comparative American Cultures. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approves the name change for the Department of Comparative American Cultures to the Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies, effective immediately. Carried.
7. Report from the Provost and Academic Vice President. Provost Bates passed out a new publication on research that was a result of the Strategic Plan Implementation. The publication represents the quality, range and the expertise of our research programs on campus. He added that this is the first organized way to communicate the high quality research we have at this institution.
8. Report from the Vice President for Student Affairs. Vice President
Jaeger reported that Student Affairs is continuing in making an environmental approach to making the campus as safe as possible. She talked about a new program called “Club 21”. The program encourages students to go to the student recreation center to exercise and to celebrate in a moderate way. She said the Student Recreation Center also provides a safe haven for the students.
9. Business Affairs and Information Technology Committee. Regent Stone reported that the committee received a report from the State Auditors and for the fourth year in a row, they have no audit findings. He said they also discussed with the Auditors the 2002 Financial Report. He added that the committee reviewed and discussed future action items on the mandatory student transit fee, and revisions to the Washington Administrative codes relative to the newer campuses and ICN parking revisions. Regent Stone said the committee discussed information items relative to the parking system three-year plan; status on capital projects on the energy plant redevelopment, parking lots, and stadium luxury boxes. He said the committee also received reports on completed capital construction projects and projects that are currently underway. They received a report on the university’s long distance phone service and mainframe acquisitions. He ended his report by noting that the committee moved into Executive Session to discuss real estate issues.
10. Report from the Vice President for Business Affairs. Vice President
Royer started off by commending Barry Johnston for the wonderful job on the financial reports along with Sally Savage’s design staff. He also reported that the groundbreaking for the Energy Plant is scheduled for next week. He added that Business Affairs is preparing for the 2nd Annual Cougar Pride Day, which is a nice way to have a spring cleanup. Vice President Royer asked Ev Davis to make comments on Cougar Pride Days.
Ev Davis provided comments to the Board on the goals and activities of the Annual Cougar Pride Days.
11. Report from the Vice President for Information Systems. Vice President Mary Doyle provided a report on the direction Information Technology will take with the Newer Campus System.
12. University Development University Relations Committee. Regent Hill reported that the committee covered two items. They received an update on the principles of operation and memorandum of understanding that will possibly be ready for Board action at the next meeting. He asked Sally Savage to provide an update on the gift report on behalf of Vice President Frisch who was unable to attend the meeting.
13. Report from the Vice President for University Relations. Vice President for University Relations Sally Savage also provided a recap on the initial marketing and student recruitment goals. She added that they’re now on Phase II of the marketing campaign that will deal with delving into the influencer market, which involves a different level of engagement with our external audiences.
14. Other Business. Regent President King noted that because of current world events, the Board thought it was important to make a public statement regarding the safety of our international students. He said the Board would like to pass a resolution to reaffirm to the campus community that this University promotes free speech and diversity and will do everything in their power to provide a safe environment for our students, faculty, staff, and other members of our community. He read the resolution (Exhibit A). Carried.
15. President’s Report. President Rawlins ended the meeting by
commenting on the resolution. He added that educational process we are committed to demands that we respect all views and that we respect all people and that we provide a safe and viable place to exchange views. President Rawlins also commented on the quality of our student leadership.
16. Executive Session. At 11:30 a.m., the Regents convened in Executive Session with legal counsel to discuss pending litigation and to evaluate charges against public employees. The Executive Session lasted 35 minutes, and action was taken as a result of the session.
At 12:10 p.m., the Regents reconvened in Open Session.
The Board took action on the following:
Indemnify Defendants in Litigation. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approves the request for defense for University current and former employees. Carried.
The meeting adjourned at 12:15 p.m.
Approved by the Board of Regents at its meeting held in Lighty Student Services Building, Room 405, Pullman, Washington, on May 9, 2003.
ORIGINAL SIGNED COPY AVAILABLE IN THE PRESIDENT’S OFFICE