March 15, 2002
The Board of Regents of Washington State University met pursuant to call in Open Meeting at 9:32 a.m., on Friday, March 15, 2002, in the Consolidated Information Center 120A, at Washington State University Tri Cities, Richland, WA.
Present: Regent Joe King, Vice President; Regents Kenneth Alhadeff, Phyllis Campbell, Darren P. Eastman, Peter J. Goldmark, Steven R. Hill, 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, Interim Vice President for Information Technology Mary Doyle, Senior Assistant Attorney General Antoinette Ursich, Faculty Senate Chair William Cofer, ASWSU President Jesse Keene, and Alumni Association President Ed Little.
1. Opening Remarks. Regent King welcomed everyone to WSU Tri-Cities and noted that he is filling in for Regent President Rob Fukai. He gave a special thanks to Campus Dean and CEO Larry James for his hospitality and for hosting the Board of Regents meeting.
Regent King introduced world-class faculty member, Dr. Paul Strand, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at WSU Tri-Cities whose interests include social and language development. Dr. Strand introduced undergraduate student Mary Corley. Dr. Strand and Ms. Corley are working closely together on a research project and they provided comments about their work.
2. President of the University. President Rawlins welcomed everyone to WSU Tri-Cities and took a moment to introduce Campus Dean and CEO Larry James. Dean James provided remarks regarding current WSU Tri-Cities activities.
3. Minutes. There was one correction to the minutes; Regent Ken Alhadeff was not present. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the corrected minutes of the meeting of January 25, 2002. Carried.
4. Reports from University Groups. The reports from the University Groups are attached as Exhibit A.
Faculty Senate Chair Bill Cofer reviewed his report as submitted to the Board. He did mention the parking recommended passed with some debate. He also mentioned that here has been great discussion on the possible uses for space in old Holland Library. The faculty is not in favor of a proposal to house the Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design in a portion of the building and prefer that the facility be for library use alone.
ASWSU President Jesse Keene reviewed his report as submitted to the Board. He noted that the latest “Up all Night” session was a success and that they held the first Academic Night on a Thursday evening. The academic night programs included lectures, and the Greek Tutoring mentors. Mr. Keene recognized two individuals: Glenn Ford for his efforts in working on the Parking System Review Task Force; and to Provost Bates for discussing his goals and how he hopes to improve the campus diversity on campus with multicultural student leaders. Keene ended his report by announcing Scott Dickinson and Conor Cook are the new ASWSU leaders will take office in June.
Alumni Association President Ed Little reviewed his report as submitted to the Board. He commented that the highlight of the Alumni Association Board of Directors meeting was reviewing the University Strategic Plan. The Alumni Association plans to align their strategic plan with the University plan.
5. Executive, Planning, and Budget Committee. Regent King reported that the committee had an update on the legislative budget. The Board will be holding a special meeting to discuss tuition and budget issues before the May Board Meeting. Regent King also reported that President Rawlins presented the Strategic Plan and there was discussion of the plan. He asked president Rawlins to provide comments. President Rawlins presented to the Board the first printed copy of the Strategic Plan. He reminded the Board that this project started over a year ago and involved hundreds of faculty, staff, students, and almost everyone at the Board table. He restated that the emphasis on quality undergraduate education and the environment of excellence in graduate education, engagement and of quality research was not unexpected, it was articulated on the emphasis of developing an environment of trust and respect and a concentration of all parts of our institution in excellence.
He added that the very last part of this strategic plan is entitled implementation. There will be an implementation council to oversee the strategic plan implementation. Provost Bates will be leading the implementation council. President Rawlins asked Provost Bates to update the Board on the planning process. Provost Bates provided an organizational chart to the Board on the implementation process. He briefly reviewed the process. An implementation report will provided to the President and to the Board of Regents annually.
The committee received a progress report on the Branch and Systems Study Group from Dean Zuiches and discussed the 2003-2005 operating budget request priorities, received a status report on the energy plan redevelopment and were briefed on the joint efforts of WSU Tri-Cites and Columbia Basin College.
6. University Relations Liaison’s Report. Regent Alhadeff asked Vice President Sally Savage to provide the annual Integrated Marketing Communications Report.
7. Report from the Vice President for University Relations. Vice President for University Relations Sally Savage presented to the Board the annual report on integrated marketing communications efforts.
8. Report from the Interim Vice President for Information Technology. Interim Vice President for Information Technology Mary Doyle provided an update on the IT Planning Process. She mentioned that they have developed the design teams for the IT Strategic Plan and a planning process that includes groups from across the university.
9. Academic and Faculty Affairs Committee. Regent Marler reported on that the committee discussed the action items for the May Board Meeting: WSU Regents’ Professor designation, Master of Architecture, and Master of Science in Exercise Science to WSU Spokane. The also discussed the mandated hiring freeze, and a new Ph.D. in Communications.
Academic Affairs then had a joint meeting with Student Affairs and discussed the joint effort with Columbia Basin College and visited Battelle and were briefed on opportunities to partner with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratories.
10. Report from the Provost and Academic Vice President. Provost and Academic Vice President Robert Bates asked Associate Vice Provost Felicia Gaskins present a clip of an award-winning video highlighting WSU’s minority recruitment and retention programs. The video was produced by the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
11. Business Affairs Committee. Regent Stone reported the committee discussed the Exit Audit Review. The State Auditor staff member reported on the clean university audit. For the third consecutive year, there have been no audit findings. WSU is beginning the analysis of the most efficient and effective mechanism for the campus bookstore operations. Business Affairs will issue an RFP to learn more about potential partnerships and potential benefits for our students. They also received an update on the Energy Services Performance Contract and the Energy Plant Redevelopment. An energy plant recommendation is expected in May. Business Affairs Committee also reviewed the 2001 Financial Report, the Civil Service Reform, and had a report on Minor Capital Construction. He said they reviewed the current actions items and asked Vice President Royer to go over them.
Vice President Royer went over the action items. The Board took action on the following items:
Murrow Hall Addition. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents delegate authority to the President or his designees, the Vice President for Business Affairs, to issue Final Determination to utilize the General Contractor/Construction Manager (GC/CM) process pursuant to RCS 39.10.030; and subject to issuance of the Final Determination and provided costs are within funds available, select a GC/CM for the Murrow Hall Addition and award construction contracts. Carried.
WSU Vancouver, Student Services Center. 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 issue Final Determination to utilize the General Contractor/Construction Manager (GC/CM) process, pursuant to RCW 39.10.030; and subject to issuance of the Final Determination, provided costs are within funds available, select a GC/CM for the Student Services Center at WSU Vancouver and award construction contracts. Carried.
WSU Prosser, Water Systems Upgrade at Well Site, Phase I. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve Phase I of the WSU Prosser, Water Systems Upgrade at Well Site project and delegate authority to the President or his designee, the Vice President for Business Affairs, to award and sign a contract for this construction project within the funds allocated in the listed budgets. Carried.
Parking System Recommendations. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents adopt annual, daily, and hourly parking rates, and fines for parking violations, effective July 1, 2002, as recommended on the rate and fine schedule. Carried.
Student Recreation Center, SRC Parking Lot. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the expenditure of $775,000 of Bond proceeds for the SRC parking lot. Carried.
Student Recreation Center – Electrical Connection to Central Campus. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents authorize the expenditure of $275,000 of Bond proceeds for the electrical connection of the Student Recreation Center to central campus. Carried.
Student Recreation Center – SRC Summer Fee Mechanism. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the change in the Student Recreation Center Summer Fee Mechanism, effective Summer Session 2002, resulting in the following fee schedule: $20/Enrolled in 3 weeks or less; $40/Enrolled in 4-5 weeks; $60/Enrolled in 6 weeks or more. Carried.
Student Recreation Center – SRC Fee. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents adopt a fee increase of a maximum of fifteen percent in FY 2003, or the percentage resident undergraduate tuition is increased, whichever is less. Carried.
12. Student Affairs Committee. Regent Campbell reported that the committee received an update on the usage and success of the Student Recreation Center and were briefed on the recruitment strategies and programs utilized by WSU Tri-Cities and then joined the Academic and Faculty Affairs Committee tour of Battelle.
Due to time constraints the Board adjourned before the scheduled Student Affairs Report. President Rawlins asked that they go first at the May meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 1:10 p.m.
Approved by the Board of Regents at its meeting held at the
Center for Undergraduate Education, Pullman, Washington,
May 10, 2002