May 7, 1993
The Board of Regents of Washington State University met pursuant to call, in Open Meeting at 9:06 a.m. on Friday, May 7, 1993, in the Lewis Alumni Centre, Pullman, Washington.
Present: William R. Wiley, President; Richard R. Albrecht, Phyllis J. Campbell, R. M. “Mac” Crow, John W. Ellis, Scott B. Lukins, Louis H. Pepper, and Kate B. Webster; President Samuel H. Smith, Provost Thomas F. George, Vice President for Business Affairs Sallie A. Giffen, Vice President for University Affairs Stanton E. Schmid, Executive Assistant for Administration and Counsel Sally P. Savage, Vice Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School Robert V. Smith, Vice Provost for Student Affairs K. J. “Gus” Kravas, Senior Assistant Attorney General Paul Tanaka, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Geoffrey L. Gamble, Executive Director of Budget and Planning Gregory P. Royer, Associate Vice President for University Advancement Connie Kravas, Assistant Vice President for University Relations Barbara Petura, Assistant Vice President–Business Services Ernest Renfro, Faculty Senate Chair Ken Casavant, Staff Senate President Jay Becker, Alumni Association President Richard Lemargie, GPSA President and Vice President Ken Wang and Jim Breedlove, and ASWSU President Stuart Morgan.
1. General Opening Remarks and Introductions. Regent Bill Wiley opened the meeting by commending Regent Dick Albrecht for his contributions to WSU during his tenure as President of the Board of Regents in 1992-93.
President Sam Smith announced that Vice President for University Affairs Stan Schmid recently received the 1993 Frank Ashmore Award for distinguished service from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) given to the top individuals in the advancement profession. President Smith also introduced the following President’s Faculty Excellence Award winners: Dr. Larry E. Davis, Assistant Professor of Geology and President’s Faculty Excellence Award winner in the area of Instruction; Dr. J. Thomas Dickinson, Professor of Physics and Materials Science and President’s Faculty Excellence Award winner in the area of Research; and Mr. George J. Pinyuh, Area Extension Agent for King County and President’s Faculty Excellence Award winner in the area of Public Service. Mr. Pinyuh was not in attendance at the meeting.
2. Minutes. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the minutes of the meeting of April 9, 1993. Carried.
3. Granting of Degrees. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the recommendation of the faculty that the candidates whose names appear in Exhibit A be advanced to the degrees set above their names as members of the Class of March 20, 1993. Carried.
4. Higher Education Coordinating Board. Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Geoff Gamble announced that Mr. Elson Floyd, Executive Vice President of Eastern Washington University, was appointed as the Executive Director of the HEC Board, to begin on July 1, 1993. Dr. Gamble also outlined the following two items that will come before the Board of Regents at future meetings: 1) the modification of the process for
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review and approval of new programs and degrees; and 2) a draft policy for the State of Washington dealing with educational delivery over telecommunications.
5. Update on the Budget and Legislative Issues. Provost Tom George provided an update on the budget as it applies to WSU. Highlights from the discussion concerned a shortfall of approximately 5 percent below the amount needed to continue current programs through the 1993-95 biennium. Provost George reviewed the programs that “survived” the budget process, such as the Poultry Lab, Civil Service Reform, Graduate Assistant Health Benefits, and Health Insurance. He also reviewed the areas to be reduced, such as travel reductions and efficiency initiatives. Provost George said that the cuts are partially offset by the addition of $6 million in enrollment with the net effect being a budget cut of approximately 6 percent at the Pullman campus. Provost George also reviewed the enrollment increases for the WSU Pullman and the branch campuses and the tuition package. He said that there will be approximately a 29 to 30 percent tuition increase.
Provost George also provided information on the Capital Budget, the Budget Allocation and Reconfiguration Schedule, the Reconfiguration Committee, Legislative Budget Guidelines, the Higher Education Access Bill, the Higher Education Tuition Bill, the supplemental budget, and the IMPACT Sunset. Please see Exhibit B for a detailed copy of Provost George’s presentation.
Considerable discussion on the budget ensued. The Regents asked many questions and many issues were discussed, such as policy implications of increasing the enrollment at the regionals and branch campuses rather than at the main campuses of the research universities in the state; the final budgets of the research universities as opposed to the regionals and the community colleges; the lack of return on the tuition increase to the universities; the effect of the tuition increases on middle class families; management flexibility; the impact of tuition increases to out of state students, in particular those in veterinary medicine; and legislation concerning essential requirement levels for funding WSU’s current enrollment and legislation concerning future participation rates in higher education in the State of Washington.
6. Report by the Vice Provost for Research. Vice Provost for Research Bob Smith reported on the following two information items: 1) Dr. Bud Ryan, Professor of the Institute of Biological Chemistry, and the late Dr. Ardis Young, former Professor and Chair of Adult and Youth Education, were named among the 100 most distinguished alumni of Montana State University as part of its Centennial Celebration; and 2) Universe magazine is beginning its sixth year of publication. Dr. Smith provided a copy of the Spring 93 issue of Universe and pointed out an interesting four-article feature appearing in this issue.
7. Collective Bargaining Agreement Between Washington State University and the Washington Federation of State Employees. Provost George introduced Dr. Ernestine Madison, Vice Provost for Human Relations and Resources; Ms. Nina Leisi, Interim Director of Human Resource Services; and Mr. Barney Waldrop, Labor Relations Specialist, who were present to answer questions regarding this item. Provost George highlighted
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some of the changes occurring since the last Collective Bargaining Agreement entered into approximately ten years ago.
It was moved and seconded that the WSU Board of Regents adopt the resolution appearing in Exhibit C approving the terms of the Agreement by and between Washington State University and the Washington Federation of State Employees, AFL-CIO, Council No. 28, delegating authority to the President to execute the Agreement and delegating authority to the President or the President’s designee to administer the Agreement. Carried.
8. Report by the Vice Provost for Student Affairs. Vice Provost for Student Affairs Gus Kravas congratulated the approximately 2,600 undergraduates and approximately 400 graduate students who will be graduating on Commencement day. Dr. Kravas also congratulated Mr. Stuart Morgan, ASWSU President, and Mr. Ken Wang, GPSA President, for their outstanding leadership over the last year.
9. Increase in Mandatory Health Fee. It was moved and seconded that the WSU Board of Regents approve the increase in the Mandatory Health Fee, beginning with the Fall Semester of 1993, from the current base of $62.50 per semester per student to $63.50 per semester per student. Carried.
Please see Exhibit D for additional information with regard to the increase in the mandatory health fee.
Regent Campbell asked about the student participation on the Student Heath Advisory Committee, and Dr. Kravas said that both ASWSU and GPSA appoint several students each year and that their participation is also an educational process, so they become greater contributors as the year progresses.
ASWSU President Stuart Morgan expressed his concerns with regard to the general trend of increased costs to students. He said that he fells that with the tuition increase, in particular, there comes a point that students will be forced out of the system.
10. Contracts under Previous Delegation of Authority. Vice President for Business Affairs Sallie Giffen reported that, on the authority delegated to the President of the University or his designee by the Board of Regents at the meeting of January 17, 1993, she had approved entering into contract with the following:
Cosco Fire Protection, Kirkland, for Residence Hall Fire Sprinkler Systems at Community, Duncan Dunn, Wilmer Davis, and Waller Halls, in the amount of $845,369, including sales tax, to be paid from Housing and Dining System funds (local funds).
Viking Automatic Sprinkler Company, Spokane, for Residence Hall Fire Sprinkler Systems at Stevens and McCroskey Halls, in the amount of $261,164, including sales tax, to be paid form Housing and Dining System funds (local funds).
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Vice President for Business Affairs Sallie Giffen reported that, on the authority delegated to the President of the University or his designee by the Board of Regents at the meeting of January 24, 1986, she had approved entering into contract with the following:
D & S Electrical Contractors, Clarkston, for the transformer and switchboard upgrade at the Cooper Publications Building, in the amount of $56,282, including sales tax, to be paid from Minor Capital Renewal funds (State Building Construction Account).
McGowan Construction Services, Richland, for darkroom ventilation improvements in Bustad Hall, Room 120, in the amount of $44,265, including sales tax, to be paid from Minor Capital Renewal funds (State Building Construction Account).
Bauer Construction, Spokane, to upgrade the booster pumping station at the golf course, in the amount of $34,091, including sales tax, to be paid from Student Services and Activities Facility Fees and Minor Capital Improvement funds (WSU Building Account).
Uhlenkott Well Drilling, Fenn, Idaho, for Well No. 2 at the Knott Dairy Center in the amount of $23,151, including sales tax, to be paid from Minor Capital Renewal funds (State Building Construction Amount).
11. Completion of Contracts. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents
approve, for purposes of RCW Chapters 60.28 and 39.07, the satisfactory completion of the following contracts:
Monroe Machinery and Supplies, Kent, for the Food/Human Nutrition Facility, Phase II, Creamery Equipment Installation, in the final amount of $483,537, including sales tax, to be paid from the United States Department of Agriculture, (Cooperative State Research Services funds), and local funds (Creamery Reserves and an interfund loan).
Gilbert Moen Co., Yakima, for the WSU Tri-Cities East Building remodel, bid package #2, in the final amount of #271,935, including sales tax, to be paid from Branch Campus Minor Capital Improvement funds and Radio and TV funds.
Palouse Country Electric, Moscow, Idaho, for replacement of electrical service at the Beef Cattle Center, in the final amount of $51,401, including sales tax, to be paid from Minor Capital Improvement funds (WSU Building Account).
12. Allocation of Summer Services and Activities Fee. It was moved and seconded that the WSU Board of Regents approve the proposed distribution of the 1993 Summer Services and Activities Fee as presented in Exhibit E. Carried.
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13. Glenn Terrell Friendship Mall Site Construction. Vice President for Business Affairs Sallie Giffen introduced Mr. Steve Hindley of the architectural firm of ALSC architects of Spokane. Mr. Hindley provided a slide presentation to demonstrate the future of the mall site. Mr. Hindley presented slides of the existing mall demonstrating some current concerns, such as overgrown landscaping, insufficient lighting, its dated look, etc. He further provided slides of the future of the mall, including the improvements to be made and also demonstrating the design concept with several different views. The mall’s lighting was discussed as part of this project, and Regent Webster had some questions and concerns about the sufficiency of the lighting to be included. Mr. Hindley said that the old incandescent fixtures are going to be replaced by a new type of high efficiency, high output fixture. President Smith also said there will be an additional project involving the Washington State Art’s Commission that will place additional lighting specifically between Holland Library and the CUB.
It was moved and seconded that the WSU Board of Regents approve the construction documents and delegate authority to the President or his designee, the Vice President for Business Affairs, to advertise for bids and to award a construction contract for the Glenn Terrell Friendship Mall if a budget can be established within the funds available. Carried.
14. Report by the Vice President for University Affairs. Vice President for University Affairs Stan Schmid provided some brief information about the positive outlook for this year’s fundraising and some comments with respect to awards and recognition received by individuals in his organization, such as Connie Kravas, Tom Sanders, Mike Goodwin, and Barb Petura. Mr. Schmid also mentioned the approval of funding for the design of Bohler Gym and provided some remarks about how this will address the facility needs to accommodate the growing number of women in athletics and the need to continue to address our gender equity issues.
15. Reports from University Groups. Faculty Senate Chair Ken Casavant provided some brief end-of-the-year remarks and thanked the administration and the Regents for their faculty’s views and perceptions about the budget. He said that the faculty realize the need to work with the legislature to change the perceptions about higher education, as are reflected in the budget, and that they are working on how to handle their concerns rather than developing a sense of paranoia. Dr. Casavant commented on his appreciation of having had the opportunity to serve as Faculty Senate Chair.
Staff Senate President Jay Becker expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to be an involved member of the campus community. He commented on his positive feelings about working on the reconfiguration document and said that working with the Board of Regents and the administration has been a positive aspect of an otherwise negative time. With specific regard to the Staff Senate, Mr. Becker remarked that there are more and more individuals becoming involved and beginning to understand how they can contribute to the University. He said more members of the campus community are participating in shared governance and that he is appreciative of this. On behalf of the members of the Board, Regent Wiley expressed their sincere appreciation for his participation.
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GPSA President Ken Wang introduced the new GPSA President Oliver Bangera and the new Vice President Judy Nath. Mr. Wang provided some comments with regard to the funding of the health benefits for graduate students and expressed his appreciation to all the individuals who helped achieve this goal. Mr. Wang expressed his feelings about his experiences over the past two years as GPSA President. He expressed his deep appreciation and gratitude in working with individuals in all different capacities of the University and within the State and, in particular, the members of the Board of Regents. Mr. Want also provided some remarks about the TA Excellence Award winners and said that all the TAs at WSU are doing a wonderful job and contribute greatly to WSU.
ASWSU President Stuart Morgan provided remarks concerning the ACROD (Alcohol Congress on Responsible Decisions) Conference that took place last week, thanked the Regents for providing approval of the granting of degrees, and introduced the new ASWSU President Heather Metcalf. Mr. Morgan also provided some closing remarks and expressed his gratitude to WSU for providing him with a quality education.
Alumni Association President Richard Lemargie expressed commendations to Vice President for University Affairs Stan Schmid for his recent award and significant contributions to WSU. He introduced the new Alumni Association President Marlene Falquist from Mercer Island. Mr. Lemargie provided some comments about the 60-year class reunion and the Golden Grad reunion taking place on the campus over the past two days and also provided closing remarks regarding his tenure as Alumni Association President. Mr. Lemargie expressed his appreciation for having worked with individuals at the University, such as the Regents, President Smith, Mr. Schmid, and many others.
Regent Bill Wiley welcomed the new individuals from the University groups to the meeting.
16. Meeting of Shareholders, Students’ Book Corporation, Election of Directors. The meeting of the Board of Regents was recessed, and the meeting of the Shareholders of the Students’ Book Corporation was declared open.
It was moved and seconded that the Shareholders of the Students’ Book Corporation elect the following to serve on the Board of Directors:
Dr. Jack F. Truitt, faculty, two-year term
Mark Sodorff, Junior, two-year term
Jessica Lynn Hardung, sophomore, two-year term
Jason Todd Balkenhol, junior, alternate one
Jerry R. Fischer, sophomore, alternate two
The meeting of the Shareholders was declared closed, and the Open Meeting of the Regents was reconvened.
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17. Establishment of Dates for Meetings of the Board of Regents – January 21, 1994, through December 21, 1994, through December 16, 1994. It was moved and seconded that the WSU Board of Regents adopt the resolution in Exhibit F, establishing the dates for meetings of the Board of Regents from January 21, 1994, through December 16, 1994. Carried.
18. President’s Report. President Sam Smith provided some closing remarks and presented Regent John Ellis with his Regents’ medallion.
At 11:04 a.m., the Board recessed for a short break and reconvened in Open Meeting at 11:15 a.m. Present: Regents Wiley, Albrecht, Campbell, Crow, Ellis, Lukins, Pepper, and Webster; President Smith, Dr. George, Ms. Giffen, Mr. Schmid, Ms. Savage, Dr. Smith, Dr. Kravas, Mr. Tanaka, Dr. Gamble, Mr. Royer, Dr. Kravas, Ms. Petura, Mr. Renfro, Dr. Casavant, Mr. Becker, Mr. Lemargie, Mr. Wang, Mr. Breedlove, and Mr. Morgan.
19. Presentation by International Programs. Provost Tom George introduced the following individuals who provided a presentation on International Programs: James Henson, Director, International Programs; Kathleen Bodley, Associate Director, Overseas Programs; James McCullough, Chair, Department of Marketing, International Business; David Mulla, Professor, Crop and Soil Sciences; Jan Noel, Associate Director, International Programs Development Cooperative; Leon Radziemski, Dean, College of Sciences and Arts, Division of Sciences; and Susan Wohld, Associate Director, International Students and Scholars.
The meeting adjourned at 12:25 p.m., on Friday, May 7, 1993. The Regents had lunch with the guests from International Programs, and there was no session held in the afternoon.