The Board of Regents of Washington State University met pursuant to call in Open Meeting at 9:02 a.m., on Friday, May 9, 2003, in Lighty Student Services Room 405, Pullman, WA.
Present: Regent Joe King, President; Regents Kenneth Alhadeff, Phyllis Campbell, Peter J. Goldmark, Steven R. Hill, Jason O. Johnson, Christopher J. Marr, 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 Information Technology Mary Doyle, Vice President for Development Richard Frisch, Senior Assistant Attorney General Antoinette Ursich, Faculty Senate Chair Barry Swanson, GPSA President JoLie Wagner, ASWSU President Scott Dickinson, WSU Vancouver Chancellor Hal Dengerink, WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor Larry James, and Vice-Chair WSU Foundation Executive Mikal Thompsen.
1. Opening Remarks. Regent King welcomed everyone to Pullman on this 2003 commencement weekend. He welcomed Vice Chair Mikal Thompsen to the Board Table.
Regent King introduced world-class faculty member, Dr. Rodney Croteau, WSU’s Eminent Faculty Award Winner. Dr. Croteau provided comments.
2. President of the University. President Rawlins welcomed everyone to Pullman and took a moment to announce and introduce two recent appointments. Dr. James Petersen, Vice Provost for Research and Dr. Howard Grimes, Dean, Graduate School.
3. Minutes. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the minutes of the meetings of March 14, and April 29, 2003. Carried.
4. Reports from University Groups.
Faculty Senate Chair Barry Swanson reviewed his report as submitted to the Board. He highlighted some of the items that passed through the Senate from the last three meetings of the year. He added that the faculty approved changes to the Faculty Manual relative to disciplinary procedures and that they have recommended substantial changes on academic reinstatement rules. He also reported that a Faculty Task Force on academic integrity and ethics would be meeting over the summer to address issues of cheating. The faculty task force will take a look at how they can address these issues in the future. He ended his report by telling the Board they may be taking action on a recommendation for name change for the College of Agriculture and Home Economics later in the fall.
GPSA President JoLie Wagner introduced the new GPSA President and Vice President. She asked the new President Lisa Williams to sit at the Board Table in her place, as she had to leave early. She thanked everyone for a great year.
ASWSU President Scott Dickinson reviewed his report as submitted to the Board. He introduced ASWSU’s nominee for the next Student Regent. He thanked everyone for their dedication to the students and to University.
WSU Foundation Vice Chair Mikal Thompsen reported his excitement of the two groups defining the relationship between the Foundation and the University. He added that the main reason they’re in business is to raise money. Their goal was to raise 20% more than last year-10 months into the challenge; they are up 30% and on target to exceed their goal. He provided additional encouraging statistics that add to the positive direction of the Foundation.
5. Executive, Planning, and Budget Committee. Regent King reported that the committee reviewed the action items of the Regent’s Distinguished Alumnus Award, the confirmation for the Student Book Corporation Board of Directors, and also selected the new officers for the Board. The committee discussed the action items that will be coming through the Academic, Faculty, and Student Affairs committee on the allocation of Services and Activities Fees for the summer and academic year along with the allocation of Services and Activities Facilities Fees for the academic year. The committee discussed future actions items on the services and activities fee rate setting along with the services and activities fee for the Student Recreation Center. The Committee also received reports on Federal and legislative efforts, and the WSU System Implementation.
The Board took action on the following item:
Regent’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents designate Sherman Alexie as the recipient of the 2003-04 Distinguished Alumnus Award. Carried.
6. Reports from Chancellors.
WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor Larry James reported on commencement. He said they will have 374 graduates receiving their diplomas. He added that EMG Marketing Group is now working in the Tri-Cities, and are preparing a positioning statement for the Tri-Cities Campus. Chancellor James also provided an update on the minor capital improvement projects on the Tri-Cities Campus.
WSU Vancouver Chancellor Hal Dengerink reported that Vancouver is also working with EMG Marketing Group and they continue to work on partnerships with local Community Colleges. Chancellor Dengerink reported that 550 students will be receiving their degrees.
Chancellor Dengerink provided an update on the system-wide implementation project. He reported that the three councils-The President’s Systems Council, The Provost’s System Council and the Council for Administration and Operations have all met and are starting to develop the elements of the processes to begin implementation.
7. Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs Committee. Regent Goldmark reported that at the beginning of their meeting, the Committee toured the Boeing Wireless Classroom. He added that the Committee had a number of important action items. Regent Goldmark also reported that he and Betsy Cowles discussed the desire to look at benchmarking in student and academic affairs areas in the coming year. He added that he couldn’t speak for the incoming committee chairs, but felt it would help the staff and the Regents to understand the progress that is clearly being made in these areas.
The Board took action on the following items:
Health and Wellness Mandatory Summer Fee. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the mandatory summer health fee. Carried.
Health and Wellness Academic Year Fee Increase. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the Health and Wellness Academic Year Fee Increase of $15.00 per semester for Fall 2003, Fall 2004 and Fall 2005. Carried.
WAC Code Revisions – Student Conduct Code. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve amendments to the Washington Administrative Code to revise and update the Standards of Conduct for Students. Carried. See the WAC proposed changes in Chapter 504-25-001 as Exhibit A.
Allocation of Services & Activities Fee – Summer 2003 and Academic Year 2003-04. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the allocation of Services and Activities Fees for Summer 2003 and Academic Year 2003-04. Carried.
Allocation of Services & Activities Facilities Fee- Academic Year 2003-04. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the allocation of Services and Activities Facilities Fees for the Academic Year 2003-04. Carried.
Change the Program in Statistics to the Department of Statistics. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the name change for the Program in Statistics to the Department of Statistics. Carried.
Extend the Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Business Management to WSU Spokane. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve to extend the Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Business Management to WSU Spokane. Carried.
Divide the Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design. The Regents discussed the financial aspect of dividing the department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design into two departments and concurred with the nominal financial impact. Therefore it was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the division of the department of Apparel, Merchandising and Interior Design into two departments named the Department of Interior Design and the Department of Apparel Merchandising, Design and Textiles. Carried.
Establish the Master of Arts in Philosophy. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve to establish the Master of Arts in Philosophy collaboratively with the University of Idaho. Carried.
7. Report from the Vice President for Student Affairs. Vice President Jaeger reported that Student Affairs has been and will continue to have a busy summer. Student Affairs is heavily engaged in student programs and at the same time, gearing up for fall. She commented on the recent New Transfer Alive Program that met a need of 213 students with their parents. She said they attended the Up All Night finale, and felt the program was a great success. She added that WSU is hosting the Washington Achievers Conference this summer that will bring 500 high school juniors and seniors to WSU. This group is generally students whose families usually are not college graduates and many of which are students of color. She said it is their goal to attract these students to apply for fall 2004. Vice President Jaeger also said that they are busy preparing for the nine regional Regent’s Scholarship receptions. The students invited to these receptions are those that have been nominated by their high school principals.
8. Business Affairs and Information Technology Committee. Regent Stone started off his report by complimenting Greg Royer and his staff for their excellent work. He added that they are always fully prepared and it makes the committee’s job easy. He reported that the committee discussed and reviewed the action items being brought to the Board for action. The Committee also reviewed action items that will come before the Board in June. The committee also received updates on parking system, capital projects, and a capital construction report and discussed and Information Technology Security Audit that will be coming up. He added that they discussed issues relative to the WSU Foundation. He said that Investment Committee is being reorganized and requested that the Board receive an Investment Report on a monthly basis.
Joe King added that the goal is to have the new committee ready to move forward after the Spring Meeting in Coeur d’Alene.
Vice President Royer provided introduction to each action item.
The Board took action on the following items:
Mandatory Student Transfer Fee It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve a Mandatory Student Transit Fee for the Pullman campus of $15 per semester for all students enrolled in 7 credits or more, and $8 per semester for all students enrolled in less then 7 credits. Carried.
WAC Code Revisions – Urban Campus Parking. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the proposed revisions to the Washington Administrative Code. Carried. See the WAC proposed changes in Chapter 504-18-170 as Exhibit B.
WSU Tri-Cities, Bioproducts, Sciences, and Engineering Laboratory, Consultant Selection. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the delegation of authority to the President or his designee, the Vice President for Business Affairs, to approve the selection of the firm that will provide consulting services and grant permission to proceed with schematic design, subject to legislative appropriation. Carried.
Bailey Brayton Field Improvements. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the replacement of the turf on Bailey Brayton field and remodel the dugouts and delegate authority to the President or his designee, the Vice President for Business Affairs, to award and sign a contract for construction project within the funds allocated in the listed budget. Carried.
9. Report from the Vice President for Business Affairs. Vice President Royer complimented the students for their diligent work regarding the student transit fee.
10. Report from the Vice President for Information Systems. Vice President Mary Doyle reported on several projects the staff in Information Technology is working on. She added that the staff in Information Technology spent much time working with student affairs and business affairs colleagues on a variety of projects. She added that they are working on enhancements to allow the processing of Distance Degree Program on-line registration, cash collection systems, financial aid warehouse features, direct deposits for university employee reimbursements, enhancements for web based admission processing, and certificates.
11. University Development and University Relations Committee. Regent Hill reported that the committee joined the Academic, Faculty and Students Affairs Committee for the tour of the Boeing Wireless Classroom, and then reconvened at the new location of the WSU Foundation downtown Pullman. He added that the committee continued the discussion on the Principles of Operations document that will be an action item at the June Board Meeting. He also reported that the Committee reviewed the fundraising report that Mikal and Rick provided and also received a report from Sally Savage on the internal communications survey.
12. Report from the Vice President for University Development. Vice President Rick Frisch thanked Steve Hill for the amount of time he has put into the committee work. Vice President Frisch reported on the development of two committees. The Faculty Development Advisory Committee with membership consisting of faculty from each college and representatives from the Urban Campuses and the Dean’s Development Advisory Committee. The purpose of these two new committees is to engage them in strategic levels on the development fundraising process. Vice President Frisch also announced the hiring of Ginny Boyle who will serve as Vice President for Operations; Ruben Mayes, Executive Director of President’s Associates; Jennifer Harris, Director of Annual Giving; and Milton Lang, Director of Development for Scholarships. He also reported on events focusing around the August 30 football game to be held in Seattle Stadium.
13. Report from the Vice President for University Relations. Vice President Savage reported that during their committee meeting, Dr. Patty Sias report on the assessment on internal communications programs over the last two plus years. She said that Dr. Sias reported very good news, which indicated that efforts are going in the right direction. Survey questions focused on faculty and administration relations and found significant improvements relative to trust and respect. Employees across the board perceive WSU as a high quality institution, and employees are highly committed to the goals of the Strategic Plan and that they believe these goals are attainable and have a high level of job satisfaction. University Relations also distributed a leadership survey relative to the Washington Magazine and found useful results. She said that with President Rawlins’ leadership and work with the University of Washington and the legislature, has forcefully focused the States attention on the importance of higher education to the future of this state and to its citizens. She said that we would continue to focus on that strategy to engage the decision makers.
Regent Hill commented on the survey results and mentioned that we should be very proud of the results.
The meeting of the Board of Regents was recessed, and the meeting of the Shareholders of the Students Book Corporation was declared open.
11. Meeting of Shareholders, Students Book Corporation, Election of Directors. It was moved and seconded that the Shareholders of the Students Book Corporation elect the following individuals to serve on the Board of Directors to a two-year term to expire in 2005:
Elene F. Davidson, undergraduate director
Brock W. Howell, undergraduate director
W. Glenn Ford, administrator
Barry E. Johnston, administrator
Mary C. Caruso, undergraduate alternate director
Jeremiah R. Webster, undergraduate alternate director
The meeting of the Shareholders of the Students Book Corporation was declared closed and the meeting of the Board of Regents was reconvened.
12. Election of Officers. It was moved and seconded that Regent William Marler be elected to serve as President of the Board of Regents for the year beginning May 15, 2003, and that Regent Rafael Stone be elected to serve as Vice President of the Board of Regents for the year beginning May 15, 2003, with the understanding that he shall act a President pro tempore in the absence of the President, with the power to preside at the meetings and to sign all documents required to be executed by the Board of Regents. Carried.
13. Recognition of Regent Jason Johnson. Regent King read a resolution commending Student Regent Jason Johnson for his dedication and service to the Board during his term as Regent. Carried.
Regent Johnson thanked the Board and provided comments.
14. Recognition of Regent Phyllis Campbell. Regent King read a resolution commending Phyllis Campbell for her thirteen years of service and dedication to the University and to the Board of Regents. Carried.
Regent Campbell thanked the Regents and the University for the opportunity to serve her alma mater. She said that this University is in great hands and she is proud to have been part of its’ history.
15. Recognition of Regent Joe King. Regent Goldmark read a resolution commending Joe King for his service as Board President for the term 2002-03. Carried.
16. President’s Report. President Rawlins recognized the wonderful people who are leaving the institution. He thanked Jason and Phyllis for their outstanding commitment and he thanked Joe King for his dedication as Board President. President Rawlins commented on the fine staff that work for Washington State University. He expressed his gratitude towards Faculty Senate and the student leadership.
At 11:35 a.m. the Regents Meeting adjourned.
Approved by the Board of Regents at its meeting held at Washington
State University, Lighty Student Services Room 405, Pullman,
Washington, June 13, 2003.
ORIGINAL SIGNED COPY AVAILABLE IN THE PRESIDENT’S OFFICE