The Board of Regents of Washington State University met pursuant to call in Open Meeting at 1:30 p.m., on Friday, November 17, 2000, in the Boardroom of the Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute, Spokane, Washington.
Present: Regent Kenneth Alhadeff, President; Regents Phyllis Campbell, Elizabeth Cowles, Richard Davis, Robert D. Fukai, Peter J. Goldmark, Joe King, Matthew Moore, and Rafael Stone; President V. Lane Rawlins, Interim Provost Ron Hopkins, Vice President for Business Affairs Gregory P. Royer, Interim Vice President for Advancement Sally P. Savage, Senior Assistant Attorney General Antoinette Ursich, Faculty Senate Chair Fran McSweeney, GPSA President Steve Kuehn, ASWSU Chief of Staff Jesse Keene, and Alumni Association President Frank Krook.
Also present were: Executive Budget Director Karl Boehmke, Assistant Vice President for Business Affairs Glenn Ford, Assistant Vice President for Personnel and Administration Lori Lamb, Dean of the Graduate School Karen DePauw, Director of Statewide Affairs Larry Ganders, and Director of News and Media Relations Hugh Imhof, and Executive Assistant for Business Affairs Rob Hoon.
1. Opening Remarks. Regent Ken Alhadeff said that, on behalf of the Board of Regents, they are happy to be meeting in Spokane where there is a rich history of WSU involvement. He also mentioned that he had recently participated in a trust lands conference where many exciting things are going on with regard to WSU’s future.
2. Logo Presentation. President Rawlins introduced Randall Johnson who designed the Cougar head logo in 1936, and is a WSU Fine Arts graduate from 1938. He also introduced Mr. Johnson’s wife, Jean, who is a Cougar from the Class of 1941. President Rawlins said that the first place the logo appeared was on the door of a campus truck. He noted that Mr. Johnson sold the University the rights to the symbol for $1.00 and thanked him for a great and generous gift. President Rawlins stated that this logo is one of the most famous collegiate symbols in the country and has generated millions of dollars in trademark revenue. President Rawlins mentioned that Mr. Johnson was the advertising manager for Washington Water Power for 38 years and that he took some time out to fight in WWII. He added that Mr. Johnson’s five children are all proud Cougar graduates of WSU. President Rawlins closed his presentation by giving thanks to Mr. Johnson for his tremendous gift.
Mr. Johnson said that he appreciated the honor, and that it makes him feel good as he travels around the country and sees the cougar logo. He said that many people tell him how much he has done for the University, but he said that the University has done a lot for him. He mentioned his many professors and friends that “put up” with him and ended up changing his life for the better. He said that he cannot get WSC out of his hair and that it is there to stay. He finished by saying that whatever it takes, we will be Cougars till the end.
It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the resolution attached as Exhibit A commending Randall Johnson. Carried.
3. Minutes. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the minutes of the meeting of September 21, 2000. Carried.
4. Reports from University Groups. The reports from the University Groups are attached as Exhibit B.
Faculty Senate Chair Fran McSweeney reviewed her report as submitted to the Board. She mentioned that there had been five items approved since the last meeting and one item not approved. She reported that the Senate had been actively involved in campus activities, particularly the strategic planning process. She also noted that President Rawlins would be addressing the Faculty Senate on December 7, 2000.
Ms. McSweeney stated that there is a possibility of the introduction of collective bargaining enabling legislation. She also mentioned that the Senate officers attended the Academic and Faculty Affairs Committee meeting earlier in the day, and she thanked the Regents for their support of the faculty and their commitment to excellence.
GPSA President Steve Kuehn reviewed his report as submitted to the Board. He also reported that they are heavily involved in putting together the TA Excellence Awards, Research Exposition, Graduate and Professional Advisor Awards, and the Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week. He noted that a date had been set for the appreciation week jointly with the University of Washington, as they did last year. He also mentioned that they have formed a committee to deal with employment preparation for graduate students who are not planning on going into academic careers, which is the vast majority of the graduate population.
ASWSU Chief of Staff Jesse Keene reported that ASWSU has been focusing on voter registration. He said that with the help of the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils, they were able to get 15 of the Greek chapters 100 percent registered. He stated that they registered between 6,000 and 7,000 students this year university-wide. He mentioned that ASWSU is co-sponsoring a rally at the Bookie on behalf of textbook tax exemption that ASWSU has been working on with the state legislature, which would save students approximately fifty to sixty dollars every semester on taxes from textbooks. He noted that Congressman George Nethercutt would be in attendance along with several other local representatives. He also reported that ASWSU has been concentrating on getting students excited about the athletic program and mentioned that several student officers were in Martin Stadium last night shoveling snow trying to clear things up for the Apple Cup.
Alumni Association President Frank Krook reported that the tailgate parties sponsored with the Cougar Athletics Foundation have been an enormous success. He mentioned that Cougar fans are out there supporting their team in the successful years, as well as the unsuccessful years. He reported that there are 13 different small alumni groups who would like to create districts of their own throughout the country. Mr. Krook reported on the Evenings of Excellence hosted in several locations to encourage high school students to attend WSU. He also pointed out that the Office of Statewide Affairs is hosting a Higher Education Day in Olympia on February 15, 2001. He added that President Rawlins would be there, as well as other university Presidents, Alumni Association Presidents, and mascots of the six other universities in the state of Washington.
5. Executive, Planning, and Budget Committee. Regent Alhadeff reported that the Executive, Planning, and Budget Committee met yesterday and discussed strategic planning, tuition policy, update on capital and operating budgets, integrated marketing and communication, investment performance and capital and permanent funds, as well as several other issues. He noted that those meetings are very informative as President Rawlins is able to share his vision and the process that the University is moving toward.
6. Change to the Board of Regents Bylaws. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the changes to the Board of Regents Bylaws as outlined in the bylaw document attached as Exhibit C. Carried.
7. Adoption of Revised Schedule for Meetings of the Board of Regents for the Year 2001. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents adopt the revised schedule of meeting dates for the calendar year 2001 according to the resolution attached as Exhibit D. Carried.
8. Report from Interim Vice President for University Advancement. Interim Vice President of University Advancement Sally Savage provided a PowerPoint presentation on integrated marketing. This presentation is attached as Exhibit E. Ms. Savage noted that this effort has taken a lot of energy and focuses on the things President Rawlins has been concentrating on. Regent Alhadeff asked if the budget for this effort has been kept in line with what had been anticipated, and Ms. Savage responded by stating that there were funds set aside for this initiative when working on this year’s budget. She also said that the ongoing costs would be the highest priority in her budget request for the next biennium.
Regent Phyllis Campbell commented on how much progress has been made in such a short period of time. She stated that it might also be helpful to target legislators and public officials. Regent Peter Goldmark said that he sensed organizationally and structurally this is a way to rebuild the institution.
9. Academic and Faculty Affairs Committee. Regent Joe King asked Interim Vice Provost Ron Hopkins to report on the Summer Session 2001 Tuition and Fees and the Summer Session Services and Activities Fees. Dr. Hopkins provided brief background information and added that they follow a fairly standard procedure, and he recommended adoption.
10. Summer Session 2001 Tuition and Fees/Summer Session Services and Activities Fees. It was moved and seconded that the WSU Board of Regents approve the recommendation to increase summer session tuition for 2001 as shown on Exhibit F and to increase summer 2001 Services and Activities Fees from $14.85/SCH to $15.35/SCH. Carried.
Regent Joe King reported that the Academic Affairs Committee met earlier in the day and was given a fascinating presentation from Graduate School Dean Karen DePauw regarding graduate research and excellence. He also mentioned that there was a discussion with the Faculty Senate, which would be the beginning of an ongoing dialog about what measurements the Senate sees leading to academic excellence. Regent King stated that the Committee hopes to have a statement adopted by the Regents eventually that will show the faculty and University that the Board is committed to academic excellence.
11. Report from the Interim Provost. Interim Provost Ron Hopkins reported that the academic semester is going quickly and that the tenure and promotion files will be arriving in his office shortly for final review. He noted that this is one of the most consuming tasks in the annual cycle. Provost Hopkins also announced that the Director of Libraries search is officially under way with Graduate School Dean Karen DePauw as chair. He also reported that there were two major faculty awards for teaching given in the last few weeks. He reported that Skip Paznokas, professor of Biology, was chosen as Science Teacher of the Year in the State of Washington, and that Steve Hines in Veterinary Medicine was selected as the State Professor of the year for CASE. Provost Hopkins noted that CASE chooses just one person for this award in each state throughout the country. He also mentioned that there would be a reception honoring Dr. Hines the week after Thanksgiving.
12. Intercollegiate College of Nursing Presentation. Dorothy Detlor, Dean, Intercollegiate College of Nursing gave a PowerPoint presentation on the WSU College of Nursing. This presentation is attached as Exhibit G. Regent Dick Davis asked about the salary disparity between community colleges and the University and wondered if it was a function of our budget process. Ms. Detlor responded that is has to do with many things such as unions and a focus by community college presidents as a way to obtain more “fte”.
13. WSU Spokane Presentation. Campus Executive Officer and Dean of WSU Spokane Bill Gray introduced Jerry Straalsund who is the new Executive Director of Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute. Dr. Gray said that Mr. Straalsund is “on loan” from Battelle and his position would focus on economic development by interfacing technology and business. Dr. Gray also introduced Jolene Spratt who is the President of the ASWSU Spokane.
Dr. Gray mentioned that WSU Spokane is a bit different than the other WSU campuses in that only one third are place-bound students. Another one third comes from WSU Pullman to complete their program in Spokane, and the final one third are there to attend a program that they could not do anywhere else. He said that the latter category is the most rapidly growing student population.
Dr. Gray introduced Nancy Clark Brown who is an Assistant Professor in Interior Design at the Spokane campus, and was also a student at WSU Spokane approximately eight years ago. Dr. Gray said that Ms. Brown would be facilitating a discussion from students from the three groups mentioned earlier.
Ms. Brown expressed her gratitude for WSU Spokane and spoke of her experiences as part of the interdisciplinary program, and the significant opportunity she had to participate in an internship during her fifth year, which helped her to acquire a job.
Ms. Brown introduced Andrew Vesey who is a fifth year landscape architecture student and ASWSU Spokane Vice President. Mr. Vesey spoke about his experiences from the perspective of having come from Pullman. He said that he has had opportunities come to him because of his location in Spokane. He mentioned his participation in the Spokane Neighborhood Action Program, which includes projects such as tree planting, play structure construction and other projects for the community. He said that being involved in giving back to the community was a very important part of his education at WSU Spokane.
Ms. Brown introduced Fadwa Bouachrine who is a Master of Technology student from Morocco. Ms. Bouachrine said that she was interested in WSU Spokane because of the unique program they offered in Masters of Technology Management. She stated that she went received her undergraduate degree in Morocco in the computer science field, but wanted to obtain a management position. After searching the Internet for a master’s degree connecting programs in technology management and business, she found that WSU Spokane was the only school offering what she wanted. She said that this has offered her the ability to come to an urban environment, which was more comfortable to her. She also noted how the WSU Spokane personnel made a significant difference in helping her make the transition from Morocco to Spokane.
Ms. Brown introduced Dr. Chris Olson, who is working on his Masters in Health. She mentioned that Dr. Olson currently works in Spokane as a pediatrician. Dr. Olson said that his interest in the program at WSU Spokane began because he wanted to become a better advocate for children. He noted that in his medical practice he felt there were things happening in the market place that were impacting children, and he wanted to find a program that he could work on while continuing his practice and raising his eight children. He reported that he has already been asked to be the medical director of Inland Northwest Pediatric Services. He noted that this has been an opportunity to learn about the business side of medicine and he hoped to use this information to help the medical community in the future.
14. Student Affairs Committee. Regent Phyllis Campbell reported that the committee met earlier in the day and that she was impressed with Milton Lang who was appointed to chair the Council on Campus Climate. She said that he gave an extensive update on the Council, their membership, and the enthusiasm of all those participating. She mentioned that the Regents would look forward to progress reports and the recommendations expected in the spring.
Regent Campbell reported that there had been an update on the Sports Pass, and the next step would be to take the recommendations to the S & A Fee Committee. She also commended Ron Hopkins and George Bettas for the progress that has been made on the campus climate initiatives. Regent Campbell mentioned that the Student Recreation Center is on schedule for opening and she applauded ASWSU and all the students involved. She noted that this is a testament to student leadership and cooperation.
Regent Alhadeff echoed Regent Campbell’s sentiments by saying that the students are what the University is all about. He also said that the Board of Regents anticipates having a Vice President for the Student Affairs area in the near future.
15. Business Affairs Committee. Regent Dick Davis reported on two important policy changes. First, the non-responsible bidder process, and second, the Washington Administrative Code Rule Adoptions. Regent Davis reviewed the parking issue. He said that a peer review team had been brought in to evaluate our parking situation, including our parking fees, rate-setting process, enforcement and sanctions, etc. Regent Davis said we need to do a better job about communicating to our constituents about how we use our parking revenues and that further work will be done in this area. With regard to the CougarCard, Regent Davis noted that the committee discussed the recommendations rendered by the University Task Force who was charged with reviewing the program that the Regents would look forward to progress reports and the recommendations expected in the spring.
Regent Davis also stated that the Committee reviewed increases to the Housing and Dining Rates.
Lastly, Regent Davis reported that the Committee reviewed issues concerning possible changes to the Business Policies and Procedures Manual in the areas of public records requests and Washington Administrative Code Rule adoption, as well as some matters related to current litigation issues.
16. Report from Vice President for Business Affairs. Vice President for Business Affairs Greg Royer reported that when the Student Recreation Center Project was started, the students allocated $750,000 to get the design process going, and the students were promised that if we could get the bonds, we would return the money. He said that now that this has occurred, the students agreed to allocate the returned money to purchase equipment for the Student Recreation Center. Regent Peter Goldmark asked the total amount of the equipment allocation, and Mr. Royer said that the total allocation is $1,750,000.
17. Student Recreation Center – S & A Facilities Fee Allocation. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the Student S & A Facilities Fee Committee recommendation to use S & A facilities fees on the Student Recreation Center for budgeted project equipment and furnishings. Carried.
18. Student Recreation Center – Delegation of Authority for Rate Setting of Miscellaneous Fees. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents delegate to the President, or his designee, the Vice President of Business Affairs, the authority to set and approve miscellaneous rates and charges associated with the Student Recreation Center. This general delegation does not include the student fee rates for semester, summer or part-time students (currently $100/semester/student, $6/credit for summer to a maximum of $60). Carried.
19. President’s Report. President Rawlins introduced Bill Fassett who is chair of the Strategic Planning Oversight Committee (SPOC). Dr. Fassett provided the Regents with a PowerPoint presentation to provide an overview of the process. Dr. Fassett pointed out that this would be discussed in greater detail at the half-day retreat on January 25, 2001, at the WSU Vancouver campus. Dr. Fassett’s presentation is attached as Exhibit H.
Regent Alhadeff commended Dr. Fassett and the SPOC team for the incredible undertaking. He agreed that the tasks are daunting, but felt very good about the work people are doing. Dr. Fassett said that there is an amazing amount of energy and interest in SPOC. He also added that he could not think of a larger venue that has come together at a specific time to be oriented to such a specific process. He commented that the committee would do what it takes to provide a positive outcome for the University. Regent Alhadeff pointed out that this is not just a long-range plan to be put in a drawer, but that it is an implementation process. President Rawlins added that this would never be finished, but that by the time the plan is published, the University would be moving on.
President Rawlins said he feels somewhat like Magellan sailing around the world. He said there would be rough waters and strong winds, but the direction of the wind would not determine the direction we will sail. He stated that there is excitement on campus because the University working on enhancing the quality of education, strengthening academic programs, and being one of the greatest, student-centered, research institutions.
President Rawlins mentioned five things that would guide us in the process of changing our agenda.
· Announce our intentions and be specific.
· Listen to all the people involved or you won’t get anywhere.
· Build a strong leadership team; not just a group of leaders, but also a team who will work together.
· Allow enough time to have a payoff. You won’t get an instant transformation, but it will get you around the world if you sail long enough.
· Never flinch and don’t make too many exceptions.
President Rawlins said that every decision every day has to reinforce what we are trying to do here at the University. He expressed his appreciation to the Board of Regents during this strategic planning process.
20. Executive Session. At 4:25 p.m., the Regents convened in Executive Session with legal counsel to discuss potential and pending litigation. The Executive Session lasted 15 minutes and no action was taken as a result of the session.
At 4:40 p.m., the Regents reconvened in Open Session and the meeting was adjourned.