The Board of Regents of Washington State University met pursuant to call in Open Meeting at 9:00 a.m., on Friday, October 22, 2004 at Lighty Student Services, Room 405, Pullman, WA.
Present: Regent V. Rafael Stone, President; Regents Elizabeth Cowles, Peter Goldmark, Brady Horenstein, Steven R. Hill, Joe King, Christopher J. Marr, and Connie Niva; President V. Lane Rawlins, Provost Robert C. Bates, Vice President for University Relations Sally Savage, Vice President for Business Affairs Gregory P. Royer, Vice President for Student Affairs Charlene Jaeger, Interim Vice President for Equity and Diversity Mike Tate, Senior Assistant Attorney General Antoinette Ursich, Faculty Senate Chair Chuck Pezeshki, ASWSU Vice President Nate Kuester, GPSA President DaVina Hoyt, Alumni Association President Erik Falter, Chair for WSU Foundation Executive Committee Mikal Thomsen, Chancellor of WSU Vancouver Hal Dengerink, Chancellor of WSU Tri-Cities Larry James and Interim Chancellor of WSU Spokane Nick Lovrich.
1. President of the Board of Regents. Regent Stone welcomed everyone to the Board Meeting. He congratulated Hal Dengerink for being selected as one of the region’s fifty great leaders by Oregon Business Magazine.
2. President of the University. President V. Lane Rawlins also welcomed everyone to the Board Meeting. He introduced recently hired Rodney Cawston for the Native American Outreach Coordinator and Volleyball Coach Brian Heffernan.
3. Regent’s Distinguished Alumnus Award Presentation. Regent Stone and President Rawlins presented 34 th Distinguished Alumnus Award to John N. Abelson.
4. Minutes. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the minutes of the September 10, and September 30, 2004 Board meetings. Carried.
5. Reports from University Groups:
Faculty Senate Chair Chuck Pezeshki reviewed his report as submitted to the Board. He said that the issues covered in the last three Faculty Senate meetings have been in the area of faculty salaries, new program certification, facilitation and promotion of interdisciplinary programs, establishment of Faculty Senate oversight regarding admissions policy and increased representation of regional campus and instructor-level faculty in the Faculty Senate.
GPSA President DaVina Hoyt reviewed her report as submitted to the Board. She reported that GPSA is currently working on several projects. The GPSA website has been updated and is now more user-friendly for all graduate and professional students. They are also in the process of filling all GPSA and Presidential Committees. They are also revising their bylaws to make them more in line with the goals of GPSA. She also added that she was selected to present three workshops at the National Association for Graduate and Professional Students National Conference in November. The workshops she will be focusing on will be concerning international student issues, safeguarding your research in graduate school, and graduate school success through mentoring.
ASWSU Vice President Nate Kuester reported for AWSU President Brea Thompson who was unable to attend. He took a moment to introduce the ASWSU Executive Staff. He reported on the Voter Education Drive that is educating students on the upcoming election, transit services, the Student Learning Academy and the Student Recognition Program. Lastly, he voiced student concerns regarding the purchase of college hill properties.
Alumni Association President Erik Falter reviewed his report as submitted to the Board. He reported that membership is currently over 16,000 members, which includes close to 6,500 lifetime members and that membership revenue for the fiscal year has reached the highest ever. He also reported that the Alumni Association is continually working on strategies to increase visibility, develop partnerships, and to offer an array of events to attract and retain a larger, more diverse alumni population. He also reported that the Alumni Association endowment has grown to its highest balance of nearly 7.4 million. He also reported on several key projects the Alumni Association is working on.
WSU Foundation Chair Mikal Thomsen reviewed his report as submitted to the Board. He reported that the Board of Governors conducted their inaugural meeting during the Foundation Annual Meeting in early October. He said the initial meeting went very well, as the Board approved several resolutions to enable them to conduct business for the Foundation as well as discussing their role and future work. He also reported that the 25 th Annual Meeting was a productive meeting which had more than 200 Trustees, President’s Associates, staff/faculty and friends in attendance. He spoke about the Northern California Leadership Council the Foundation sponsored in San Jose and that they are hoping to make this a traditional event to engage more alumni in the areas of high-density Cougar alumni.
6. Executive, Planning, and Budget Committee. Regent Stone said that the committee reviewed the Principles for Development of the Multi-Campus System along with the individual self-study reports for WSU Tri-Cities and WSU Vancouver. He also indicated that the committee discussed legal counsel with the Attorney Generals Office for former and current university officials.
7. Reports from System Chancellors.
WSU Spokane Interim Chancellor Nick Lovrich reviewed his report as submitted to the Board. He provided an update on the search for the Spokane Chancellor position. He also reported on the progress of several academic programs. He indicated Professor Nancy Blossom has agreed to serve a 3-year term as Director of the Interdisciplinary Design Institute. He also provided an update on the construction of the Academic Center.
WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor Larry James reviewed his report as submitted to the Board. He indicated that the latest addition to the renown Anthony’s Restaurant chain opened recently in the Tri-cities and the Grand Opening Celebration was designed to support scholarships for Viticulture and Enology students. He said that the opening night featured a “who’s who” of the Washington wine industry, university leaders and prominent community leaders from across the region and that nearly $25,000 has been added to the scholarship fund as a result of Anthony’s generous support. He also provided the Board with a copy of the Student View book, a recruiting tool that Denver’s Educational Marketing Group (EMG) has been developing.
WSU Vancouver Chancellor Hal Dengerink reviewed his report as submitted to the Board. He reported that they are in the final steps of the campus self-studies and will be considered for Board approval at the November meeting. He also reported that Dr. Jane Cote was named the 2004-05 recipient of the Athena Award, a nationwide program designed to honor women who strive toward their highest level of accomplishment and leadership. Dr. Cote is an associate professor of accounting at WSU Vancouver. He reported that Dr. Sue Armitage was named the new director of the Center for Columbia River History, a regional partnership supported by WSU Vancouver, the Washington State Historical Society and Portland State University. He also indicated that Clark County and WSU have agreed to suspend the 78 th Street Project until after the elections. Based on preliminary technical reviews and public input, the project partners have concerns regarding the feasibility of the project.
WSU System Update. Special Assistant to the President Hall Dengerink indicated that the since the adoption of the resolution to develop WSU into a system of four distinct campuses, the university community had engaged in several dialogues and other activities to implement that resolution. He added that these activities have culminated in the development of a set of principles and guidelines for the administration, operation and continued development of the WSU system. Along with the development of the WSU system, the Washington State Legislature directed the WSU Vancouver and Tri-Cities campuses to conduct self-studies and to make proposals for their future. He added that the proposals are approaching the final stages of completion and both the principles and the proposals will seek Board approval at the November meeting.
8. Academic, Faculty, and Student Affairs Committee. Regent Hill reported that since the last board meeting this committee has actually held two meetings. The first was a conference call to discuss the campus self study reports. In yesterday’s meeting, the committee reviewed and discussed the self-study reports to bring forward for board approval at the November meeting. He added that the discussions on the self-study reports centered on two areas, to be assured that we understand the impact on the university and area communities and what are the constraints. He said the committee also had a discussion with newly appointed Vice President for Equity and Diversity Mike Tate on what they would like to see from him at a future meeting. He also reported that Provost Bates provided an update on tenure and promotion and the academic realignment committee.
9. Report from the Provost and Academic Vice President. Provost Bates provided additional information on academic realignment and how it may help achieve the goals of the strategic plan.
10. Report from the Vice President for Student Affairs. Vice President Jaeger reported on the next step in the regents scholars program. She said this year they received 62 additional nominations from schools that did not participate in the past. She thanked Regents Alhadeff, Hill, and Marr for their participation. She also reported on the Up All Night event that took place in the CUB was a success; the theme for this event was International Week.
11. Report from the Interim Vice President for Equity and Diversity. Vice President Tate reported that Equity and Diversity is working hard in establishing their office. He also reported that he will be presenting at the January to the Regents the goals for Equity and Diversity. The presentation will highlight the goals, benchmarks, and peer comparisons. He also commented on the dialogue on diversity that he and President Rawlins held. They had anticipated around 60 in attendance and had over 200 with standing room only. He said they have received positive feedback on the dialogue and hope to have another.
12. Business Affairs and Information Technology Committee. Regent Cowles said reported that the committee received updates on collective bargaining, status on capital projects, a capital construction report and also discussed the actions recommended for board approval. Regent Cowles asked Vice President Royer to go over the details of each action item.
13. Report from the Vice President for Business Affairs . Vice President Royer went into detail on the action items as his report.
There was discussion regarding the sale of the College Hill property before the Board took action.
The Board took action on the following:
Purchase of College Hill Properties . It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents delegate to the President or his designee, the Vice President for Business Affairs, the authority to purchase the property located at 600 Northeast Colorado Avenue and 845 Northeast Monroe Street, and to execute all documents necessary for the purchase. Carried.
WSU Pullman, Martin Stadium Renovation, Consultant Selection . 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 approve the selection of the consulting firm that will provide planning and design services and grant permission to proceed with design, provided costs are within funds available for Phases IA and IB renovation of Martin Stadium. Carried.
WSU Pullman, Golf course and Practice Facility, Schematic Design . It was moved and seconded that the Boar d of Regents approve Schematic Design documents, grant authorization to proceed and delegate authority to the President or his designee, the Vice President for business Affairs, to advertise for bids and award a construction contract provided costs are within funds available. Carried.
WSU Spokane, Riverpoint Campus, Intercollegiate Nursing Building, Schematic Design . It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve Schematic Design documents and grant authorization to proceed. Carried.
WSU Tri-Cities, Bioproducts, Sciences and Engineering Laboratory Schematic Design . It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve Schematic Design documents, grant authorization to proceed, and delegate authority to the President or his designee, the Vice President for Business Affairs, to award construction contracts, provided costs are within funds available. Carried.
14. University Development and University Relations Committee. Regent Marr said the committee received updates form Vice President Frisch on the Gift Report, the Foundation Board of Governors and Board of Trustees, and the progress on their benchmarks. He said that they also received an Integrated Marketing Report from Vice President Savage and that Associate Athletic Director John Johnson attended the meeting for Athletic Director Jim Sterk to discuss the ticket distribution among students.
15. Report from the Vice President for Development. Vice President Frisch gave an update on the Gift Report and he also reported on the 25 th Annual Meeting held earlier in the month. He added that the Board of Governors held their first meeting.
16. Report from the Vice President for University Relations. Vice President Savage provided the Board with the WSU/UW Campaign Brochure on Fueling Our State’s Economic Future. She also provided a brief update on Integrated Marketing and will be providing a presentation to the Board at the November Meeting.
17. Other Business.
The Board took action on the following:
Indemnify Defendants in Litigation . It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve legal counsel to be provided to University Employees. Carried.
18. President’s Report. President Rawlins thanked the Board for their support.
At 12:10 p.m. the Regents Meeting adjourned.
Approved by the Board of Regents at its meeting held in Lighty Student Services Building, Room 405, Pullman, Washington, November 19, 2004.
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