The Board of Regents of Washington State University met pursuant to call in Open Meeting at 9:17 a.m., on Friday, October 5, 2001, in the Regents Room, Alumni Centre, Pullman.
Present in Pullman: Regent President Robert Fukai; Regents Phyllis Campbell, Betsy Cowles, Darren P. Eastman, Joe King, Bill Marler, and Rafael Stone. Also present were: President V. Lane Rawlins, Interim Provost Ronald Hopkins, Vice President for University Relations Sally P. Savage, Vice President for Business Affairs Greg Royer, Vice President for Student Affairs Charlene Jaeger, Interim Vice President for Information Technology Mary Doyle, Senior Assistant Attorney General Antoinette Ursich, Faculty Senate Chair Bill Cofer, GPSA President Victoria Hansel, ASWSU President Jesse Keene, and Alumni Association President Ed Little.
Also present were: Karl Boehmke Executive Director of Budget and Planning, and Sue Hinz Assistant Director of Media Relations.
1. Opening Remarks. Regent Fukai welcomed the Regents to Homecoming and acknowledged that the September 11 tragedies have changed our lives. He complimented President Rawlins, Vice President Charlene Jaeger, Jesse Keene and Victoria Hansel in leading our students through a very difficult time and complimented the entire university community in recognizing our place in global events.
Regent Fukai thanked Governor Locke who joined a reception on campus yesterday to recognize the WSU Promise Scholars Program recipients. There are approximately 500 Promise Scholars enrolled this semester. The program supports keeping the best and brightest students in the state of Washington.
Regent Fukai introduced two Promise Scholar Recipients, Ellen Powers and Angela Garza.
President Rawlins introduced Joe Barnes, Director of Strategic Communications and Media Relations.
2. Minutes. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approves the minutes of the meeting of August 31, 2001. Carried.
3. 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 also discussed items from the recent Faculty Senate Steering Committee meeting. Graduate Studies Committee reported that the School of Architecture is considering adjusting the program from a five-year undergraduate program to a Masters Program and they are working on a number of certificates. The Student Affairs Committee is working on a statement with regard to campus preparedness dealing with the calling up of reservists and how the campus will react to that. They are also working on a task force dealing with sexual assault. The Research and Arts Committee is reviewing some of the centers they call unendorsed centers.
GPSA President Victoria Hansel reviewed her report as submitted to the Board.
ASWSU President Jesse Keene reviewed his report as submitted to the Board.
Alumni Association President Ed Little reviewed his report as submitted to the Board.
4. Executive, Planning, and Budget Committee. Regent Rob Fukai indicated that the meeting was abbreviated. Enrollment is an important issue for WSU, and all of the enrollment targets for have been exceeded. The current class is the most ethnically diverse and second largest freshman class ever. The committee received an update on the Strategic Plan and input is being sought for action assignments to support the goals.
5. Report from Vice President for University Relations. Vice President Sally Savage reported on the Foundation Annual Meeting this weekend. The Foundation Executive Committee (FEC) enjoyed meeting with the Board of Regents. The FEC would like to continue that interaction, she mentioned that this was a great opportunity for the groups to join together to bring President Rawlins’ vision to the institution. They continue with Integrated Marketing and Strategic Communications plans. The current issue of WSU Today has been provided to the Regents and includes President Rawlins’ Fall Address and a number of other updates. WSU West will be hosting the first reception recognizing the Regents Scholars Nominees on Oct. 28. This will be an opportunity for the scholar nominees and parents to meet with WSU leaders face to face.
6. Report from Interim Vice President for Information Technology. Interim Vice President for Information Technology, Mary Doyle gave a presentation on “Technology at Washington State University, Where We Are and A Vision for the Future”.
7. Academic and Faculty Affairs Committee. Regent Bill Marler reported that they discussed two information items. Increasing research funding, and interaction with faculty researchers are goals of the committee. The committee would also like to interact with faculty members of color during committee meetings to get an update on what some of the issues are on campus. The Committee acknowledges the importance of faculty members in research and diversity. Summer session tuition was reviewed and will be an action item for the next meeting.
8. Granting of Degrees. Interim Provost Ron Hopkins reported that by the authority delegated to the President or his designee at the meeting of April 4, 1999 degrees were granted for the class of August 4, 2001.
9. Establish a Doctor of Design, WSU Spokane. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the proposal to establish and offer a Doctor of Design degree, WSU Spokane effective Fall, 2001. Carried.
10. Report from Interim Provost. Interim Provost Ron Hopkins introduced Karen DePauw, Dean of the Graduate School, who provided a presentation on “A Century of Graduate Education.”
11. Business Affairs Committee. Regent Rafael Stone reported that he and Rob Fukai had met with Foundation Investment Committee. Final candidates have been identified for the Investment Manager position. The Investment Manager will report to Vice President for Business Affairs. The Business Affairs Committee is expecting to have substantial information and a possible recommendation for action on the Energy Plant at the November meeting.
12. Recommendation on Delegation. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve changes to the Delegations of Authority to the President in Exhibit B. Carried.
13. WSU Infrastructure and Road Improvements. Martin F. Chase, Consultant KPFF gave a presentation on the Stadium Way Corridor Improvements. 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 a construction contract, if costs are within funds available. Carried.
14. Computerized Maintenance Management System. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the purchase and implementation of the Computerized Maintenance Management System and delegate authority to the President or his designee, the Vice President for Business Affairs, to award and sign a contract for a CMMS, if costs are within funds available. Carried.
15. Central Fire Reporting System – Life Safety Enhancement. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the Central Fire Reporting System – Life Safety Enhancement 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, if costs are within funds available. Carried.
16. Report from the Vice President for Student Affairs. Vice President for Student Affairs, Charlene Jaeger reported on the September 11 tragedies as well. She acknowledged how the students have pulled together and provided an update on programs they are continuing to offer to help students.
17. President’s Report. President Rawlins gave a brief report acknowledging the accomplishments of the past year.
At 11:38 a.m., the Regents’ Meeting adjourned.