September 10, 2004
The Board of Regents of Washington State University met pursuant to call in Open Meeting at 9:00 a.m., on Friday, September 10, 2004 at the Vashon Room, The Westin Hotel, 1900 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA.
Present: Regent V. Rafael Stone, President; Regents Kenneth Alhadeff, 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, Vice President for Information Systems Mary Doyle, Interim Vice President for Equity and Diversity Mike Tate, Senior Assistant Attorney General Antoinette Ursich, Faculty Senate Chair Chuck Pezeshki, ASWSU President Brea Thompson, GPSA President DaVina Hoyt, Alumni Association President Erik Falter, Co-Chairs for WSU Foundation Executive Committee Mark and Patt Suwyn, 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 also recognized the new representatives at the Board Table.
2. President of the University. President V. Lane Rawlins also welcomed everyone to the Board Meeting. He introduced two new employees; Beth Castleberry, Vice President WSU Foundation, and Regional Development for the Puget Sounds Region and John Johnson, Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Athletic Foundation and External Administration.
Regent Stone read a resolution in recognition of Regent Bill Marler who resigned from the Board effective August 15, 2004. The resolution was approved. Bill Marler noted that he considered his work with the Board and the University very rewarding and has accepted an appointment to the Higher Education Coordinating Board.
3. Minutes. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the minutes of the May 7, 2004 Board meeting. Carried.
4. Reports from University Groups:
Faculty Senate Chair Chuck Pezeshki reviewed his report as submitted to the Board. He highlighted the major issues facing Faculty Senate for the upcoming semester. He briefly went over the issues of faculty compensation, escalating library costs, legislative strategies, degree similarities at branch campuses and community development as areas the Faculty Senate will work on this year.
GPSA President DaVina Hoyt reviewed her report as submitted to the Board. She emphasized that the goal of her administration is to finds ways to increase graduate student participation. She added that their agenda for the upcoming year will involve increasing the visibility of GPSA to all graduate and professional students. They will convene Senate Meetings at various locations across campus making it easier for students to get involved.
ASWSU President Brea Thompson reviewed her report as submitted to the Board. She went over the many projects ASWSU has been involved with over the summer such as the Cougar Classic Golf Tournament, the Greater Expectations Institute and Cougfest. She also highlighted a few of the upcoming projects ASWSU is currently engaging. The Voter’s League is designed to get students involved with the upcoming election. She also indicated that ASWSU has approved the Readership plan for the fall semester and that there will be 1100 newspapers available every day in Todd Hall, the CUB and Holland Library. The Student’s Book Corporation donated $20,000 to support the program. Lastly, she has been working on the Student Learning Academy, a student version of the President’s Teaching Academy.
Alumni Association President Erik Falter reviewed his report as submitted to the Board. He indicated that Alumni Relations Office has been reorganized to provide an improved structure to service the alumni, students and the campus community more effectively. He also reported on a series of upcoming events they are preparing for surrounding home and away football games as well as enhancing Homecoming and making it more appealing to the alumni. He commented that major goals for the Association this year is to reach out to constituency groups and minority alliances to bring them closer to WSU. Their focus remains clear on working diligently to build membership, and to find ways to engage alumni with the University and to enhance the financial strength of the Association.
WSU Foundation Co-Chairs Mark and Patt Suywn reviewed their report as submitted to the Board. They mentioned that they are in the process of transition to the implementation of the Board of Governors. He also indicated that Mikal Thomsen has been elected to serve as the incoming chair for the WSU Board of Governors. They also highlighted events that the Foundation is sponsoring during the WSU Seattle Week and on the upcoming 25 th Anniversary to be held October 7-8 in Pullman.
5. Executive, Planning, Budget and Athletics Committee. Regent Stone reported the committee reviewed and discussed revisions that need to be made to the Board of Regents Bylaws and that they will officially revise them at in the near future after further review. He also noted they reviewed and discussed the committee assignments for the year and that each committee has set goals for this academic year. He also said that the committee recommends for approval the 2005-2007 Operating Budget Request and the 2005 board Meeting Schedule.
The Board took action on the following:
Operating Budget Request 2005-2007 . It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the 2005-2007 Operating Budget Request. Carried.
2005 Board Meeting Schedule . It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents adopt the meeting dates for the 2005 calendar. Carried.
6. Reports from System Chancellors.
WSU Spokane Interim Chancellor Nick Lovrich reviewed his report as submitted to the Board. He highlighted the retirement of Chancellor of Rom Markin and thanked President Rawlins for the opportunity to serve as interim and that they are continuing to search for a permanent Chancellor of WSU Spokane and hope to have one in place by January 2005. He also highlighted that the HECB has approved two new undergraduate degree programs along with two new professional doctorate degrees to WSU Spokane. There was a groundbreaking for the new Academic Center Building for WSU Spokane in August and that this facility will provide much-needed space for student services, the library, classrooms, and offices. He added that research grants and external funding continue to grow at the Spokane Campus with awards of $7.2 million in 2004 and that major new, federally-funded research initiatives are currently under way in Shock Physics and research on sleep phenomena in association with the Spokane Alliance for Medical Research. He also highlighted awards of WSU Spokane faculty and students.
WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor Larry James reviewed his report as submitted to the Board. He reported that nine staff members from the Offices of Washington State’s members of the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate toured the Tri-Cities Campus and WSU’s Prosser Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center. He said while on campus they toured facilities and received background briefings on both the Coordinated Bachelor’s Degree program being launched this year with Columbia Basin College and the planned Bioproducts facility being developed with Battelle. He added that the continuing expansion of programs at WSU Tri-Cities has led to a record number of new faculty and staff on campus for the start of fall term.
WSU Vancouver Chancellor Hal Dengerink reviewed his report as submitted to the Board. He highlighted the 78 th Research Station, Design and Discovery Day Camp and Lego Robotics Day Camps that were held at WSU Vancouver. He also shared that over 1400 community members came to WSU Vancouver to attend the Backyard Concerts held in the outdoor amphitheater. He reported on the new faculty appointments and also indicated that Video for WSU Vancouver Engineering and Science Institute won the International Telly Award for Excellence. He added that the Telly award is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable commercials and programs, as well as the finest video film productions. This video was one of over 10,000 entrants.
WSU System Update. Special Assistant to the President Hall Dengerink indicated that the state legislature has asked the Vancouver and Tri-Cities campuses to conduct self-studies and to address specific questions. He said that the self-studies are well underway and that likely recommendations are becoming apparent. He said that the final reports are due to the HECB with Regent approval by November 15. They will then be debated by the legislature during the upcoming session.
7. Academic, Faculty, and Student Affairs Committee. Regent Hill reported that the committee discussed their committee goals for the year. Provost Bates provided an update on the Academic Programs Process, and Vice President Jaeger provided an update on drug and alcohol prevention programs for students. He also said the committee reviewed and discussed the Health Benefits for Training Fellows.
The Board took action on the following:
Health Benefits for Training Fellows. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve expanding the eligibility of health insurance to the Graduate Fellowships and Trainees. Carried.
8. Report from the Provost and Academic Vice President. Provost Bates indicated that they are currently experiencing transitions in academic leadership. He said they are searching for a Director in International Programs, a Dean for the College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, Dean for College of Liberal Arts, and that the Dean for the College of Engineering and Architecture will soon be open, as Dr. Bose will be retiring from the position and return to research.
9. Report from the Vice President for Student Affairs. Vice President Jaeger reported on the many programs provided to the students that are critical to their transition from home to College. She recognized financial aid for delivering record numbers of aid to the students, she also recognized the Student Recreation Center that is continuing to break record numbers on attendance.
10. Report from the Interim Vice President for Equity and Diversity. Vice President Tate provided a sneak preview on establishing the new area of Equity and Diversity. He highlighted the many upcoming events that are attracting students of color to WSU. He said they are holding a series of dialogues about campus environment and diversity to talk about the issues to establish the indicators of success with the Pullman community, faculty, staff and students. He said this is an exciting assignment but it will not be possible without the full engagement of everyone.
11. Business Affairs and Information Technology Committee. Regent Cowles said the committee received reports on the Bond Rating Review and Upgrades, the Dining Center Bond Sales, the Students Book Corporation, status on Capital Projects, a Capital Construction Report, a quarterly report of appointments of consultants, architects, and engineers and a real estate report. She said the committee also discussed the future action items on the schematic designs for the WSU Spokane Riverpoint Campus, Intercollegiate College of Nursing, the Sciences and Engineering Laboratory at WSU Tri-Cities, and the WSU 18-hole Golf Course. The committee is ready to bring forward the following action items and asked Vice President Royer to review each item
12. Report from the Vice President for Business Affairs. Vice President Royer reviewed with detail information on the action items as his report.
The Board took action on the following:
WSU Pullman, Rotunda Dining Center 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 continued use of URS Corporation of Seattle, WA for Rotunda Dining Center Renovation design services, and grant authorization to proceed with Schematic Design, provide costs are within funds available. Carried.
WSU Pullman, Library Retrieval System . It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve schematic design documents and 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 Pullman, Electrical Engineering/Mechanical Engineering – Clean Room . It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the construction project, 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 Pullman, Commons Hall, HVAC . It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the increase for the Commons Hall, HVAC project cost from $620,000 to $770,000. Carried.
WSU Pullman, Cleveland Hall Life Safety Enhancements . It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the increase for Cleveland Hall Life Safety Enhancements project cost from $510,000 to $600,000. Carried.
Sale of Camp Roger Larson . 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 sell Camp Roger Larson, pursuant to the terms of the offer $1.4 million cash, plus a $1 million pledge to WSU for program supported to be funded over five years, to execute all documents necessary for the sale, and accept the proceeds on behalf of Washington State University. Carried.
Sale of Fife Farms #2 and #3 . 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 sell Fife Farms #2 and #3, pursuant to the terms of the $6,175,855 and $4,766,000 offers received, execute all documents necessary for the sale, and accept the proceeds on behalf of Washington State University. Carried.
Purchase of Riverpoint 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 three properties owned by Cougar Property Holdings, Inc. located on the Riverpoint Campus in Spokane, WA, and to execute all documents necessary for the purchase. Carried.
13. Report from the Vice President for Information Systems. Vice President Doyle reported that Information Technology is working collaboratively with the residence halls to clean up and secure students’ computers before entering the network.
14. University Development and University Relations Committee. Regent Marr reported that the committee received updates on the most recent gift report, WSU Foundation Update, Marketing Plan Overview, Benchmarks and they also had an update on Martin Stadium. He added that the change in Foundation governance will give them the capacity to attain their goals, and to set higher goals. He added that the President’s Associates have seen significant growth in level of giving.
15. Report from the Vice President for Development. Vice President Frisch thanked Regents Marr and Hill for their time and dedication on the new governance structure. He also reported that they are creating more opportunities for engagement with the Tokyo Leadership Group.
16. Report from the Vice President for University Relations. Vice President Savage provided a report on the accomplishments in University Relations for the past year. She also highlighted Alumni Relations new leadership and said their membership is at an all time high.
17. Report from the Director of Athletics. Athletic Director Jim Sterk provided an update on the fall sports. He also added that the Seattle game has sold over 55,000 tickets, and that the season tickets for games in Pullman are sold out. They are continuing to work on the football stadium project, a feasibility study is currently underway, and they are reviewing revenue sources for bonding for this project to proceed.
18. President’s Report. President Rawlins thanked the Board for their cooperation and added that to have WSU Week in Seattle is significant. He also added that the relationship with the University of Washington will continue to play an important role in the future of higher education for the State of Washington.
At 11:40 a.m. the Regents Meeting adjourned.
Approved by the Board of Regents at its meeting held in Lighty Student Services Building, Room 405, Pullman, Washington, October 22, 2004.
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