September 6, 2002
The Board of Regents of Washington State University met pursuant to call in Open Meeting at 9:05 a.m., on Friday, September 6, 2002, in the Center for Undergraduate Education, Room 518, Pullman, Washington.
Present: Regent Joe King, President; Regents Kenneth Alhadeff, Phyllis Campbell, Betsy Cowles, Steven R. Hill, Jason Johnson, and William Marler; 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 University Development Richard Frisch, Interim Vice President for Information Technology Mary Doyle, Senior Assistant Attorney General Antoinette Ursich, Faculty Senate Chair Barry Swanson, ASWSU President Scott Dickinson, GPSA President JoLie Wagner, and Alumni Association representative Lorie Dankers.
1. Opening Remarks. Regent King welcomed everyone to Pullman.
He started off by introducing the newest member to the Board table, Faculty Senate Chair, Barry Swanson.
Regent King also introduced world-class faculty members Dr. Michael Griswold, Interim Dean, College of Sciences, Dr. John Wyrick, Assistant Professor for the School f Molecular Biosciences, and Dr. Michael Skinner, Professor, Molecular Biosciences and Director of the Center for Reproductive Biology.
2. President of the University. President Rawlins welcomed everyone to Pullman for the first meeting of the fall semester. President Rawlins introduced several new employees whose appointments began since the last Board Meeting. He introduced Jane LaRiviere, Head Coach, Women’s Rowing Program; Sherri Murrell, Head Coach, Women’s Basketball; Jason Drake, Head Coach, Cross Country; Erica Quam, Head Coach, Swimming; David Shiuer, Department Chair, Philosophy; Eloy Gonzalez, Department Chair, Foreign Languages; Steven Stehr, Department Chair, Political Science and Criminal Justice; Linda Arthur, Department Chair, Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design; and Lamar Patterson, Director of Dining Services.
3. Minutes. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the minutes of the meeting of June 14, 2002. Carried.
4. Reports from University Groups.
Faculty Senate Chair Barry Swanson reviewed his report as submitted to the Board. He highlighted that the next Faculty Senate meeting will be held September 19, and the that the first order of business will be to elect the four Faculty Senate representatives on the Regents Professor Selection Committee. He also pointed out that there would be eleven departments that will have Academic Program Reviews this year. He concluded by congratulating the Vice Chair of Faculty Senate Eric Spangenberg who was recently appointed Associate Dean of the College of Business and Economics. He said they would elect a new vice chair at their upcoming meeting.
GPSA President, Jolie Wagner presented her report as submitted to the Board. She highlighted the success of the New Graduate Student Orientation program, which had over 300 graduate students in attendance. She also mentioned several projects that they have been working on to improve communications among the graduate students.
ASWSU President Scott Dickinson reviewed his report as submitted to the Board. He commented on the success of the Alive Orientation program that took place throughout the summer where ASWSU representatives spoke to hundreds of incoming students and their parents. He also provided information on the many planning sessions ASWSU had over the summer and will have throughout the Fall Semester.
Alumni Association representative Lori Dankers presented the Alumni Association Report on behalf of Ray Eldridge who was attending their Fall Board meeting. She highlighted the many activities that the Alumni Association has planned surrounding the football games this season. She commented that the Alumni Association would be providing more than $200,000 for tuition and fees for the 2002-03 academic years to more than 150 students. She ended her report by talking about the events that were held all around the country over the summer. Events held over the summer included receptions welcoming new students and parents; baseball gatherings, cruises and the Seattle Pre-game event, which had over 20,000 in attendance.
5. Executive, Planning, Budget, and Athletics Committee. Regent King reported that the committee discussed the action items the Board will be asked to vote on which included the naming of Science Hall, the biennial operating budget request, changes to the Board Bylaws and a litigation case that will discussed in Executive Session. He said the committee also received updates on the Capital budget request, the Evans-Gardner proposal, and OFM Budget prioritization and received an update on Athletics. They also reviewed the FY03 Supplemental Budget Request, which will be brought before the Board for action at the next meeting.
The Board took action on the following items:
Naming of Science Hall. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the naming of Science Hall to the Philip and Neva Abelson Hall. Carried.
Regent President King made a few comments about the Abelson’s and asked Dr. Abelson to say a few words.
President Rawlins presented on the 2003-05 Operating Budget Request (Exhibit A).
2003-05 Biennial Operating Budget. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the 2003-05 Biennial Operating Budget for presentation to the Office of Financial Management and the Higher Education Coordinating Board. Carried.
Karl Boehmke provided a presentation on the Capital Budget Request that the Board approved at the June meeting (Exhibit B).
Changes to the Board of Regents Bylaws. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the revisions to the Board of Regents Bylaws. Carried.
6. Report from the Director of Athletics. Athletic Director Jim Sterk provided a report to the board covering several areas of interest. His five areas of focus were a) the Student-Athlete Experience, which highlights athletic endeavors, academic achievement and personal growth of their athletes; b) Personnel, highlighting achievements from his coaching staff and reorganization of administrative staff resulting in budget reductions; c) Facilities, reflected on the improvements made to current facilities, new facilities and future needs of other existing facilities; d) Integration of Athletics, implementing relationships between Athletics and the Campus, Pullman, around the State of Washington and entire nation; and e) Resource Acquisition, which covered areas of revenue opportunities resulting in one of the most successful fundraising years overall to date. The last thing he reported on was the strategic plan for FY02. He went over their foundation for future success, and how they did in his five areas of focus.
7. Academic, Faculty, and Student Affairs Committee. Regent Cowles reported that the committee reviewed and discussed the action items being brought before the board. They also received updates on the Strategic Plan Implementation; status on searches for the Dean of Graduate School, Dean of Sciences and Vice Provost for Research, a briefing on the Biotechnology Initiative; an overview of fall enrollment and a report on the Counseling Center.
The Board took action on the following items:
Changes to the Faculty Manual. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the change to the Faculty Manual, Section I.4, to allow clinical faculty to express their preference for department chair. Carried.
Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering degree effective Fall 2002. Carried.
Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, Statewide. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, Statewide, effective Fall 2002. Carried
Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Resource Economics and Management.. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Resource Economics and Management, effective Fall, 2002. Carried
Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, WSU Vancouver. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve extending the Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology to WSU Vancouver, effective Fall, 2002. Carried
Master of Science in Environmental Sciences, WSU Vancouver. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve extending the Master of Science in Environmental Science to WSU Vancouver, effective Fall 2002. Carried.
Master of Arts in History, WSU Vancouver. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve extending the Master of Arts in History to WSU Vancouver, effective Fall 2002. Carried.
ASWSU Vancouver Approval of Constitutional Amendments. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve amendments to the ASWSUV Constitution as amended and presented. Carried.
Vice President Jaeger asked ASWSU Vancouver President Everett Ulbricht to comment on the constitutional amendments.
Everett Ulbricht, President of ASWSUV added that passing the amendments to decrease senate representatives on the Vancouver Campus will adequately represent the student/Senate ratio. In doing so, ASWSUV will run more efficiently.
8. Report from the Provost and Academic Vice President. Provost Bates gave a progress report on the Strategic Plan Implementation. He emphasized that they are now in the process of synchronizing strategy with the budget and that the Implementation Teams are putting forward action items for implementation. He also gave a brief summary of the current searches taking place and concluded his report by asking Dr. Skinner to give a presentation on the Biotechnology Initiative.
Dr. Skinner provided a presentation on the Biotechnology Initiative.
9. Report from the Vice President for Student Affairs. Vice President for Student Affairs Charlene Jaeger reported on fall enrollment. She reported that numbers were up in all areas. Alive, campus picnic, student recreation center all had record breaking numbers this year. She reported that more sections have been added to many classes to meet the strong student demand, and that all services are running at a record pace. Vice President Jaeger also added that the Regents Scholar Program had 444 students nominated by their High School principals. They will be holding five regional receptions where top faculty will meet with the students and their parents to help attract them to WSU. The last item she shared is that with these high numbers, the higher the need for a safer environment for the students. She added that they have been working the City of Pullman, and many other constituents to work with programs to build community safety.
10. Business Affairs Committee. Regent Marler reported the committee discussed the action items the Board will be voting on which included phase two of the water distribution upgrade at WSU Prosser; the installation of a chiller for Johnson Hall and to advertise and select a contractor for the Energy Plant. He added that the committee also discussed future items that will need Board approval and received updates on capital construction projects, quarterly reports, real estate and the status on capital projects. He said the committee also received a report on network intrusion.
The Board took action on the following items:
WSU Prosser, IAREC, Water Distribution Upgrade, Phase 2. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve Phase 2 of the Water Distribution System Upgrade at WSU Prosser and delegate authority to the President or his designee, the Vice President for Business Affairs, to sign the public works contract. Carried.
Johnson Hall, Installation of Chiller. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the Johnson Hall, Installation of Chiller 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 project within the funds allocated in the listed budgets. Carried.
Energy Plant. 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 advertise and select a Design consulting team, and issue Final Determination to utilize the General Contractor/Construction Manager (GC/CM) process pursuant to RCW 39.10.030; and subject to issuance of the Final Determination, bid and award contracts(s), provided costs are within funds available. Carried.
11. Report from the Vice President for Business Affairs. Vice President for Business Affairs Greg Royer reported to the Board the shifting the direction of the Energy Plant project. He also reported that the direction we are now taking of a predominately steam plant would insure that WSU would have steam and electricity into the future to serve the primary mission of the institution with respect to teaching, research and outreach.
12. Report from the Interim Vice President for Information Technology. Interim Vice President for Information Technology Mary Doyle reported on the high amount of Spam mail. She said that there has been a significant increase in the amount of attempted network intrusions. She discussed the strategies IT employs to prevent unwanted email and intrusions.
13. University Development and University Relations Committee. Regent Hill reported that the committee had invited the Foundation Executive Committee to join them for the first time. He reported that they spent time discussing the charter of the UDUR committee, and discussed the relationship between the Regents and the Foundation. He added that the way the University and the Foundation work together is a cooperative agreement, which will be updated annually. He added that they will be engaging in updating the existing agreement and it will be brought to the Board for future action.
14. Report from the Vice President for University Development. Vice President Richard Frisch provided a gift report summary. He added that giving to WSU is connected to the strategic plan and the priorities to the colleges. He reported that they are looking at their current operation, and the management staff will play a more significant role in their fundraising efforts which will help them prepare for a campaign. He added that the Foundation will begin moving to their new downtown Pullman location in April. The WSU presence in downtown Pullman should create some new economic vitality.
15. Report from the Vice President for University Relations. Vice President for University Relations Sally Savage updated the Board on the Marketing and communications initiative. She mentioned that University Relations and University Development are working well together. She publicly thanked the Alumni Association for the great pre game event they put together for the opening football game in Seattle.
16. Executive Session. At 11:30 a.m., the Regents convened in Executive Session with legal counsel to discuss pending litigation and to evaluate charges against public employees. The Executive Session lasted 10 minutes, and action was taken as a result of the session.
At 11:40 a.m., the Regents reconvened in Open Session.
The Board took action on the following:
Indemnify Defendants in Litigation. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approves the request for defense for University current and former employees. Carried.
Meeting adjourned at 12:00 noon.
Approved by the Board of Regents at its meeting held
In the Regents Room of the Lewis Alumni Centre, in Pullman,
Washington, November 22, 2002
ORIGINAL COPY SIGNED BY PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS AND SECRETARY TO THE BOARD OF REGENTS.