Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, April 29, 1998
World Trade Center
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Trustees Present: Nancy Brataas, Kathleen Caffey, Archie D. Chelseth, Daniel G. Coborn, Dennis Dotson, David Erickson, Robert Erickson, Christine Fritsche, Stephen L. Maxwell, Gary Mohrenweiser, Michael Nesdahl, Denise Stephens, Michael Vekich, James Wafler, Charles W. Williams
b. Report of Executive Committee Meeting of April 1, 1998
Chair Vekich reported that the Executive Committee met on April 1, 1998. The committee reviewed the April Board meeting agenda.
Chair Vekich congratulated Trustee Charles Williams and Trustee Daniel G. Coborn and announced that Governor Carlson had re-appointed each of them to six-year terms on the Board of Trustees.
Chair Vekich announced that Ross Murray, a student at Rainy River Community College, was named by USA Today and the American Association of Community Colleges as an All USA Academic Team member. The All USA Academic Team members are selected for their grades, leadership and service to others by Phi Beta Kappa, the National Honor Society for two-year colleges. Mr. Ross, selected from a field of 1,300 students, has a 4.00 GPA and is the only community college student from Minnesota to win the award.
Chair Vekich announced that the Board of Trustees will host a dinner on May 19, 1998, to celebrate the service of Trustees who have left the Board within the past year, and to celebrate a successful legislation session. Invitations will be mailed.
a. Association of Governing Boards, National Conference on Trusteeship, April 18- 21, 1998
Trustee Wafler reported that he and Trustees Vekich, Maxwell, Brataas, David Erickson, Robert Erickson, Nesdahl, Chelseth, Caffey, and Chancellor Anderson attended the Association of Governing Boards National Conference on Trusteeship in Nashville on April 18-21, 1998. Trustee Wafler highlighted some of the conference sessions that included presidential and board assessment, legislation impacting higher education institutions, transforming higher education for the future, new roles for public sector boards, and institutional accreditation. The Year 2000 Fellowship Program, a collaboration between the University of Maryland and Sylvan Learning Systems, is a fellowship program and training base for students who are helping businesses solve their year 2000 problems. Trustee Wafler commented that the program may be applicable to MnSCU institutions.
a. Appointment of President of Pine Technical College
Chancellor Anderson reported that Gene Biever announced his resignation as president of Pine Technical College, effective June 30, 1998. The search committee, chaired by Dr. Kenneth Mills, president of South Central College, undertook a nationwide search for his replacement. After an extensive review process, the search committee recommended four candidates. Three of them were interviewed by the Chancellor and Trustees Wafler, Robert Erickson and Stephens. Chancellor Anderson recommended the appointment of Dr. Robert L. Musgrove as president of Pine Technical College. Dr. Musgrove has accepted the position, subject to the Board's approval, but is unable to be present today, due to a prior commitment.
For the past eight years, Dr. Musgrove has served as Dean of Instruction at Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater, the West Texas campus of the technical college system of Texas. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.A. in English and M.Ed., English Education from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia and a B.A. In English from the University of Texas at Austin.
Trustee Robert Erickson moved to approve the appointment of Dr. Robert L. Musgrove as president of Pine Technical College, effective July 1, 1998, under the terms and conditions of the Personnel Plan for Excluded Administrators. Trustee David Erickson seconded and the motion carried without dissent.
b. Marketing Plan
Chancellor Anderson reported that MnSCU's marketing plan is outlined in the Board packet. Marketing efforts include increased radio advertising, coordination of publications, revamped web site and a MnSCU media guide.
c. Legislative Update: End of 1998 Session
A summary report of the 1998 legislative session was distributed. Chancellor Anderson commented that MnSCU has much to be thankful for this session due to the strong support of Governor Carlson and key legislators. The student organizations, faculty and staff across the system worked hard on MnSCU's behalf. MnSCU's credibility was also bolstered by the many presidents and several members of the Board (Trustees Vekich, Chelseth, R. Erickson, Wafler) who attended and participated in the legislative process, and whose presence impressed legislators. MnSCU's legislative staff, John Kaul, deputy to the chancellor for government relations; John Ostrem, deputy to the chancellor for legislative analysis; Mary Stanton, assistant director for government relations; Elaine Bellew, associate vice chancellor for facilities and revenue; and Laura King, vice chancellor-chief financial officer.
Chancellor Anderson reported on several principles relative to the allocation of the supplemental budget. The principles include honoring the legislative intent and commitments, and to prioritize and fund as much of the supplemental budget request as possible. An allocation plan will be in place shortly and will be provided to the institutions as soon as possible so they can plan accordingly.
MnSCU received $36 million dollars, of which $10 million is slated for business and industry grants. Of that, $9.4 million is nonrecurring, $600,000 is recurring. Industry groups, with targeted efforts in the areas of taconite, aviation, health care, precision manufacturing, software industry and printing, will receive $4 million through the institutions. Institutional grants for regional and local partnerships will receive $5 million, of which about $1 million will be used for technology innovation.
Enhancing allocations include $20 million in recurring funds that is basically split between the base equalization request and student initiatives request. MnSCU will recommend that about $10.4 million of that will go into base equalization process. About $9.6 million will go into a number of student-based initiatives, the bulk of which will go into an equipment pool to institutions. About $5 million of it will go out on a formula basis, and about $2 million will go out on an incentive basis with a requirement for matching dollars coming from the business communities or other interested parties. There will be additional work on the MnSAT transponder, in terms of digitizing it and looking at satellite dishes for the institutions. There is interest from a number of campuses on an investment into the degree audit system and some funds into the transfer of credit initiatives, enrollment management and marketing support as well as staff and faculty professional development. The last two categories that were spelled out by the legislature include a $3 million library grant that will go out on formula. The college of education is $3 million of nonrecurring to be allocated by formula to state universities for education curriculum redesign and to integrate technology into the classroom.
Chair Vekich thanked Chancellor Anderson for his leadership during the legislative session.
There were no items for the Chancellor's Consent Agenda.
The following representatives of student associations addressed the Board of Trustees: Jason Krogerson, president, Minnesota Community College Student Association; Joe Jung, legislative liaison, Minnesota Technical College Student Association; Francis Klinkner, state chair, Minnesota State University Student Association, who introduced Mr. Tony Rust the newly-elected state chair from Southwest State University; and Frank Viggiano, executive director, Minnesota State University Student Association.
The following representatives of faculty associations addressed the Board of Trustees: Dr. Larry Litecky, president, Minnesota Community College Faculty Association; Dr. Dave Abel, president, Inter Faculty Organization; and Bruce Hemstad, United Technical College Educators.
a. Educational Policy Committee
b. Joint Fiscal Policy and Audit Committees
Trustee Robert Erickson reported that during the committee meeting, Vice Chancellor King was asked to inquire whether the Office of the Legislative Auditor would perform an independent audit of MnSCU's financial statements. Chair Vekich delegated this item to the Audit Committee for review and recommendation.
c. Facilities Committee
d. Audit Committee
Committee Chair Brataas reported that the Institute of Internal Auditors announced on April 8, 1998, that it has awarded the William S. Smith Gold Medal Award to John G. Asmussen for receiving the highest score on the international certified internal auditor examination. Mr. Asmussen received the highest score from a field of over 2,800 candidates.
e. Board Operations Committee
f. Joint Fiscal Policy and Educational Policy Committees
g. Fiscal Policy Committee
Fiscal Policy Committee Chair reported that the Fiscal Policy Committee meeting was canceled due to time constraints. The five agenda items shown below will be presented to the committee at the May meeting.
Trustee David Erickson moved adjournment of the open meeting. Trustee Fritsche seconded and the motion to adjourn carried at 4:41 p.m.
Michael Vekich, Chair
Recorded by Inge Chapin