Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, July 22, 1998
University Center Rochester
Trustees Present: Andrew Boss, Nancy Brataas, Archie D. Chelseth, Mary Choate, Daniel G. Coborn, Dennis Dotson, David Erickson, Robert Erickson, Christine Fritsche, Joseph Jung, Michael Nesdahl, Michael Vekich, James Wafler
Trustees Absent: Kathleen Caffey, Charles W. Williams
b. Approval of Joint Fiscal Policy and Audit Committee Meeting Minutes of April 28, 1998
Trustee Chelseth moved approval of the April 28, 1998, meeting minutes. Trustee Wafler seconded. The minutes were approved without dissent.
c. Report of Executive Committee Meeting of July 1, 1998
Chair Vekich reported that the Executive Committee met on July 1, 1998. The committee reviewed the July Board meeting agenda.
d. Election of Officers at Annual Meeting
Chair Vekich reported that the annual September meeting date needs to be changed because election primaries will be held on September 15. The new dates are September 17 and 18, rather than the 15th and 16th as originally scheduled.
Chair Vekich reported that the election of board officers will occur at the September meeting. He commented that it is customary for trustees to declare their intentions to run for an officer position at the July meeting. Trustees may also declare their intentions in writing on or before August 17. The Board will accept nominations from the floor, as well, at the annual meeting.
The following Trustees declared their candidacies:
Chair Vekich thanked Don Supalla, president, Rochester Community and Technical College, and Dale Bower, provost, University Center Rochester, for hosting the Board meeting in Rochester.
Chair Vekich formally welcomed the three new board members to their first board meeting: Andrew Boss, Mary Choate and Joseph Jung.
Chair Vekich thanked Trustee Brataas for hosting a dinner the previous evening at her home.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, Chair Vekich thanked President Susan Cole for being a strong advocate of Metropolitan State University during her tenure as president, and wished her well in her new venture as president of Montclair State University, in New Jersey.
President Cole expressed her gratitude for the privilege and pleasure of serving as president of Metropolitan State University over the past five years. She commented that her time spent in Minnesota will be a highlight of her life. Metropolitan State is a developing institution that has been buffeted by winds of change including the conversion from the old to the new system and changing leadership. She is proud of the accomplishments at Metropolitan State and its strong and committed faculty and staff, who have done an outstanding job in difficult times.
President Cole commended to the Board the importance of serving the people of the Twin Cities. As an educator, she deeply believes that we must address the educational needs of the urban population. The demands on them in the 21st century will be great. She also remarked on the importance of the Board's relationship with the presidents of the MnSCU institutions. It takes a strong and forthright board to foster in its presidents the sense of independence of mind and spirit that the Board needs to have strong leaders in those institutions.
Chair Vekich acknowledged and thanked Denise Stephens for her service as the community college representative on the MnSCU Board from July 1, 1996 through June 30, 1998.
b. Personnel Policy Committee
c. Board Operations Committee
d. Fiscal Policy Committee
e. Joint Fiscal Policy and Educational Policy Committee
f. Educational Policy Committee
Committee Chair Fritsche reported that the Committee approved the following ten new programs with one motion.
Michael Vekich, Chair
Recorded by Inge Chapin