Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes
Friday, September 18, 1998
Minnesota World Trade Center
International Hall, Fourth Floor
30 East 7th Street
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Trustees Present: Andrew Boss, Nancy Brataas, Archie D. Chelseth, Mary Choate, Daniel G. Coborn, Dennis Dotson, Robert Erickson, Christine Fritsche, Joseph Jung, Michael Nesdahl, Michael Vekich, James Wafler, Charles W. Williams
Trustees Absent:Kathleen Caffey, David Erickson
a. Approval of July 22, 1998, Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes
Trustee Wafler moved approval of the July 22, 1998, meeting minutes. Trustee Robert Erickson seconded. The minutes were approved without dissent.
b. Approval of 1998-1999, Meeting Calendar
Chair Vekich explained that during the Board Operations Committee report, later in the meeting, the Board will amend Policy 1A.1, parts 5 and 6, to reorganize the committee structure. The Executive Committee will formalize its meeting schedule at a later date. The 1998-1999 calendar includes a Board retreat every other month.
The Board discussed adding a two-day Board meeting in February, and the need for Metro Plan hearings and capital budget hearings in December.
Chair Vekich called for a motion to adopt the 1998-1999 Meeting Calendar with the addition of a Board meeting on February 16-17, 1999.
Trustee Wafler moved approval of the 1998-1999, Meeting Calendar. Trustee Fritsche seconded and the motion carried without dissent.
|September 22, 1998||Allocation Model/Biennial Budget Hearing, Alexandria Technical College|
|September 29, 1998||Allocation Model/Biennial Budget Hearing, Mankato State University|
|October 1, 1998||Board Retreat|
|October 6, 1998||Allocation Model/Biennial Budget Hearing, Itasca Community College|
|October 20-21, 1998||Board Meeting|
|November 17-18, 1998||Board Meeting|
|December 1, 1998||Board Retreat|
|December 15-16, 1999||Board Meeting|
|January 19-20, 1999||Board Meeting|
|February 1, 1999||Board Retreat|
|February 16-17, 1999||Board Meeting|
|March 16-17, 1999||Board Meeting|
|April 1, 1999||Board Retreat|
|April 20-21, 1999||Board Meeting|
|May 18-19, 1999||Board Meeting|
|June 1, 1999||Board Retreat|
|June 15-16, 1999||Board Meeting|
|July 7, 1999||Board Retreat|
|July 20-21, 1999||Board Meeting|
|August, 1999||No Meeting|
|September 21-22, 1999||Annual Board Meeting|
c. Election of Board of Trustees Officers
Chair Vekich announced that the candidates for Board of Trustees Officers are shown on page 13 of the meeting materials.
Trustee Chelseth announced that Michael Vekich is the candidate for Chair. There were no other nominations for Chair.
Trustee Chelseth moved that the Board of Trustees elect Michael Vekich as Chairman by acclamation. Trustee Wafler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Chair Vekich announced that Robert Erickson is the candidate for Vice Chair. There were no other nominations.
Trustee Wafler moved that the Board of Trustees elect Robert Erickson as Vice Chair by acclamation. Trustee Fritsche seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Chair Vekich announced that James Wafler is the candidate for Secretary. There were no other nominations.
Trustee Brataas moved that the Board of Trustees elect James Wafler as Secretary by acclamation. Trustee Chelseth seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Chair Vekich announced that Nancy Brataas is the candidate for Treasurer. There were no other nominations.
Trustee Chelseth moved that the Board of Trustees elect Nancy Brataas as Treasurer by acclamation. Trustee Wafler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
d. Report of Executive Committee meeting of September 1, 1998
Chair Vekich reported that the Executive Committee met on September 1, 1998. The committee reviewed the September Board meeting agenda.
e. Report of Board Retreat of September 1, 1998
Chair Vekich announced that there was a Board Retreat on MnSCU's strategic plan on September 1.
Chair Vekich read a poem written for Trustee Fritsche entitled, "Three Cheers for the MnSCU Vice-Chair."
Trustee Wafler reported that he, Chair Vekich, Trustee Brataas, and Chancellor Anderson traveled to Akita, Japan in late July and early August for the purpose of visiting with and negotiating with officials from Yuwa Town and officials from Akita prefecture to discuss the future of Minnesota State University, Akita. The visit also provided an opportunity to meet with nearly all of the administration, faculty and students (both Japanese and United States) of MSU, Akita. In late August, Vice Governor Bando (Akita prefecture and Monbusho which is the Japanese Department of Education) traveled here and additional meetings were held to continue the dialogue.
Chair Vekich commented on the economic issues surrounding the Akita campus. MSU Akita is a two-year college, the credits are not transferable and it is not accredited in Japan. Chancellor Anderson has formed a workgroup to study the matter.
Trustee Wafler reported that in addition to himself, the members of the ad hoc Assessment Committee are Trustees, Dotson, Nesdahl, and David Erickson and Chancellor Anderson. Chancellor Anderson has submitted a self-assessment. External assessments were done by college and university presidents and others. They have been returned and collated by a private consultant, and are being summarized by the Department of Administration. When they are ready, a first meeting of the ad hoc Assessment Committee will be scheduled. Depending on the time it takes to complete the review, the Board will receive a report in either October or November.
The following representatives of student associations addressed the Board of Trustees: Tony Rust, state chair, Minnesota State University Student Association and Maximilian Wasdahl, president, Minnesota State College Student Association.
Mr. Larry Oveson, president of Minnesota Community College Faculty Association addressed the Board of Trustees.
b. Board Operations Committee
c. Joint Fiscal Policy and Educational Policy Committee
d. Joint Fiscal Policy and Educational Policy Committee
e. Audit Committee
f. Facilities Committee
g. Educational Policy Committee
Committee Chair Fritsche explained that Senator Randy Kelly and eight others testified on the Metro Plan during the committee meeting held earlier in the day.
Michael Vekich, Chair
Recorded by Inge Chapin