Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, May 19, 1999
World Trade Center
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Trustees Present: Andrew Boss, Kathleen Caffey, Mary Choate, Dennis Dotson, David Erickson, Robert Erickson, Christine Fritsche, Michael Nesdahl, Michael Vekich
Trustees Absent: Nancy Brataas, Archie D. Chelseth, Daniel G. Coborn, James Wafler
a. Approval of April 21, 1999, Meeting Minutes
Trustee Dotson moved approval of the April 21, 1999, meeting minutes. Trustee Nesdahl seconded. The minutes were approved without dissent.
b. Report of the Executive Committee, May 5, 1999
Chair Vekich reported that the Executive Committee met on May 5, at Minnesota State University, Mankato. After the meeting, there was a groundbreaking ceremony for the Taylor Center.
Chair Vekich announced that the Finance/Facilities Policy Committee will hold a public hearing on the FY 2000-2005 Capital Budget Recommendations at Anoka Hennepin Technical College on May 27, from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM. Another hearing will be scheduled at a yet to be determined location in greater Minnesota. The Executive Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 2 at 8:00 AM.
Chair Vekich announced that he recently visited Winona State University to participate in their annual employee recognition ceremony. Dr. Darrell Krueger, president, Winona State University, was presented with a 10-year service award. There was also a tour of the new library.
A video of a WCCO Television news story featuring Hennepin Technical College and its programs was shown. The news story, aired on April 20, portrayed the value of technical education and skilled blue-collar workers.
Chair Vekich announced that he awarded the 10,000 degree at Southwest State University's commencement on May 8. Also, three students were the first to earn a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration in a partnership program started in 1997 between Southwest State University and Central Lakes College. Southwest State University's Chapter of the National Broadcasting Society was recognized with four national awards at the recent National Broadcasting Society Convention in New York City.
Chair Vekich summarized a proposal for an Open Forum that was presented to the Executive Committee on May 5. The Open Forum will be held on an informal basis over the noon hour on the first day of committee meetings. Discussion topics may not include items already on the agenda or a grievance issue. Trustees Wafler, Dotson, and Robert Erickson will serve on a work group to lay the foundation for the first Open Forum in either June or July. The public is encouraged to forward suggestions for discussion topics to the Board staff.
b. Personnel Policy Committee
Committee Vice Chair Dotson reported that the committee added the appointment of a president to South Central College to its agenda.
c. Educational Policy Committee
Committee Vice Chair Fritsche noted that the committee added a nineteenth item, an end of legislative session report, to its meeting agenda
d. Audit Committee
Committee Chair Boss noted the addition of a fourth agenda item - Student Information Systems Update.
Michael Vekich, Chair
Recorded by Inge Chapin