Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, December 19, 2000
World Trade Center
St. Paul, Minnesota
Trustees Present: Will Antell, Andrew Boss, Brent A. Calhoun, Mary Choate, Daniel G. Coborn, Ivan Dusek, Robert Erickson, Bob Hoffman, Jim A. Luoma, Lew Moran, Joann Splonskowski, Joseph Swanson, Michael Vekich, Chair
Trustees Absent: Nancy Brataas, Dennis Dotson
a. Approval of Minutes of Board of Trustees Meeting of November 15, 2000
Trustee Moran moved approval of the minutes of November 15, 2000. Trustee Erickson seconded and the minutes were approved without dissent.
b. Approval of Minutes of Special Meetings of the Board of Trustees, December 4 and 5, 2000
Trustee Boss moved approval of the minutes of December 4 and 5, 2000. Trustee Splonskowski seconded and the minutes were approved without dissent.
c. Recognition of Board Staff
The Board of Trustees recognized Inge Chapin and Penny Harris Reynen on their educational accomplishments. Ms. Chapin earned a BA from Metropolitan State, and Ms. Reynen earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of St. Thomas. The MnSCU musicians played and sang original compositions.
d. Approval of Chancellor's Employment Agreement Between the Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and James H. McCormick
Bill Tschida, vice chancellor for human resources, reviewed the terms of the employment agreement between the Board of Trustees and James H. McCormick.
Trustee Boss moved that the Board of Trustees delegates authority to the Chair of the Board to execute a written contract with Chancellor-Designate James H. McCormick, based on the Personnel Plan for MnSCU Administrators, and the following terms:
e. Approval of Amendment Number One to Employment Agreement Between the Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and Morris J. Anderson
Bill Tschida, vice chancellor for human resources, reviewed the terms of the amendment to the employment agreement between the Board of Trustees and Chancellor Morris J. Anderson.
Trustee Boss moved that the Board of Trustees delegates authority to the Chair of the Board to execute a written contract extension with Chancellor Morris J. Anderson, based on the Personnel Plan for MnSCU Administrators, and the following terms:
Trustee Luoma seconded and the motion carried without dissent.
Chair Vekich read a joint statement that was issued on behalf of the Board of Trustees and Chancellor Anderson:
We are pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement to extend the appointment of Morris J. Anderson as chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system through June 30, 2001. We believe Chancellor Anderson's leadership over the next six months will assure continuity and stability as we move into a transition to new leadership on July 1, 2001.
Chancellor Anderson will lead MnSCU's legislative strategy and will continue to be MnSCU's chief spokesperson for the 2001 legislative session. He also will work with James McCormick, the incoming chancellor, to coordinate a strong transition. Chancellor Anderson has agreed to serve an additional month, through July 31, 2001, in the capacity of a senior advisor available to the new chancellor to assist with the transition.
The MnSCU Board of Trustees commends Chancellor Anderson for his leadership over the past three-and-one-half years, and we all look forward to having another successful legislative session.
f. Approval of Amended Board Policy 1A.2, Part 7, Subparts A-D: Individual Trustee Responsibilities
Trustee Boss moved that the Board of Trustees approve amending Board Policy 1A.2 by the addition of Part 7, Individual Trustee Responsibility. Trustee Erickson seconded and the motion carried without dissent.
g. Report of the Executive Committee Meeting of December 6, 2000
Chair Vekich reported that the Executive Committee met on December 6, 2000.
Chair Vekich highlighted noteworthy events at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Congratulations to Metropolitan State University President Wilson Bradshaw, who received the Degree of Excellence Award on Friday from Florida Atlantic University's National Alumni Association. President Bradshaw earned his master's degree in experimental psychology at the university and later served as dean of graduate studies. Trustee Splonskowski has been named to the Public Policy Committee for the Association of Community College Trustees.
Alexandria Technical College is the first MnSCU college to be invited to join the North Central Association's AQIP or Academic Quality Improvement Project. AQIP is an alternate accrediting project that assures quality by certifying that the college is working continuously to improve the systems it uses to provide services to students. Northwest Technical College also reports that the NCA has selected it for membership in AQIP. Alexandria Technical College's Marine and Small Engine program has learned that it will receive accreditation from the Equipment and Engine Training Council. Century College this month co-sponsored a Power Girls Conference for girls ages 9 through 12. The girls had the opportunity to try out various tools and find out about careers in the trades and construction.
Chair Vekich noted some of the many awards that MnSCU faculty and staff recently received: Carlo Castagneri, a culinary arts instructor at Hennepin Technical College, was named "Chef of the Year" by the American Culinary Federation's Minneapolis Chapter. Bird watchers will appreciate the news that Ron Erpelding, Ridgewater College's vice president of customized and continuing education, won the Voelker Award from the Minnesota Ornithological Union. The Minnesota Chapter of the American Institute of Architects presented its Special Award this month to Associate Vice Chancellor Allan Johnson. This award recognizes exceptional contributions to improving the quality of the physical environment.
c. Audit Committee
a. Finance/Facilities Policy Committee
Recorded by Penny Harris Reynen