Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, February 15, 2000
World Trade Center
St. Paul, Minnesota
Trustees Present: Andrew Boss, Kathleen Caffey, Brent A. Calhoun, Mary Choate, Daniel G. Coborn, Dennis Dotson, David Erickson, Robert Erickson, Jim A. Luoma, Joann Splonskowski, James Wafler, Michael Vekich, Chair
Trustees Absent: Nancy Brataas, Christine Fritsche
Trustee Wafler moved approval of the corrected minutes of January 19, 2000. Trustee David Erickson seconded and the corrected minutes were approved without dissent.
b. Report and Ratification of Special Meetings of Executive Committee on January 28, 2000, and February 8, 2000 to Amend Personnel Plan for MnSCU Administrators
Trustee Wafler moved that the Board of Trustees ratify action taken at special meetings of the Executive Committee on January 28, 2000, and February 8, 2000, to amend the Personnel Plan for MnSCU Administrators. Trustee Calhoun seconded and the motion carried without dissent. Trustee Robert Erickson abstained as he was not present at either of the meetings.
c. Executive Committee Meeting Actions
Chair Vekich reported that the Executive Committee will review a proposed budget for the Chancellor Search, procedures for administration of the Board operating budget, and an amendment to increase the FY 2000 Board Operating Budget at their meeting on March 1. The Executive Committee is expected to act on these items and forward them to the full Board for approval at the March Board of Trustees meeting.
d. Report of the Executive Committee, February 2, 2000
Chair Vekich reported that the Executive Committee met on February 2, 2000.
Chair Vekich appointed Trustees Luoma and Splonskowski to the Board Development Committee. Chair Vekich announced that Roseanne Robinson, administrative assistant, has accepted a position with MnSCU's Human Resources Division. The Board of Trustees wished her well in her new position.
Chair Vekich congratulated the volunteers and President Nelson at Lake Superior College who held a "Throw A Thon" in Duluth. The proceeds will go the to the Second Harvest Food Shelf. Chair Vekich also congratulated instructor Dorian Beaulieu, pottery and sculpting instructor, Lake Superior College, who was featured in the fall issue of Performance. Chair Vekich congratulated the team of MnSCU ice sculptors, lead by culinary arts instructor, Larry Fischer, St. Paul Technical College, who won the 20-block team award for the Eagle and Sun Rise sculpture at the St. Paul Winter College. This is the fourth year that the team has taken first place. Minnesota State University, Mankato's semiweekly, student-run newspaper, The Reporter, received first place in the 1998/1999 general excellence award for all college newspapers in the state.
Trustees Splonskowski and Luoma and Chair Vekich attended a North Central Accreditation visit at Northwest Technical College on January 6, 2000. Following the NCA visit, the college was accredited for 10 years.
b. Personnel Actions
Bill Tschida, vice chancellor for human resources, explained that in February of 1995, David Sayre, then president of Anoka-Hennepin Technical College, was granted a five-year leave of absence beginning May 1, 1995 through May 1, 2000, by the Anoka-Hennepin School District. The statute that authorizes this leave provides for extended leaves of absence of at least three years but not more than five years for technical college teachers, which by definition also included technical college presidents. The same statute provided for reinstatement at the conclusion of the leave subject to certain rights of the employer to discharge, terminate or place the teacher on unrequested leave of absence. Under the Personnel Plan for MnSCU Administrators, the Board of Trustees, upon recommendation of the Chancellor, can approve the termination of a president. Three months written notice of the effective date of termination must be provided to the president.
On January 28, 2000, Mr. Sayre notified MnSCU in writing, as required by statute, of his desire to return to work. After reviewing the request, the Chancellor concluded that we have no similar position in the department or program from which Mr. Sayre was granted a leave of absence to which we wish to assign him. Mr. Sayre has been notified of that fact and of the Chancellor's recommendation to terminate his appointment with MnSCU effective May 16, 2000.
Trustee Boss moved that the Board of Trustees approve the Chancellor's recommendation to terminate the appointment of David Sayre with MnSCU effective May 16, 2000. Trustee Robert Erickson seconded and the motion carried without dissent.
c. IBM Partnership Award to Minnesota State University, Mankato
Dr. Valerie Pace, manager, corporate community relations and public affairs, International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) presented the IBM Partnership Award to Minnesota State University, Mankato. In 1999, IBM named MSU, Mankato a shared university research grant recipient. It is a high honor and MSU, Mankato is the first non-research institution to receive this status. IBM made a $254,000 grant of technology to MSU, Mankato for joint research and development projects. Only one other higher education institution in Minnesota shares this honor and that is the University of Minnesota.
Richard Rush, president, Minnesota State University, Mankato accepted the award on behalf of the faculty and students.
b. Educational Policy Committee
Michael Vekich, Chair
Recorded by Inge Chapin