February 2000 Board Meeting Minutes

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


  1. Call to Order
    Chair Vekich called the meeting to order at 1:45 p.m. and reported that a quorum was present. There was one change to the agenda. Item 7(d) Revenue Fund FY 2001 Spending Plan was moved from the consent agenda to the Finance/Facilities Policy Committee's agenda for a formal vote.

  2. Chair's Report
    a. Approval of Minutes of Board of Trustees Meeting of January 19, 2000
    Copies of a correction to page six of the January 19, 2000 minutes were distributed.

    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.

    e. Other
    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.

  3. Trustee Reports
    Trustee Dotson commented that in January he sent out a discussion memorandum to the Board of Trustees. The memorandum was referred to the February retreat agenda, but the retreat was subsequently canceled because staff had not had time to prepare the discussion items. Trustee Dotson asked the Board to consider the issues raised in his memorandum, and commented that some progress was evident by the schedule of a one-day, rather than two-day, board meeting, and the appointments of additional members to the Ad Hoc Board Development Committee.
  4. Chancellor's Report: Morris J. Anderson.
    a. System Office Task Force Report
    Trustee David Erickson moved that the Board of Trustees accepts the Report from the System Office Task Force. The Chancellor is requested to provide the Board with periodic updates on this effort. Trustee Luoma seconded and the motion carried without dissent.

    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.

  5. Joint Council of Student Associations
    The following representatives of student associations addressed the Board of Trustees: Ryan Kulikowski, state chair, Minnesota State University Student Association, Sarah Erickson, state legislative affairs committee coordinator, and Justin Wallin, president, Minnesota State College Student Association.
  6. MCCFA, IFO, and UTCE: Joint Opportunity to Address the Board
    Dave Abel, president, Inter Faculty Organization, addressed the Board of Trustees.
  7. Consent Agenda
    a. Minnesota West Community and Technical College - Worthington Campus, YMCA Development
    b. Northwest Technical College - Bemidji, High School Acquisition
    c. North Hennepin Community College - Gift Acceptance for New Greenhouse
    d. Amendment to MnSCU Policy 3.9 Licensure of Faculty Requiring a License
    e. Program Approval: AAS, Webmaster, Itasca Community College
    f. Program Approval: AS, Corrections, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
    g. Program Approval: Certificate, Emergency Management, Hennepin Technical College
    h. Program Closures: AAS, Chiropractic, Paraprofessional, Normandale Community College, Northwestern College of Chiropractic Location

    Trustee Robert Erickson moved approval of the Consent Agenda. Trustee Wafler seconded and the Consent Agenda was approved without dissent.
  8. Board Standing Committee Reports

    a. Finance/Facilities Policy Committee
    Facilities:
    1. Ridgewater College - Building Addition for Veterinary Tech Program
      Committee Vice Chair Dotson reported that the Finance/Facilities Policy reviewed this item as a first reading. Total cost of this project is estimated at $100,000, and the college has identified possible funders to help with the costs. In order to expedite the process for Ridgewater College to obtain legislative approval, the committee decided to suspend the rules to take action on this item and forward it to the Board for approval.

      Committee Vice Chair Dotson moved to suspend the rules in order to take action on Ridgewater College - Building Addition for Veterinary Tech Program. Trustee Robert Erickson seconded and the motion carried without dissent.

      Committee Vice Chair Dotson moved that the Board approves the building expansion for the Veterinary Tech program as presented and directs the Chancellor to seek appropriate legislative approval. The Board is pleased that significant funds will be obtained from other sources and encourages the college to minimize the use of operating budget funds for the building expansion. Trustee Robert Erickson seconded and the motion carried without dissent.
    2. St. Cloud Technical College Campus Master Plan
      Committee Vice Chair Dotson reported that St. Cloud Technical College President Joan Barrett presented the campus master plan.
    3. North Hennepin Community College - Gift Acceptance for New Greenhouse
      North Hennepin Community College President Ann Wynia introduced Eldon Tessman, who was present to bestow a gift of $250,000 from Alice P. Tessman via the North Hennepin Community College Foundation to be used for the design and construction of a new greenhouse. The greenhouse will be connected to the new Science Building to be renovated and expanded under a 1998 capital project.

      Mr. Tessman addressed the Board. On behalf of the Board, Chair Vekich thanked the Tessman family for their generous gift and long-standing support of North Hennepin Community College.
    4. Capital Improvement Projects Quarterly Status Report
      Committee Vice Chair Dotson reported that the committee reviewed the Capital Improvement Projects Quarterly Status Report.

      Finance:
    5. Revenue Fund FY 2001 Spending Plan
      Committee Vice Chair Coborn moved that the Board of Trustees approves the FY 20001 finance plans and associated fees for residence hall/dining services and student union facilities of the Revenue Fund. Trustee Robert Erickson seconded and the motion carried without dissent.
    6. Revenue Fund Reinvestment Strategy
      Committee Vice Chair Coborn moved that the Board of Trustees approves proceeding with the Revenue Fund Reinvestment Program and directs the Chancellor to request additional bonding authority in the amount of up to $135 million from the 2000 legislature. Trustee Robert Erickson seconded and the motion carried without dissent.

    b. Educational Policy Committee

    1. Academic and Student Affairs Update
      Committee Chair Wafler reported that Vice Chancellor Baer gave an update on academic and student affairs, including reference to the upcoming Higher Education Summit.
    2. Mission/Vision Planning
      Committee Chair Wafler reported that the committee had a first reading of a mission/vision planning statement.
    3. Program Reinstatements: AAS, and Diploma, Aviation Electronics, Alexandria Technical College
      Committee Chair Wafler reported that Alexandria Technical College provided notice of the following program reinstatements: AAS, Aviation Electronics, and Diploma, Aviation Electronics.
    4. Program Suspensions: Minnesota West Community and Technical College and Northwest Technical College
      Committee Chair Wafler reported that Minnesota West Community and Technical College provided notice of the following program suspension: Diploma, Veterinary Office Management. Northwest Technical College provided notice of the following program suspension: Diploma and AAS, Internet Design.
    5. K-12 Partnership Update
      Committee Chair Wafler reported that the committee received an update on the
      K-12 Partnership.
    6. MnSCU Office of Instructional Technology Overview
      Committee Chair Wafler reported that the MnSCU Office of Instructional Technology provided an overview of its services, including current plans and initiatives.
    7. Preliminary Policy Issues - Corporate University
      Committee Chair Wafler reported that the committee heard a report on the Corporate University.
  9. Requests by Individuals to Address the Board
    There were no requests by individuals to address the Board.
  10. Other Business
    Trustee Choate responded to some of the issues that Trustee Dotson raised earlier in the meeting, relative to his January discussion memorandum to the Board.
  11. Adjournment
    Chair Vekich adjourned the meeting by consensus at 2:35 p.m.

Michael Vekich, Chair
Recorded by Inge Chapin

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