May 2000 Board Meeting Minutes

Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, May 17, 2000

World Trade Center
St. Paul, Minnesota

Trustees Present: Andrew Boss, Nancy Brataas, Kathleen Caffey, Brent A. Calhoun, Mary Choate, Daniel G. Coborn, David Erickson, Robert Erickson, Christine Fritsche, Jim A. Luoma, James Wafler, Michael Vekich, Chair

Trustees Absent: Dennis Dotson, Joann Splonskowski


  1. Call to Order
    Chair Vekich called the meeting to order at 12:08 p.m. and reported that a quorum was present. He announced the addition of the appointment of president of St. Cloud State University to the Personnel Policy Committee's agenda (8. c). Chair Vekich introduced Trustees-elect Ivan Dusek, Lew Moran, and Will Antell. Trustee-elect Robert Hoffman was unable to attend. The new trustees will officially join the Board on July 1, 2000.

  2. Chair's Report

    a. Approval of Minutes of Board of Trustees Meeting of April 19, 2000
    Trustee Wafler moved approval of the minutes of April 19, 2000. Trustee Robert Erickson seconded and the minutes were approved without dissent.

    b. Election of Board Secretary
    Trustee Luoma moved that the Board of Trustees elect Penny Harris Reynen to serve as secretary of the Board. Trustee Fritsche seconded and the motion carried without dissent.

    c. Report of the Executive Committee Meeting of May 3, 2000
    Chair Vekich reported that the Executive Committee met on May 3, 2000.

    d. Other
    Chair Vekich reported that he and several other Trustees are attending graduation ceremonies this month.

    Chair Vekich highlighted noteworthy events on several Minnesota State Colleges and Universities campuses. Hennepin Technical College hosted an event sponsored by Ford Motor Corporation and Triple A. The top ten winning teams received scholarships and tools. The College also had a transportation career fest that was a huge success. Over the past few years at Inver Hills Community College, the faculty and staff have been sponsoring a student scholarship program for new and current students. Also, the Inver Hills golf tournament on May 22 at Southview Country Club promises to be a big success.

    Chair Vekich congratulated President Frank, faculty, and staff at Inver Hills Community College. Chair Vekich congratulated President Johnson, faculty, and staff at Minnesota State College, Southeast Technical for receiving North Central Accreditation for ten years.

    Outstanding entrepreneurs from St. Cloud State University were honored this month at an event in St. Cloud. Robert and Ryan Weber of St. Cloud State University were honored for creating their own Internet Company called the "Free Stuff Center." The second place winner was Todd Brinkman, a St. Cloud State University speech communications major, who developed the Nite Times Magazine of Central Minnesota. The new Entrepreneur Center at Bemidji State University will officially open on May 19, during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the BSU Center for Research and Innovation. A recent article in the Brainerd Dispatch pointed out that computer courses now outnumber any other department's courses at Central Lakes College. The number of computer courses available at Central Lakes College has grown by almost 80 percent in two years.

    Chair Vekich commented that today is a historic day for MnSCU as the Board will appoint two new presidents later in the meeting. He thanked interim presidents Suzanne Williams, St. Cloud State University, and Dennis Nielsen, Metropolitan State University, for their service.

  3. Trustee Reports
    Trustee Luoma requested that Executive Director Reynen organize Trustees' attendance at future graduation ceremonies. Chair Vekich directed Executive Director Reynen to work with the Presidents in scheduling Trustees' attendance at future ceremonies.

    Trustee Fritsche announced that she had attended graduation ceremonies at Southwest State University, Bemidji State University, Metropolitan State University, Minnesota State University, Mankato, and will be at Ridgewater's upcoming commencement.

  4. Chancellor's Report: Morris J. Anderson.
    Chancellor Anderson thanked all the presidents, campus staff, and students for their work during this legislative session. Their hard work and tenacity contributed to MnSCU's successful outcome.

  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; 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. Program Approval: Certificate, Painting and Wallcovering, Central Lakes College, Brainerd

    b. Program Approval: Certificate, Drywall Finishing, Central Lakes College, Brainerd

    c. Program Approval: Diploma, Internet Systems Administrator, Hibbing Community College, a Technical and Community College

    d. Program Approval: AS, Engineering, Itasca Community College

    e. Program Approval: AAS, Industrial Automation Technology, and Diploma, Industrial Automation Technology, Minnesota State College, Southeast Technical, Red Wing and Winona

    f. Program Approval: Diploma, Painting and Decorating, South Central College, Minnesota Correctional Facility, Faribault

    g. Program Suspensions: Central Lakes College

    h. Repeal of State University Policy 7.4, Emeritus Status (Second Reading)

    i. Repeal of Community College Policy VI.07.02 (Unclassified Faculty and Administrators) (Second Reading)


    Trustee Brataas moved approval of the Consent Agenda. Trustee Choate seconded and the Consent Agenda was approved without dissent.

  8. Board Standing Committee Reports
    Chair Vekich requested a motion to suspend the rules in order to take action during the Personnel Policy Committee's report on the appointment of the president of St. Cloud State University.

    Trustee Choate moved that the Board of Trustees suspend the rules in order to take action on the appointment of the president of St. Cloud State University. Trustee Boss seconded and the motion carried without dissent.

    a. Finance/Facilities Policy Committee
    Facilities:
    1. FY 2002 - 2007 Capital Budget Guidelines
      Committee Vice Chair Coborn moved that the Board of Trustees approve the 2002-2007 Capital Budget Guidelines as presented. Trustee Luoma seconded and the motion carried without dissent.

    2. Century College - Pedestrian Bridge
      Committee Vice Chair Coborn reported that the committee reviewed the design of the pedestrian footbridge connecting Century College's two campuses. Construction is planned to start in June 2000.

    3. Capital Improvement Projects Quarterly Status Report
      Committee Vice Chair Coborn reported that the committee reviewed the Capital Improvement Projects Quarterly Status Report.

    4. Southwest State University Master Plan Committee
      Vice Chair Coborn reported that President Douglas Sweetland presented the Southwest State University Master Plan.

      Finance:
    5. FY 2002-2003 Biennial Operating Budget Guidelines (Second Reading)
      Committee Vice Chair Coborn moved that the Board of Trustees approve the FY 2002-2003 Biennial Operating Budget Guidelines. Trustee Boss seconded and the motion carried without dissent.

    6. Proposed New and Amended Board Policies - Chapters 5, 6, and 7, Financial and Administrative Management Policies (First Reading)
      Committee Vice Chair Coborn reported that the committee reviewed proposed new and amended Board Policies in Chapters 5, 6, and 7. This was the second, first reading of the policies. This item is slated for action at the June meeting.

    7. FY 2001 Operating Budget Including Tuition and Fees - Revised (First Reading)
      Committee Vice Chair Coborn reported that the committee reviewed the FY 2001 Operating Budget Including Tuition and Fees. This item is slated for action at the June meeting.

    8. FY 1999 Instructional Cost Study Committee
      Vice Chair Coborn reported that the committee heard a report on the FY 1999 Cost Study.

    9. Legislation Session Wrap-up Committee
      Vice Chair Coborn reported that the committee heard an update on the 2000 Legislative Session.

    10. Allocation Framework Update Committee
      Vice Chair Coborn reported that the committee heard an update on the Allocation Framework.

    b. Audit Committee

    1. Audit Plan - FY 2001 (First Reading)
      Committee Chair Boss reported that the committee reviewed a draft Audit Plan for FY 2001. This will be an action item at the June meeting.

    2. Status of Bank Reconciliations Committee
      Chair Boss reported that the committee heard an update on the status of bank reconciliations at MnSCU institutions.

    c. Personnel Policy Committee

    1. Appointment of President of Metropolitan State University
      Chancellor Anderson reported that Dr. Dennis Nielsen was appointed as interim president of Metropolitan State University for a two-year period following the resignation of Dr. Susan Cole in August 1998. A nationwide search ensued late last fall with the executive search firm Academic Search. Dr. Jim Bensen, president, Bemidji State University, chaired the search committee. The search resulted in a strong pool of candidates from which a number of finalists were selected.

      Chancellor Anderson is recommending Dr. Wilson Bradshaw for the presidency of Metropolitan State University. Dr. Bradshaw has been serving as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in Bloomsburg since 1995. Prior to that time, he served in administrative positions at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia, and Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. Dr. Bradshaw has a Ph.D. in psychobiology from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a master's degree in experimental psychology, and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.

      Chair Brataas moved that the Board of Trustees approve the appointment of Dr. Wilson Bradshaw as president of Metropolitan State University effective July 1, 2000, under the terms and conditions of the Personnel Plan for MnSCU Administrators. Trustee Boss seconded.

      Dr. Bradshaw addressed the assembly and commented that he is pleased with the opportunity to serve as president of Metropolitan State University and that he looks forward to working with the university community and the community at large.

      Chair Vekich called the question and the motion carried without dissent.

    2. Appointment of President of St. Cloud State University
      Chancellor Anderson reported that Dr. Suzanne Williams was appointed as interim president of St. Cloud State University following the resignation of Dr. Bruce Grube in June 1999. A nationwide search ensued last fall with the executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles. Dr. Roland Barden, president, Moorhead State University, chaired the search committee. The search resulted in a strong pool of candidates from which a number of finalists were selected.

      Chancellor Anderson is recommending Dr. Roy Hirofumi Saigo for the presidency of St. Cloud State University. Dr. Saigo has been serving as chancellor at Auburn University Montgomery in Montgomery, Alabama, since 1994. Prior to that time, he served in administrative and faculty positions at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana; the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa; University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire, Wisconsin; and the University of Wisconsin System Administration in Madison, Wisconsin. Dr. Saigo has a Ph.D. in botany and plant pathology from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. He received post-graduate studies in agriculture and a bachelor of arts degree in biological science from the University of California at Davis, California.

      Chair Brataas moved that the Board of Trustees approves the appointment of Dr. Roy Saigo as president of St. Cloud State University effective July 1, 2000, under the terms and conditions of the Personnel Plan for MnSCU Administrators. Trustee Choate seconded.

      Dr. Saigo commented that he and his wife have been encouraged by their warm welcome in Minnesota, especially at St. Cloud State University. One of the hallmarks of his educational career has been his ability to make the community an integral part of the university. Dr. Saigo proudly introduced his wife, Barbara Saigo, who recently received a doctorate in science education.

      Chair Vekich called the question and the motion carried without dissent.


    3. Appointment of Interim President of Southwest State University
      Chancellor Anderson reported that MnSCU will conduct a national search for a replacement for Douglas Sweetland, who recently announced his retirement as president of Southwest State University. Chancellor Anderson is recommending the appointment of Dennis Nielsen as the interim president. Dr. Nielsen has been serving as the interim president at Metropolitan State University.

      Chair Brataas moved that the Board of Trustees approves the appointment of Dr. Dennis Nielsen as interim president of Southwest State University effective July 1, 2000, under the terms and conditions of the Personnel Plan for MnSCU Administrators. Trustee Fritsche seconded.

      Dr. Nielsen remarked that to be a president of two state universities in one's career is a great honor. He thanked the Board for their confidence and support.

      The motion carried without dissent.

      Chancellor Anderson made several announcements relative to the presidential search at Southwest State University. He is recommending that the search be started in June. He has asked Trustee Fritsche, soon to be Trustee Emeritus Fritsche, to chair the search committee with assistance from President Richard Rush, Minnesota State University, Mankato. MnSCU will propose using a consultant in the process, which will be the MnSCU search process. With respect to concerns about student participation during a summer search process, Chancellor Anderson remarked that student members that participate in the search will be reimbursed for the cost of travel expenses to attend search committees, including loss of wages for summer employment.

    d. Educational Policy Committee

    1. Academic and Student Affairs Update
      Committee Chair Wafler reported that Senior Vice Chancellor Baer gave an update on academic and student affairs.

    2. MnSCU Mission and Vision Statements (Second Reading)
      Committee Chair Wafler moved that the Board of Trustees accepts the Chancellor's recommendation and approves the MnSCU Mission and Vision Statements. Trustee Fritsche seconded and the motion carried without dissent.

    3. Formal Adoption of Board of Trustees Goals
      Committee Chair Wafler moved that the Board of Trustees accept the Chancellor's recommendation and adopt the Board of Trustees Goals. Trustee Calhoun seconded and the motion carried without dissent.

    4. Applied Doctorate Report
      Committee Chair Wafler reported that the committee suspended the rules in order to take action on the Applied Doctorate Report. The committee recommended that the Board of Trustees also approve the report.

      Committee Chair Wafler moved that the rules be suspended in order to take action on the Applied Doctorate Report. Trustee Calhoun seconded and the motion carried.

      Committee Chair Wafler moved that the Board of Trustees remove the Applied Doctorate Report from the table. Trustee Brataas seconded and the motion carried without dissent. Committee

      Chair Wafler moved that the Board of Trustees approve the Applied Doctorate Report and the recommendations contained within the report. Trustee Brataas seconded and the motion carried without dissent.


    5. Report for the Task Force on Institutional Accountability Principles
      Committee Chair Wafler reported that President Phil Davis, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, presented the Report of the Task Force on Institutional Accountability Principles.

    6. Itasca Community College's Strategic Planning Process (Process and Accountability)
      Committee Chair Wafler reported that Joe Sertich, president of the Northeast Higher Education District, presented an overview of Itasca Community College's Strategic Planning Process.

    7. Sabbatical Report for FY 1999
      Committee Chair Wafler reported that the committee heard a Sabbatical Report for FY 1999.

  9. Requests by Individuals to Address the Board
    There were no requests by individuals to address the Board.

  10. Other Business

  11. Adjournment
    Chair Vekich adjourned the meeting by consensus at 1:05 p.m.
 

Michael Vekich, Chair
Recorded by Inge Chapin

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