Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, April 18, 2001
World Trade Center
St. Paul, Minnesota
Trustees Present: Andrew Boss, Nancy Brataas, Brent A. Calhoun, Mary Choate, Daniel Coborn, Dennis Dotson, Ivan Dusek, Robert Erickson, Bob Hoffman, Jim A. Luoma, Lew Moran, Joseph Swanson, Michael Vekich, Chair
Trustees Absent: Will Antell, Joann Splonskowski
a. Approval of Minutes of Board of Trustees Meeting with MnSCU Presidents of March 20, 2001
b. Approval of Minutes of Board of Trustees Meeting of March 21, 2001
Trustee Erickson moved approval of the meeting minutes of March 20, and 21, 2001. Trustee Calhoun seconded and the minutes were approved without dissent.
c. Report of the Executive Committee Meeting of April 4, 2001
Chair Vekich reported that the Executive Committee met on April 4, 2001.
d. Selection of External Auditor
Trustee Choate, chair of the Audit Committee, provided an update on the selection of the external auditor. She explained that a task force was selected to review the proposals and to make a recommendation to the Board. The task force is comprised of the Board Chair, Vice Chair, and Audit Committee Chair, the Executive Director of Internal Auditing, the Vice Chancellor-Chief Financial Officer, the Associate Vice Chancellor - Financial Reporting, the System Director - Financial Reporting, the System Director- Student Financial Aid, and three Chief Financial Officers from MnSCU campuses. The task force has reviewed the proposals and interviewed representatives from three firms and the Legislative Auditor.
Trustee Choate explained that because the May Board of Trustees meeting has been rescheduled from May 15-16 to May 30-31, the Audit Committee requests that the Board of Trustees give permission to the Executive Committee to select the external auditors. The task force was going to make its recommendation to the Audit Committee at the May 16, Board of Trustees meeting.
Trustee Choate moved to suspend the rules requiring that action items be marked on the agenda in order to allow the Board to authorize the Executive Committee to select an external auditor. Trustee Calhoun seconded and the motion carried without dissent.
Trustee Choate moved that the Board of Trustees authorize the Executive Committee to select the external auditor or auditors to carryout the requirements of the MnSCU Audit Plan. Trustee Calhoun seconded and the motion carried without dissent.
Chair Vekich recognized some of the good work being done on our MnSCU campuses. We can be proud of our students, faculty and staff who sandbagged in the Granite Falls and Moorhead areas last week. They played a big role in helping hold back the floodwaters.
At Minnesota State University Moorhead, volunteers responded to the city's request and filled more than 97,000 sandbags at the bagging site operated by the campus physical plant. University staff delivered the bags by dump truck to property owners threatened by flooding, and football team members got to assist Governor Jesse Ventura in sandbagging one of the homes along the Red River.
At Granite Falls, Minnesota West Community and Technical College canceled classes for three days and encouraged everyone to help with the sandbagging effort.
Metropolitan State University graduate Sarah Dalsin, who is in the audience, has finished first in the state on the CPA exam given in November. This is the second time in three years that a Metro State graduate finished in first place.
A team from Fergus Falls Community College earned a regional championship at the 2001 Students in Free Enterprise exposition. A panel of national business leaders and entrepreneurs judged each team's community outreach projects, which help the students apply classroom learning to real-life situations in projects that improve the community. Projects by the Fergus Falls team include a School Bond Referendum Survey, Tax Wise Training and a Girl Scouts Business Wise Badge Day. Next month, the Fergus Falls team will compete at the national exposition in Kansas City.
More than 250 students, teachers and community members gathered March 20 at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College for the fourth annual St. Louis River - River Watch Congress. This event is a joint project of the college and the University of Minnesota Extension Service plus other groups that bring together people of all ages who are interested in learning about the river and protecting its water quality and recreational opportunities.
At Northwest Technical College, the Custom Training Services/Economic Development division recently achieved ISO 9001 certification and registration of its quality system. The school applies these international quality standards to its work in delivering classes to nearly 140 companies in the region.
Minnesota West has received a valuable training tool in the form of a 1994 Freightliner truck and refrigeration trailer donated by Schwan's Enterprises of Marshall for the truck driving training program on the Pipestone campus. This is a good example of the help that business partners provide our MnSCU campuses in keeping their training programs up to date.
Finally, Winona State University is awarding an honorary doctorate to former university board chair Rod Searle at commencement on May 4. Mr. Searle is being given an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters for his tireless efforts in promoting Minnesota higher education.
a. Finance/Facilities Policy Committee
c. Educational Policy Committee
Recorded by Penny Harris Reynen