Wednesday, December 18, 2002
World Trade Center
St. Paul, Minnesota
Trustees Present: Mary Choate, Chair, Will Antell, Andrew Boss, Daniel Coborn, Cheryl Dickson, Ivan Dusek, Clarence Hightower, Vincent Ijioma, Jim Luoma, Lew Moran, David Paskach, Ann Curme Shaw, and Shaun Williams
Absent: Robert Hoffman and Michael Redlinger
Call to Order
Chair Mary Choate called the meeting to order at 10:48 a.m. and reported that a quorum was present. There were no changes to the agenda.
a. Minutes of the Board of Trustees Meeting of October 16, 2002
As there were no corrections or additions to the minutes, Chair Choate announced that the minutes stand approved as written.
b. Report of the Executive Committee Meetings of November 6 and December 4, 2002
Chair Choate reported that the Executive Committee met on November 6, 2002. There were no action items. The committee received a report on the board operating budget and the board chair budget for the first quarter of 2003. The committee discussed the plans for the November 18-20, 2002, Board of Trustees retreat. Chancellor McCormick reported on visits with legislators and business groups.
The Executive Committee met again on December 4, 2002. There were no action items. The committee discussed the November Board of Trustees retreat and the upcoming February Board of Trustees retreat. Chancellor McCormick reported on the Work Plan progress.
Chair Choate announced that invitations will be mailed this week for the Board of Trustees Annual Foundation Thank You Luncheon that will be held at 317 Rice Park, 317 North Washington Street in St. Paul, on Thursday, January 23, 2003.
The Board of Trustees will meet in a retreat on February 19-20, 2003, to discuss the Board effectiveness and efficiency and performance indicators and measures. The Leadership Council members will be invited to participate in the Board discussion on February 19, 2003, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Board of Trustees will hold hearings on the FY 2004 Capital Budget Presentation on the following dates: Thursday, February 13, at Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Granite Falls from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Friday, February 28, at St. Paul College from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; and Friday, March 7, at Bemidji State University from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Trustee Ivan Dusek reported his attendance at the MnSCU Morning meeting on December 12, 2002, coordinated by Dolores Fridge, Associate Vice Chancellor for Equal Opportunity and Diversity.
Trustee Cheryl Dickson reported her attendance at the following campus visits: Lake Superior College on October 24, 2002; Rochester Community and Technical College on November 7, 2002; Saint Paul College on November 13, 2002; and St. Cloud State University on December 10, 2002.
Trustee Vincent Ijioma reported his attendance at the following campuses: Minnesota State University, Mankato for a tour on November 9, 2002, Riverland Community and Technical College for the Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) Governing Council meeting in Albert Lea, on November 15, 2002, and Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Worthington for the MSCSA Governing Council meeting on December 6, 2002.
Chancellor's Comments: James McCormick.
Chancellor McCormick thanked the presidents, faculty, students and staff for welcoming the Board and staff on the visits to the following campuses: St. Cloud Technical College, Northland Community and Technical College, Lake Superior College, Rochester Community and Technical College, Saint Paul College, and St. Cloud State University. Chancellor McCormick thanked the Board of Trustees for their participation and commented that the campus visits provide the Board members with the opportunity to see how the work of the system is accomplished.
Chancellor McCormick reported completing twenty-one corporate visits thus far, including recent visits with the following Chambers of Commerce: the Hmong Chamber, the Asian Chamber, the African American Chamber, and the Minnesota Chamber. He also met with Patricia Harvey, Superintendent of St. Paul Schools. Chancellor McCormick commented that these visits are very valuable, as they inform the business community of how well Minnesota State Colleges and Universities manages its public resources.
Chancellor McCormick reported visiting with approximately thirty new legislators, and more visits are planned before the January Board of Trustees Meeting.
Chancellor McCormick commented on the dedication of the Board. Chancellor McCormick stated that he appreciates the Board's commitment to continuous improvement and commented on the team-work of the Leadership Council, students and faculty, stating that many people are working together to get through this difficult time.
Chancellor McCormick stated that several people have asked, "What will we do if the budget request is not funded?" Chancellor McCormick stated that the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has its own governing Board that makes policy decisions and that the Board would set the priorities if the budget request is not funded. Until we know the impact, it would be difficult to specify a response. The system has a limited number of choices in dealing with the budget deficit, and the report from the independent auditing firm shows that the system is very well managed, but without great resources. Chancellor McCormick commented that there could be spending cuts, tuition increases and a need to focus on raising external resources, or a combination of these three.
Chancellor McCormick stated that one of the most important jobs the Board does is select its managers: the Chancellor and the presidents. The Board will announce a new president of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College today. Chancellor McCormick commented on the successful search process, chaired by Dr. Joseph Sertich, president of Northeast Higher Education District, and with the help of the Office of the Chancellor staff: William Tschida, Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, and Linda Skallman, Associate Vice Chancellor for Personnel.
Joint Council of Student Associations
The following representatives of student associations addressed the Board of Trustees: Amy Sowada, Director of Communications, Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA); and Frank Viggiano, Executive Director, Minnesota State University Student Association (MSUSA).
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities' Bargaining Units
The following representatives of the bargaining units addressed the Board of Trustees: Karen Foreman, President, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees' (AFSCME) Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Policy Committee; Jeanne Cornish, President, Minnesota State University Association of Administrative and Service Faculty (MSUAASF); and Jim Pehler, President, Inter Faculty Association (IFO).
a. FY 2003 Capital Budget Proposal
b. Mission Approval: Fergus Falls Community College
c. Mission Revision: Pine Technical College
d. Program Closure: Minnesota West Community and Technical College
e. Audit Reports from Minnesota State Colleges and Universities External Auditors
Trustee Boss moved approval of the Consent Agenda. Trustee Dusek seconded and the Consent Agenda was approved unanimously.
Board Standing Committee Reports
a. Finance/Facilities Policy Committee, Andrew Boss, Chair
*Winona State University Property Acquisition
Committee Chair Andrew Boss moved that the Board of Trustees approves the acquisition of the Tau Center located adjacent to the West Campus, Winona State University. Vice Chair Jim Luoma seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
b. Advancement Committee, Robert Hoffman, Chair
c. Educational Policy Committee, Will Antell, Chair
Committee Vice Chair Luoma presented the committee report for Committee Chair Antell, who was delayed.
d. Technology Committee, Lew Moran,Chair
e. Audit Committee, Daniel Coborn, Chair
F. Human Resources Policy Committee, Ivan Dusek, Chair
Requests by Individuals to Address the Board
There were no requests to address the Board.
There was no other business to come before the Board of Trustees.
Chair Choate adjourned the meeting by consensus at 11:52 a.m.
Recorded by Ingeborg K. Chapin