Wednesday, May 21, 2003
World Trade Center
St. Paul, Minnesota
Trustees Present: Mary Choate, Chair, Andrew Boss, Daniel Coborn, Cheryl Dickson, Ivan Dusek, Robert Hoffman, Vincent Ijioma, Jim Luoma, David Paskach, Michael Redlinger and Shaun Williams
Absent: Will Antell, Clarence Hightower, Lew Moran and Ann Curme Shaw
Call to Order
Chair Mary Choate called the meeting to order at 12:48 p.m. and reported that a quorum was present. There were no changes to the agenda.
a. Minutes of Board of Trustees Meeting of April 16, 2003
There was a correction to the minutes on page 2, Trustee Reports, third paragraph as follows: Trustee Michael Redlinger reported his attendance at the Student Academic Conference at Minnesota State University Moorhead on April 9. (Correction is italicized.)
Trustee Redlinger moved approval of the corrected minutes. Trustee Vincent Ijioma seconded and the minutes were approved as corrected.
b. Report of the Executive Committee of May 7, 2003
Chair Choate reported that the Executive Committee met on May 7. No action was taken. Vice Chancellor Bill Tschida reported on the process and timeline for Chancellor McCormick's evaluation. The committee reviewed the Third Quarter FY 2003 Board Operating Budget and a draft of the Board Operating Budget for FY 2004. Staff was directed to prepare a FY 2004 operating budget showing an overall 10 percent reduction to be presented at the Executive Committee meeting on June 4.
The committee received a legislative update from Chancellor McCormick, and a report from Presidents Wilson Bradshaw and Ken Peeders on the activities of the Leadership Council. The committee reviewed the May board meeting agenda and Frank Viggiano, Executive Director, Minnesota State University Student Association (MSUSA), reported that MSUSA has forwarded two candidates to the governor for consideration of the upcoming vacancy on the Board of Trustees.
c. Timeline for Declarations of Candidacy for Office
Chair Choate announced the timeline for declarations of candidacy for officers of the Board. The Board will elect officers at the annual meeting on July 16, 2003. Members wishing to run for a position as an officer shall submit his or her name in writing to the Board office thirty days prior to the date of the election. The Board office will mail each member a list of candidates on June 20, 2003. Nominations from the floor shall be received at the annual meeting.
Chair Choate reported that she participated at the following commencements: Metropolitan State University on May 8, Winona State University on May 9, Minnesota State University Moorhead on May 16 and Hennepin Technical College on May 19. Chair Choate congratulated Trustees Vincent Ijioma and Michael Redlinger on their graduations from Hennepin Technical College and Minnesota State University Moorhead respectively. She also congratulated Internal Auditor John Asmussen on his graduation from Metropolitan State University.
Chair Choate reported that she attended the Wheelock Whitney Hall dedication at Minneapolis Community and Technical College on May 2, and the dedication and naming of the Jodsaas Science Center at Normandale Community College on May 7.
Chair Choate reported for Trustee Antell in his absence that he attended the North Hennepin Community College commencement on May 15.
Trustee Ivan Dusek reported his attendance at the following: Ebony Night at Saint Cloud State University on April 25; campus visits to Hibbing Community and Technical College on May 1, and Century College on May 9; commencement participation for Ridgewater College in Hutchinson on May 15 and Willmar on May 16; and business meetings with Chancellor McCormick to Jennie-O Turkey in Willmar and the Sparboe Company in Litchfield on May 14. Trustee Dusek commended Chancellor McCormick for his work in connecting Minnesota State Colleges and Universities with the business community.
Trustee Michael Redlinger reported his attendance at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College commencement on May 19.
Trustee Shaun Williams reported that he attended commencements for Winona State University on May 9, Rochester Community and Technical College on May 13, and Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College on May 15. He also attended the Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) Governing Council meeting May 16-17, at Mesabi Range Community and Technical College.
Trustee Vincent Ijioma reported his attendance at the MSCSA General Assembly April 24-25, in Alexandria. He also attended the Wheelock Whitney Hall dedication at Minneapolis Community and Technical College on May 2; the Century College campus visit on May 9; the Inver Hills Community College commencement on May 14; the Saint Cloud State University groundbreaking ceremony for a multi-purpose stadium on May 16; and the MSCSA Governing Council meeting on May 16-17.
Trustee Cheryl Dickson reported her attendance at the spring commencements for Bemidji State University on May 16 and Northwest Technical College also on May 16.
Chancellor McCormick acknowledged and welcomed Dr. Terrence Leas and Mrs. Leas. Dr. Leas will be recommended by Chancellor McCormick to the Board of Trustees for the position of president of Riverland Community College during the report of the Human Resources Committee.
Chancellor McCormick thanked the presidents for hosting the Trustees and the Office of the Chancellor Cabinet members at the commencements and campus visits. Chancellor McCormick also thanked the Trustees for their attendance at the commencements, adding that the Trustees and staff were represented at 21 campuses. He also recognized and congratulated Trustees Vincent Ijioma and Michael Redlinger on their commencements.
Chancellor McCormick thanked Trustee Dusek for his attendance at the meetings with the business community representatives at the Jennie-O Turkey Store in Willmar and Sparboe Companies in Litchfield on May 14. Chancellor McCormick spoke of the adversity these companies have faced and how they strived and changed to become the success they are today.
Chancellor McCormick thanked the Board of Trustees and the presidents for their participation in completing the evaluations of the cabinet members and the Chancellor. He also thanked the constituency leaders for their participation in the Chancellor evaluation.
Chancellor McCormick stated that the 2004 Work Plan will be presented to the Board at the June meeting. He mentioned he has had continuing individual meetings with the Trustees for discussion and feedback on the Work Plan.
Chancellor McCormick expressed his disappointment in the outcome of the capital budget, adding that a base cut of $189 million over the next two years will translate into fewer choices for students, reduced services, higher tuition, program closures and faculty and staff lay-offs. Chancellor McCormick added that the cut to the adjusted base budget takes Minnesota State Colleges and Universities back to less than the Fiscal Year 2000 funding level in actual dollars with 39,000 more students to serve. The Board will not vote on tuition until the July Board meeting, and increases in tuition will not cover the gap in the budget. Chancellor McCormick stated that the Legislature and the Governor have made decisions and that the focus now will be on moving forward to plan for and invest in the future.
Joint Council of Student Associations
The following representatives of student associations addressed the Board of Trustees: Missi McLaren, President, Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA), and Yorgun Marcel, State Chair, Minnesota State University Student Association (MSUSA).
There was no other business to come before the Board of Trustees.
Chair Choate adjourned the meeting by consensus at 2:12 p.m.
Recorded by Ingeborg K. Chapin