June 1997 Board Meeting Summary

World Trade Center
St. Paul, Minnesota

 

THIS SUMMARY IS NOT THE OFFICIAL MINUTES OF THE MEETING
The Board of Trustees Give Thanks and Say Good-byes
The Board of Trustees thanked Chancellor Judith S. Eaton for her energy, intellect and dedication as MnSCU's founding chancellor. Chancellor Eaton's last day at MnSCU is June 30, 1997. She assumes the duties of president of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, in Washington, D.C., in September.

The Board of Trustees thanked Trustee Randall W. Knudson for his significant contributions to MnSCU. As student trustee, Mr. Knudson's term expires July 1, 1997. Mr. Knudson graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Winona State University earlier this month.

The Board of Trustees also thanked Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer Lee Kerschner for his invaluable expertise and guidance.

BOARD ACTIONS

1998-2003 Strategic Capital Budget Program
The Board of Trustees approved a six-year, 1998-2003 Strategic Capital Program as follows: 23 projects for a total of $185.6 million for the 1998-1999 biennia, of which $91 million are HEAPR (life, safety and health); 13 projects for the 2000-2001 biennia for a total of $154 million; and $141 million for an unspecified number of projects for the 2002-2003 biennia. The total six-year, 1998-2003 Strategic Capital Program is $480.6 million. Click here to view the news release regarding this Board action.

North Hennepin Community College Land Purchase
On behalf of North Hennepin Community College, the Board of Trustees approved the purchase of eight acres of land, in the amount of $240,000, and the granting of easements requested by Greenbrook, Inc., and the City of Brooklyn Park.

Amendment to MnSCU Policy 1A.1, Appointing Board Members as Ex-Officio Members of Committees
The Board of Trustees approved an amendment to MnSCU Policy 1A.1- Governing Board Operating Procedures that requires the board chair to appoint all non committee members of the board to every committee as ex-officio members. These ex-officio members will be allowed to fully participate in the discussion and deliberations but do not have the power to vote and will not be included as a quorum of the committee.

Program Approval: Library Information Technology - Northwest Technical College and Fergus Falls Community College
The Board of Trustees approved the request by Northwest Technical College and Fergus Falls Community College to offer an Associate in Applied Science in Library and Information Technology. The program is scheduled to start in the fall of 1997.

Public Hearing on FY 1998 College and University Operating Budgets and Tuition Recommendations
A joint meeting of the Fiscal Policy and Educational Policy Committees held a public hearing on Wednesday, June 18, 1997, from 9:00 am until 11:30 am, to hear testimony on MnSCU's FY 1998 College and University Operating Budgets and Tuition Recommendations. Seventeen people testified and the majority of them urged the board not to increase tuition rates. The Board is scheduled to take action on this item at their July, 16, 1997 meeting.

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