May 2001 Board Meeting Summary

World Trade Center
Saint Paul, Minnesota

THIS SUMMARY IS NOT THE OFFICIAL MINUTES OF THE MEETING


Appointment of President of Bemidji State University
The Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Jon E. Quistgaard as President of Bemidji State University effective August 24, 2001, subject to the completion of an employment contract, which the Board authorized the Chancellor to negotiate in consultation with the Chair of the Board and Chair of the Personnel Policy Committee in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Personnel Plan for MnSCU Administrators.

Appointment of President of Central Lakes College
The Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Joseph C. Birmingham as President of Central Lakes College effective August 8, 2001, subject to the completion of an employment contract, which the Board authorized the Chancellor to negotiate in consultation with the Chair of the Board and Chair of the Personnel Policy Committee in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Personnel Plan for MnSCU Administrators.

Revision to Chancellor Anderson's Amended Employment Contract
The Board of Trustees authorized the Board Chair to amend Chancellor Anderson's employment contract to provide for a termination date of August 2, 2001.

Appointment to Academic Rank
The Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Dr. David Danahar, President-Designate of Southwest State University, as Professor in the History Program at Southwest State University. Appointment effective on July 1, 2001.

Program Approval: BAS, Advertising and Applied Visual Arts, Metropolitan State University
The Board of Trustees approved the request by Metropolitan State University to offer the Bachelor of Applied Science in Advertising and Applied Visual Arts. Program implementation is August 1, 2001.

Program Approval: BAS, Food Service/Culinary Arts; Metropolitan State University
The Board of Trustees approved the request by Metropolitan State University to offer the Bachelor of Applied Science in Food Service/Culinary Arts. Program implementation is August 1, 2001.

Program Approval: BAS Hospitality, Travel and Tourism; Metropolitan State University
The Board of Trustees approved the request by Metropolitan State University to offer the Bachelor of Applied Science in Hospitality, Travel and Tourism. Program implementation is August 1, 2001.

Program Approval: BS, Nursing; St. Cloud State University
The Board of Trustees approved the request by St. Cloud State University to offer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Program implementation is August 1, 2001.

Program Approval: MS, Electrical Engineering; St. Cloud State University
The Board of Trustees approved the request by St. Cloud State University to offer the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering. Program implementation is August 1, 2001.

Program Approval: Certificate, Network Cabling Technician; Mesabi Range Community and Technical College, Eveleth
The Board of Trustees approved the request by Mesabi Range Community and Technical College to offer a certificate in Network Cabling Technician at Eveleth. Program implementation is July 1, 2001.

Program Approval: Certificate, Kitchen and Bath Design; Century College, White Bear Lake
The Board of Trustees approved the request by Century College to offer a certificate in Kitchen and Bath Design at White Bear Lake. Program implementation is January 1, 2002.

Program Approval: AAS, Individualized Occupational Preparation; Northwest Technical College, Bemidji, East Grand Forks, Detroit Lakes, Moorhead and Wadena
The Board of Trustees approved the request by Northwest Technical College to offer a new AAS, Individualized Occupational Preparation at Bemidji, Detroit Lakes, East Grand Forks, Moorhead, and Wadena. Program implementation is August 1, 2001.

Program Closures: Alexandria Technical College and Northwest Technical College
The Board of Trustees approved the request by Alexandria Technical College and Northwest Technical College to close designated programs, effective May 31, 2001.

Transfer Report
The Board of Trustees adopted the following plan of action in order to improve credit transferability. MnSCU will: a) make transfer of credits a priority, b) develop and use transfer standards as part of the campus evaluation process, and c) allocate appropriate resources to transfer initiatives to make it happen. System staff is directed to give periodic updates to the Board on the progress being made on the transfer of credits, with a full report to the Board of Trustees at the September 2002 meeting.

Ratification of Appointment of External Auditor
The Board of Trustees ratified the action of the Executive Committee of May 2, 2001, of the appointment of the public accounting firm of Deloitte and Touche, LLP to serve as external auditor for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU). The scope of these audit services shall include the annual audit of MnSCU Systemwide financial statements, required annual audit of major federal financial assistance programs administered by MnSCU, and annual audit of the MnSCU Revenue Fund financial statements as required by bond covenants. The term of this appointment begins upon execution of a contract and shall continue to fulfill external auditing needs for the three fiscal years from June 30, 2001 through 2003.

The Board of Trustees authorized the Executive Director of Internal Auditing and the Vice Chancellor-CFO to negotiate contracts with Deloitte and Touche, LLP consistent with the terms contained it its proposal dated March 30, 2001.

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