Minutes of the Telephone Conference Call Meeting of April 18, 2014
The April 18, 2014 telephone conference call meeting of the Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents was called to order by its Chair, Mrs. Sue Bancroft, at the appointed time and place.
Mr. Lance Vanzant, Interim General Counsel, stated that this was a special called telephone conference call meeting of the Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents, immediate action being required and the convening at one location of a quorum of the governing board being difficult. He said that the meeting was being held at the 16th Floor of the ACT (Administration Conference Tower) Building at TWU, the location where meetings of the governing board are normally held and that the conference call was being recorded in the Board of Regents Room in Denton, as required by state law. Therefore, Mr. Vanzant asked each of the Regents to identify themselves if they make comments or ask questions so that the record would reflect who was speaking. Mr. Vanzant then called roll to determine who was present on the telephone. Responding that they were present were Board Chair Sue Bancroft, Ms. Anna Maria Farias, Mrs. Debbie Gibson, Dr. Melissa Tonn, and Mrs. Mary Wilson.
Chair Bancroft called the meeting to order and noted that a quorum of the Board was present. She called upon Mr. Vanzant, who reminded the Regents that on March 28 they named Dr. Carine Feyten as the sole finalist for the position of Chancellor and President and that today’s meeting follows the expiration of the 21-day period, as required by state law, to vote on her appointment as Chancellor and President. He added that Regent George Schrader has been diligently working with the Search Firm and that they have completed a preliminary term agreement and that the Regents will have an opportunity to provide some input. Mr. Vanzant explained that, in the coming days, he will be working with Mr. Schrader and Dr. Feyten to finalize the contract. For this meeting, he read the following, “The motion to be considered today is for approval of the appointment of Carine M. Feyten, Ph.D. as the new Chancellor and President and to authorize the Chair of the Board of Regents to sign a contract with Dr. Feyten and to take all necessary action related thereto.” Prior to the vote, Mr. Vanzant called upon Chair Bancroft , who stated that the contract should be completed by the middle of next week and that Dr. Feyten’s start date is July 1. Mrs. Bancroft commented that Dr. Feyten will be on campus on May 1st to look at the University House, on May 4 and 5 to meet with Chancellor Ann Stuart, and on June 6 to attend the Board meeting. She also informed the Regents that she will host an event on June 5 as a farewell to Dr. Stuart and a welcome to Dr. Feyten. Mrs. Bancroft then asked for a motion to approve and a second. Dr. Tonn made a motion, seconded by Ms. Farias, for approval of the appointment of Carine M. Feyten, Ph.D. as the new Chancellor and President and to authorize the Chair of the Board of Regents to sign a contract with Dr. Feyten and to take all necessary action related thereto. The motion passed unanimously.
Mrs. Bancroft thanked the Regents for their participation. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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