Minutes of the Meeting of February 21, 2014
The February 21, 2014 meeting of the Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents was called to order at the appointed time and place by Mrs. Sue Bancroft, Board Chair and Presiding Officer. Present were Mrs. Bancroft, Ms. Joleesia Berry, Ms. Anna Maria Farias, Mrs. Debbie Gibson, Dr. Ann Scanlon McGinity, Mrs. Nancy Paup, Mr. George Schrader, Dr. Melissa Tonn, and Mrs. Mary Wilson, constituting a quorum.
Mrs. Bancroft announced that the Board would adjourn for Executive Closed Session regarding real estate, litigation, or personnel matters, under V.T.C.A., Government Code Sections 551.072, 551.071, and 551.074, respectively. At the conclusion of the Executive Closed Session, the Chair reconvened the meeting of the Board into open session, a quorum being present, and stated that no action was required regarding matters discussed in Executive Closed Session.
Mrs. Bancroft stated that the Board would recess and break for lunch, followed by tours of the University House and the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence. After the completion of the tours, the Chair reconvened the meeting of the Board into open session, a quorum being present.
Next, the Board considered approval of the minutes of the Board meeting of November 1, 2013. Upon motion by Mrs. Paup and second by Mrs. Wilson, these minutes were unanimously approved.
Mrs. Bancroft noted that no registrations of public testimony items were received for this Board meeting.
Mrs. Bancroft called for consideration of Student Life Committee items. Mr. Schrader made a motion of an expenditure of up to $125,000 from the Pledged Auxiliary Fund Balance for the purchase of furniture to replace box springs and mattresses in the Guinn and Stark Residence Halls. The motion was seconded by Ms. Farias and all voted in favor. After motion by Ms. Farias and second by Mr. Schrader, the Board voted unanimously for approval of an expenditure of up to $270,000 from the Pledged Auxiliary Fund Balance for the purchase of microfridge units for student rooms in the Guinn and Stark Residence Halls. A motion was made by Mrs. Wilson and seconded by Mr. Schrader, and all voted in favor, for approval of an expenditure of up to $820,000 from the ID Fee Fund Balance to enter into a contract with the successful vendor to provide security entry access and identification system software and hardware. Mr. Schrader made a motion for approval of an increase in the Meal Plan Rates as set out in the corresponding Exhibit 2239, effective Fall 2014, which motion was seconded by Ms. Farias and unanimously approved.
Mrs. Bancroft called for consideration of Academic Affairs Committee items. Dr. Scanlon McGinity made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, for approval of a fee of up to $85.00 for blood borne pathogen student insurance for students in nursing, dental hygiene, and other areas of study where students are exposed to blood borne pathogens, effective Fall 2014. All voted in favor.
Mrs. Bancroft then called for the Finance and Audit Committee items. Ms. Farias made a motion for approval of the personnel report (Exhibit 2240), the acceptance of grants (Exhibit 2241), and the contracts and agreements (Exhibit 2242). The motion was seconded by Dr. Scanlon McGinity and all voted in favor. A motion was made by Ms. Farias for approval to increase Board Designated Tuition by $8.12 per semester credit hour from $130.20 to $138.32, effective Fall 2014 (Exhibit 2243), which was seconded by Dr. Scanlon McGinity and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Ms. Farias, seconded by Dr. Scanlon McGinity, and all voted in favor, for approval to increase the Student Union Fee by $3.00 per semester from $35.00 to $38.00, effective Fall 2014 (Exhibit 2244). After motion by Mrs. Wilson and second by Dr. Tonn, the Board voted unanimously for approval to increase the Student Service Fee by $2.21 per semester credit hour from $29.04 to $31.25 up to a maximum of $250 per semester, effective Fall 2014 (Exhibit 2245). Ms. Farias made a motion for approval to increase the Technology Fee by $1.35 per semester credit hour from $16.00 to $17.35, effective Fall 2014 (Exhibit 2246), which motion was seconded by Dr. Scanlon McGinity and unanimously approved. Ms. Farias made a motion for approval to implement an Optional Fixed Tuition Price Plan for FY 2015 for entering freshmen and transfer students enrolling at TWU for the first time. This plan will be based on the assumptions outlined in Exhibit 2247 and fixes Board Designated Tuition only. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Gibson and all voted in favor.
Mrs. Bancroft called for consideration of the University Advancement Committee items. After motion by Dr. Scanlon McGinity and second by Dr. Tonn, the Board voted unanimously for acceptance of gifts to TWU (Exhibit 2248).
In the report from the Chancellor and President, Dr. Ann Stuart stated that today’s meeting was a TWU celebration as well as yesterday at the successful Virginia Chandler Dykes Award Luncheon. She said that today’s theme focused on the future, getting ready for the momentum that can be sustained in an effort to let the new Chancellor know what is ahead, what needs to be done, and what is being thought through. This being her last Board meeting, Dr. Stuart mentioned that she has grown to love and respect the University, that she is proud of the University’s accomplishments, and that she is mostly proud of how the University has been positioned to continue the momentum. She noted that for the past six months, at her request, each of the vice presidents have analyzed strengths and needs within their units and are prepared to share their information with the new Chancellor. This gift of planning, she added, will let the new Chancellor see the “big picture” regarding TWU issues, giving that person data and opinions so that decisions can be made and momentum can be helped, and also regarding preparation for the new legislative session. Dr. Stuart commented that the new Chancellor’s learning curve will be measurably shorter because of the preparatory work conducted by the Cabinet regarding strategic planning for the University. She thanked the Board for their thoughtful work as Regents as they help lead the University. Dr. Stuart stated that it was an honor to serve as TWU’s Chancellor and that she will cherish the memories. She then presented each of the Regents with a remembrance gift.
Mrs. Bancroft then presented Dr. Stuart with a gift and said that the Board has the greatest respect and affection for her and all that Dr. Stuart has done for the University, adding that they are all proud to have served on this Board. Mrs. Bancroft stated that she is a member of the ACTA (American Council of Trustees and Alumni) and presented each of the Regents with a book that is informative, interesting, and will help them amidst the Presidential Search. As she brought the meeting to a close, Mrs. Bancroft thanked everyone for being at today’s meeting.
There being no other business, the meeting concluded.
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