Minutes of the Meeting of August 25, 2006
The August 25, 2006 meeting of the Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents was called to order at the appointed time and place by Dr. Therese Bevers, Board Chair and Presiding Officer. Present were Dr. Bevers, Mr. Harry Crumpacker, Mrs. Virginia Dykes, Dr. William Fleming, Mr. Kenneth Ingram, Ms. Tegwin Pulley, Ms. Rachal Salter, Ms. Sharon Venable, and Ms. Ann Williams, constituting a quorum.
Dr. Bevers 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 again called the meeting of the Board to order, a quorum being present.
The Board then considered approval of the minutes of the Board of Regents teleconference of June 6, 2006 and the Board meeting of June 30, 2006. Upon motion by Mr. Ingram and second by Mr. Crumpacker, these minutes were unanimously approved.
Dr. Bevers noted that no registrations of public testimony items were received for this Board meeting.
Dr. Bevers called upon Mr. Harry Crumpacker, Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee, for consideration of Finance and Audit Committee items. Mr. Crumpacker made a motion for approval of the personnel report (Exhibit 1921), acceptance of grants (Exhibit 1922), and contracts and agreements (Exhibit 1923). The motion was seconded by Mr. Ingram and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Ms. Venable to approve the FY 2007 Budget (Exhibit 1924) as presented to the Finance & Audit Committee of the Board of Regents on Friday, August 18, 2006, which was seconded by Ms. Pulley and all voted in favor. Next, Ms. Pulley made a motion for approval to extend the contract with the General Land Office for one year for the purchase of natural gas. The motion was seconded by Mr. Crumpacker and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Ms. Pulley and seconded by Ms. Williams, and all voted in favor of approval to authorize the Vice President for Finance and Administration to enter into a contract with CR Reynolds, Inc. for an amount not to exceed $2,951,700 to make foundation and exterior wall repairs on the Old Main Building to include the base bid and Add Alternate No. 2 (Exhibit 1925). Ms. Venable made a motion, seconded by Ms. Williams, for approval of the 2007 Annual Audit Plan of the Internal Audit Department (Exhibit 1926). All voted in favor. Mr. Ingram made a motion to authorize the University to purchase land and structures within the designated TWU Master Plan Expansion Area for no more than the appraisal value and to add $360,000 during FY 2007 for such purchases. The motion was seconded by Ms. Pulley and unanimously approved. Mr. Crumpacker said that he had no Committee report.
Ms. Williams made a motion, seconded by Ms. Venable, for acceptance of the gifts to TWU (Exhibit 1927). All voted in favor. Next, Ms. Williams made a motion requesting that the Chancellor form a task force to determine how we might improve on involving alumni of TWU in the affairs of the University. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Dykes and unanimously approved. Ms. Williams said that she had no Committee report.
Next, Dr. Bevers called upon Ms. Tegwin Pulley, Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, to present items for consideration. Mr. Crumpacker made a motion for approval to change the name of the program “MS in Institutional Administration” to “MS in Food Systems Administration” (Exhibit 1928). The motion was seconded by Ms. Williams and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Ms. Venable and seconded by Ms. Pulley, and all voted in favor, for approval to change the name of the program “BA & BS in Government Services” to “BA & BS in Public Affairs and Politics” (Exhibit 1929). Ms. Williams then made a motion for approval of the request for preliminary authority for a BA degree in Spanish (Exhibit 1930). The motion was seconded by Ms. Venable and unanimously approved. Ms. Williams made a motion, seconded by Mr. Crumpacker, for approval of the proposed new promotion and tenure policy, as contained in Exhibit 1931, with the following amendments: At page 17, under External Review Process, second paragraph, after the second sentence (The component administrator will select one name from each list.), add a new sentence to read, “Should a selected referee decline to serve, the component administrator will contact other qualified external referees from the lists submitted to secure two external referees.”; and at page 18, under Component Peer Review Committee, second paragraph, in the last sentence add the phrase “by the component faculty members” after the words “One member shall be elected…: The sentence will now read, “One member shall be elected by the component faculty members, by written secret ballot, to serve as the chairperson for a one year term.” The new policy regarding faculty promotion and tenure is to become effective for all faculty seeking promotion and/or tenure after September 1, 2008. All voted in favor. A motion was made by Ms. Pulley and seconded by Ms. Williams, and all voted in favor, for approval of changes in the current Faculty Evaluation, Promotion, and Tenure Policy to be effective until September 1, 2008 (Exhibit 1932). Ms. Pulley said that she had no further Committee report.
Dr. Bevers then called upon Dr. William Fleming, Chair of the Information Services Committee, who stated that there was no Committee report.
Next, Dr. Bevers called upon Mr. Kenneth Ingram, Chair of the Student Life Committee, who also said that he had no Committee report.
In the report from the Chancellor and President, Dr. Ann Stuart, commented on the State’s Closing the Gaps enrollment trends and how TWU is going against the curve, attaining the second highest enrollment growth in the State of Texas during the last five years. She stated that the University is emerging as an important University, and complimented the Vice Presidents on their hard work. Dr. Stuart then distributed the University’s 2005-2010 Strategic Plan, which was an overview of the initiatives discussed at many of the Regents workshops and during “show and tell” after some Board meetings. She thanked the Board for their support in endorsing the University’s vision and also thanked Ms. Carolyn Barnes, Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications, and her staff for producing a brochure that reflected the quality and vision of TWU.
Dr. Stuart next distributed a brochure from the College of Arts and Sciences entitled, “Educating Global Citizens.” She commented that this was the work of Dr. Ann Staton, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and that the University has not produced a college or school brochure of this imagination.
Dr. Stuart then called upon Major General Mary Saunders, Executive Director of the TWU Leadership Institute, who distributed a packet and gave an enthusiastic presentation regarding the Vision for the Leadership Institute. After her presentation, Gen. Saunders recognized her assistant, Ms. Ann Tubbs. In concluding her report, Dr. Stuart thanked Gen. Saunders for her presentation.
In the Board Chair’s report, Dr. Bevers read an email from Dr. Lou Rodenberger and thanked the Regents for their participation.
There being no other business, the meeting concluded.
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