Minutes of the Meeting of June 6, 2008
The June 6, 2008 meeting of the Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents was called to order at the appointed time and place by Mr. Harry Crumpacker, Board Chair and Presiding Officer. Present were Mr. Crumpacker, Mrs. Virginia Dykes, Dr. William Fleming, Mr. Mike McCullough, Ms. Scarlett Pope, Dr. Lou Rodenberger, Mr. George Schrader, and Ms. Sharon Venable, constituting a quorum.
Mr. Crumpacker announced that the Board would adjourn for Executive Closed Session regarding real estate, litigation, or personnel matters, including faculty for promotion, tenure, and emeritus status and extension of contract and salary of the Chancellor and President, 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 first considered approval of the minutes of the Board meeting of February 22, 2008. Upon motion by Mr. McCullough and second by Ms. Venable, these minutes were unanimously approved. Mr. Crumpacker noted that no registrations of public testimony items were received for this Board meeting.
Mr. Crumpacker called for consideration of the Finance and Audit Committee items, the Committee being chaired by Ms. Sharon Venable. Ms. Venable made a motion for approval of the personnel report (Exhibit 1996), the acceptance of grants (Exhibit 1997), and the contracts and agreements (Exhibit 1998). The motion was seconded by Dr. Fleming and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Mr. Schrader to extend the contract of the TWU Chancellor and President for a period of three years from June 6, 2008, this being in the best interest of the institution, and that her annual salary, effective September 1, 2008, be set at $430,000, which was seconded by Ms. Venable and approved unanimously. A motion was made by Ms. Venable for approval of the TWU Investment Policy (Exhibit 1999), which was seconded by Dr. Fleming, and all voted in favor. After motion by Ms. Venable and second by Mr. McCullough, the Board voted unanimously to approve the TWU Endowment Investment and Distribution Policy (Exhibit 2000). Next, Mrs. Dykes made a motion for approval for the Vice President for Finance and Administration to enter into an agreement with Follett Higher Education Group, Inc. for management of the TWU Bookstore for a period of five (5) years with five (5) one-(1) year extensions (Exhibit 2001). The motion was seconded by Mr. McCullough and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Mrs. Dykes and seconded by Ms. Venable for approval to increase the Late Registration Fee from $25.00 to $50.00, effective 2008 (Exhibit 2002). All voted in favor. Ms. Venable made a motion for approval to increase the budget for the renovation of the Disability Support Services Classroom and Offices by $165,621 and to reduce the budget for the renovation of the Classroom in CFO (Classroom and Faculty Office Building) by $98,059 (Exhibit 2003), which motion was seconded by Mr. McCullough and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Mr. Schrader for approval of the Denton Campus Science Building Renovation and Expansion Project in the amount of $26,466,168, which was seconded by Dr. Fleming, and all voted in favor. After motion by Mrs. Dykes and second by Mr. Schrader, the Board voted unanimously for approval to sell Tuition Revenue Bonds in the amount of $21,739,712 to be used for the Denton Campus Science Building Renovation and Expansion Project. Next, Mrs. Dykes made a motion for approval to seek permission from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to charge a nonresident tuition rate of $188 per semester credit hour for undergraduate students residing in Oklahoma, this recommendation being in the best interest of Texas Woman’s University and not causing unreasonable harm to any other institution, subject to Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board permission, this tuition rate would be effective Fall 2008 (Exhibit 2004). The motion was seconded by Mr. McCullough and unanimously approved. Ms. Venable had no additional Committee report.
Mr. McCullough made a motion, seconded by Dr. Fleming, for acceptance of the gifts to TWU (Exhibit 2005). All voted in favor. Mrs. Virginia Dykes, Chair of the Institutional Development Committee, said that she had no Committee report.
Next, Mr. Crumpacker called for consideration of the Academic Affairs Committee items, the Committee being chaired by Dr. Lou Rodenberger for today’s meeting. Ms. Venable made a motion for approval to offer the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Women’s Studies (Exhibit 2006). The motion was seconded by Mrs. Dykes and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Mr. Schrader and seconded by Mr. McCullough for approval to seek preliminary authority to offer the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Leadership (Exhibit 2007). All voted in favor. Next, Mrs. Dykes made a motion for approval of the Policy on Distance Education Fees (Exhibit 2008). The motion was seconded by Mr. McCullough and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Ms. Venable and seconded by Mr. McCullough, and all voted in favor, that those applicants recommended for promotion, tenure, and emeritus status by the Chancellor and President be approved and that any such applications not so recommended be declined (Exhibit 2009). Dr. Rodenberger said that there was no further Committee report.
Mr. Crumpacker then called upon Dr. William Fleming, Chair of the Information Services Committee, who stated that there was no additional Committee report, and there was no Committee report from the Student Life Committee.
Chancellor and President, Dr. Ann Stuart, stated that she had no additional report except to thank the Board for their support and for the opportunity to continue as Chancellor and President of TWU. She stated that she looks forward to the completion of the Dallas project.
In the report from the Chair, Mr. Crumpacker stated that this was an exciting and challenging time for the University and thanked everyone for attending today’s meeting.
There being no other business, the meeting concluded.
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