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Minutes of the Meeting of November 9, 2007

The November 9, 2007 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, Ms. Christianne Kellet, Dr. Cecilia Moreno, Mr. Mike McCullough, Ms. Tegwin Pulley, and Ms. Sharon Venable, constituting a quorum.

There was no executive session.

The Board first considered approval of the minutes of the Board meeting of August 24, 2007. Upon motion by Mr. McCullough and second by Dr. Moreno, 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 1972), the acceptance of grants (Exhibit 1973), and the contracts and agreements (Exhibit 1974). The motion was seconded by Mr. McCullough and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Ms. Pulley for approval of a change in the Tuition Payment Plan from three (3) payments per semester to four (4) payments per semester for the Fall and Spring semesters, effective Fall 2008 (Exhibit 1975), which was seconded by Mr. McCullough, and all voted in favor. After motion by Ms. Venable and second by Dr. Moreno, the Board voted unanimously to approve an increase in the Board Authorized Tuition from $93 per semester credit hour to $108 per semester credit hour, effective Fall 2008 (Exhibit 1976). Next, Ms. Pulley made a motion for approval to execute a 3-year lease on donated mineral interests in Lea County, New Mexico to Chalfant Properties for oil, gas, and other minerals, and to authorize the Vice President for Finance and Administration to sign all necessary papers related thereto. The motion was seconded by Mr. McCullough and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Ms. Pulley and seconded by Mr. McCullough for approval to appoint Mr. Andrew Groover as Director of Internal Audits at TWU. All voted in favor. Ms. Venable had no additional Committee report.

Mr. McCullough made a motion, seconded by Dr. Moreno, for acceptance of the gifts to TWU (Exhibit 1977). All voted in favor. Mr. Mike McCullough, acting Chair of the Institutional Development Committee, said that he had no Committee report.

Next, Ms. Pulley made a motion for approval to offer the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science Degree with a major in Culinary Arts and Food Service Management (Exhibit 1978). The motion was seconded by Dr. Moreno and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Dr. Moreno and seconded by Ms. Pulley for approval to change the title of the Master of Education degree in Elementary Education to the Master of Education degree in Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum (Exhibit 1979). All voted in favor. Ms. Tegwin Pulley, Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, said that there was no further Committee report.

Ms. Tegwin Pulley, acting as Chair of the Information Services Committee for this meeting, stated that there was no Committee report.

Mr. Crumpacker called for consideration of Student Life Committee items. Mr. McCullough made a motion, seconded by Ms. Venable, for approval of an increase in Room Rates as set out in the corresponding Exhibit 1980, effective Fall 2008. All voted in favor. Dr. Moreno then made a motion for approval of an increase in Board Rates as set out in the corresponding Exhibit 1981, effective Fall 2008. The motion was seconded by Mr. McCullough and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Dr. Moreno and seconded by Ms. Pulley, and all voted in favor, for approval of a reduction in the ID Fee from the flat rate of $15 to $11, effective Fall 2008 (Exhibit 1982). A motion was made by Dr. Moreno for approval to expend an amount not to exceed $250,000 from Auxiliary Reserve Fund Balance for construction of a new Golf Course Clubhouse and related utility work, which motion was seconded by Mr. McCullough and unanimously approved. Dr. Cecilia Moreno, acting as Chair of the Student Life Committee for this meeting, stated that there was no Committee report.

In the report from the Chancellor and President, Dr. Ann Stuart gave a brief update on the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs search. She indicated that the pool of candidates for this position is quite rich and very impressive. Dr. Stuart stated that on Friday, 19 candidates will be chosen from the 54 applicants to continue with the selection process. She commented that video conferences with these candidates will be scheduled before Christmas and that the three finalists will be on campus for interviews and campus tours in January. Dr. Stuart said that, hopefully, an offer will be made during the first week of February and the University will have a Provost in place to carry on with Dr. Carolyn Gunning’s work.

Dr. Stuart then reminded the Board that the Stark Foundation gave the University a $3 million gift for the naming of the Houston College of Nursing on behalf of former TWU Regent, Ms. Nelda C. Stark of Orange, Texas. Dr. Stuart announced that she financed a bus to take 13 nursing students on a field trip to Orange, Texas today, stating that the Stark Foundation is hosting these students and faculty through Ms. Stark’s home and the First Presbyterian Church. She indicated that plans are to provide this field trip every year.

Regarding the Dallas Project, Dr. Stuart informed the Regents that she had an opportunity to speak to Mr. T. Boone Pickens after his meeting at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston on Tuesday. Mr. Pickens, she said, is excited about what is happening in Dallas and about the impact the new building and TWU’s presence will have in Dallas. She thanked the Regents for their support.

In the report from the Chair and Presiding Officer, Mr. Crumpacker stated that he was pleased to be in the TWU Houston facility, that it exists for the Board and our students, and that it is a tribute to Dr. Stuart and all who made this possible. He also said that it could not be better to have the same type of facility in our own backyard in Dallas in 2010. Mr. Crumpacker encouraged everyone to help Dr. Stuart raise the monies needed to achieve her vision in Dallas.

There being no other business, the meeting concluded.  

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