2007

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.  

Minutes of the Meeting of August 24, 2007

The August 24, 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, 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, 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 joint meeting of the Finance and Audit Committee and the Board of June 1, and the Board meeting of June 8, 2007. Upon motion by Ms. Pulley 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. Pulley made a motion for approval of the personnel report (Exhibit 1962), the acceptance of grants (Exhibit 1963), and the contracts and agreements (Exhibit 1964). The motion was seconded by Mr. McCullough and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Ms. Venable for approval of the FY 2008 Budget as presented to the Finance and Audit Committee of the Board of Regents on Friday, August 17, 2007 (Exhibit 1965), which was seconded by Mr. McCullough, and all voted in favor. Next, Mr. McCullough made a motion for approval for the Chancellor and President to receive a 2% increase in salary for FY 2008, which would make her salary $388,397. The motion was seconded by Ms. Pulley and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Ms. Venable and seconded by Dr. Rodenberger for approval to increase amount of restoration specialists contract for flood damage repairs from $805,798.11 to $1,292,000. All voted in favor. Ms. Pulley then made a motion for approval to distribute all endowment earnings for FY 2007 into scholarship/distribution accounts unless otherwise restricted by donor. The motion was seconded by Mr. McCullough and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Ms. Venable for approval for the Vice President for Finance and Administration to enter into a contract with Compass Bank to serve as the University’s depository bank for a period of three (3) years with two (2) one- (1) year extensions, which was seconded by Dr. Rodenbergr and all voted in favor. A motion was made by Ms. Pulley to approve the FY 2008 Annual Audit Plan of the Internal Audit Department (Exhibit 1966), which motion was seconded by Mr. McCullough and unanimously approved. Ms. Venable had no additional Committee report.

Ms. Pulley made a motion, seconded by Mr. McCullough, for acceptance of the gifts to TWU (Exhibit 1967). All voted in favor. Mr. Mike McCullough, acting Chair of the Institutional Development Committee, said that he had no Committee report.

Next, Mr. McCullough made a motion for approval of the administrative structure change of Dental Hygiene from a department to a program with a program director reporting to the Dean of the College of Health Sciences (Exhibit 1968). The motion was seconded by Ms. Pulley and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Dr. Moreno and seconded by Mr. Schrader for approval to offer the Master of Science degree in Nursing-Nursing Education program as a distance education program (Exhibit 1969). All voted in favor. Next, Ms. Pulley made a motion to edit the Post-Tenure Review Policy to include the University Promotion and Tenure Committee that was established in the Promotion and Tenure Policy (Exhibit 1970). The motion was seconded by Dr. Moreno, and 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 then made a motion for approval of an increase in the International Education Fee, effective Spring 2008 from $1 to $3 per semester (Exhibit 1971). The motion was seconded by Dr. Moreno and unanimously approved. Dr. Lou Rodenberger, Chair of the Student Life Committee, stated that she had no further report.

In the report from the Chancellor and President, Dr. Ann Stuart commented that several years ago the Governor’s Commission on Women established the permanent Texas Women’s Hall of Fame, selecting the TWU Denton campus as the site for the exhibit that honors distinguished Texas women, including first ladies, teachers, astronauts, and athletes, who have made significant contributions in areas such as the arts, athletics, business, education, health, and leadership. She said that the Governor hosts a biennial awards ceremony in Austin that recognizes the achievements of the recipients who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Dr. Stuart stated that she was happy to inform the Regents that the next awards ceremony, after three years of lobbying, will be held at TWU in Denton and will continue to be hosted here. She indicated that this event is an opportunity to have more people on campus, who may not know our story become familiar with TWU, and we can then gain recognition and exposure to help keep TWU in the public eye. In conclusion, Dr. Stuart regretfully announced that Dr. Carolyn Gunning, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, decided to retire, making this her last year with TWU, and that a national search for the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs will begin today. She thanked Dr. Gunning for her service at TWU.

In the report from the Chair and Presiding Officer, Mr. Crumpacker thanked Dr. Gunning on behalf of the Board and stated that her work was greatly appreciated. He also reminded the Regents that a Regent Orientation will be held immediately after the formal Board meeting, which will then be followed by a tour of the Multipurpose Classroom Laboratory Building (MCL), Pioneer Hall, and the Redbud Theatre Complex on the Denton campus.

There being no other business, the meeting concluded.

Minutes of the Meeting of June 8, 2007

The June 8, 2007 meeting of the Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents was called to order at the appointed time and place by Ms. Tegwin Pulley, Board Vice Chair and Assist. Presiding Officer. Present were Ms. Pulley, Mrs. Virginia Dykes, Dr. William Fleming, Ms. Christianne Kellet, Dr. Cecilia Moreno, Mr. Mike McCullough, Dr. Lou Rodenberger, Mr. George Schrader, and Ms. Sharon Venable, constituting a quorum.

Ms. Pulley 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, 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 Vice 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 meeting of February 23, 2007 and the Board teleconference of February 28, 2007. Upon motion by Ms. Venable and second by Mrs. Dykes, these minutes were unanimously approved. Ms. Pulley noted that no registrations of public testimony items were received for this Board meeting.

Ms. Pulley 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 1954), the acceptance of grants (Exhibit 1955), and the contracts and agreements (Exhibit 1956). The motion was seconded by Mr. McCullough and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Ms. Venable to authorize the expenditure of a maximum of $1 million from Board Authorized Tuition Fund Balance for repairs and renovations to storm-damaged areas on the Denton Campus (Exhibit 1957), which was seconded by Mrs. Dykes, and all voted in favor. There was no Committee report.

Mrs. Dykes made a motion, seconded by Mr. McCullough, for acceptance of the gifts to TWU (Exhibit 1958). All voted in favor. Mrs. Virginia Dykes, Chair of the Institutional Development Committee, said that she had no Committee report.

Next, Mr. McCullough made a motion for approval to offer the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biochemistry (Exhibit 1959). The motion was seconded by Dr. Moreno and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Dr. Fleming and seconded by Mrs. Dykes for approval of the amendments to the Constitution of the Faculty Senate of Texas Woman’s University as presented in Exhibit 1960. All voted in favor. Ms. Venable then made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Dykes, to approve the faculty promotion and/or tenure recommendations listed in Exhibit 1961. All voted in favor. Next, Dr. Fleming made a motion to approve the recommendations for emeritus status for the retiring faculty listed in Exhibit 1961. The motion was seconded by Mr. Schrader, and all voted in favor. There was no further Committee report.

Dr. William Fleming, Chair of the Information Services Committee, stated that there was no Committee report.

Ms. Pulley called for consideration of Student Life Committee items. Mr. Schrader made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Dykes, for approval of an additional construction project in the amount of $265,368 from Pledged Auxiliary Fund Balance for renovation of the Stark Hall Fire Alarm System. All voted in favor. Mrs. Dykes then made a motion for approval of an additional construction project in the amount of $62,500 from Pledged Auxiliary Fund Balance for repairs and improvements in the Jones Hall Residence Hall. The motion was seconded by Dr. Rodenberger and unanimously approved. Dr. Lou Rodenberger, Chair of the Student Life Committee, stated that she had no further report, but commented that she was delighted to be on the Committee.

In the report from the Chancellor and President, Dr. Ann Stuart circulated an ad featured in the Texas Monthly magazine, which was a two-page, colorful ad about TWU. She stated that this type of recognition and exposure aids TWU’s strategic plan in keeping TWU as a leader in higher education in the State of Texas. In conclusion, Dr. Stuart thanked the Board for all their support and said that she looks forward to the coming year.

Ms. Pulley thanked everyone for a good meeting. There being no other business, the meeting concluded.

Finance and Audit Committee and Board of Regents (Joint Meeting)
Minutes of the Meeting of June 1, 2007

The Finance and Audit Committee of the Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents met on June 1, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at the TWU Parkland Campus. Present were Mr. Harry Crumpacker, Ms. Tegwin Pulley, Dr. Cecilia Moreno, Dr. Lou Rodenberger, Mr. Mike McCullough, Mr. George Schrader, and Ms. Sharon Venable. The joint meeting was called to order by the Chair, Mr. Crumpacker, a quorum being present.

The Regents first heard a report from Hester Capital Management with regard to the Texas Woman’s University Endowment Funds. This was followed by a Legislative Update reflecting actions of the 80th Legislative Session and how it affected on TWU.

Dr. Brenda Floyd, Vice President for Finance and Administration, next presented a Budget Overview for FY 2008, assisted by other TWU administrators. The Regents then heard a general summary of TWU flood damage and a campus safety report.

A motion was made by Ms. Pulley, Vice Chair of the Board, which was seconded by Dr. Rodenberger to approve the purchase of property at 627 Grove Street, Denton, Texas, which is within the TWU Master Plan Area, for not more than the appraised value; to authorize payment for this purchase from the Pledged Auxiliary Fund Balance for such purpose; and to authorize the Vice President for Finance and Administration to sign all papers and do all things necessary for the completion of the transaction, which motion was unanimously approved by the Board.

Dr. Floyd concluded the meeting by reporting on the activities of the Office of Finance and Administration.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

Minutes of the Telephone Conference Meeting of February 28, 2007

On February 28, 2007, at the appointed time, the Board of Regents met by telephone conference call.

Mr. John Lawhon, General Counsel and Secretary to the Board, noted 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, and that this meeting was being held at the 16th Floor of the ACT building at TWU, the location where meetings of the governing board are normally held.

A roll call was taken, and the following Regents responded “present:” Mr. Harry Crumpacker, Chair, Ms. Tegwin Pulley, Vice Chair, Dr. Therese Bevers, Mrs. Virginia Dykes, Mr. Kenneth Ingram, and Ms. Sharon Venable, constituting a quorum.

Mr. Crumpacker thereupon called the Board of Regents meeting to order. He recognized Mr. Lawhon, who made a brief presentation on the Agenda item being considered. Mr. Crumpacker then asked for a motion to name the new TWU Institute of Health Sciences Dallas Center the “T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences Dallas Center.” Such motion was made by Dr. Bevers, seconded by Mrs. Dykes, and unanimously passed by the Board.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

Minutes of the Meeting of February 23, 2007

The February 23, 2007 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, Mr. Kenneth Ingram, Ms. Christianne Kellet, Ms. Tegwin Pulley, Dr. Lou Rodenberger, Ms. Sharon Venable, and Ms. Ann Williams, constituting a quorum.

There was no executive session.

The next item of business was the election of Officers of the Board. Mr. Ingram nominated Mr. Harry Crumpacker as Board Chair and Presiding Officer, seconded by Ms. Pulley, and unanimously approved. Mr. Crumpacker nominated Ms. Tegwin Pulley as Board Vice Chair and Assistant Presiding Officer, seconded by Mr. Ingram, and unanimously approved. Mr. Crumpacker nominated Mr. John Lawhon, General Counsel, as Secretary to the Board, seconded by Ms. Pulley, and unanimously approved.

The Board then considered approval of the minutes of the joint Finance and Audit Committee and Board meeting of October 27, and the Board of Regents meeting of November 9, 2006. Upon motion by Mrs. Dykes 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 for consideration of Finance and Audit Committee items, the Committee chaired by Mr. Harry Crumpacker. Ms. Pulley made a motion for approval of the personnel report (Exhibit 1942), the acceptance of grants (Exhibit 1943), and the contracts and agreements (Exhibit 1944). The motion was seconded by Ms. Venable and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Mr. Ingram for approval the TWU Investment Policy (Exhibit 1945), which was seconded by Mrs. Dykes and all voted in favor. Next, Ms. Pulley made a motion for approval of the TWU Endowment Investment and Distribution Policy (Exhibit 1946). The motion was seconded by Mrs. Dykes and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Mr. Ingram and seconded by Mrs. Dykes, and all voted in favor to authorize the Vice President for Finance and Administration to enter into a contract with Hester Capital Management, L.L.C. to manage the TWU endowment funds (Exhibit 1947). Dr. Rodenberger then made a motion, seconded by Ms. Pulley, to authorize the Vice President for Finance and Administration to enter into a contract with Perkins + Will to design and prepare specifications for the renovation and expansion of the Old Science Building on the Denton campus. All voted in favor. Ms. Venable made a motion to authorize the Vice President for Finance and Administration to enter into a contract with HKS to design and prepare specifications of the Dallas Institute of Health Sciences at the Parkland campus. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Dykes and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Ms. Pulley to waive State and Board Authorized Tuition for the last three (3) hours of a graduate student’s thesis or dissertation credits, as authorized under Texas Education Code 54.051(e), substituting this waiver for the previous waiver of student service fee, medical service fee, publication fee, computer fee, and building use fee for students registering under a Tuition Code 3 designation. The motion was seconded by Dr. Rodenberger and all voted in favor. There was no Committee report.

Ms. Venable made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Dykes, for acceptance of the gifts to TWU (Exhibit 1948). All voted in favor. Ms. Ann Williams, Chair of the Institutional Development Committee, 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 make the Women’s Studies Program a free standing academic unit reporting directly to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (Exhibit 1949). The motion was seconded by Dr. Rodenberger and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Ms. Pulley and seconded by Mrs. Dykes for approval to offer the Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Finance (Exhibit 1950). All voted in favor. Ms. Pulley said that she had no further Committee report.

Dr. Bevers, acting as Chair of the Information Services Committee for this meeting, stated that there was no Committee report.

Next, Dr. Bevers called for consideration of Student Life Committee items. Mr. Crumpacker made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Dykes, for approval of an increase in the Student Services Fee as set out in the corresponding Exhibit 1951, effective Fall 2007. All voted in favor. Mrs. Dykes then made a motion for approval of an increase in the Student Center Fee as set out in the corresponding Exhibit 1952, effective Fall 2007. The motion was seconded by Dr. Rodenberger and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Ms. Venable and seconded by Mrs. Dykes, and all voted in favor, for approval of an increase in the Medical Service Fee as set out in the corresponding Exhibit 1953, effective Fall 2007. Mr. Ingram, Chair of the Student Life Committee, praised TWU and noted the outstanding progress he has seen while serving as a Regent, including the TWU campus architecture, completion of the new TWU Houston campus, and astonishing gains in enrollment and its positive effect upon funding in Austin.

In the report from the Chancellor and President, Dr. Ann Stuart distributed a handout, reflecting that, as a public university, an important partnership is between the state Legislature and the university. She has asked TWU’s staff and faculty leadership to develop strategic plans to keep TWU competitive as a leader in higher education in the State of Texas.

In the Board Chair’s report, Dr. Bevers gave her farewell comments, noting Dr. Stuart’s visionary approach at the University, in the community, and to the Legislature. She described the last six years as exciting and rewarding and that she is pleased to be leaving a stronger and more vibrant Texas Woman’s University than when she arrived.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the Board toured the new Redbud Theater Complex at the TWU Denton campus, which was followed by a fashion show.

There being no other business, the meeting concluded.

 

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