2010

Minutes of the Meeting of November 5, 2010

The November 5, 2010 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. Sarah Adams, Mr. Mike McCullough, Dr. Cecilia Moreno, Mr. George Schrader, and Mrs. Mary Wilson, 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 considered approval of the minutes of the Board meetings of August 12 and 20, 2010.  Upon motion by Mr. McCullough and second by Mrs. Wilson, 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.  Mr. McCullough made a motion for approval of the personnel report (Exhibit 2118), the acceptance of grants (Exhibit 2119), and the contracts and agreements (Exhibit 2120). The motion was seconded by Dr. Moreno and unanimously approved. Next, a motion was made by Dr. Moreno and seconded by Mr. McCullough for approval for the Vice President for Finance and Administration to enter into a contract with CORE Construction to make exterior repairs to Stoddard Hall for an amount not to exceed $1,552,000, the funds to come from Tuition Revenue Bonds, Series 2002, this amount increasing the project budget by $97,700, for a total project cost of $1,822,700 (Exhibit 2121). All voted in favor. After motion by Mrs. Wilson and second by Dr. Moreno, the Board voted unanimously for approval for the Vice President for Finance and Administration to enter into a Texas Public Entity Group Interlocal Agreement pursuant to Chapter 792 of the Texas Government Code concerning provisions of certain insurance coverages and reinsurance of such coverages, allowing Texas Woman’s University to achieve efficiencies and economies in the purchase of certain insurance coverage, the effective date for this Agreement being August 31, 2010. A motion was made by Dr. Moreno for approval for the Vice President for Finance and Administration to enter into a contract with CST Environmental in the amount of $435,800 to abate the existing Dallas Parkland Education Building (Exhibit 2122), which was seconded by Mr. McCullough, and all voted in favor.  Mr. McCullough made a motion for approval for the Vice President for Finance and Administration to enter into a contract with Hudson Energy Services, LLC, for a rate not to exceed $0.068 per kwh for the provision of electricity for the Dallas and Houston Campuses, the contract to be for four (4) years, which motion was seconded by Dr. Moreno and unanimously approved.

Mr. Crumpacker then called for consideration of the Institutional Development Committee items. Mr. Schrader made a motion, seconded by Dr. Moreno, for acceptance of the gifts to TWU (Exhibit 2123). All voted in favor.

Next, Mr. Crumpacker called for consideration of Student Life Committee items. Mr. Schrader made a motion for approval of an increase in Room Rates as set out in the corresponding Exhibit 2124, effective Fall 2011, which motion was seconded by Mr. McCullough and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Dr. Moreno and seconded by Mr. Schrader, and all voted in favor, for approval of an increase in the FY 2011 expense budget limit for Food Services to the income amount for the fiscal year, effective immediately (Exhibit 2125).

Chancellor Ann Stuart announced that Dr. Robert Neely accepted the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and will begin in January 2011. She noted that Dr. Neely is a published scholar in the field of Biology. Dr. Keith McFarland, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, added that, through the normal process, all of the tenured faculty in the Biology Department recommended tenure for Dr. Neely. He noted that Dr. Neely obtained $1.7 million in research grants, is widely published, and is undoubtedly deserving of this appointment. Mr. Schrader made a motion to ratify the appointment of Dr. Robert Neely as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Texas Woman’s University, with tenure in the Department of Biology. The motion was seconded by Mr. McCullough and unanimously approved.

In the report from the Chancellor and President, Dr. Stuart thanked everyone for a wonderful meeting. She reminded the Regents that the official Science Building Dedication will be held on February 4 on the TWU Denton Campus, that the Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award Luncheon will be held February 17 at the Belo Mansion in Dallas, and that the opening of the new TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute Health Sciences – Dallas Campus will be on Friday, February 18, which will be followed by the Board meeting. Dr. Stuart stated that, as Dr. McFarland mentioned earlier, Dr. Neely has experience in working with faculty and that she is excited to have him at the University. She said that Dr. Neely will be visiting TWU before Thanksgiving and will begin his new appointment on January 3. Regarding academic planning, Dr. Stuart informed the Regents that the Cabinet is doing important planning to determine how the University deals with budget and academic matters in the future. Next, Dr. Stuart said that Dr. Richard Wainerdi, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the Texas Medical Center, approached her with a plan to place TWU in the public eye in Houston. She stated that this will be an excellent opportunity for the new Provost to build on the collaborations that exist in the medical community in Houston. She explained that Dr. Wainerdi’s advice is valuable because he is more aware of the medical community and is aware of what TWU is doing with regard to research; therefore, his input could help the University tremendously in its efforts in implementing new collaborations. Dr. Stuart told the Regents that more information will be provided in February.

As he brought the meeting to a close, Mr. Crumpacker thanked everyone for attending today’s meeting. He commended Dr. Stuart, Dr. McFarland, and the Provost Selection Committee for doing a wonderful, professional job in the selection of the new Provost. Mr. Crumpacker stated that Dr. Neely will be a great credit to the University and that he looks forward to Dr. Neely’s arrival.

There being no other business, the meeting concluded.

Minutes of the Meeting of August 20, 2010

The August 20, 2010 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. Sarah Adams, Ms. Lola Chriss, Mr. Mike McCullough, Dr. Ann Scanlon McGinity, Dr. Cecilia Moreno, Mr. George Schrader, and Mrs. Mary Wilson, constituting a quorum.

There was no executive session.

The Board considered approval of the minutes of the Board meeting of June 4, 2010. Upon motion by Mr. Schrader and second by Mrs. Wilson, 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. Mr. McCullough made a motion for approval of the personnel report (Exhibit 2108), the acceptance of grants (Exhibit 2109), and the contracts and agreements (Exhibit 2110). The motion was seconded by Mrs. Wilson and unanimously approved. Next, a motion was made by Mr. McCullough and seconded by Mrs. Wilson for approval of the FY 2011 Budget as presented to the Finance and Audit Committee of the Board of Regents on Thursday, August 12, 2010 (Exhibit 2111). All voted in favor. After motion by Mr. McCullough and second by Dr. Scanlon McGinity, the Board voted unanimously for approval, except for the abstention of Regent Wilson, to authorize the Vice President for Finance and Administration to enter into a contract with Hester Capital Management, L.L.C., to serve as endowment funds investment manager for two years with three one-year extension options, effective September 1, 2010. A motion was made by Dr. Moreno for approval to distribute an amount equal to four (4) percent of the University Endowment Corpus, which is approximately $390,000, to the TWU Endowment Distribution Accounts, this money to come from Board Designated Tuition and/or investment earnings, which was seconded by Mr. McCullough, and all voted in favor. Mrs. Wilson made a motion for approval to authorize the Vice President for Finance and Administration to purchase properties within the Master Plan Area for the Denton Campus and to purchase the property at 717 Texas Street, Denton, Texas for $43,400, this being within the Master Plan Area for the Denton Campus and the funds to purchase this property to come from Designated Tuition, which motion was seconded by Dr. Scanlon McGinity and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Dr. Moreno and seconded by Mrs. Wilson for approval to authorized expenditure of funds from the University Reserves in advance of receiving reimbursements from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds in an amount not to exceed $1,832,038. All voted in favor. Dr. Moreno made a motion for approval of the FY 2011 Annual Audit Plan of the Office of Internal Audits (Exhibit 2112). The motion was seconded by Mr. McCullough and unanimously approved.

Mr. Crumpacker then called for consideration of the Institutional Development Committee items. Mr. Schrader made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, for acceptance of the gifts to TWU (Exhibit 2113). All voted in favor.

Next, Mr. Crumpacker called for Academic Affairs Committee items. Dr. Moreno made a motion for approval of the proposal for a new Bachelor of Applied Science degree with a major in General Business (Exhibit 2114). The motion was seconded by Mrs. Wilson and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Dr. Moreno and seconded by Mrs. Wilson for approval of a Grayson County College Facility Utilization Fee for TWU students in the amount of $.90 per student contact hour, effective Spring 2011 (Exhibit 2115). All voted in favor. After motion by Dr. Moreno and second by Mr. McCullough, the Board voted unanimously for approval of Dr. Karen Lyon for tenure, whose name was inadvertently left out of the list of recommendations in June.

Mr. Crumpacker called for consideration of the Information Services Committee items. A motion was made by Mr. Schrader and seconded by Dr. Moreno for approval to transfer $450,000 from Technology Fee Fund Balance to Technology Fee M&O (Exhibit 2116). All voted in favor.

Mr. Crumpacker called for consideration of Student Life Committee items. Mr. McCullough made a motion for approval of the new Tuberculosis and Case Management Policy, to be effective August 23, 2010 except as otherwise set out in the Policy (Exhibit 2117), which motion was seconded by Dr. Scanlon McGinity and unanimously approved. 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 $35,000 from the Pledged Auxiliary Fund Balance to install a deck surrounding the Clubhouse located at the Golf Course.

In the report from the Chancellor and President, Dr. Ann Stuart thanked everyone for a wonderful meeting. She reminded the Regents that school opens on Monday and that she will deliver the State of the University Address to the faculty Monday morning. Dr. Stuart announced that record enrollment is expected for the Fall semester, which translates to financial planning. She then displayed the bridal edition of the PaperCity Magazine that featured a piece of art from a TWU faculty member, gaining much publicity for the University. Dr. Stuart then distributed a notification of the date for the grand opening of the new TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences – Dallas campus and said that she looks forward to this great year ahead of us.

As he brought the meeting to a close, Mr. Crumpacker thanked everyone for attending today’s meeting. He commended Dr. Stuart for the tours arranged for the Regents to view the wonderful facilities on campus and for the opportunity to see and hear from our students giving the Board a better view of the whole experience at TWU.

There being no other business, the meeting concluded.

Minutes of the Meeting of August 12, 2010

The Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents and Finance and Audit Committee met at the appointed time and place at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 12, 2010, in Room 277 at the Faye Pannell Hall (Education Bldg.) at the TWU Parkland Campus. Present were Mr. Mike McCullough, Board Vice Chair and Finance and Audit Committee Chair, Mrs. Sue Bancroft, Mrs. Mary Wilson, Mrs. Virginia Dykes, and Mr. George Schrader, constituting a quorum of the Board and the Finance and Audit Committee.

The meeting was called to order. The Board first conducted interviews with two qualified investment management firms seeking to represent the University as its endowment funds investment manager. Next, the Board heard an overview of the TWU FY 2011 Budget, followed informational items on the activities of the Office of Finance and Administration.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

Minutes of the Meeting of June 4, 2010

The June 4, 2010 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. Sarah Adams, Mrs. Sue Bancroft, Mrs. Virginia Dykes, Dr. Ann Scanlon McGinity, Dr. Cecilia Moreno, Mr. George Schrader, and Mrs. Mary Wilson, 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 considered approval of the minutes of the Board meetings of February 1 and February 19, 2010. Upon motion by Mr. McCullough and second by Dr. Moreno, these minutes were unanimously approved.

A motion was made by Mr. McCullough to extend the contract and salary of the TWU Chancellor and President for a period of three years from June 4, 2010, this being in the best interest of the institution, which was seconded by Mrs. Wilson and approved unanimously. Mr. Crumpacker congratulated Dr. Ann Stuart for her willingness to stay with TWU and stated that she requested that she be given no salary increase. Dr. Stuart thanked the Regents for the confidence they have placed in her leadership abilities.

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. Mrs. Bancroft made a motion for approval of the personnel report (Exhibit 2095) and the acceptance of grants (Exhibit 2096). The motion was seconded by Dr. Moreno and unanimously approved. Next, a motion was made by Mrs. Bancroft and seconded by Dr. Scanlon McGinity for approval of the TWU Investment Policy (Exhibit 2097). All voted in favor. After motion by Dr. Scanlon McGinity and second by Mr. McCullough, the Board voted unanimously for approval to authorize the Vice President for Finance and Administration to enter into a contract with Vaughn Nelson Investment Management, LP to serve as operating fund investment manager for two years with three one-year extension options. Mr. Crumpacker noted that Agenda item VI.D. was not being considered today. A motion was made by Mrs. Wilson for approval to increase the budget for the Stoddard Hall Exterior Improvements Project from $1,475,000 to $1,725,000, the additional $250,000 to come from Tuition Revenue Bonds, Series 2002 proceeds, which was seconded by Mr. McCullough, and all voted in favor. Mrs. Wilson made a motion for approval to adopt a three (3) installment payment plan for the long Summer term, effective Summer 2011, which motion was seconded by Mrs. Bancroft and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Mrs. Bancroft and seconded by Dr. Moreno for approval of the Compass Bank Governmental Entity Account Resolution which identifies the Vice President for Finance and Administration, the Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration, and the Associate Vice President and Controller to make banking transaction on TWU accounts (Exhibit 2098). All voted in favor. Mrs. Bancroft made a motion for approval to authorize the Vice President for Finance and Administration to enter into a contract with Humphrey & Associates, Inc. for the Phase III and IV Electrical Infrastructure Project in the amount of $4,424,218 (Exhibit 2099). The motion was seconded by Mr. McCullough and unanimously approved.

Mr. Crumpacker then called for consideration of the Institutional Development Committee items. Mrs. Wilson made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Bancroft, for acceptance of the gifts to TWU (Exhibit 2100). All voted in favor.

Next, Mr. Crumpacker called for Academic Affairs Committee items. Mrs. Bancroft made a motion for approval of Faculty Development Leaves (Exhibit 2101). The motion was seconded by Mrs. Wilson and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Mrs. Wilson and seconded by Dr. Moreno for approval of Collin Higher Education Center fees (Exhibit 2102). All voted in favor. Dr. Moreno made a motion for approval for distance delivery of the M.S. in Nursing—Health Systems Management degree (Exhibit 2103), which motion was seconded by Dr. Scanlon McGinity and unanimously approved. Mrs. Wilson then made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Bancroft, to approve the recommendations of the Chancellor of faculty for promotion and tenure, listed in Exhibit 2104. All voted in favor. Mrs. Bancroft made a motion for approval of the recommendations of the Chancellor for emeritus status for the retiring faculty, listed in Exhibit 2104. The motion was seconded by Mr. McCullough and unanimously approved.

Mr. Crumpacker called for consideration of the Information Services Committee items. A motion was made by Dr. Scanlon McGinity and seconded by Mrs. Bancroft for approval to transfer $850,000 from Technology Fee Fund Balance to Technology Fee M&O (Exhibit 2105). All voted in favor.

Mr. Crumpacker called for consideration of Student Life Committee items. Mrs. Wilson made a motion for approval of an expenditure of up to $77,000 from the Pledged Auxiliary Fund Balance to install exterior PTZ Security Network Cameras for the Lowery Woods Apartment Complex, which motion was seconded by Mrs. Bancroft and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Mr. McCullough and seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and all voted in favor, for approval of a change in the Residence Hall Visitation Policy for Stark Hall to allow unlimited visitation from 10:00 a.m. on Fridays to 10:00 a.m. on Sundays and to continue the existing visitation hours for the remainder of the days of the week, effective Fall 2010 (Exhibit 2106). After motion by Dr. Moreno and second by Mr. McCullough, the Board voted unanimously for approval to seek permission from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to charge a nonresident tuition of $198 per semester credit hour, effective Fall 2010, 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 (Exhibit 2107).

In the report from the Chancellor and President, Dr. Stuart thanked the Regents for the renewal of her contract and stated that she was grateful for the opportunity to serve for the next three years. She also thanked the administration and said that the University’s success was a team effort; therefore, she could not be leading without their support. Dr. Stuart commented that TWU is in good shape and that many exciting things will be taking place at TWU, such as the dedication of the new TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences – Dallas campus. Consequently, she reminded the Regents, this will be the last Board meeting in this building. Next, Dr. Stuart thanked and recognized Ms. Amanda Simpson, Director of News and Information in the Office of Marketing and Communications, for making us “TV stars” in the many news video clips that the Regents have seen in the most recent meetings that celebrate the achievements of the University’s students, faculty, and staff. One of the video clips that the Regents did not see today but that could possibly be presented at the next Board meeting, she said, features TWU Dance student, Mr. Jose Zamora, who received the Javits Fellowship award last year, performing along with his own troop during the National College Dance Festival in Washington, D.C. Dr. Stuart added that TWU was one of a very few universities invited to this event. In conclusion, she asked Dr. Richard Nicholas, Vice President for Student Life, to invite Dr. Monica Mendez-Grant, Associate Vice President for Student Life, to the next Board meeting to inform the Regents about what strategies are being used for the advancement of TWU’s programs to compete and succeed in attaining regional and national awards in an effort to gain recognition for TWU’s students, faculty, and staff.

As he brought the meeting to a close, Mr. Crumpacker thanked everyone for attending today’s meeting and again thanked Dr. Stuart for her acceptance to stay at TWU for the next three years, adding that this was wonderful for TWU.

There being no other business, the meeting concluded.

Minutes of the Meeting of February 19, 2010

The February 19, 2010 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. Sue Bancroft, Ms. Lola Chriss, Mrs. Virginia Dykes, Ms. Rae Lynn McFarlin, Dr. Cecilia Moreno, and Mrs. Mary Wilson, constituting a quorum.

There was no executive session.

The Board considered approval of the minutes of the Board meeting of November 6, 2009, the Board teleconference of November 13, 2009, and the Joint Finance and Audit Committee and Board meetings of October 26 and December 4, 2009. Upon motion by Mrs. Dykes and second by Ms. Chriss, 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. Mrs. Bancroft made a motion for approval of the personnel report (Exhibit 2080), the acceptance of grants (Exhibit 2081), and the contracts and agreements (Exhibit 2082). The motion was seconded by Dr. Moreno and unanimously approved. After motion by Mrs. Wilson and second by Mrs. Bancroft, the Board voted unanimously for approval to request the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for Approval of the Parking Garage Building at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences – Dallas Campus in the amount of $7.67 million, the money for this project to come from Board Designated Tuition Fund Balance (Exhibit 2083). Next, a motion was made by Mrs. Bancroft and seconded by Mrs. Dykes for approval to amend the TWU Endowment Investment and Distribution Policy (Exhibit 2084). All voted in favor. Mrs. Wilson made a motion to increase the Board Designated Tuition by $10 per semester credit hour to $118 per semester credit hour, effective Fall 2010 (Exhibit 2085), which motion was seconded by Dr. Moreno and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Mrs. Bancroft to approve a decrease in the Publication Fee from $10 per semester to $2 per semester, effective Fall 2010, which was seconded by Dr. Moreno, and all voted in favor. After motion by Mrs. Bancroft and second by Mrs. Wilson, the Board voted unanimously for approval of an increase in the budget for the Margo Jones Roofing Project from $508,000 to $593,500, the additional $85,500 to come from Tuition Revenue Bonds Series 2002. A motion was made by Mrs. Dykes and seconded by Dr. Moreno for approval for the Vice President for Finance and Administration to enter into a contract with SLR Roofing Systems for $566,500, including contingency, for the Margo Jones Roofing Project (Exhibit 2086). All voted in favor. After motion by Dr. Moreno and second by Mrs. Dykes, the Board voted unanimously for approval to establish three alternative, short semesters within the Fall and the Spring Semesters and to prorate fees as appropriate (Exhibit 2087). A motion was made by Mrs. Bancroft for approval of the Phase III and IV Electrical Infrastructure Project in the amount of $4,234,957, the funds for this project to come from sources shown in Exhibit 2088, which was seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and all voted in favor. Dr. Moreno made a motion for approval of the Audit Charter of the Office of Internal Audits (Exhibit 2089). The motion was seconded by Mrs. Dykes and unanimously approved.

Mr. Crumpacker then called for consideration of the Institutional Development Committee items. Mrs. Dykes made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, for acceptance of the gifts to TWU (Exhibit 2091). All voted in favor.

Next, Mr. Crumpacker called for Academic Affairs Committee items. Dr. Moreno made a motion for approval of the University Mission Statement (revised) and the Table of Programs (no change) prior to submission to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Exhibit 2092), which motion was seconded by Mrs. Wilson and unanimously approved.

Mr. Crumpacker called for consideration of the Information Services Committee items. A motion was made by Mrs. Dykes and seconded by Ms. Chriss for approval to increase the Undergraduate and Graduate U.S. Application Fee, Course Add/Drop Fee, and Transcript Order Fee, to take effect immediately except that the Application Fee increase applies only to applications received after this date (Exhibit 2093). All voted in favor.

Mr. Crumpacker called for consideration of Student Life Committee items. Mrs. Bancroft made a motion to discontinue the Student Union Fee and the Medical Services Fee Exemption for students enrolled in distance education, effective Fall 2010, which motion was seconded by Mrs. Wilson and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Mrs. Wilson and seconded by Ms. Chriss, and all voted in favor, for approval of an increase in the International Education Application Fee to a one-time $75 fee, effective Fall 2010 (Exhibit 2094). After motion by Dr. Moreno and second by Ms. Chriss, the Board voted unanimously for approval of an expenditure of up to $381,984 from the Pledged Auxiliary Fund Balance to repair the Guinn/Stark Commons Roof.

Next, a motion was made by Mrs. Bancroft and seconded by Mrs. Dykes to name the new TWU Science Building the “Ann Stuart Science Complex.” All voted in favor. Mr. Crumpacker then recognized Dr. Phyllis Bridges, Professor of English, and informed the Board that Dr. Bridges sent him a letter several weeks ago regarding Dr. Stuart and the naming of the Science Building. He read the following from her letter:

“As you are aware we are now observing a Decade of Achievement and the many accomplishments that all of us working together have made in the past ten years since the inauguration of Dr. Ann Stuart as our Chancellor and President. Our enrollment has grown from 8,624 in Fall 1999 to 13,338 in Fall 2009. The investment in technology has propelled our graduates into successful positions and allowed us to serve students all over the world through distance education. Our academic programs, always strong, have gained additional national and even international recognitions and honors. New apartments for student housing and numerous renovation projects have dramatically improved the Denton campus. The assets of the TWU Foundation have grown from approximately $11 million to over 17 million from 1999 to 2009. Private donations to TWU since Dr. Stuart joined us have grown under her leadership to the phenomenal amount of right at $50 million gained in one decade. Our success in grant acquisitions is at an all time high. The opening of the new campus in Houston and the current construction of a new campus in Dallas are exceptional achievements and clear evidence of outstanding leadership. We can all take pride in the leadership of the Board of Regents and our Chancellor, Dr. Ann Stuart, in working to meet the needs of our students and faculty and in setting our direction and guiding our progress.

To name the new science complex in honor of Dr. Stuart would be a validation of her leadership. It would also be in keeping with TWU tradition. We have ten presidents in our history. Five have served for as long as a decade. Four of those—Drs. Bralley, Hubbard, Guinn, and Huey—have buildings on campus named for them. Dr. Stuart is our fifth president to serve for a decade or more. It seems entirely appropriate and consistent to honor Dr. Stuart by designating the science complex now under construction and renovation in her honor.”

Mr. Crumpacker told Dr. Bridges that he was sorry that he did not think of this and that it was certainly fitting. He asked Dr. Bridges to stand. Dr. Bridges thanked the Regents and congratulated Dr. Stuart.

In the report from the Chancellor and President, Dr. Stuart said that she was thrilled, honored, and touched by this recognition. She said she could not imagine a better building to have her name associated with, adding that, if there were no women in science our future would be impaired. Dr. Stuart commented that she was glad the Regents were able to see the new Science Complex during the luncheon. She then thanked the Regents and Dr. Bridges and said that it would have been a perfect day if her husband, Mr. Ray Poliakoff, were here.

Dr. Stuart then called the Regents’ attention two a couple of newspaper articles and a playbill placed in their areas. First, she referred to the article in Robert Miller’s Column in The Dallas Morning News about the Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Awards Luncheon, commenting that this is the first time Mr. Miller has dedicated a full column to this event. She thanked Ms. Amanda Simpson, Director of News and Information in the Office of Marketing and Communications, for what she did in promoting this event and also thanked Mr. and Mrs. Dykes for this event. Secondly, Dr. Stuart referred to the notice in the Denton Record Chronicle regarding TWU’s 2009 Texas Higher Education STAR Award for the Partnering for Teachers Program with the Dallas Independent School District. She also mentioned that an article regarding the STAR Award also appeared in the University’s newspaper, the LASSO. Lastly, Dr. Stuart told the Regents that two pages were marked in the playbill before them reflecting wonderful color ads regarding TWU’s Decade of Achievement Campaign and the Virginia Chandler Dykes Award. She thanked and recognized Ms. Carolyn Barnes, Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications, and Ms. Simpson for their marketing efforts in this campaign which celebrates the achievements of the University’s students, faculty, and staff.

Dr. Stuart then distributed two handouts of the new signage at the TWU Institute of Health Sciences – Houston. She explained that it was the same picture, just different views, of the building and the new signage, which reflects the scope of the University. Dr. Stuart stated that the addition of the College of Health Sciences and the Nelda C. Stark College of Nursing on the building is tremendously important to the Institute Health Science – Houston and is a better, more accurate representation of what is offered in Houston.

In conclusion, Dr. Stuart reminded everyone that the Founder’s Day Luncheon will be held on Thursday, April 8, 2010, on the Denton Campus. She mentioned that the recipients for this year are the Denton Independent School District, whose Superintendent Ray Braswell will be accepting the honor for the school district partnership; Dr. Glenda Brock Simmons, who will be receiving the individual award for her on-going support of and commitment to TWU; and the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP), who will be honored for having the WASP archives housed in the TWU Blagg-Huey Library, which brings attention from the military and scholars from around the world. She added that Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and Representative Kay Granger successfully passed a resolution for the creation of a Medal of Honor cast in gold to be presented to all surviving WASPs in honor of their service during War World War II. Dr. Stuart also recognized Ms. Dawn Letson, Special Collections Coordinator in the TWU Blagg-Huey Library, and Dr. Katherine Landdeck, Associate Professor of History, for their instrumental efforts in the WASP collection.

As he brought the meeting to a close, Mr. Crumpacker thanked everyone for attending today’s meeting and again acknowledged the Board’s recognition of our Chancellor’s accomplishments by naming the new Science Complex in her honor.

There being no other business, the meeting concluded.

Minutes of the Joint Meeting of February 1, 2010

The Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents Finance and Audit Committee met in joint meeting with Board of Regents at the appointed time and place at 10:55 a.m. on Friday, February 1, 2010, in Room 277 at the Faye Pannell Hall (Education Bldg.) at the TWU Parkland Campus. Present were Mr. Mike McCullough, Committee Chair, Mr. Harry Crumpacker, Board Chair, Mrs. Sue Bancroft, Mrs. Virginia Dykes, Ms. Rae Lynn McFarlin, and Mrs. Mary Wilson constituting a quorum of the Finance and Audit Committee and Board.

The joint meeting was called to order. The Board heard an update on the TWU FY 2011 Budget process from Vice President for Finance and Administration Dr. Brenda Floyd. Next, the Regents received a report concerning recommendations for the TWU Endowment Investment and Distribution Policy from Mr. Craig Hester of Hester Capital Management and TWU Vice President for Finance and Administration Dr. Brenda Floyd.

After an update on tuition, Dr. Floyd discussed informational items on the activities of the Office of Finance and Administration.

There being no further business, the joint meeting of the Board of Regents and Finance and Audit Committee was adjourned.

 

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