2014

Minutes of the Meeting of November 14, 2014

Roll Call:

Regents:

Mrs. Sue Bancroft, Chair and Presiding Officer
Mrs. Mary Wilson, Vice Chair and Assistant Presiding Officer
Ms. Anna Maria Farias, Regent
Mrs. Debbie Gibson, Regent
Mrs. Nancy Paup, Regent
Dr. Melissa Tonn, Regent
Ms. Candace Henslee, Student Regent

Administrators:

Dr. Carine Feyten, Chancellor and President
Ms. Destinee Waiters, General Counsel
Dr. Robert Neely, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Mr. Gary Ray, Vice President for Enrollment Services
Dr. Brenda Floyd, Vice President for Finance and Administration
Dr. Monica Mendez-Grant, Interim Vice President for Student Life
Ms. Robin Head, Interim Director of University Advancement

Full Board Meeting:

  1. Call Meeting to Order

    Mrs. Bancroft called the meeting of the Texas Woman's University Board of Regents to order at 9:00 a.m. and noted that Mrs. Lola Chriss, Dr. Ann Scanlon McGinity, and Mr. George Schrader were not in attendance. Present were Mrs. Bancroft, Ms. Anna Maria Farias, Mrs. Debbie Gibson, Ms. Candace Henslee, Mrs. Nancy Paup, Mrs. Mary Wilson, and Dr. Melissa Tonn, constituting a quorum.

  2. Adjourn to Executive Closed Session: Real Estate, Litigation, or Personnel Matters, under V.T.C.A., Government Code Sections 551.072, 551.071, and 551.074, Respectively

    Mrs. Bancroft announced that the Board would adjourn to Executive Closed Session at 9:01 a.m. pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.074 regarding Agenda Action Items 9, 12, and 13.

  3. Reconvene into Open Session and Take Any Possible Action Regarding Matters Discussed in Executive Closed Session

    At the conclusion of the Executive Closed Session, Mrs. Bancroft reconvened the meeting of the Board into Open Session to take any possible action regarding matters discussed in Executive Closed Session at 9:52 a.m., a quorum being present.

  4. Consider Approval of the Minutes of the Board Meeting of August 15, 2014

    Motion: Mrs. Wilson motioned and Dr. Tonn seconded. The motion passed with a vote of 6-0-0.

    The minutes of the full Board meeting of August 15, 2014 were approved as submitted.

  5. Consideration of Public Testimony on Full Board Agenda Items, If Any

    Mrs. Bancroft noted that no registrations of public testimony items were received for this Board meeting.

  6. Consent Agenda

    Motion: Ms. Farias motioned and Mrs. Wilson seconded. The motions passed with a vote of 6-0-0.

    • Action Item 1: Consider Approval of the Personnel Report (Exhibit 2269)

      The Personnel Report was approved as presented.

    • Action Item 2: Consider Acceptance of Grants (Exhibit 2270)

      Grants were accepted and approved as presented.

    • Action Item 3: Consider Approval of the Denton Municipal Electric Contract

      Authorization for the Vice President for Finance and Administration to enter into a contract with Denton Municipal Electric for the provision of electricity and other related services at the Denton Campus at an estimated amount of $2.2 million based on negotiated rates, the contract to be for four (4) years, was approved as presented.

    • Action Item 4: Consider Approval to Begin the Planning and Design Process for a 600-Space Parking Garage on the Denton Campus (Exhibit 2271)

      Authorization to begin the planning and design for a 600-space parking garage and conditioned space on the Denton Campus, cost not to exceed $1 million and to be funded by Board Designated Tuition Fund Balance, was approved as presented.

    • Action Item 5: Consider Approval of the American Restoration, LLC Contract (Exhibit 2272)

      Authorization for the Vice President for Finance and Administration to enter into a contract with American Restoration, LLC for the exterior weatherization of Guinn and Stark Residence Halls and the Commons Connector Building in the amount of $2,713,145, funds to come from the Pledged Auxiliary Fund Balance and to increase the project budget by $100,000 for a total project budget of $3,005,590, was approved as presented.

    • Action Item 6: Consider Approval of an Increase in the First-Year Orientation Fee

      Assessment of the First-Year Orientation Fee rate of $200 to all new students to Texas Woman’s University with less than 12 semester credit hours, not including accepted dual credit, and applied to their Fall bill, effective Summer 2015, was approved as presented.

    • Action Item 7: Consider Approval of Residential Security Cameras

      Allocation of up to $60,000 from the Pledged Auxiliary Fund Balance for the purchase of new and replacement security cameras for the TWU Residence Halls and the Lowry Woods Apartment Complexes was approved as presented.

    • Action Item 8: Consider Acceptance of Gifts to TWU (Exhibit 2273)

      All of the gifts received by the University from July 1, through September 30, 2014 and all transfers received by TWU from the TWU Foundation be accepted was approved as presented in the Campaign Performance Report.

  7. Full Board Agenda
    • Action Item 9: Consider Approval and Acceptance of Tenure for Chancellor and President Carine M. Feyten, Ph.D. (Exhibit 2274)

      Motion: Ms. Farias motioned and Mrs. Wilson seconded. The motions passed with a vote of 6-0-0.

      Mrs. Bancroft, on behalf of the Board, stated that they are happy for Dr. Feyten and that they look forward to a very exciting future.

      Tenure for Chancellor and President Carine M. Feyten, Ph.D., as unanimously approved by the tenured faculty in the Department of Teacher Education at TWU, was approved and accepted as presented.

    • Action Item 10: Consider Approval of the University Ambassador Policy and Position Description (Exhibit 2275)

      Motion: Ms. Farias motioned and Dr. Tonn seconded. The motions passed with a vote of 6-0-0.

      The University Ambassador Policy and Position Description were approved as presented.

    • Action Item 11: Consider Approval and Adoption of the Administration's Recommended Edits of Certain Board of Regent Bylaws (Exhibit 2276)

      Motion: Ms. Farias motioned and Dr. Tonn seconded. The motions passed with a vote of 6-0-0.

      Mrs. Bancroft noted that review and edits of Board of Regents as well as University policies will be a continuing item in future meetings.

      Adoption of the Administration’s recommended edits to certain Board of Regents Bylaws was approved as presented.

    • Action Item 12: Consider Approval of the Appointment of Mr. Chad P. Wick as the University Ambassador (Exhibit 2277)

      Motion: Mrs. Wilson motioned and Ms. Farias seconded. The motions passed with a vote of 6-0-0.

      Mrs. Bancroft stated that the Board welcomed Mr. Wick as the first University Ambassador and stated that this position will report to the Board, in particular to the Board Chair, through the Chancellor’s Office.

      The appointment of Mr. Chad P. Wick as the University Ambassador and authorization that the Chair of the Board of Regents sign an offer letter with Mr. Wick and to take all necessary action related thereto was approved as presented.

    • Action Item 13: Consider Faculty Member Dr. Brian Beck's Request for a Final Tenure Appeal Hearing and Take All Necessary Actions Related Thereto

      Motion: Ms. Farias motioned and Dr. Tonn seconded. The motion failed with a vote of 6-0-0.

      Student Regent Candace Henslee noted a correction in the faculty member’s first name from Bob to Brian, which was duly noted.

      The Board unanimously declined Faculty Member Dr. Brian Beck’s request for a final tenure appeal hearing and unanimously expressed their support of the decision of the Provost and Chancellor in this matter.

  8. Board Chair’s Report:
    1. Regents’ Remarks

      Mrs. Bancroft stated that the Chancellor’s Inauguration was a wonderful event and thanked the Committee and everyone involved with this event, adding that it was one of the most meaningful, elegant, warm inaugurations that signified who and what TWU is and its welcome to the new Chancellor.

  9. Chancellor and President’s Report:
    1. Vice Presidents’ Reports

      Dr. Feyten echoed the same gratitude and highlighted the work of the Committee, students, and how it all came together during the inauguration, thanking the Regents for attending.

      She thanked the Information Technology staff and everyone for the work behind the scenes and shared a YouTube clip of the closing portion of the inauguration, stating that different segments of this event will be available on the University’s YouTube Channel.

      Mrs. Bancroft introduced Mr. Wick, the Chancellor’s husband and now the Ambassador to the University.

      Mr. Wick thanked the Board for coordinating this special status and stated that his goals are to broaden appreciation for TWU and to help generate more resources and support for the University.

      Mrs. Bancroft also welcomed Chancellor Feyten’s parents, who were visiting TWU and getting to know Texas.

      Dr. Feyten displayed the actual resolution as Mrs. Bancroft read the proclamation that would be presented to TWU student Bailey Vrazel.

      Chancellor Feyten thanked Ms. Destinee Waiters, General Counsel, and Dr. Robert Placido, Associate Vice President of Technology, as well as their staff for their efforts in creating the electronic Board Agenda Book in an effort to be efficient and thanked the Board for the flexibility and adaptability to the new technology.

      She then distributed and discussed two handouts regarding:

      • Informatics about TWU
      • A listing of items that have been completed since she came to TWU and items that are in the works, including:
        • TWU’s Strategic Plan
        • TWU’s Position in the Market
        • TWU’s Transition Team
        • Election to the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce Board
        • Searches for the Vice President for University Advancement and Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications

      To aid in recruitment efforts, Dr. Feyten shared a lighthearted video clip staring Student Regent Henslee and herself that was created to give prospective students and their families a glimpse of the University as well as highlighting different dining, shopping, and entertaining areas of the Denton community, adding that this video as well as others will be created and posted on the TWU website.

      In conclusion, Provost Neely recognized Drs. Don Edwards, Professor and Chair, and Jian Zhang, Associate Professor, both from the Mathematics and Computer Sciences Department, and presented a certificate to them, which recognized TWU as the first national pilot program partnership between a university and the Air Force Association. Drs. Edwards and Zhang shared PowerPoint Presentations regarding the Cybersecurity Summer Camp 2014, which was hosted by Dr. Zhang and teaches high school students about cybersecurity and how to protect a system online.

  10. Adjourn

    With no further business coming before the Board, the Board adjourned in its entirety at 10:30 a.m.

Minutes of the Meeting of August 15, 2014

Roll Call:

Regents:

Mrs. Sue Bancroft, Chair and Presiding Officer
Mrs. Mary Wilson, Vice Chair and Assistant Presiding Officer
Mrs. Lola Chriss, Regent
Ms. Anna Maria Farias, Regent
Mrs. Debbie Gibson, Regent
Mrs. Nancy Paup, Regent
Mr. George Schrader, Regent
Ms. Candace Henslee, Student Regent

Administrators:

Dr. Carine Feyten, Chancellor and President
Ms. Destinee Waiters, General Counsel
Dr. Robert Neely, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Ms. Robin Head, Interim Director of University Advancement
Mr. Gary Ray, Vice President for Enrollment Services
Dr. Monica Mendez-Grant, Interim Vice President for Student Life
Dr. Brenda Floyd, Vice President for Finance and Administration

Full Board Meeting:

  1. Call Meeting to Order

    Mrs. Bancroft called the meeting of the Board of Regents to order at 9:07 a.m. and noted that Dr. Ann Scanlon McGinity and Dr. Melissa Tonn were not in attendance. Present were Mrs. Bancroft, Mrs. Lola Chriss, Ms. Anna Maria Farias, Mrs. Debbie Gibson, Ms. Candace Henslee, Mrs. Nancy Paup, Mr. George Schrader, and Mrs. Mary Wilson, constituting a quorum.

    She welcomed everyone back to the full Board meeting and reminded everyone that the meeting is being streamed live and asked that they speak loudly and clearly into the microphones when identifying themselves as they make comments during the meeting.

    Mrs. Bancroft acknowledged Ms. Carolyn Barnes, Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications, wishing her well on her retirement and thanking her for all of the work she did on behalf of the University throughout the years, and formally introduced Ms. Waiters, TWU’s new Associate Vice President of Compliance and General Counsel, stating that the Board looks forward to a long association with Ms. Waiters.

    Ms. Waiters stated that she is very happy to provide the service to the Board and thanked Chancellor Feyten, the Regents, and the administrators on the Selection Committee for this opportunity.

    Mrs. Bancroft mentioned that it is the first official Board meeting with the new TWU Chancellor and President, Dr. Carine Feyten, and said that she will be introducing Dr. Feyten to the faculty and staff on Monday at the Fall 2014 Opening of School.

  2. Executive Closed Session: Real Estate, Litigation, or Personnel Matters, Under V.T.C.A., Government Code Sections 551.072, 551.071, and 551.074, Respectively

    Mrs. Bancroft noted that an executive closed session would not be held for this Board meeting.

  3. Reconvene into Open Session and Take Any Possible Action Regarding Matters Discussed in Executive Closed Session
  4. Approval of the Minutes of the Board Meeting of June 6, 2014

    Motion: Mrs. Paup motioned and Ms. Farias seconded. The motion passed with a vote of 7-0-0.

    The minutes of the full Board meeting of June 6, 2014 were approved as submitted.

  5. Consideration of Public Testimony on Full Board Agenda Items, If Any

    Mrs. Bancroft noted that no registrations of public testimony items were received for this Board meeting.

  6. Academic Affairs Committee Items:
    1. Report of the Committee Chair

      Dr. Robert Neely, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, stated that no action items were presented during the Committee meeting, but that detailed items were discussed, including technology initiatives regarding the migration of the student email to g-mail and cybersecurity, distance education operations, and the Pioneer Open Access Repository.

      1. TeachLivE

        Dr. Jerry Withworth, Interim Dean in the College of Professional Education, stated that the TeachLivE Lab provides pre-service and in-service teachers the opportunity to learn new skills and practice their existing skills without placing “real” students at risk during the learning process; therefore, enabling prospective teachers to become effective teachers and practicing teachers to hone and refine their skills.

        TWU Student Tiffany Butler related her learning experience using this program and Dr. Sarah McMahan, Assistant Professor in Teacher Education, explained how the TWU Lab, which is located in Stoddard Hall, is being utilized to teach.

        Dr. Whitworth then shared a short YouTube video clip of students utilizing TeachLivE and stated that the TWU Lab is the only program in the country that utilizes a mixed reality environment.

        Chancellor Feyten commented that TeachLivE is cutting-edge technology, that there are only nine universities in the country that have this, and that the University of Central Florida, who has the grant that generated this technology, said that TWU has the top program in the whole country.

      2. Expanding Student Internship Opportunities

        Dr. Josh Adams, Executive Director of the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence, introduced and called upon Mr. Kurt Krause, Coordinator of Experiential Learning, to talk about internships as well as the role of experiential learning at TWU.

        Mr. Krause stated that the purpose of the Office of Experiential Learning includes:

        • Assisting students living in the Dallas and Denton area to find internship, job shadowing, scientific research, informational interviewing, civic engagement, and service learning opportunities;
        • Providing administrative support to departments who offer academic credit for their internships; and
        • Recruiting employers in the area for placement opportunities.

        He referred to and talked about the Experiential Learning Website.

        Mr. Krause described his experience as an E. Kika De La Garza Fellow during the two-week conference in Washington, D.C., where he learned about the USDA’s (U. S. Department of Agriculture) Hispanic-Serving Institutions National Program.

        Mrs. Paup asked what classification of students was involved in internship opportunities and what the percentage goal was for this Program.

        Mr. Krause responded that students classified as “juniors and seniors” participate in internship opportunities and that the goal is to have enough students applying to each of the positions currently on the website and to continue to reach out to students to make them aware of the opportunities available to them.

      3. Book-in-Common Launch

        Dr. Claire Sahlin, Professor and Chair of Women’s Studies, talked about the launch of the Book-In-Common Program and distributed a copy of This I Believe II: More Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women, which is the book that was selected for this year, adding that all faculty will receive a copy of this book during the Fall 2014 Opening of School Day as well as students in TWU’s freshman seminar, UNIV 1231.

  7. University Advancement Committee Items:
    1. Acceptance of Gifts to TWU (Exhibit 2257)

      Motion: Ms. Farias motioned and Mrs. Paup seconded. The motion passed with a vote of 7-0-0.

      All of the gifts received by the University from May 1, through June 30, 2014 and all transfers received by TWU from the TWU Foundation were accepted and approved as presented in the Campaign Performance Report.

    2. Approval to Initiate the Proceedings in the Denton County District Court by the Attorney General on behalf of TWU Regarding the Consolidation of University Endowments Under $10,000 (Exhibit 2258)

      Motion: Ms. Farias motioned and Mrs. Paup seconded. The motion passed with a vote of 7-0-0.

      Initiation of the proceedings in the Denton County District Court by the Attorney General on behalf of TWU regarding the consolidation of University endowments under $10,000 was approved as presented.

      Mr. Schrader asked what this action would achieve.

      Mrs. Bancroft stated that this action will permit the University to remove or modify the restrictions on small gifts that were established 20 to 30 years ago and will allow the University to move these gifts together into the general scholarship fund or combined them with like funds to reach the $10,000 mark in an effort to receive a better rate of return.

    3. Approval for the Establishment of a Board Designated Endowment Funded through the Estate of Donald T. Pendleton for the Greatest Needs of the University (Exhibit 2259)

      Motion: Ms. Farias motioned and Mrs. Chriss seconded. The motion passed with a vote of 7-0-0 (as amended).

      An amendment to the process of determining the funding needs of the University from the Provost to the Chancellor was approved.

      Motion: Ms. Farias motioned and Mrs. Paup seconded. The motion passed with a vote of 7-0-0.

      The establishment of a Board Designated Endowment funded through the Estate of Donald T. Pendleton for the greatest needs of the University was approved, amending the original version that the funding needs of the University should be determined by the Chancellor rather than the Provost.

    4. Report of the Committee Chair

      Ms. Robin Head, Interim Director of University Advancement, stated that, besides the presentation of action items, a brief history of the Office of University Advancement was provided during the Committee meeting as well as updates regarding new endowments and bequests, alumni relations, special events, and community and corporate foundation relations.

  8. Enrollment Services Committee Items:
    1. Report of the Committee Chair

      Mr. Gary Ray, Vice President for Enrollment Services, stated that no action items were presented during the Committee meeting, but referred to Tab 6 of the Agenda Book and stated that an overview of the Enrollment Services Division was provided along with discussions regarding TWU’s top competitors, scholarships, and Fall enrollment.

      Dr. Feyten noted a change in terminology from “freshman” to “first-time student” and Mr. Ray explained that this terminology is being used nationally because incoming students are at different age levels.

      Mr. Ray added that TWU is being more selective in the admissions process, trying to choose students that are a “good fit” for the University in an effort to continue focusing on student success and achieving greater graduation rates.

  9. Student Life Committee Items:
    1. Approval of an Expenditure of Up to $70,000 from the Pledged Auxiliary Fund Balance for the Purchase of Furniture for the Stark Hall Living Room, the Guinn Hall Entry/Atrium, the Stark Hall Entry/Atrium, and the Guinn Hall Lounges on Floors 12, 13, and 14

      Motion: Mr. Schrader motioned and Mrs. Wilson seconded. The motion passed with a vote of 7-0-0.

      Expenditure of up to $70,000 from the Pledged Auxiliary Fund Balance for the purchase of furniture for the Stark Hall living room the Guinn Hall entry/atrium, the Stark Hall entry/atrium, and the Guinn Hall lounges on floors 12, 13, and 14 was approved as presented.

    2. Report of the Committee Chair

      Dr. Mendez-Grant, Interim Vice President for Student Life, stated that, besides the presentation of the action item, a brief history of the Division of Student Life was provided during the Committee meeting as well as updates regarding housing occupancy, renovations of Guinn Hall, the Orientation Program, the Which Wich food service option, and the Terry Scholar Program.

  10. Finance and Audit Committee Items:
    1. Approval of Personnel Report (Exhibit 2260)

      Motion: Mrs. Wilson motioned and Ms. Farias seconded. The motion passed with a vote of 7-0-0.

      The Personnel Report was approved as presented.

    2. Acceptance of Grants (Exhibit 2261)

      Motion: Ms. Farias motioned and Mrs. Gibson seconded. The motion passed with a vote of 7-0-0.

      Grants were accepted and approved as presented.

    3. Approval of Contracts and Agreements (Exhibit 2262)

      Motion: Mrs. Wilson motioned and Ms. Farias seconded. The motion passed with a vote of 7-0-0.

      Contracts and agreements were approved as presented.

    4. Approval of the TWU Investment Policy Including Strategies (Exhibit 2263)

      Motion: Ms. Farias motioned and Mrs. Paup seconded. The motion passed with a vote of 7-0-0.

      The TWU Investment Policy, including strategies, was approved as presented.

      Mr. Schrader expressed concern regarding the percentage difference in fund earnings and asked if the University’s investment program is bound by standards assigned through legislative action.

      Dr. Floyd responded that the University’s Investment Policy is bound by the Public Funds Investment Act, which is very rigid and definitive on where the University can invest, and that the University hires an investment management firm who monitors the University’s return on investment based upon what the Board has established as the benchmark, adding that reports are sent to the Board quarterly so that the Board can monitor how the University is performing relative to the benchmark.

      Mr. Schrader asked if the policy could be changed to allow the University to get a better yield on its investments.

      Mrs. Bancroft explained that any investment management firm hired by the University must be accredited by the State and must follow certain guidelines, reassuring the Board that TWU’s investment management firms are excellent, top-notch firms that get the maximum out of this very constraint amount of investment.

    5. Approval of a Resolution Stating That the Board of Regents Has Reviewed and Adopted the Investment Policy and Strategies and Has Made Changes in the Investment Policy and Strategies as Indicated in the Resolution (Exhibit 2264)

      Motion: Ms. Farias motioned and Mrs. Paup seconded. The motion passed with a vote of 7-0-0.

      A resolution stating that the Board of Regents has reviewed and adopted the Investment Policy and Strategies and has made changes in the Investment Policy and Strategies was approved as indicated in the resolution.

    6. Approval of the TWU Endowment Investment and Distribution Policy, Including Strategies (Exhibit 2265)

      Motion: Mrs. Wilson motioned and Mrs. Gibson seconded. The motion passed with a vote of 7-0-0.

      The TWU Endowment Investment and Distribution Policy, including strategies, was approved as presented.

    7. Approval of a Resolution Stating That the Board of Regents Has Reviewed and Adopted the Endowment Investment Policy and Strategies and Has Made Changes in the Endowment Policy and Strategies as Indicated in the Resolution (Exhibit 2266)

      Motion: Mrs. Wilson motioned and Mrs. Gibson seconded. The motion passed with a vote of 7-0-0.

      A resolution stating that the Board of Regents has reviewed and adopted the Endowment Investment Policy and Strategies and has made changes in the Endowment Policy and Strategies was approved as indicated in the resolution.

    8. Approval to Extend the Contract with Luther King Capital Management for One Additional Year for the Management of the University Endowment Investments Until August 31, 2015

      Motion: Mrs. Wilson motioned and Mrs. Gibson seconded. The motion passed with a vote of 7-0-0.

      Extension of the contract with Luther King Capital Management for one additional year for the management of the University Endowment Investments until August 31, 2015 was approved.

    9. Approval to Extend the Contract with Vaughan Nelson Investment Management for One Additional Year for the Management of the University Investments Until August 31, 2015

      Motion: Mrs. Gibson motioned and Ms. Farias seconded. The motion passed with a vote of 7-0-0.

      Extension of the contract with Vaughan Nelson Investment Management for one additional year for the management of the University Investments until August 31, 2015 was approved.

    10. Approval to Distribute an Amount Equal to Four Percent of the Five-Year Trailing Average Based on the Endowment Investment Fund’s Market Values as of August 31, 2014, Which Is Approximately $447,000, This Money to Come from Investment Earnings

      Motion: Ms. Farias motioned and Mrs. Chriss seconded. The motion passed with a vote of 7-0-0.

      Distribution of an amount equal to four percent of the five-year trailing average based on the Endowment Investment Fund’s market values as of August 31, 2014, which is approximately $447,000, this money to come from investment earning, was approved as indicated.

      Mr. Schrader asked if this action was keeping in practice as in the past and what was being done with the money.

      Dr. Brenda Floyd, Vice President for Finance and Administration, responded that this is a change from practice, that it is based on the recommendation of the invest manger in an effort to follow the investment policy, and that most of the money will be used in scholarship accounts.

    11. Approval of the FY 2015 Budget as Presented to the Finance and Audit Committee of the Board of Regents on Thursday, August 14, 2014 (Exhibit 2267)

      Motion: Ms. Farias motioned and Mrs. Gibson seconded. The motion passed with a vote of 7-0-0.

      The FY 2015 Budget was approved as presented to the Finance and Audit Committee of the Board of Regents on Thursday, August 14, 2014.

      Mr. Schrader asked that in future budget information provide an overlay linkage from dollars to program emphasis as it related to how TWU offers programs to give students a better preparation for life.

    12. Approval for the Vice President for Finance and Administration to Enter into a Contract with Green Mountain Energy for the Provision of Electricity for the Dallas and Houston Campuses at a Rate Not to Exceed $0.068 per KWH; the Contract to Be for Four Years

      Motion: Ms. Farias motioned and Mrs. Wilson seconded. The motion passed with a vote of 7-0-0.

      Authority for the Vice President for Finance and Administration to enter into a contract with Green Mountain Energy for the provision of electricity for the Dallas and Houston campuses at a rate not to exceed $0.068 per KWH, the contact to be for four years, was approved.

    13. Approval of Public Funds Investment Officer Training Sources to Include (1) Center for Public Management (UNT); (2) William P. Hobby Center for Public Service at Texas State University; (3) Texas Municipal League; and (4) North Central Texas Council of Governments

      Motion: Mrs. Wilson motioned and Ms. Farias seconded. The motion passed with a vote of 7-0-0.

      The public funds investment officer training sources to include (1) Center for Public Management (UNT), (2) William P. Hobby Center for Public Service at Texas State University, (3) Texas Municipal League, and (4) North Central Texas Council of Governments were approved.

    14. Approval of the FY 2015 Annual Audit Plan of the Office of Internal Audits (Exhibit 2268)

      Motion: Ms. Farias motioned and Mrs. Wilson seconded. The motion passed with a vote of 7-0-0.

      The FY 2015 Annual Audit Plan of the Office of Internal Audits was approved as submitted.

      Mr. Schrader asked if audits of Offices of the General Counsel, Chancellor, and vice presidents were ever included.

      Mr. Andrew Groover, Director of Internal Audits, stated that these offices are not typically audited, but that they can be included in the future.

      Mr. Schrader said that the internal auditor as an agent of the Board should keep the Board abreast of what is going on at the University and that these positions need oversight. He commented that over the years audit reports reflect non-compliance with internal policies and questioned who makes these policies, if these policies are readily available to employees, and if employees know the policies they are to conform to.

      Mr. Groover discussed the standard auditing process and stated that the University and Board policies are codified and readily available on the University’s website.

      Mrs. Gibson asked that the website reflected the Board’s oversight responsibilities and that the information be provided on an annual basis as a guide. Regarding the administrative policies, she stated that they should be reviewed annually, that an approval process should be in place, and that the website should reflect when the policies were updated and by whom, but that they should not be brought to the Board.

      Chancellor Feyten said the University and Board of Regents policies are currently being reviewed by the General Counsel and that a policy overview would be presented at the November Board meeting.

      Ms. Waiters stated that the Office of Compliance and General Counsel plans to take the Regents’ policies, which set the direction of the University are set by the Board, and the University administrative policies, which are the administrative procedures that outline the standards of conduct and behavior expected of the administration, staff, and students are set by vice presidents, match up and are readily available, adding that training would follow through the Office of Compliance.

    15. Report of the Committee Chair

      Dr. Floyd did not have anything further to report.

  11. Approval of an Amendment to Article III of the Bylaws of the Board of Regents regarding Standing Committees of the Board by Deleting the Enrollment Services Committee, the Student Life Committee, and the University Advancement Committee in Section 2 and Removing Sections 2.3, 2.4, and 2.5 to Reflect the Elimination of Responsibilities of Said Committees as well as Revising Section 2.1 and 2.2 to Reflect the Delegation of Responsibilities to Remaining Standing Committees

    Motion: Mr. Schrader motioned and Mrs. Gibson seconded. The motion passed with a vote of 7-0-0.

    An Amendment to Article III of the Bylaws of the Board of Regents regarding Standing Committees of the Board by Deleting the Enrollment Services Committee, the Student Life Committee, and the University Advancement Committee in Section 2 and Removing Sections 2.3, 2.4, and 2.5 to Reflect the Elimination of Responsibilities of Said Committees as well as Revising Section 2.1 and 2.2 to Reflect the Delegation of Responsibilities to Remaining Standing Committees was approved as presented.

    Mrs. Bancroft stated that the Board will consist of only two large committees, the Academic Affairs Committee, presenting in the morning session, and the Finance and Audit Committee, presenting in the afternoon. She explained that Ms. Farias will serve as the Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, that Mrs. Wilson will continue to serve as the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee, and that each of the vice presidents and administrators will make appearances in either committee or in both, adding that the Chancellor will work with the administration in determining who will present under these Committees and the length of the presentations.

  12. Receive Chancellor and President Report, Including:
    1. First 30-Days’ Observations

      Chancellor Feyten thanked the Board for the opportunity to serve as TWU’s Chancellor and President, and thanked Mrs. Bancroft for asking the Committees to provide the history of each of the divisions of the University.

      She also thanked Mrs. Bancroft for hosting the prior evening’s event, which provided great energy and social interaction.

      Dr. Feyten expressed gratitude to the Board for allowing her to attend the Presidents’ Conference at Harvard and stated that the Conference provided networking opportunities, addressed issues facing higher education, and provided information on how to best work with boards.

      She then shared a PowerPoint presentation entitled, Chancellor’s Listening Notes, and discussed some of her perspectives regarding TWU, including its mission as the largest woman-serving institution, flagship programs, diversity, access, campus security, student-centered values, partnerships, technology, global presence, and revenue. Dr. Feyten also discussed concerns, including external messaging and branding; competition; positioning, identity, and mission of University; development; long-term sustainability; student debt; retention and graduation rates; priorities and resource allocation; and research profile.

      Dr. Feyten thanked the Cabinet, vice presidents, and administrators for being welcoming and supportive.

      Mr. Schrader asked that Dr. Feyten provide a copy of the slides regarding her concerns and Board expectations in an effort to deepen the relationship between her and the Board and also asked that she provide the status of the collaboration with the University of North Texas at a future meeting.

      Mrs. Paup asked that a report be presented regarding the University’s branding and marketing efforts as it relates to enrollment.

      Mrs. Bancroft stated that each member of the Board brings tremendous amounts of expertise, knowledge, wisdom, experience, and contacts. She said that all are strategic thinkers in their own way and are on the Board to help TWU move forward.

      In conclusion, Dr. Neely introduced Dr. Anita Hufft as the new Dean of the TWU College of Nursing, who stated that she is a TWU alumna, receiving her doctoral degree in 1987, and that she echoed Chancellor Feyten’s observations, concerns, and enthusiasm.

  13. Adjournment by the Board Chair

    With no further business coming before the Board, the Board adjourned in its entirety at 11:20 a.m.

Minutes of the Meeting of June 6, 2014

The June 6, 2014 meeting of the Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents was called to order at the appointed time and place by Mrs. Sue Bancroft, Board Chair and Presiding Officer, who stated that this meeting of the Board was being broadcast, as required by state law.  Mrs. Bancroft then called roll to identify the Regents.  Responding that they were present were Mrs. Lola Chriss, Ms. Anna Maria Farias, Mrs. Debbie Gibson, Ms. Candace Henslee, Dr. Ann Scanlon McGinity, Mrs. Nancy Paup, Mr. George Schrader, Dr. Melissa Tonn, and Mrs. Mary Wilson, constituting a quorum.

Mrs. Bancroft announced that the Board would adjourn for Executive Closed Session to discuss legal and personnel matters, including the employment contract of the Chancellor and President and faculty for promotion, tenure, and emeritus status, under V.T.C.A. Government Code Sections 551.071 and 551.074, respectively.  At the conclusion of the Executive Closed Session, the Chair reconvened the meeting of the Board into open session, a quorum being present.

Mrs. Wilson made a motion to authorize the Chair of the Board of Regents and Regent Schrader to agree, in principle, to a draft employment agreement, to finalize the terms of the agreement with Carine M. Feyten, Ph.D., the new Chancellor and President of the University, and to execute a finalized agreement consistent with those instructions given during Executive Session.  The motion was seconded by Mrs. Chriss and unanimously approved.

Next, the Board considered approval of the minutes of the joint meeting of the Finance and Audit Committee and the Board of February 14, 2014; the meetings of the Board’s Chancellor Search Committee of February 17, March 5, and March 6, 2014; the quarterly Board meeting of February 21, 2014; the Board meeting of March 28, 2014, and the teleconferences of April 1, and April 18, 2014.  Upon motion by Ms. Farias and second by Mrs. Wilson, these minutes were unanimously approved.

Mrs. Bancroft noted that no registrations of public testimony items were received for this Board meeting.

Mrs. Bancroft then called for the Finance and Audit Committee items.  Mrs. Gibson moved for approval of the personnel report (Exhibit 2249), which motion was second by Dr. Tonn, and all voted in favor.  After motion by Ms. Farias and second by Mrs. Chriss, the Board voted unanimously for acceptance of grants (Exhibit 2250).  Next, the contracts and agreements (Exhibit 2251) were approved after motion by Mrs. Paup and second by Dr. Tonn.  All voted in favor.

Mrs. Bancroft called for consideration of the University Advancement Committee items.  A motion was made by Mrs. Wilson for acceptance of gifts to TWU (Exhibit 2252), which was seconded by Ms. Farias and unanimously approved.

Mrs. Bancroft called for consideration of Academic Affairs Committee items.  Ms. Farias made a motion for approval of faculty development leaves as listed in Exhibit 2253.  The motion was seconded by Mrs. Wilson and all voted in favor.  Ms. Farias made a motion, seconded by Dr. Scanlon McGinity, for approval of faculty for promotion and/or tenure and retiring faculty for emeritus status, the University having followed the required process and having met and competed the required standards, these approvals being recommended by the Provost and Chancellor and President, as set out in Exhibit 2254.  The motion unanimously passed.

Next, Mrs. Bancroft called for the Enrollment Services Committee items.  A motion was made by Dr. Tonn, seconded by Mrs. Paup and all voted in favor, for approval of an amendment to Article III of the Bylaws of the Board of Regents regarding standing committees of the Board by adding the Enrollment Services Committee in Section 2 and adding Section 2.5 to reflect the responsibilities of the Committee (Exhibit 2255).

Mrs. Bancroft called for consideration of Student Life Committee items.  After motion by Mrs. Chriss and second by Ms. Farias, the Board voted unanimously for approval of an expenditure of up to $215,000 from the Pledged Auxiliary Fund Balance for the purchase of furniture for renovated student rooms in Guinn Hall.  Mrs. Wilson made a motion for approval to authorize the expenditure of up to an additional $1,035,000 from the Pledged Auxiliary Fund Balance for the exterior weatherproofing in Stark and Guinn Halls.  The motion was seconded by Dr. Tonn and all voted in favor.  Ms. Farias made a motion for approval to authorize the expenditure of up to an additional $1,355,000 from the Student Center Fund Balance for the fire life safety upgrades in the Student Center, which motion was seconded by Dr. Scanlon McGinity and unanimously approved.  Dr. Tonn made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Paup, for approval of the Board of Regents Policy 6.01 Student Tuberculosis Screening and Case Management (Exhibit 2256).  All voted in favor.

In the report from the Chancellor and President, Dr. Ann Stuart began her farewell remarks by sharing with the Board that Mrs. Ann Williams, former Regent and Founding Artistic Director of the Dallas Black Theater, retired this year and had her Farewell Gala at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas.  She noted that Alvin Ailey performed during the Gala as well as a ballet company from Houston.  Dr. Stuart commented that Mrs. Williams was magnificent at the end, coming onto the stage in a gorgeous gown, accepting flowers, and doing a wonderful dancer’s gesture.  She added that Mrs. Williams’ Dance Company is the longest standing, regional dance company to survive over all these years, which is a wonderful statement for Dallas, but that it is a better statement for Mrs. Williams, noting that they also travel internationally and that Mrs. Williams always talks about TWU.  Dr. Stuart noted that Mrs. Williams is a Distinguished Alumna of TWU and in the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame.  She informed the Regents that Mrs. Williams approached her about donating her papers to the Women’s Collection of the archives at TWU.  Secondly, she showed a picture of herself with Governor Rick Perry during her induction into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame and stated that she loved the placement of her picture with Mrs. Anita Perry in the program.  Dr. Stuart mentioned that she lobbied very hard to have TWU become the permanent home of the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame and that it was humbling to see the group of women she will be joining.  She then said that today she began the day thinking about D-Day and remembering her husband, the late Mr. Ray R. Poliakoff, who landed 13 days after the beaching at Normandy.  Dr. Stuart commented that this day was significant in their lives and added that she listened to testimonials from veterans who showed up in Normandy for the day’s ceremonies and thought that today was a proper day to have the farewell conversation with the Board.  She then showed the Regents the ring that was presented to her during a small reception at the University.  Next, Dr. Stuart told the Regents that she hoped that they will enjoy the Marking New Trails:  An Informal History of the Texas.   She stated that she underwrote this book because the history of TWU had not been updated for a number of years.  Dr. Stuart noted that the new book builds on the first history of the University, which was published during the University’s centennial in 2001.  She commented that she asked Dr. Phyllis Bridges, TWU’s Cornaro Professor of English, to form a group of individuals to produce a book filled with pictures and stories about the University.  Dr. Stuart said that the book is beautifully done and hoped that the tradition continues every decade.  Lastly, she said that today’s meeting has shown what a good place TWU is, that the University has the best Regents as well as the best Cabinet, faculty, and staff, and that Dr. Carine Feyten is going to have a joy working and bringing the University forward.  She thanked the Board for the opportunity to work with them and to serve as TWU’s Chancellor.

Mrs. Bancroft then presented Dr. Stuart with a gift that included cards from the Regents reflecting how much it has meant to them to work with her.  As she brought the meeting to a close, Mrs. Bancroft thanked everyone for being at today’s meeting.

There being no other business, the meeting concluded.

Minutes of the Telephone Conference Call Meeting of April 18, 2014

The April 18, 2014 telephone conference call meeting of the Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents was called to order by its Chair, Mrs. Sue Bancroft, at the appointed time and place.

Mr. Lance Vanzant, Interim General Counsel, stated 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.  He said that the meeting was being held at the 16th Floor of the ACT (Administration Conference Tower) Building at TWU, the location where meetings of the governing board are normally held and that the conference call was being recorded in the Board of Regents Room in Denton, as required by state law.  Therefore, Mr. Vanzant asked each of the Regents to identify themselves if they make comments or ask questions so that the record would reflect who was speaking.  Mr. Vanzant then called roll to determine who was present on the telephone.  Responding that they were present were Board Chair Sue Bancroft, Ms. Anna Maria Farias, Mrs. Debbie Gibson, Dr. Melissa Tonn, and Mrs. Mary Wilson.

Chair Bancroft called the meeting to order and noted that a quorum of the Board was present.  She called upon Mr. Vanzant, who reminded the Regents that on March 28 they named Dr. Carine Feyten as the sole finalist for the position of Chancellor and President and that today’s meeting follows the expiration of the 21-day period, as required by state law, to vote on her appointment as Chancellor and President.  He added that Regent George Schrader has been diligently working with the Search Firm and that they have completed a preliminary term agreement and that the Regents will have an opportunity to provide some input.  Mr. Vanzant explained that, in the coming days, he will be working with Mr. Schrader and Dr. Feyten to finalize the contract.  For this meeting, he read the following, “The motion to be considered today is for approval of the appointment of Carine M. Feyten, Ph.D. as the new Chancellor and President and to authorize the Chair of the Board of Regents to sign a contract with Dr. Feyten and to take all necessary action related thereto.”  Prior to the vote, Mr. Vanzant called upon Chair Bancroft , who stated that the contract should be completed by the middle of next week and that Dr. Feyten’s start date is July 1.  Mrs. Bancroft commented that Dr. Feyten will be on campus on May 1st to look at the University House, on May 4 and 5 to meet with Chancellor Ann Stuart, and on June 6 to attend the Board meeting.  She also informed the Regents that she will host an event on June 5 as a farewell to Dr. Stuart and a welcome to Dr. Feyten.  Mrs. Bancroft then asked for a motion to approve and a second.  Dr. Tonn made a motion, seconded by Ms. Farias, for approval of the appointment of Carine M. Feyten, Ph.D. as the new Chancellor and President and to authorize the Chair of the Board of Regents to sign a contract with Dr. Feyten and to take all necessary action related thereto.  The motion passed unanimously.

Mrs. Bancroft thanked the Regents for their participation.  There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

Minutes of the Telephone Conference Call Meeting of April 1, 2014

The April 1, 2014 telephone conference call meeting of the Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents was called to order by its Chair, Mrs. Sue Bancroft, at the appointed time and place.

Mr. Lance Vanzant, Interim General Counsel, stated 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. He said that the meeting was being held at the 16th Floor of the ACT (Administration Conference Tower) Building at TWU, the location where meetings of the governing board are normally held and that the conference call was being recorded in the Board of Regents Room    in Denton, as required by state law.  Therefore, Mr. Vanzant asked each participant to identify themselves early in their remarks so that the record would reflect who was speaking.  He then called roll to determine who was present on the telephone.  Responding that they were present were Board Chair Bancroft, Ms. Anna Maria Farias, Mrs. Debbie Gibson, Dr. Ann Scanlon McGinity, Mrs. Nancy Paup, Mr. George Schrader, Dr. Melissa Tonn, and Mrs. Mary Wilson.

Chair Bancroft called the meeting to order and noted that a quorum of the Board was present. She called upon Mr. Vanzant, who read the following, “The motion to be considered today is for approval of the Seventh Supplemental Resolution to the Master Resolution authorizing the issuance, sale, and delivery of Board of Regents of Texas Woman's University Revenue Financing System Refunding Bonds, Series 2014, and approving and authorizing instruments and procedures relating thereto (Exhibit 1).”  Mr. Vanzant then introduced Dr. Brenda Floyd, Vice President for Finance and Administration, who discussed the proposed motion and called upon Mr. Matt Boles from RBC Capital Markets, who briefly reviewed the document sent to Board members regarding the parameters that must be met for this motion.  Mrs. Bancroft asked for a motion to approve and a second.  Ms. Farias made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, for approval of the Seventh Supplemental Resolution to the Master Resolution authorizing the issuance, sale, and delivery of Board of Regents of Texas Woman's University Revenue Financing System Refunding Bonds, Series 2014, and approving and authorizing instruments and procedures relating thereto.  The motion passed unanimously.

Mrs. Bancroft thanked the Regents for their participation.  There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

Minutes of the Meeting of March 28, 2014

The Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents met at the appointed time and place at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, March 28, 2014, at Korn Ferry Dallas.  Present were Mrs. Sue Bancroft, Board Chair; Mrs. Mary Wilson, Board Vice Chair; Mrs. Lola Chriss; Ms. Anna Maria Farias; Mrs. Nancy Paup; Mr. George Schrader; and Dr. Melissa Tonn, constituting a quorum of the Board.

The Board meeting was called to order by Board Chair Bancroft.  Mrs. Bancroft announced that the Board would adjourn for Executive Closed Session to discuss personnel matters, under V.T.C.A., Government CodeSection 551.074.  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 reconvened into open session and named Carine M. Feyten, Ph.D. as the sole finalist for the position of Chancellor and President.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

Minutes of the Meeting of March 6, 2014

The Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents’ Chancellor Search Committee met at the appointed time and place at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at the Grand Hyatt at the DFW Airport in Dallas.  Present were Mrs. Sue Bancroft, Board Chair; Mrs. Mary Wilson, Board Vice Chair; Dr. Ann Scanlon McGinity; and Mr. George Schrader, constituting a quorum.

Mrs. Bancroft announced that the Board’s Chancellor Search Committee would adjourn for Executive Closed Session regarding personnel matters, under V.T.C.A., Government Code Sections 551.074.  At the conclusion of the Executive Closed Session, the Chair again called the meeting of the Board’s Chancellor Search Committee to order, a quorum being present.  Mrs. Bancroft stated that the Board’s Chancellor Search Committee reconvened into open session and that no action was necessary regarding matters discussed in Executive Closed Session.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

Minutes of the Meeting of March 5, 2014

The Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents’ Chancellor Search Committee met at the appointed time and place at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at the Grand Hyatt at the DFW Airport in Dallas.  Present were Mrs. Sue Bancroft, Board Chair; Mrs. Mary Wilson, Board Vice Chair; Dr. Ann Scanlon McGinity; and Mr. George Schrader, constituting a quorum.

Mrs. Bancroft announced that the Board’s Chancellor Search Committee would adjourn for Executive Closed Session regarding personnel matters, under V.T.C.A., Government Code Sections 551.074.  At the conclusion of the Executive Closed Session, the Chair again called the meeting of the Board’s Chancellor Search Committee to order, a quorum being present.  Mrs. Bancroft stated that the Board’s Chancellor Search Committee reconvened into open session and that no action was necessary regarding matters discussed in Executive Closed Session.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

Minutes of the Meeting of February 21, 2014

The February 21, 2014 meeting of the Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents was called to order at the appointed time and place by Mrs. Sue Bancroft, Board Chair and Presiding Officer. Present were Mrs. Bancroft, Ms. Joleesia Berry, Ms. Anna Maria Farias, Mrs. Debbie Gibson, Dr. Ann Scanlon McGinity, Mrs. Nancy Paup, Mr. George Schrader, Dr. Melissa Tonn, and Mrs. Mary Wilson, constituting a quorum.

Mrs. Bancroft 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 reconvened the meeting of the Board into open session, a quorum being present, and stated that no action was required regarding matters discussed in Executive Closed Session.

Mrs. Bancroft stated that the Board would recess and break for lunch, followed by tours of the University House and the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence.  After the completion of the tours, the Chair reconvened the meeting of the Board into open session, a quorum being present.

Next, the Board considered approval of the minutes of the Board meeting of November 1, 2013.  Upon motion by Mrs. Paup and second by Mrs. Wilson, these minutes were unanimously approved.

Mrs. Bancroft noted that no registrations of public testimony items were received for this Board meeting.

Mrs. Bancroft called for consideration of Student Life Committee items.  Mr. Schrader made a motion of an expenditure of up to $125,000 from the Pledged Auxiliary Fund Balance for the purchase of furniture to replace box springs and mattresses in the Guinn and Stark Residence Halls.  The motion was seconded by Ms. Farias and all voted in favor.  After motion by Ms. Farias and second by Mr. Schrader, the Board voted unanimously for approval of an expenditure of up to $270,000 from the Pledged Auxiliary Fund Balance for the purchase of microfridge units for student rooms in the Guinn and Stark Residence Halls.  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 $820,000 from the ID Fee Fund Balance to enter into a contract with the successful vendor to provide security entry access and identification system software and hardware.  Mr. Schrader made a motion for approval of an increase in the Meal Plan Rates as set out in the corresponding Exhibit 2239, effective Fall 2014, which motion was seconded by Ms. Farias and unanimously approved.

Mrs. Bancroft called for consideration of Academic Affairs Committee items.  Dr. Scanlon McGinity made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, for approval of a fee of up to $85.00 for blood borne pathogen student insurance for students in nursing, dental hygiene, and other areas of study where students are exposed to blood borne pathogens, effective Fall 2014.  All voted in favor.

Mrs. Bancroft then called for the Finance and Audit Committee items.  Ms. Farias made a motion for approval of the personnel report (Exhibit 2240), the acceptance of grants (Exhibit 2241), and the contracts and agreements (Exhibit 2242).  The motion was seconded by Dr. Scanlon McGinity and all voted in favor.  A motion was made by Ms. Farias for approval to increase Board Designated Tuition by $8.12 per semester credit hour from $130.20 to $138.32, effective Fall 2014 (Exhibit 2243), which was seconded by Dr. Scanlon McGinity and unanimously approved.  A motion was made by Ms. Farias, seconded by Dr. Scanlon McGinity, and all voted in favor, for approval to increase the Student Union Fee by $3.00 per semester from $35.00 to $38.00, effective Fall 2014 (Exhibit 2244).  After motion by Mrs. Wilson and second by Dr. Tonn, the Board voted unanimously for approval to increase the Student Service Fee by $2.21 per semester credit hour from $29.04 to $31.25 up to a maximum of $250 per semester, effective Fall 2014 (Exhibit 2245).  Ms. Farias made a motion for approval to increase the Technology Fee by $1.35 per semester credit hour from $16.00 to $17.35, effective Fall 2014 (Exhibit 2246), which motion was seconded by Dr. Scanlon McGinity and unanimously approved.  Ms. Farias made a motion for approval to implement an Optional Fixed Tuition Price Plan for FY 2015 for entering freshmen and transfer students enrolling at TWU for the first time.  This plan will be based on the assumptions outlined in Exhibit 2247 and fixes Board Designated Tuition only.  The motion was seconded by Mrs. Gibson and all voted in favor.

Mrs. Bancroft called for consideration of the University Advancement Committee items.  After motion by Dr. Scanlon McGinity and second by Dr. Tonn, the Board voted unanimously for acceptance of gifts to TWU (Exhibit 2248).

In the report from the Chancellor and President, Dr. Ann Stuart stated that today’s meeting was a TWU celebration as well as yesterday at the successful Virginia Chandler Dykes Award Luncheon.  She said that today’s theme focused on the future, getting ready for the momentum that can be sustained in an effort to let the new Chancellor know what is ahead, what needs to be done, and what is being thought through.  This being her last Board meeting, Dr. Stuart mentioned that she has grown to love and respect the University, that she is proud of the University’s accomplishments, and that she is mostly proud of how the University has been positioned to continue the momentum.  She noted that for the past six months, at her request, each of the vice presidents have analyzed strengths and needs within their units and are prepared to share their information with the new Chancellor.  This gift of planning, she added, will let the new Chancellor see the “big picture” regarding TWU issues, giving that person data and opinions so that decisions can be made and momentum can be helped, and also regarding preparation for the new legislative session.  Dr. Stuart commented that the new Chancellor’s learning curve will be measurably shorter because of the preparatory work conducted by the Cabinet regarding strategic planning for the University.  She thanked the Board for their thoughtful work as Regents as they help lead the University.  Dr. Stuart stated that it was an honor to serve as TWU’s Chancellor and that she will cherish the memories.  She then presented each of the Regents with a remembrance gift.

Mrs. Bancroft then presented Dr. Stuart with a gift and said that the Board has the greatest respect and affection for her and all that Dr. Stuart has done for the University, adding that they are all proud to have served on this Board.  Mrs. Bancroft stated that she is a member of the ACTA (American Council of Trustees and Alumni) and presented each of the Regents with a book that is informative, interesting, and will help them amidst the Presidential Search.  As she brought the meeting to a close, Mrs. Bancroft thanked everyone for being at today’s meeting. 

There being no other business, the meeting concluded.

Minutes of the Meeting of February 17, 2014

The Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents’ Chancellor Search Committee met at the appointed time and place at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, February 17, 2014, in the Board Room on the 14th Floor of the Administration Conference Tower at the TWU Denton Campus.  Present were Mrs. Sue Bancroft, Board Chair; Mrs. Mary Wilson, Board Vice Chair; Dr. Ann Scanlon McGinity; and Mr. George Schrader, constituting a quorum.

Mrs. Bancroft announced that the Board’s Chancellor Search Committee 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’s Chancellor Search Committee to order, a quorum being present.  Mrs. Bancroft stated that the Board’s Chancellor Search Committee reconvened into open session and that no action was necessary regarding matters discussed in Executive Closed Session.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

Minutes of the Joint Meeting of the Board and Finance and Audit Committee of February 14, 2014

The Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents and Finance and Audit Committee met in a joint meeting at the appointed time and place at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 14, 2014, in Room 2504 at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center. Present were Mrs. Sue Bancroft, Board Chair; Mrs. Mary Wilson, Board Vice Chair and Finance and Audit Committee Chair; Mrs. Debbie Gibson, Finance and Audit Committee Vice Chair; Mrs. Nancy Paup; and Mr. George Schrader, constituting a quorum of the Board and the Finance and Audit Committee.

The Board meeting was called to order by Board Chair Bancroft and the Committee meeting was called to order by Committee Chair Wilson. First, the group heard a presentation of proposals regarding Board Designated Tuition, the Student Union Fee, the Student Service Fee, and the Technology Fee by Dr. Brenda Floyd, Vice President for Finance and Administration, Dr. Richard Nicholas, Vice President for Student Life, and Dr. Bob Neely, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. This was followed by a discussion from Dr. Floyd of a proposal to implement an Optional Fixed Tuition Price Plan for fiscal year 2015 for entering freshman and transfer students enrolling at TWU for the first time. The Board also had a discussion of informational items on the activities of the Office of Finance and Administration, including the Compensation Planning Report and the Facilities Long-Range Planning Report for the Denton Campus.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

 

 

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