Minutes of the Meeting of June 3, 2011
The June 3, 2011 meeting of the Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents was called to order at the appointed time and place by Mr. Mike McCullough, Board Chair and Presiding Officer. Present were Mr. McCullough, Mrs. Sue Bancroft, Ms. Lola Chriss, Mrs. Debbie Gibson, Dr. Ann Scanlon McGinity, Dr. Cecilia Moreno, Mr. George Schrader, Dr. Melissa Tonn, Ms. Christina Wagoner, and Mrs. Mary Wilson, constituting a quorum.
Mr. McCullough announced that the Board would adjourn for Executive Closed Session regarding real estate, litigation, or personnel matters, including faculty for promotion, tenure, emeritus, and development leave, 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 meeting of February 18, 2011 and the Board teleconference meetings of April 8, and May 5, 2011. Upon motion by Mrs. Bancroft and second by Mrs. Wilson, these minutes were unanimously approved.
Mr. McCullough noted that no registrations of public testimony items were received for this Board meeting.
Next, Mr. McCullough called for consideration of the Finance and Audit Committee items. Mrs. Wilson made a motion for approval of the personnel report (Exhibit 2137), the acceptance of grants (Exhibit 2138), and the contracts and agreements (Exhibit 2139). The motion was seconded by Mrs. Bancroft and all voted in favor. After motion by Mr. Schrader and second by Mrs. Bancroft, the Board voted unanimously for approval of the TWU Investment Policy (Exhibit 2140) and the TWU Endowment Investment and Distribution Policy (Exhibit 2141). A motion was made by Mrs. Bancroft for approval for the Chancellor and President to develop specific policies for the disposition of surplus or salvage property as provided by Texas Government Code Section 2175.304(b), which was seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and all voted in favor. Mrs. Wilson made a motion for approval to authorize the Vice President for Finance and Administration to enter into an agreement with Red River Royalties, Inc. for a five (5) year lease of approximately 111.75 net mineral acres located in Love County, Oklahoma, the money from this lease to be used to fund scholarships as required by the Rebecca Thayer Trust (Exhibit 2142). The motion was seconded by Dr. Tonn and unanimously approved.
Mr. McCullough then called for consideration of the Institutional Development Committee items. Mrs. Bancroft made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Gibson, for acceptance of the gifts to TWU (Exhibit 2143). All voted in favor.
Next, Mr. McCullough called for Academic Affairs Committee items. After motion by Dr. Moreno and second by Dr. Tonn, the Board voted unanimously for approval of the proposed University Mission Statement (2144). A motion was made by Dr. Moreno for approval of faculty development leaves (Exhibit 2145), which was seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and all voted in favor. After motion by Dr. Moreno and second by Mrs. Bancroft, the Board voted unanimously to amend the Faculty Senate Constitution to revise that certain sentence in Article IV, Section 5 from “A member may be reelected for one consecutive term, except in voting units requiring rotation as identified in Article I, Section 7e.” to “A member may be reelected for two consecutive terms, except in voting units requiring rotation as identified in Article I, Section 7e.” and to revise that certain sentence in Article VI, Section 4 from “Officers of the Senate may be reelected for only one additional term (one year).” to “Officers of the Senate, so long as they are sitting Senators, may be reelected annually.” Mr. McCullough then called upon Dr. Bob Neely, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, who read the list of faculty applicants for promotion, tenure, and emeritus status who were recommended by the Chancellor. Dr. Moreno then made a motion, seconded by Dr. Tonn, to approve the recommendations of the Chancellor of faculty for promotion and tenure (listed in Exhibit 2146). All voted in favor. Regent Schrader requested that this record reflect that his vote would reflect the Provost’s assurance that normal and appropriate procedures were utilized during the promotion and tenure process and that the proper faculty committees and administrators were consulted. Mrs. Bancroft made a motion for approval of the recommendations of the Chancellor for emeritus status for the retiring faculty listed in Exhibit 2146. The motion was seconded by Dr. Moreno and unanimously approved.
In the report from the Chancellor and President, Dr. Stuart thanked the Regents for a good meeting. She called the Regents’ attention to the handout placed at their seats entitled, Texas Woman's University, Our Latest Accolades. Dr. Stuart stated that this handout focused on recent student and faculty achievements. She added that the Spring 2011 edition of the TWU Times had been mailed to each of the Regents and recognized Ms. Amanda Simpson, Director of News and Information in the Office of Marketing and Communication, for an absolutely amazing job in preparing both of these documents. In conclusion, Dr. Stuart announced that TWU won three awards during the 2011 CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) District III and IV Joint Conference. She said that the Spring 2010 edition of the TWU Times received a Silver Award in the newsletters/tabloids/newspapers category, beating The University of Texas. Dr. Stuart added that the TWU Alumni Decal Program also received a Silver Award in the best new alumni program category and a Bronze Award in the best low cost alumni program category for the TWU Alumni Decal Program.
As he brought the meeting to a close, Mr. McCullough thanked everyone for attending today’s meeting and welcomed new Regents Gibson, Tonn, and Wagoner. He said that he looks forward to the August Board meeting.
There being no other business, the meeting concluded.
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