Minutes of the Meeting of June 7, 2013
The June 7, 2013 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, Mrs. Lola Chriss, Ms. Anna Maria Farias, Mrs. Debbie Gibson, Ms. 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, including faculty for promotion, tenure, and emeritus status, under V.T.C.A., Government Code Sections 551.072, 551.071, and 551.074, respectively. At the conclusion of the Executive Closed Session, the 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 22, 2013 and of the teleconference of April 5, 2013. Upon motion by Mrs. Wilson and second by Mrs. Chriss, 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. Ms. Farias made a motion for approval of the personnel report (Exhibit 2217), the acceptance of grants (Exhibit 2218), and the contracts and agreements (Exhibit 2219). The motion was seconded by Mrs. Gibson and all voted in favor. A motion was made 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 2013, and approving and authorizing instruments and procedures relating thereto (Exhibit 2220), which was seconded by Ms. Farias and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Ms. Farias, seconded by Mrs. Gibson, and all voted in favor, for approval of the following projects: 1.) Temporary parking lot at Pirtle and Frame Streets for an amount not to exceed $300,000 from unbudgeted interest earnings, 2.) Renovation of three floors in Guinn Residence Hall for an amount not to exceed $490,000 from the Pledged Auxiliary Fund Balance (Exhibit 2221), 3.) Implementation of Sedona Software and Curriculum Vitae Publication for an amount not to exceed $60,000 from the Publication Fee Fund Balance, 4.) Purchase and implementation of an On-line Academic Content Management System (on-line catalog) for an amount not to exceed $150,000 from the Publication Fee Fund Balance, and 5.) Purchase and installation of a Content Management System to operate the Texas Woman's University Website in an amount not to exceed $100,000 from the Publication Fee Fund Balance. After motion by Ms. Farias and second by Mrs. Wilson, the Board voted unanimously for approval to designate the campuses of Texas Woman's University located in Denton, Dallas, and Houston and all other TWU facilities “Tobacco Free,” and authorize the Chancellor and President to develop specific policies to implement the “University Tobacco-Free Policy.”
Mrs. Bancroft called for consideration of the Institutional Development Committee items. Dr. Tonn made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Chriss, for acceptance of the gifts to TWU (Exhibit 2222). All voted in favor.
Mrs. Bancroft called for consideration of Student Life Committee items. After motion by Ms. Farias and second by Mr. Schrader, the Board voted unanimously for approval to award up to $1,000,000 in grants to TWU students in lieu of State Financial Aid Funds pending Texas Legislature Budget Appropriation approval, such funds to come from the Scholarship Interest Earnings Fund Balance.
Mrs. Bancroft next called for consideration of Academic Affairs Committee items. Mr. Schrader made a motion for approval of faculty development leaves as listed in Exhibit 2223. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Chriss and all voted in favor. A motion for approval of the proposed revision to the Faculty Emeritus Policy, was made by Mrs. Chriss, seconded by Mrs. Gibson, and unanimously passed (Exhibit 2224). Mrs. Wilson made a motion, seconded by Ms. Paup, 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 2225. All voted in favor.
In the report from the Chancellor and President, Dr. Stuart announced that immediately following the conclusion of the morning business meeting, the Regents and Vice Presidents were invited to attend a celebratory luncheon in the Multi-purpose Room 3620 on the third floor at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences – Dallas Center.
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.
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