Minutes of the Meeting of August 22, 2008
The August 22, 2008 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, Dr. William Fleming, Dr. Cecilia Moreno, Ms. Scarlett Pope, Ms. Tegwin Pulley, Dr. Lou Rodenberger, Mr. George Schrader, and Ms. Sharon Venable, constituting a quorum.
There was no executive session.
The Board first considered approval of the minutes of the Board meetings of May 23, June 6, and July 11, 2008. Upon motion by Ms. Pulley and second by Dr. Moreno, these minutes were unanimously approved. Mr. Crumpacker noted that no registrations of public testimony items were received for this Board meeting.
Mr. Crumpacker called for consideration of the Finance and Audit Committee items, the Committee being chaired by Ms. Sharon Venable. Ms. Pulley made a motion for approval of the personnel report (Exhibit 2010), the acceptance of grants (Exhibit 2011), and the contracts and agreements (Exhibit 2012). The motion was seconded by Dr. Moreno and unanimously approved. After motion by Ms. Venable and second by Ms. Pulley, the Board voted unanimously to distribute an amount of equal to four (4) percent of the University Endowment Corpus, which is approximately $374,250, to the TWU Endowment Distribution Accounts, the money coming from the Board Designated Tuition Reserve. A motion was made by Ms. Pulley for approval for the Vice President for Finance and Administration to enter into a contract with Satterfield & Pontikes Construction for renovation and expansion of the Old Science Building, including alternates 1, 2, and 3 on the Denton Campus, not to exceed $22,361,500 (Exhibit 2013), which was seconded by Dr. Moreno, and all voted in favor. Next, Ms. Pulley made a motion for approval for the Vice President for Finance and Administration to enter into a contract with FS Partners for the design of the Student Recreation Center Building on the Denton Campus for an amount not to exceed $875,000. The motion was seconded by Ms. Venable and unanimously approved. At this time, Mr. Crumpacker called upon Mr. John Cissik, Director of Fitness and Recreation, who stated that FS Partners has worked with the University of North Texas and Texas A&M University-Commerce, adding that FS understands TWU’s uniqueness. Mr. Cissik commented that the location of the new Student Recreation Center is excellent because it will be close to all the dorms and it will be very visible from Bell Avenue. He stated that the Center will be something that TWU can show off to Denton. Mr. Crumpacker asked that before and after pictures be taken of the facilities. A motion was made by Ms. Pulley and seconded by Dr. Moreno for approval to request the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to approve the construction of a new campus building at the Dallas Parkland Institute of Health Sciences and to demolish the existing two (2) buildings on that site, the cost of the project estimated to be $55,500,000 (Exhibit 2014) and that the University will underwrite the difference in funding between what is raised for the building and the cost of the building. All voted in favor. Ms. Venable made a motion for approval to sell Revenue Financing System Bonds in the amount of $20,000,000 for construction of a new campus building at the Dallas Parkland Institute of Health Sciences, debt service for these bonds to be funded from Designated Tuition for a period of twenty (20) years (Exhibit 2015), which motion was seconded by Dr. Moreno and unanimously approved. Mr. Crumpacker noted that Item V.G. of the Agenda was removed. Next, a motion was made by Ms. Venable for approval to seek authorization from the Governor and the Legislative Budget Board to exceed the Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Cap by sixty-five (65) FTE (Exhibit 2016), which was seconded by Dr. Moreno, and all voted in favor. After motion by Ms. Venable and second by Dr. Moreno, the Board voted unanimously for approval of the FY 2009 Budget as presented to the Finance and Audit Committee of the Board of Regents on Friday, August 15, 2008 (Exhibit 2017). Next, Ms. Venable made a motion for approval of the FY 2009 Annual Audit Plan of the Internal Audit Department (Exhibit 2018). The motion was seconded by Dr. Moreno and unanimously approved. Ms. Venable had no additional Committee report.
Ms. Venable made a motion, seconded by Dr. Fleming, for acceptance of the gifts to TWU (Exhibit 2019). All voted in favor. Ms. Sharon Venable, acting as Chair of the Institutional Development Committee for today’s meeting, said that she had no Committee report.
Next, Mr. Crumpacker called upon Ms. Tegwin Pulley, Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, to present items for consideration. Dr. Moreno made a motion for approval for a cooperative Ph.D. in Nursing Science Degree Program between Texas Woman’s University and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (Exhibit 2020). The motion was seconded by Ms. Pulley and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Ms. Pulley and seconded by Dr. Rodenberger for approval of emeritus status for Dr. Margaret Hawkins. All voted in favor. Next, Dr. Moreno made a motion for approval delegating to the Chancellor and President the authority to designate a member of the administration to hear grievances if needed. The motion was seconded by Dr. Fleming and unanimously approved. Ms. Pulley said that there was no further Committee report.
Mr. Crumpacker then called upon Dr. William Fleming, Chair of the Information Services Committee, who stated that there was no additional Committee report.
Mr. Crumpacker called for consideration of Student Life Committee items. Mr. Schrader made a motion, seconded by Dr. Rodenberger, for approval of the Tuberculosis Screening Policy (Exhibit 2021). All voted in favor. Dr. Lou Rodenberger, Chair of the Student Life Committee, stated that there was no Committee report.
The Board then held a discussion of the Governor’s Seven Breakthrough Solutions. Mr. Crumpacker stated that he spoke to each Regent about the materials forwarded from the Governor’s Office and informed the Regents that he asked Dr. Kay Clayton, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, to prepare a report on the status of this program. He added that the Governor’s Office is fairly aggressive on having governing boards participate in developing these solutions that will alter higher education by shifting how public money is spent, how professors are rewarded, and how success is measured. Mr. Crumpacker mentioned that he asked Regents Moreno and McCullough, as well as Provost Clayton, to represent TWU in a series of conference calls in an effort to evaluate the proposed breakthrough solutions and to develop possible ways to implement these solutions. Dr. Clayton then distributed and discussed a handout entitled, Texas Woman’s University Responses to Proposed “Breakthrough Solutions.” She indicated that staff provides support to the Regents; therefore, the handout presents five solutions prepared by the deans, who are more familiar with the University and can identify ideas and concerns regarding teaching and research. Ms. Pope stated that she had reviewed the entire book and summarized it on her Blog, especially #6 regarding scholarships. She commented that feedback from students indicate that they prefer to receive a scholarship from a university rather than from the state because the university knows its students and what their interests would be. Mr. Crumpacker then announced that Dr. Moreno, Mr. McCullough, and Ms. Pope will present a report on this program at each meeting.
Ms. Pulley made a motion for formal acceptance of a gift of $3,000,000 from Ms. Florence A. Doswell for the construction of and Building Campaign for the new Texas Woman’s University Institute of Health Sciences – Dallas Center, it being in the best interests of the University, and to approve The Houston J. and Florence A. Doswell College of Nursing – Dallas as the new name of the Texas Woman’s University College of Nursing – Dallas located at 1810 Inwood Road, Dallas, Texas. The motion was seconded by Ms. Venable and unanimously approved.
In the report from the Chancellor and President, Dr. Stuart stated that she had a couple of reminders to share with the Board. She reminded the Regents of the Save the Date Card sent to them earlier regarding The 2008 Texas Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony sponsored by The Governor’s Commission for Women and TWU on Tuesday, October 7, 2008 and commented that Governor Rick Perry should be here and, if not, Ms. Perry would, indicating that it’s a wonderful opportunity for our students. Dr. Stuart mentioned that she is intending to host a group of select legislators for cocktails at The Headliners Club in Austin sometime in January and that she will contact each Regent in October to have a preparation session so that everyone is on the same page. She then pointed out that undergraduate and graduate view books were left at each of the Regents places and stated that they could take the view books with them. Dr. Stuart then told the Regents that Dr. Richard Nicholas, Vice President for Student Life, would distribute the Athletic schedules. Dr. Stuart then distributed a flyer regarding the 2008 Denton County Higher Education Summit hosted by State Representative Myra Crownover at TWU and asked the Regents to mark their calendars for this event. She noted the names listed and stated that Rep. Crownover decided that it needed to be clear during this coming legislative session what institutions of higher education are doing in the north Texas area. Dr. Stuart said that she was very pleased to be hosting this event at TWU, indicating that all of these events will bring publicity to TWU and will benefit the University tremendously. In conclusion, Dr. Stuart distributed a brochure entitled, Asia and the Arts: Transformational Dialogues, and commended Dr. Kay Clayton, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, for her interest in the “globalization” of the campus. She said that it is obvious that not all can go abroad, but that Dr. Clayton is taking an inventory of international opportunities. Dr. Stuart commented that this is a new initiative with Dr. Penny Hanstien’s group to experience other parts of the world without traveling. She noted that the brochure is sponsored by the Crow Collection of Asian Art and others, stating that these connections make us successful.
In the report from the Chair, Mr. Crumpacker thanked everyone for attending today’s meeting and invited all, as Dr. Stuart did earlier, to tour the Science Building and the newly renovated 2nd floor of the ACT (Administration Conference Tower) Building, including the First Ladies Gown Collection.
There being no other business, the meeting concluded.
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