Minutes of the Meeting of August 24, 2007
The August 24, 2007 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. Christianne Kellet, Dr. Cecilia Moreno, Mr. Mike McCullough, Ms. Tegwin Pulley, Dr. Lou Rodenberger, Mr. George Schrader, and Ms. Sharon Venable, 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 then considered approval of the minutes of the joint meeting of the Finance and Audit Committee and the Board of June 1, and the Board meeting of June 8, 2007. Upon motion by Ms. Pulley and second by Ms. Venable, 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 1962), the acceptance of grants (Exhibit 1963), and the contracts and agreements (Exhibit 1964). The motion was seconded by Mr. McCullough and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Ms. Venable for approval of the FY 2008 Budget as presented to the Finance and Audit Committee of the Board of Regents on Friday, August 17, 2007 (Exhibit 1965), which was seconded by Mr. McCullough, and all voted in favor. Next, Mr. McCullough made a motion for approval for the Chancellor and President to receive a 2% increase in salary for FY 2008, which would make her salary $388,397. The motion was seconded by Ms. Pulley and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Ms. Venable and seconded by Dr. Rodenberger for approval to increase amount of restoration specialists contract for flood damage repairs from $805,798.11 to $1,292,000. All voted in favor. Ms. Pulley then made a motion for approval to distribute all endowment earnings for FY 2007 into scholarship/distribution accounts unless otherwise restricted by donor. The motion was seconded by Mr. McCullough and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Ms. Venable for approval for the Vice President for Finance and Administration to enter into a contract with Compass Bank to serve as the University’s depository bank for a period of three (3) years with two (2) one- (1) year extensions, which was seconded by Dr. Rodenbergr and all voted in favor. A motion was made by Ms. Pulley to approve the FY 2008 Annual Audit Plan of the Internal Audit Department (Exhibit 1966), which motion was seconded by Mr. McCullough and unanimously approved. Ms. Venable had no additional Committee report.
Ms. Pulley made a motion, seconded by Mr. McCullough, for acceptance of the gifts to TWU (Exhibit 1967). All voted in favor. Mr. Mike McCullough, acting Chair of the Institutional Development Committee, said that he had no Committee report.
Next, Mr. McCullough made a motion for approval of the administrative structure change of Dental Hygiene from a department to a program with a program director reporting to the Dean of the College of Health Sciences (Exhibit 1968). The motion was seconded by Ms. Pulley and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Dr. Moreno and seconded by Mr. Schrader for approval to offer the Master of Science degree in Nursing-Nursing Education program as a distance education program (Exhibit 1969). All voted in favor. Next, Ms. Pulley made a motion to edit the Post-Tenure Review Policy to include the University Promotion and Tenure Committee that was established in the Promotion and Tenure Policy (Exhibit 1970). The motion was seconded by Dr. Moreno, and all voted in favor. Ms. Tegwin Pulley, Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, said that there was no further Committee report.
Ms. Tegwin Pulley, acting as Chair of the Information Services Committee for this meeting, stated that there was no Committee report.
Mr. Crumpacker called for consideration of Student Life Committee items. Mr. McCullough then made a motion for approval of an increase in the International Education Fee, effective Spring 2008 from $1 to $3 per semester (Exhibit 1971). The motion was seconded by Dr. Moreno and unanimously approved. Dr. Lou Rodenberger, Chair of the Student Life Committee, stated that she had no further report.
In the report from the Chancellor and President, Dr. Ann Stuart commented that several years ago the Governor’s Commission on Women established the permanent Texas Women’s Hall of Fame, selecting the TWU Denton campus as the site for the exhibit that honors distinguished Texas women, including first ladies, teachers, astronauts, and athletes, who have made significant contributions in areas such as the arts, athletics, business, education, health, and leadership. She said that the Governor hosts a biennial awards ceremony in Austin that recognizes the achievements of the recipients who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Dr. Stuart stated that she was happy to inform the Regents that the next awards ceremony, after three years of lobbying, will be held at TWU in Denton and will continue to be hosted here. She indicated that this event is an opportunity to have more people on campus, who may not know our story become familiar with TWU, and we can then gain recognition and exposure to help keep TWU in the public eye. In conclusion, Dr. Stuart regretfully announced that Dr. Carolyn Gunning, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, decided to retire, making this her last year with TWU, and that a national search for the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs will begin today. She thanked Dr. Gunning for her service at TWU.
In the report from the Chair and Presiding Officer, Mr. Crumpacker thanked Dr. Gunning on behalf of the Board and stated that her work was greatly appreciated. He also reminded the Regents that a Regent Orientation will be held immediately after the formal Board meeting, which will then be followed by a tour of the Multipurpose Classroom Laboratory Building (MCL), Pioneer Hall, and the Redbud Theatre Complex on the Denton campus.
There being no other business, the meeting concluded.
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