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Minutes of the Meeting of February 23, 2007

The February 23, 2007 meeting of the Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents was called to order at the appointed time and place by Dr. Therese Bevers, Board Chair and Presiding Officer. Present were Dr. Bevers, Mr. Harry Crumpacker, Mrs. Virginia Dykes, Mr. Kenneth Ingram, Ms. Christianne Kellet, Ms. Tegwin Pulley, Dr. Lou Rodenberger, Ms. Sharon Venable, and Ms. Ann Williams, constituting a quorum.

There was no executive session.

The next item of business was the election of Officers of the Board. Mr. Ingram nominated Mr. Harry Crumpacker as Board Chair and Presiding Officer, seconded by Ms. Pulley, and unanimously approved. Mr. Crumpacker nominated Ms. Tegwin Pulley as Board Vice Chair and Assistant Presiding Officer, seconded by Mr. Ingram, and unanimously approved. Mr. Crumpacker nominated Mr. John Lawhon, General Counsel, as Secretary to the Board, seconded by Ms. Pulley, and unanimously approved.

The Board then considered approval of the minutes of the joint Finance and Audit Committee and Board meeting of October 27, and the Board of Regents meeting of November 9, 2006. Upon motion by Mrs. Dykes and second by Mr. Crumpacker, these minutes were unanimously approved.

Dr. Bevers noted that no registrations of public testimony items were received for this Board meeting.

Dr. Bevers called for consideration of Finance and Audit Committee items, the Committee chaired by Mr. Harry Crumpacker. Ms. Pulley made a motion for approval of the personnel report (Exhibit 1942), the acceptance of grants (Exhibit 1943), and the contracts and agreements (Exhibit 1944). The motion was seconded by Ms. Venable and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Mr. Ingram for approval the TWU Investment Policy (Exhibit 1945), which was seconded by Mrs. Dykes and all voted in favor. Next, Ms. Pulley made a motion for approval of the TWU Endowment Investment and Distribution Policy (Exhibit 1946). The motion was seconded by Mrs. Dykes and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Mr. Ingram and seconded by Mrs. Dykes, and all voted in favor to authorize the Vice President for Finance and Administration to enter into a contract with Hester Capital Management, L.L.C. to manage the TWU endowment funds (Exhibit 1947). Dr. Rodenberger then made a motion, seconded by Ms. Pulley, to authorize the Vice President for Finance and Administration to enter into a contract with Perkins + Will to design and prepare specifications for the renovation and expansion of the Old Science Building on the Denton campus. All voted in favor. Ms. Venable made a motion to authorize the Vice President for Finance and Administration to enter into a contract with HKS to design and prepare specifications of the Dallas Institute of Health Sciences at the Parkland campus. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Dykes and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Ms. Pulley to waive State and Board Authorized Tuition for the last three (3) hours of a graduate student’s thesis or dissertation credits, as authorized under Texas Education Code 54.051(e), substituting this waiver for the previous waiver of student service fee, medical service fee, publication fee, computer fee, and building use fee for students registering under a Tuition Code 3 designation. The motion was seconded by Dr. Rodenberger and all voted in favor. There was no Committee report.

Ms. Venable made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Dykes, for acceptance of the gifts to TWU (Exhibit 1948). All voted in favor. Ms. Ann Williams, Chair of the Institutional Development Committee, said that she had no Committee report.

Next, Dr. Bevers called upon Ms. Tegwin Pulley, Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, to present items for consideration. Mr. Crumpacker made a motion for approval to make the Women’s Studies Program a free standing academic unit reporting directly to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (Exhibit 1949). The motion was seconded by Dr. Rodenberger and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Ms. Pulley and seconded by Mrs. Dykes for approval to offer the Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Finance (Exhibit 1950). All voted in favor. Ms. Pulley said that she had no further Committee report.

Dr. Bevers, acting as Chair of the Information Services Committee for this meeting, stated that there was no Committee report.

Next, Dr. Bevers called for consideration of Student Life Committee items. Mr. Crumpacker made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Dykes, for approval of an increase in the Student Services Fee as set out in the corresponding Exhibit 1951, effective Fall 2007. All voted in favor. Mrs. Dykes then made a motion for approval of an increase in the Student Center Fee as set out in the corresponding Exhibit 1952, effective Fall 2007. The motion was seconded by Dr. Rodenberger and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Ms. Venable and seconded by Mrs. Dykes, and all voted in favor, for approval of an increase in the Medical Service Fee as set out in the corresponding Exhibit 1953, effective Fall 2007. Mr. Ingram, Chair of the Student Life Committee, praised TWU and noted the outstanding progress he has seen while serving as a Regent, including the TWU campus architecture, completion of the new TWU Houston campus, and astonishing gains in enrollment and its positive effect upon funding in Austin.

In the report from the Chancellor and President, Dr. Ann Stuart distributed a handout, reflecting that, as a public university, an important partnership is between the state Legislature and the university. She has asked TWU’s staff and faculty leadership to develop strategic plans to keep TWU competitive as a leader in higher education in the State of Texas.

In the Board Chair’s report, Dr. Bevers gave her farewell comments, noting Dr. Stuart’s visionary approach at the University, in the community, and to the Legislature. She described the last six years as exciting and rewarding and that she is pleased to be leaving a stronger and more vibrant Texas Woman’s University than when she arrived.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the Board toured the new Redbud Theater Complex at the TWU Denton campus, which was followed by a fashion show.

There being no other business, the meeting concluded.

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