Minutes of the Meeting of November 5, 2010
The November 5, 2010 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. Sarah Adams, Mr. Mike McCullough, Dr. Cecilia Moreno, Mr. George Schrader, and Mrs. Mary Wilson, 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 considered approval of the minutes of the Board meetings of August 12 and 20, 2010. Upon motion by Mr. McCullough and second by Mrs. Wilson, 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. Mr. McCullough made a motion for approval of the personnel report (Exhibit 2118), the acceptance of grants (Exhibit 2119), and the contracts and agreements (Exhibit 2120). The motion was seconded by Dr. Moreno and unanimously approved. Next, a motion was made by Dr. Moreno and seconded by Mr. McCullough for approval for the Vice President for Finance and Administration to enter into a contract with CORE Construction to make exterior repairs to Stoddard Hall for an amount not to exceed $1,552,000, the funds to come from Tuition Revenue Bonds, Series 2002, this amount increasing the project budget by $97,700, for a total project cost of $1,822,700 (Exhibit 2121). All voted in favor. After motion by Mrs. Wilson and second by Dr. Moreno, the Board voted unanimously for approval for the Vice President for Finance and Administration to enter into a Texas Public Entity Group Interlocal Agreement pursuant to Chapter 792 of the Texas Government Code concerning provisions of certain insurance coverages and reinsurance of such coverages, allowing Texas Woman’s University to achieve efficiencies and economies in the purchase of certain insurance coverage, the effective date for this Agreement being August 31, 2010. A motion was made by Dr. Moreno for approval for the Vice President for Finance and Administration to enter into a contract with CST Environmental in the amount of $435,800 to abate the existing Dallas Parkland Education Building (Exhibit 2122), which was seconded by Mr. McCullough, and all voted in favor. Mr. McCullough made a motion for approval for the Vice President for Finance and Administration to enter into a contract with Hudson Energy Services, LLC, for a rate not to exceed $0.068 per kwh for the provision of electricity for the Dallas and Houston Campuses, the contract to be for four (4) years, which motion was seconded by Dr. Moreno and unanimously approved.
Mr. Crumpacker then called for consideration of the Institutional Development Committee items. Mr. Schrader made a motion, seconded by Dr. Moreno, for acceptance of the gifts to TWU (Exhibit 2123). All voted in favor.
Next, Mr. Crumpacker called for consideration of Student Life Committee items. Mr. Schrader made a motion for approval of an increase in Room Rates as set out in the corresponding Exhibit 2124, effective Fall 2011, which motion was seconded by Mr. McCullough and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Dr. Moreno and seconded by Mr. Schrader, and all voted in favor, for approval of an increase in the FY 2011 expense budget limit for Food Services to the income amount for the fiscal year, effective immediately (Exhibit 2125).
Chancellor Ann Stuart announced that Dr. Robert Neely accepted the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and will begin in January 2011. She noted that Dr. Neely is a published scholar in the field of Biology. Dr. Keith McFarland, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, added that, through the normal process, all of the tenured faculty in the Biology Department recommended tenure for Dr. Neely. He noted that Dr. Neely obtained $1.7 million in research grants, is widely published, and is undoubtly deserving of this appointment. Mr. Schrader made a motion to ratify the appointment of Dr. Robert Neely as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Texas Woman’s University, with tenure in the Department of Biology. The motion was seconded by Mr. McCullough and unanimously approved.
In the report from the Chancellor and President, Dr. Stuart thanked everyone for a wonderful meeting. She reminded the Regents that the official Science Building Dedication will be held on February 4 on the TWU Denton Campus, that the Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award Luncheon will be held February 17 at the Belo Mansion in Dallas, and that the opening of the new TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute Health Sciences – Dallas Campus will be on Friday, February 18, which will be followed by the Board meeting. Dr. Stuart stated that, as Dr. McFarland mentioned earlier, Dr. Neely has experience in working with faculty and that she is excited to have him at the University. She said that Dr. Neely will be visiting TWU before Thanksgiving and will begin his new appointment on January 3. Regarding academic planning, Dr. Stuart informed the Regents that the Cabinet is doing important planning to determine how the University deals with budget and academic matters in the future. Next, Dr. Stuart said that Dr. Richard Wainerdi, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the Texas Medical Center, approached her with a plan to place TWU in the public eye in Houston. She stated that this will be an excellent opportunity for the new Provost to build on the collaborations that exist in the medical community in Houston. She explained that Dr. Wainderi’s advice is valuable because he is more aware of the medical community and is aware of what TWU is doing with regard to research; therefore, his input could help the University tremendously in its efforts in implementing new collaborations. Dr. Stuart told the Regents that more information will be provided in February.
As he brought the meeting to a close, Mr. Crumpacker thanked everyone for attending today’s meeting. He commended Dr. Stuart, Dr. McFarland, and the Provost Selection Committee for doing a wonderful, professional job in the selection of the new Provost. Mr. Crumpacker stated that Dr. Neely will be a great credit to the University and that he looks forward to Dr. Neely’s arrival.
There being no other business, the meeting concluded.
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