Minutes of the Meeting of November 16, 2012
The November 16, 2012 meeting of the Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents was called to order at the appointed time and place by Mr. Mike McCullough, Board Chair and Presiding Officer. Present were Mr. McCullough, Mrs. Sue Bancroft, Ms. Adriana Blanco, Mrs. Debbie Gibson, Dr. Cecilia Moreno, Dr. Melissa Tonn, and Mrs. Mary Wilson, constituting a quorum.
There was no executive session.
Next, the Board considered approval of the minutes of the joint meeting of the Finance & Audit Committee and Board of August 10, 2012 and the Board meeting of August 17, 2012. Upon motion by Mrs. Bancroft and second by Mrs. Wilson, these minutes were unanimously approved.
Mr. McCullough noted that no registrations of public testimony items were received for this Board meeting.
Mr. McCullough then called for the Finance and Audit Committee items. Mrs. Gibson made a motion for approval of the personnel report (Exhibit 2194), the acceptance of grants (Exhibit 2195), and the contracts and agreements (Exhibit 2196). The motion was seconded by Dr. Moreno and all voted in favor. Mr. McCullough noted that Item V.B. of the Agenda had been withdrawn.
Mr. McCullough called for consideration of the Institutional Development Committee items. Mrs. Bancroft made a motion, seconded by Dr. Moreno, for acceptance of the gifts to TWU (Exhibit 2197). All voted in favor.
Mr. McCullough called for consideration of Student Life Committee items. After motion by Mrs. Bancroft and second by Dr. Moreno, the Board voted unanimously for approval to authorize an increase in the FY 2013 budget limit for Food Services to the income amount for the fiscal year, resulting in an increase of $162,950, this change would be effective immediately (Exhibit 2198). Mr. McCullough stated that Items VII.B. and VII.C. had been removed from the Agenda and conserved for a later date.
In the report from the Chancellor and President, Dr. Ann Stuart began by asking Dr. Bob Neely, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, to distribute a handout entitled, A New Model Partnership Between TWU and UNT. She indicated that she and University of North Texas System’s Chancellor Lee Jackson, had a meeting to look at an opportunity to jointly develop an inter-institutional collaboration between the two universities to enhance the reputations and directions of both institutions by sharing and expanding the ways that faculty and staff provide better academic and student services through coordinated resource allocation. Dr. Stuart noted that Chancellor Jackson is also presenting the proposed partnership today at their Board meeting. She assured the Regents that this was not some kind of merger, but rather a realistic solution to shrinking state funds and a chance for faculty and students from both universities to have a richer opportunity. Provost Neely added that, coming from the northeast where multiple universities participate in inter-institutional collaborations, it seemed logical that two universities in the same town would consider the idea of exploring this type of partnership to develop goals and metrics of performance to measure the success in creating opportunities that are valued and utilized. A good example, he said, is the Federation. It allows access for TWU, UNT, and Texas A&M University – Commerce for certain classes at each of the institutions. Dr. Neely stated that the first step was to begin talking about how to move forward with this idea. Since faculty are instrumental in this process, he noted that the Faculty Senate Executive Committees from both institutions will be getting together to discuss ideas. Dr. Neely informed the Board that the process is in the “serious conversation” stage, but that all it is at this point is communication of intent. Dr. Stuart stated that it is an exciting idea, that she is looking forward to the development of this idea that will certainly be a win-win situation for both universities and the state, and that Board will be kept updated.
In closing, Dr. Stuart thanked each of the Regents for their support in the way she and the administrators manage the University and how they look for opportunities to better the University. She stated that it cannot happen without the Board’s encouragement, adding that TWU is blessed with Regents, present and prior, who always look for the best interest of the University. Dr. Stuart noted that three new Regents should be appointed in February, but that the Governor has not given any indication of the new appointees.
As he brought the meeting to a close, Mr. McCullough thanked Dr. Stuart for all that she has done for the University.
There being no other business, the meeting concluded.
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