Board of Regents

04-21-95minutes

Board of Regents

OFFICIAL MINUTES

Board of Regents' Meeting
April 21, 1995
Westmark Baranof Hotel
Juneau, Alaska

Regents Present:

Sharon D. Gagnon, President

Virginia W. Breeze, Vice President

Mary Jane Fate, Secretary

R. Danforth Ogg, Treasurer

Chancy Croft

Eric Forrer

Joseph R. Henri

Michael P. Kelly

Scott A. Otterbacher

Joe J. Thomas

Lew M. Williams, Jr.

Jerome B. Komisar, Executive Officer and President of the University of Alaska

In Attendance:

Edward Lee Gorsuch, Chancellor, University of Alaska Anchorage

Marshall L. Lind, Chancellor, University of Alaska Southeast

Joan K. Wadlow, Chancellor, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Wendy Redman, Vice President for University Relations

J. Mark Neumayr, Interim General Counsel

Jim Lynch, Associate Vice President for Finance

'Nanne Myers, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs

Gerald V. Neubert, Assistant Vice President and University Architect

April Crosby, Assistant to the President

Patty Kastelic, Executive Director for Human Resources

Bob Miller, Director of Public Affairs

Marylou Burton, Director of Statewide Budget Development

Stevan DeSoer, Assistant Vice President for Labor Relations

Jeannie D. Phillips, Regents' Affairs Officer

Dawn Greene, Regents' Affairs Staff

I. Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by President Gagnon at 8:40 a.m. on Friday, April 21, 1995.

II. Adoption of Agenda

Regent Forrer moved, seconded by Regent Kelly, and passed unanimously that:

PASSED AS AMENDED (* denotes addition to original motion)

"The Board of Regents adopts the agenda as presented.

I. Call to Order

II. Adoption of Agenda

III. Approval of Minutes

IV. Public Comment

A. General Public

B. University Councils

C. System Governance

D. Faculty and Staff

E. Certified Bargaining Representatives

ACCFT

CEA

F. Students

G. Alumni

V. Consent Agenda

Academic and Student Affairs Committee

Approval of an AAS Degree in Industrial Technology for Prince William Sound Community College

Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee

(Items A-E were forwarded from the Consent Agenda of the April 12, 1995 Special Finance, Facilities & Land Management Committee meeting)

*A. UAA, Anchorage Campus Student Housing - Project Approval (removed from consent agenda)

B. UAS Ketchikan Campus Housing - Project Approval

C. UAF Poker Flat Research Range Launcher Enclosure at Pad 4 - Project Approval

D. University of Alaska Fairbanks McIntosh, Nerland, Stevens and Lathrop Residence Halls Exterior Restorations - Project and Schematic Approval

E.University of Alaska Fairbanks Lathrop Hall Deferred Maintenance - Project Approval

F. Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Habitat Protection Nominations

G. UAA Mat-Su Campus Day Care Operations - Project Approval

H. UAF Elvey II Addition - Approval of Financial Plan and Authority to Bid and Award A Contract

I. University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau Campus Physical Education and Recreation Facility - Approval of Schematic Design and Authority to Bid and Award a Contract

J. Tanana Valley State Fair Association Site Purchase Agreement

Human Resources Committee

Adoption of Policy 04.03: Recruiting and Staffing

VI. Tuition Impact Proposal

VII. Adoption of FY97 Planning Assumptions

VIII. Executive Session

VIIIA. *Approval of Meritorious Service Awards (added)

IX. New Business

Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee

1. *UAA, Anchorage Campus Student Housing - Project Approval (from Consent Agenda)

2. *Resolution on Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Research Support (added)

3. *Resolution to Congress on Acquisition of Federal Lands (added)

4. *Creation of Ad Hoc Committee on the School of Mineral Engineering (added)

X. Approval of Commencement Schedule

XI. Industrial Security Resolution

XII. FY96 Meeting Location Approval

XIII. Designation of Annual Meeting

XIV. *Resolution of Appreciation: Mark H. Helmericks (deferred until June 1995 meeting)

XV. *Resolution of Appreciation: Susan A. Stitham ( deferred until June 1995 meeting)

XVI. Resolution of Appreciation: Brian D. Rogers

XVII. Planned Presentation: Organized and Sponsored Research

XVIIA. *Executive Session ( added)

XVIII. Chancellors' Status Reports

XIX. UA System Administration Status Reports

XX. Board of Regents' Comments

XXI. Adjourn

This motion is effective April 21, 1995."

III.Approval of Minutes

Regent Breeze moved, seconded by Regent Otterbacher, and passed unanimously that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the minutes of its February 16-17, 1995 meeting as presented. This motion is effective April 21, 1995."

IV.Public Comment

A. General Public

The following members of the general public testified in support of the mining industry and the School of Mineral Engineering at UAF (SME): Charlie Green, SME Advisory Board; Steve Borrell, Alaska Miners Association; Earl Beistline, Alaska Miners Association; Roger Burgraff, Silverado Mines; Mary Nordale, Alaska Miners Association; Steve Denton, Denton Civic and Mineral; Tom Bundtzen, mining community.

B. University Councils

none

C. System Governance

The following representatives of governance bodies addressed the Board regarding their constituents concerns: Colin Read, Alliance of Faculty Senates; Mike Mayberry, Staff Alliance; Joe Hayes, Coalition of Student Leaders; and Paula Long, System Governance.

D. Faculty and Staff

Marie Scholle, UAF Staff Council representative presented UAF mugs to the Board members and staff.

E. Certified Bargaining Representatives

ACCFT

CEA

none

F. Students

The following students addressed the Board with their concerns and comments regarding student work with Russian groups; sexual orientation policies; lobbying efforts; and tuition: Jack Dalton, UAA; Marcia Hill, UAA; Christina Brollini, UAA; David Walker, UAA; and Joe Hayes, UAF.

G. Alumni

Chip Waggoner, President of the UAF Alumni Association addressed the Board regarding activities of his organization.

V.Consent Agenda

Academic and Student Affairs Committee

The Academic and Student Affairs Committee made the following recommendation:

Approval of an AAS Degree in Industrial Technology for Prince William Sound Community College Reference 1

MOTION

"The Academic and Student Affairs Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Industrial Technology for Prince William Sound Community College. This motion is effective April 20, 1995."

Regent Breeze moved, seconded by Regent Forrer, and passed unanimously that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the recommendations of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee as stated above. This motion is effective April 21, 1995."

Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee

The Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee made the following recommendations:

A. [Moved to Finance, Facilities & Land Management New Business]

B. UAS Ketchikan Campus Housing - Project Approval

(Reference 2 of 4/12/95 Finance, Facilities & Land Management agenda)

MOTION

"The Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve the UAS Ketchikan Campus Housing Project. The Board directs the administration to secure a release from existing title restrictions to facilitate the project. It is the intent of the Board to approve a no-cost lease to facilitate the project, but any lease of land shall be subject to Regents review and approval of the business plan for the project. This motion is effective April 12, 1995."

C. UAF Poker Flat Research Range Launcher Enclosure at Pad 4 - Project Approval

(Reference 3 of 4/12/95 Finance, Facilities & Land Management agenda)

MOTION

"The Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve the Poker Flat Research Range Launcher Enclosure at Pad 4 project as presented and authorize the University administration to contract with an architectural/engineering firm to develop construction documents. This motion is effective April 12, 1995."

D. University of Alaska Fairbanks McIntosh, Nerland, Stevens and Lathrop Residence Halls Exterior Restorations - Project and Schematic Approval

(Reference 4 of 4/12/95 Finance, Facilities & Land Management agenda)

MOTION

"The Finance Facilities, and Land Management Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve the University of Alaska Fairbanks McIntosh, Nerland, Stevens and Lathrop Hall Exterior Restoration Project as presented and authorize the University administration to proceed with hiring a consultant, preparing construction documents, bidding and awarding a construction contract, contingent upon available funding. This motion is effective April 12, 1995."

E. University of Alaska Fairbanks Lathrop Hall Deferred Maintenance - Project Approval

(Reference 5 of 4/12/95 Finance, Facilities & Land Management agenda)

MOTION

"The Finance Facilities, and Land Management Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve the University of Alaska Fairbanks Lathrop Hall Deferred Maintenance Project as presented and authorize the University administration to proceed with hiring a consultant and preparing construction documents. This motion is effective April 12, 1995."

F. Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Habitat Protection Nominations

Reference 2

MOTION

"The Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve the nomination of the Jack Bay parcel for sale under the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council small parcel program, authorize the University administration to negotiate the fair market value sale, and execute all necessary documents to complete the transactions. This motion is effective April 20, 1995."

G. UAA Mat-Su Campus Day Care Operations - Project Approval Reference 3

MOTION

"The Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve the UAA Mat-Su Campus Day Care Operations, contingent upon the receipt of responsive, responsible proposals to the RFP. This motion is effective April 20, 1995."

H. UAF Elvey II Addition - Approval of Financial Plan andAuthority to Bid and Award Reference 4

MOTION

"The Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve the financial plan for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Elvey II Addition project as presented and authorize the University administration to bid and award a construction contract, contingent on receiving required funding and within available funds. This motion is effective April 20, 1995."

I. University of Alaska Southeast-Juneau Campus Physical Education and Recreation Facility - Approval of Schematic Design and Authority to Bid and Award a Contract

Reference 5

MOTION

"The Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve the project site and schematic design for the University of Alaska Southeast-Juneau Campus Physical Education and Recreation Facility as presented and authorize the University administration to bid and award a construction contract contingent on securing adequate funding. This motion is effective April 20, 1995."

J. Tanana Valley State Fair Association Site Purchase Agreement Reference 6

MOTION

"The Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve the sale of Tract A of Alaska State Land Survey No. 80-67 filed as plat No. 83-43 on March 11, 1983 in the Fairbanks Recording District, Alaska, commonly known as the Fairgrounds Lease Site, to the Tanana Valley State Fair Association under the terms approved by the Board of Regents at their April 20-21, 1995 meeting and authorize the University administration to execute all documents necessary to complete the sale of the property. This motion is effective April 20, 1995."

Regent Henri moved, seconded by Regent Kelly, and passed unanimously that:

PASSED AS AMENDED

"The Board of Regents approves items B-F of the Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee as stated above. This motion is effective April 21, 1995."

Human Resources Committee

The Human Resources Committee made the following recommendation:

Adoption of Policy 04.03: Recruiting & Staffing Reference 7

MOTION

"The Human Resources Committee recommends that the Board of Regents adopt proposed amendments to the Recruiting and Staffing Policy 04.03 as set forth in Reference 7 and amended by the Committee. This motion is effective April 20, 1995."

Regent Kelly moved, seconded by Regent Breeze, and passed unanimously that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the recommendations of the Human Resources Committee as stated above. This motion is effective April 21, 1995."

VI. Tuition Impact Proposal Reference 8

Marylou Burton, Director of Budget Development, presented recommendations for mitigating the impact of increased tuition costs as requested at the February 1995 meeting of the Board. The Board discussed these options and others extensively.

Regent Kelly moved, seconded by Regent Fate, and passed with Regent Otterbacher voting against that the main motion be amended to add the following to the end of the sentence ". . . as presented, with the provision that a proposal be brought back to the Board to reduce further the impact on students who face exceptionally high increases. . . ."

The main motion passed with Regent Otterbacher voting against that:

PASSED AS AMENDED

"The Board of Regents approves the recommendations of the administration to mitigate the impact of increased tuition costs as presented, with the provision that a proposal be brought back to the Board to reduce further the impact on students who face exceptionally high increases. This motion is effective April 21, 1995."

VII. Adoption of FY97 Planning Assumptions Reference 9

Marylou Burton, Director of Budget Development, will discuss the revisions to the draft budget assumptions which were discussed at the February 1995 meeting of the Committee of the Whole. The approved assumptions will be used by the campuses to prepare their FY97 operating and capital budget requests for presentation at the August 1995 Board of Regents meeting.

Regent Henri moved, seconded by Regent Ogg, and passed unanimously that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the FY97 Planning Assumptions. This motion is effective April 21, 1995."

VIII.Executive Session

Regent Breeze moved, seconded by Regent Kelly, and passed unanimously that:

PASSED AS AMENDED

"The Board of Regents goes into executive session in accordance with the provisions of AS 44.62.310 to discuss matters relating to litigation, this topic being a subject the immediate knowledge of which would have an adverse effect on the finances of the University; and meritorious service awards, this topic which might tend to prejudice the reputation and character of a person or persons. The session shall include members of the Board of Regents, President Komisar, Interim General Counsel Neumayr, and such other University staff members as the President may designate and shall last approximately one hour. Thus, the open session of the Board shall resume in this room at approximately 1:15 p.m. A.D.T. This motion is effective April 21, 1995."

The Board of Regents went into Executive Session at 12:10 p.m. and returned to open session at 1:16 p.m.

Regent Virginia Breeze announced that the Board of Regents just concluded an executive session in accordance with AS 44.62.310 discussing matters relating to litigation, this topic being a subject the immediate knowledge of which would have an adverse effect on the finances of the University. The session included members of the Board of Regents, President Komisar, Interim General Counsel Neumayr and other University staff members designated by the President and lasted approximately 1 hour.

VIIIA. Approval of Meritorious Service Awards

Regent Breeze moved, seconded by Regent Forrer, and passed unanimously that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the nominees for meritorious service awards at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and University of Alaska Southeast as proposed for commencement exercises in the spring of 1995, and authorizes Chancellors Joan Wadlow and Marshall Lind to invite the approved nominees and announce their acceptance. This motion is effective April 21, 1995."

IX.New Business

Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee

1. UAA, Anchorage Campus Student Housing - Project Approval

(Reference 1 of 4/12/95 Finance, Facilities & Land Management agenda)

Regent Henri moved, seconded by Regent Fate, and passed unanimously that:

PASSED AS AMENDED

"The Board of Regents approves the University of Alaska Anchorage Student Housing Residence Hall and Food Service Facility project, to be located in Anchorage, Alaska, as presented and authorizes the University administration to contract with architectural and engineering firms to develop designs and construction documents, contract execution contingent upon available funding. This motion is effective April 21, 1995."

2. Resolution on Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Research Support

Regent Henri moved, seconded by Regent Ogg, and passed unanimously that:

PASSED

"Whereas, the University of Alaska and its faculty made a significant contribution to the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill emergency response, damage assessment, and resulting research and science activities; and

Whereas, since the initial emergency response, the University of Alaska has foregone reimbursement of indirect research costs in excess of $6 million.

Therefore, the Board of Regents directs the administration to:

1. Submit a proposal to the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Council to create a $6 million endowment for support of three chairs at the University of Alaska to support restoration and recovery research;

2. Secure a more reasonable long-term agreement on reimbursement of indirect research costs; and

3. Pursue obtaining improved representation on the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Advisory Group.

This resolution is effective April 21, 1995."

3. Resolution to Congress on Acquisition of Federal Lands

Regent Henri moved, seconded by Regent Kelly, and passed unanimously that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents directs the administration to request that Dr. Terrence Cole draft a resolution to the United States Congress regarding acquisition of additional federal lands. This motion is effective April 21, 1995."

4. Creation of Ad Hoc Committee on the School of Mineral Engineering

At the request of the Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee, President Gagnon was requested to create an Ad Hoc Committee on the School of Mineral Engineering (SME). The Committee's mission would be to look into the problems and opportunities in SME and report back to the Board with recommendations. President Gagnon stated she would also be directing the Committee to develop goals, timelines and parameters.

X. Approval of 1995 Commencement Schedule

Commencement Schedule Spring 1995

DATEUNIT

April 28 - Friday Kuskokwim Campus, UAF

April 29 - Saturday Kenai Peninsula College, UAA

April 30 - Sunday Kachemak Bay Campus, UAA

May 5 - Friday Kodiak College, UAA

May 6 - Saturday Prince William Sound Community College

May 7 - Sunday Fairbanks/Interior Campus, UAF

May 7 - Sunday Anchorage Campus, UAA

May 11 - Thursday Northwest Campus, UAF

May 12 - Friday Juneau Campus, UAS

May 12 - Friday Mat-Su College, UAA

May 13 - Saturday Ketchikan Campus, UAS

May 13 - Saturday Bristol Bay Campus, UAF

May 14 - Sunday Sitka Campus, UAS

May 16 - Tuesday Tok Campus, Interior Campus, UAF

May 22 - Monday Chukchi Campus, UAF

Regent Ogg moved, seconded by Regent Breeze, and passed unanimously that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the Spring 1995 Commencement Schedule as printed above. This motion is effective April 21, 1995."

XI. Industrial Security Resolution

The President and selected members of the University administration are routinely designated by the Board of Regents to handle any duties and responsibilities relating to classified information in connection with contracts with the Department of Defense and other federal agencies. These individuals are given an extensive security screening and are the only members of the administration, including the Board of Regents, to have access to classified information. The University has received similar security clearances since the mid-1950s. Execution of the resolution allows regents and other members of the administration to be exempted from security clearance procedures.

A new security resolution is now required by the Department of Defense. The resolution is identical to resolutions previously passed except for a change in names of members of the Board of Regents and officers who no longer are with the University of Alaska. This resolution will be hand-carried to the meeting by the Regents' Affairs Officer.

Regent Breeze moved, seconded by Regent Henri, and passed unanimously that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the adoption of the security clearance resolution providing for designation of a managerial group as described in the 'Industrial Security Manual for Safeguarding Classified Information' for the purpose of handling all duties and responsibilities relating to classified information. This motion is effective April 21, 1995."

XII. FY96 Meeting Location Approval

Board members discussed and approved the Board of Regents meeting location schedule for FY96 as amended below:

Meeting Dates Location


August 17-18, 1995 Palmer

September 28-30*, 1995 Fairbanks

December 7-8, 1995 Anchorage

February 15-16, 1996 Juneau

April 18-19, 1996 Anchorage

June 6-7, 1996 Fairbanks

*September 30, 1995 is designated as a retreat.

Regent Croft moved, seconded by Regent Henri, and passed unanimously that:

PASSED AS AMENDED

"The Board of Regents approves the FY96 Meeting Location Schedule as amended. This motion is effective April 21, 1995."

XIII. Designation of Annual Meeting

Bylaws of the Board of Regents specify in Policy 01.01, Article V. Section 2 that, "In addition to any regular, special, or emergency meetings of the Board, there shall be an annual meeting of the Board held in June. . . .". Those bylaws also state in Policy 01.01, Article III, Section 2 that, "At the annual meeting of the Board, the officers of the Board of Regents shall be elected by a simple majority vote . . . .".

The Board of Regents approved the following motion to designate the June 1-2, 1995 meeting as its annual meeting in order to hold elections for Board officers.

Regent Fate moved, seconded by Regent Breeze, and passed unanimously that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents, in accordance with Policy 01.01.V.2 and 01.01.III.2, designates its June 1-2, 1995 meeting as its annual meeting for the purpose of electing officers of the Board. This motion is effective April 21, 1995."

XIV.Resolution of Appreciation: Mark H. Helmericks

Action on this item was deferred until the June 1995 meeting.

XV.Resolution of Appreciation: Susan A. Stitham

Action on this item was deferred until the June 1995 meeting.

XVI.Resolution of Appreciation: Brian D. Rogers

WHEREAS, Brian D. Rogers was born July 25, 1950, in Blue Hill, Maine, the descendant of Pilgrims who landed in Massachusetts Bay in 1620; and

WHEREAS, Brian D. Rogers attended Trinity College, Brown University, the University of Alaska, and received a Master's in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; and

WHEREAS, Brian D. Rogers came to Alaska in 1970, at the age of 19, part of the first generation of his New England Yankee family to leave the Northeast United States; and

WHEREAS, one of Brian D. Rogers' first jobs in Fairbanks was to wash dishes at the former Leroy's Pancake House in downtown Fairbanks; and

WHEREAS, Brian D. Rogers has commercial fished on the Yukon River, taught political science and other courses at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, been a legislative aide, reported for the All-Alaska Weekly from 1972-76, and managed the Whole Earth natural foods store in Fairbanks; and

WHEREAS, Brian D. Rogers served four years in the Legislature as a State Representative from District 20 in Fairbanks; and

WHEREAS, Brian D. Rogers was named outstanding freshman legislator by his peers in 1979, and has been a member of numerous boards, task forces and commissions, including the Alaska Statehood Commission, which studied Alaska's relationship with the federal government; and

WHEREAS, Brian D. Rogers was the principal owner of Brian Rogers and Associates, public policy consultants, whose major clients included Alaska Energy Extension Service, Rural Alaska Community Action Program Interior Village Association, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska Pulp and Resources, Alaska Legislative Digest, Alaska House Permanent Fund Committee and the Alaska Energy Policy Committee; and

WHEREAS, Brian D. Rogers joined the University of Alaska Statewide System as Budget Development Director in 1984, and in 1987 was named Vice President for Finance; and

WHEREAS, the appointment of Brian D. Rogers as Vice President for Finance was the culmination of his involvement with the University, beginning as a student, and proceeding through lemonade salesman, instructor, staff, executive, not to mention his roles as vendor, consultant, mailman, legislator, advocate and critic; and

WHEREAS, Brian D. Rogers has been described by a colleague as "the only guy I know who can keep the entire University of Alaska budget in his head"; and

WHEREAS, Brian D. Rogers mastered computer and telecommunications technology sufficiently well to serve as acting executive director of the University of Alaska Computer Network while serving simultaneously as Vice President for Finance, and

WHEREAS, Brian D. Rogers laid the foundation for a major overhaul of University of Alaska administrative systems, and

WHEREAS, Brian D. Rogers was instrumental in positioning the University of Alaska to take advantage of the Information Super Highway, and

WHEREAS, Brian D. Rogers has performed all his roles for the University with professionalism, competence, skill, humor, affable equanimity, a contagious laugh and a certain sense of irony; and

WHEREAS, Brian D. Rogers was assisted at all times in his distinguished career by Sherry Modrow, his spouse, companion and partner since 1979, and mother of their two sons, Christopher and Tracy;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the University of Alaska Board of Regents takes official recognition of Brian D. Rogers' exceptional and distinguished career with the University of Alaska, and extends to him the sincere thanks of this Board on behalf of the people of Alaska, and especially the students, staff and faculty of the University who have so benefited by his commitment to excellence and public service, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution be appropriately engrossed and conveyed to Brian D. Rogers, with a copy to be incorporated in the official minutes of the April 21, 1995, meeting of the University of Alaska Board of Regents.

Regent Breeze moved, seconded by Regent Forrer, and passed unanimously that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the Resolution of Appreciation for Brian D. Rogers. This motion is effective April 21, 1995."

XVII. Planned Presentation: Organized and Sponsored Research

Jack Keating, Provost at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, reported on organized and sponsored research within the University system.

XVIIA. Executive Session

Regent Fate moved, seconded by Regent Breeze, and passed unanimously that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents goes into executive session in accordance with the provisions of AS 44.62.310 to discuss matters relating to litigation, this topic being a subject the immediate knowledge of which would have an adverse effect on the finances of the University. The session shall include members of the Board of Regents, President Komisar, Interim General Counsel Neumayr, and such other University staff members as the President may designate and shall last approximately 15 minutes. Thus, the open session of the Board shall resume in this room at approximately 4:45 p.m. A.D.T. This motion is effective April 21, 1995."

The Board of Regents went into Executive Session at 4:25 p.m. and returned to open session at 4:50 p.m.

Regent Virginia Breeze announced that the Board of Regents just concluded an executive session in accordance with AS 44.62.310 discussing matters relating to litigation, this topic being a subject the immediate knowledge of which would have an adverse effect on the finances of the University. The session included members of the Board of Regents, President Komisar, Interim General Counsel Neumayr and other University staff members designated by the President and lasted approximately 25 minutes.

XVIII. Chancellors' Status Reports

[Written reports from each chancellor were distributed and on file in the Office of Regents' Affairs]

Marshall Lind, Chancellor of the University of Alaska Southeast, introduced Elaine Sunde, Director of the Sitka Campus, who discussed the Health Information Management program and its partnerships with the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE).

Joan Wadlow, Chancellor of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, highlighted several items of her written report including the outstanding students in mathematics, scholar honors for students involved in athletic programs, activities of Academic Excellence Week, upcoming UA Museum art auction; work of student leaders. Dr. Wadlow also mentioned two items not referenced on the report: the formal dedication of the Yup'ik Cultural Center, and current publications being used for public information.

E. Lee Gorsuch, Chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage, reported on the commencement activities for the campus; UAA Week; progress on searches for Provost and the Dean of Business; receipt of full accreditation for the School of Business; the upcoming honors seminar; development of a six-year strategy; outstanding student achievements including high WAMI scores, athletes and nursing students "Shots for Tots" campaign, and debate team successes.

XIX. UA System Administration Status Reports

Patty Kastelic, Executive Director for Human Resources, reported on progress made on the search for a Vice President for Finance.

Jim Lynch, Associate Vice President for Finance, reported on the indirect cost proposal; investment returns; and congratulations to former Vice President Brian Rogers for the excellent work done regarding the Tanana Valley State Fairgrounds land transaction.

Jerome Komisar, University President, reported on the National Association of System Heads (NASH) meeting he recently attended in Seattle, Washington, specifically on discussions held at the meeting regarding the future of distance education.

XX. Board of Regents' Comments

Regent Gagnon requested that an item be added for reports from the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education representatives and requested a report. Regent Forrer reported on recent actions, most notably the Commission's ability to now tie loan interest rates to the cost of the bonds; and that the Legislature was attempting to increase the limits on loan amounts.

Regent Scott Otterbacher stated that he intended to be very active during the last 40 days of his term; thanked Governor Walter Hickel for appointing him to the Board; and stated for the record that he was the first regent able to attend classes at all three main campuses of the University of Alaska.

Regent Fate thanked Scott Otterbacher for the expertise he had rendered as a regent. She urged the Board and administration to form a marketing team to start marketing the University of Alaska in the 21st century.

Regent Thomas thanked the Board for their patience as he learned about the issues and stated his enjoyment in attending his first meeting.

Regent Forrer reviewed his yellow paper on the topic "What is the University?" with the statement "Universities are western civilization's structural manifestation of the spirit of human hope." He concluded his review with the statement that "Maybe some of these ideas are too complex for the political process but legislators should ask themselves the question 'what is the University?' If they are able to answer the question than they will understand that when they underfund the University, they are killing the goose that is laying the golden eggs of economic energy, technical savvy, and intellect for the state of Alaska."

Regent Breeze wished Scott well, welcomed Joe Thomas and Chancy Croft to the Board, commented on the budget problems facing the University.

Regent Ogg thanked Scott for his good work; commented on the uncertainty of the times; and requested that the mission statements of each University be closely scrutinized at the next Board meeting. Regent Gagnon commented that she would like to add this to the agenda for the Board of Regents Retreat on September 30.

Regent Kelly thanked Scott and wished him the best of luck in future pursuits; and requested that ISER at UAA write a working paper for the regents on how the University might get through the financial hard times looming ahead.

Regent Williams announced that there would be a Nominating Committee meeting on June 2.

Regent Henri announced that he will miss the June meeting due to personal travel plans.

President Gagnon thanked Scott for all his work, Dan Ogg for the salmon treats and UAF Staff Council for the mugs.

XXI. Adjourn

President Gagnon adjourned the meeting at 6:05 p.m.

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