Board of Regents

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Board of Regents

OFFICIAL MINUTES

Board of Regents' Meeting
June 2, 1995
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, Alaska

Regents Present:

Sharon D. Gagnon, President

Virginia W. Breeze, Vice President

Mary Jane Fate, Secretary

R. Danforth Ogg, Treasurer

Chancy Croft

Eric Forrer

Joe L. Hayes, Jr.

Joseph R. Henri

Michael P. Kelly

Joe J. Thomas

Lew M. Williams, Jr.

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

Regents Absent:

Joseph R. Henri

In Attendance:

Marshall L. Lind, Chancellor, University of Alaska Southeast

Joan K. Wadlow, Chancellor, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Wendy Redman, Vice President for University Relations

John P. Keating, Provost, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Stephen Norrell, Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs,

University of Alaska Anchorage

Roberta Stell, Dean of Academic Affairs, University of Alaska

Southeast

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 9:05 a.m. on Friday, June 2, 1995. She welcomed new student regent Joe L. Hayes, Jr. to the Board and announced that University of Alaska Fairbanks publications were displayed in the back of the room.

II. Adoption of Agenda

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

PASSED AS AMENDED (* denotes amendment)

"The Board of Regents adopts the agenda as amended.

I. Call to Order

II. Adoption of Agenda

III. Approval of Minutes

IV. Election of Officers

V. 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

VI. Consent Agenda:

Academic and Student Affairs Committee

Approval of the Deletion of Master of Arts in Teaching Degree in Music at University of Alaska Fairbanks

Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee

A. Federal Communications Commission License Exchange: KSUA-FM

B. University of Alaska Fairbanks - Approval of At-Cost Space Lease for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Weather Forecast Office in the Proposed Elvey II Building

C. UAF Fairbanks Lathrop Hall Deferred Maintenance - Schematic Approval

Human Resources Committee

Adoption of the Effective Date for Implementa-tion of the Next Phase of the New Staff Salary Schedule

Committee of the Whole

A. Approval of FY96 Student Government Budgets

B. Approval of FY96 Operating and Capital Budgets and Review of FY95 Legislation

Nominating Committee

VII. Executive Session

VIII. New Business:

Academic and Student Affairs Committee

Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee

*A. College Campus Entrance Design Competition Judging and Selection (removed from Consent Agenda)

*B. UAF Near Island Research Facility, Kodiak - Approval of Feasibility Study; Approval of At-Cost Lease Concept; and Approval of Project (limited expenditure) (added to agenda)

Audit Committee

Human Resources Committee

Committee of the Whole

Nominating Committee

IX. Industrial Security Resolution

X. FY97 Meeting Schedule Approval

XI. Resolution of Appreciation: Mark H. Helmericks

XII. Resolution of Appreciation: Susan A. Stitham

*XIIA. Tuition Mitigation (added to agenda)

*XIIB. Resolution of the Board of Regents Concerning Senate Bill 16 (added to agenda)

XIII. Planned Presentations - College of Rural Alaska Advisory Council

XIV. Chancellors' Status Reports

XV. UA System Administration Status Reports

XVI. Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education Representatives' Report

XVII. Board of Regents' Comments

XVIII. Adjourn

This motion is effective June 2, 1995."

III.Approval of Minutes

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

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the minutes of its April 20-21, 1995 meeting as presented. This motion is effective June 2, 1995."

IV. Election of Officers

In accordance with Regents Policy 01.01.01, Article III, Section 2 at the annual meeting of the Board of Regents, the officers of the Board shall be elected by a simple majority vote. The Nominating Committee submitted a proposed slate of officers to the Board in advance of the election of officers pursuant to Regents' Policy 01.01.01, Article IV, Section 2.E. The following Board officers were elected by unanimous consent:

President: Sharon D. Gagnon

Vice President: Michael P. Kelly

Secretary: Mary Jane Fate

Treasurer: R. Danforth Ogg

V.Public Comment

A. General Public

Art Buswell commended each regent for serving on the Board; and reported on the efforts of the Ruth Hewett Endowment Fund, created for landscaping and beautification of the grounds of the UAF campus.

Jim Matthews, UAF College of Fellows, and Phil Younker and Bill Robertson, Chamber of Commerce, invited regents to pariicpate in the "Flower Planting Extravaganza" planned for September 21 in coordination with the opening of the Natural Sciences Building.

Representative John Davies discussed Senate Bill 16 regarding gaining more state lands and urged the Board to articulate a clear land management policy that promotes openness to the public, environmental issues, promotion of Alaska jobs and states the University's central and prominent role played by the research units of the University.

Larry Mayo, Alaska Boreal Forest Council, presented a demonstration forest proposal with the hope that it would guide the Board in creating a land use policy.

B. University Councils

Ron Dixon, Tanana Valley Campus Advisory Council, expressed his concerns regarding the funding of TVC.

Nancy Roberts, Tanana Valley Campus Advisory Council, encouraged the Board to consider a Physician's Assistant program at TVC.

C. System Governance

Donna Chantry, System Governance Chair, shared her perspectives of the changes in governance during her tenure as chair, and future hopes and plans for System Governance.

Colin Read, Faculty Alliance Chair, gave a summation of the accomplishments made by the Faculty Alliance during his term as chair.

Mike Mayberry, Staff Alliance Chair, reported on activities of the Staff Alliance, including dispute resolution and compensation plan adoption.

Heath Hilyard, Coalition of Student Leaders representative, spoke of the student support for University issues during the last legislative session, and the students' concerns regarding the cutbacks on federal student loans.

D. Faculty and Staff

Marie Scholle, UAF Staff Council President, reported on activities of the UAF Staff Council, including work on the staff compensation policy, activities during UAF Appreciation Day, registration week, and at the Tanana Valley State Fair.

Donna Chantry, UAS Staff Council President, reported on the work being done by the UAS Staff Council regarding the staff compensation policy.

Diane Owens, outgoing UAA Faculty President, and Cheryl Mann, incoming UAA Faculty President, spoke regarding the UAA Faculty's concerns regarding faculty compensation and the need for the base to be applied statewide.

E. Certified Bargaining Representatives

None.

F. Students

Christina Brollini, and Graham Dunstan, UAA students, urged the regents to reconsider adding the phrase "sexual orientation" to the University's nondiscrimination policies.

Tom Walker, UAA Student Government President, spoke of concerns of UAA students including the need to revise the nondiscrimination policies, to slow down the raising of tuition at such a dramatic rate, and to communicate more effectively with students.

Shawn Paul, UAS Student Government President, shared concerns of UAS students including the condition of the UAS dorms, the need to reinstitute the consolidated fee, food service problems, and the need for a recreation center.

Heath Hilyard, UAF Student Government representative, reported that ASUAF endorses the transfer of KSUA, and on student concerns regarding the elimination of the consolidated fee and reduced federal funding of student loans.

G. Alumni

Jim Doogan, UAF Alumni Board, reported that controversies between the Alumni Board and UAF administration are being resolved and restated the mission of the Alumni Association.

VI.Consent Agenda

Academic and Student Affairs Committee

The Academic and Student Affairs Committee made the following recommendation:

Approval of the Deletion of Master of Arts in Teaching Degree in Music at University of Alaska Fairbanks

MOTION

"The Academic and Student Affairs Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve the deletion of the Master of Arts in Teaching Degree in Music at University of Alaska Fairbanks. This motion is effective June 1, 1995."

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

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the recommendation of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee as stated above. This motion is effective June 2, 1995."

Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee

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

A. Federal Communications Commission License Exchange: KSUA-FM

[Note for the Record: Regent Joe Hayes did not vote or participate regarding this issue during the Finance, Facilities & Land Management Committee or during the Full Board meeting]

MOTION

"The Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee recommends that the Board of Regents authorize the Board of Regents President, University President and University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor to execute such necessary agreements and Federal Communications Commission filings as may be required at such time as final agreement has been reached between the administration and Borealis Broadcasting, Inc., on the terms of the exchange to effect the transfer of KSUA 103.9 FM to Borealis Broadcasting, Inc., in exchange for the transfer by Borealis to the University of Alaska of KUWL 91.5 FM. This motion is effective June 1, 1995."

B. University of Alaska Fairbanks - Approval of At-Cost Space Lease for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Weather Forecast Office in the Proposed Elvey II Building

MOTION

"The Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve the at-cost lease with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and authorizes the University President and Vice President for Finance to execute all documents necessary to complete the transaction. This motion is effective June 1, 1995."

C. UAF Fairbanks Lathrop Hall Deferred Maintenance - Schematic Approval Reference 2

MOTION

"The Finance, Facilities, and Land Management Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve the schematic design for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Lathrop Hall Deferred Maintenance project as presented and authorize the University administration to bid and award a construction contract contingent on securing adequate funding. This motion is effective June 1, 1995."

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

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the recommendations of the Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee as amended. This motion is effective June 2, 1995."

Human Resources Committee

The Human Resources Committee made the following recommendation:

Adoption of the Effective Date for Implementation of the Next Phase of the New Staff Salary Schedule

SUBSTITUTE MOTION

"The Human Resources Committee recommends that the Board of Regents adopt the final phase of implementation, which will move employees who are between pay steps up to the next step of the New Staff Salary Schedule effective October 1, 1995. This motion is effective June 1, 1995."

Regent Breeze moved, seconded by Regent Fate, and passed with Regent Croft voting against the motion, that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the recommendation of the Human Resources Committee as amended. This motion is effective June 2, 1995."

Committee of the Whole

The Committee of the Whole made the following recommendations:

A. Approval of FY96 Student Government Budgets

Reference 4

[Note for the Record: Regent Joe Hayes did not vote or participate regarding this issue during the Committee of the Whole meeting or during the Full Board meeting]

MOTION

"The Committee of the Whole recommends that the Board of Regents approve the FY96 student government budgets as described in Reference 4. This motion is effective June 1, 1995."

B. Approval of FY96 Operating and Capital Budgets and Review of FY95 Legislation

MOTION

"The Committee of the Whole recommends that the Board of Regents accept the 1995 appropriations as presented and authorize the administration to prepare FY96 operating budgets consistent with these appropriations. The administration shall present final FY96 operating budget recommendations to the Board of Regents at the August 1995 meeting of the Board. This motion is effective June 1, 1995."

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

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the recommendations of the Committee of the Whole as stated above. This motion is effective June 2, 1995."

VII.Executive Session

Regent Breeze moved, seconded by Regent Forrer, 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 and land matters, these topics being subjects the immediate knowledge of which would have an adverse effect on the finances of the University; and the annual evaluation, this topic being a subject which might tend to damage the character or reputation 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 3 hours. Thus, the open session of the Board shall resume in this room at approximately 3:30 p.m. A.D.T. This motion is effective June 2, 1995."

Executive Session Summary (To be read after Executive Session)

Regent 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 4 hours.

VIII.New Business:

Academic and Student Affairs Committee

Regent Breeze gave a report on activities of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee including the following:

Progress Report on the Consideration of Policy and Practice Related to Tenure

Colin Read presented a progress report on the consideration by the faculty alliance of policy and practice related to tenure. He reported that the faculty remain supportive of the philosophy behind tenure. UAF recommends institution of mentoring and a rigorous evaluation of junior faculty prior to that received when they stand for tenure. UAS recommends systemwide adoption of a rigorous post-tenure review, coupled with aggressive mentoring.

Actions requested:

The committee asked faculty and administration, over the next year, to:

* develop improvements to the tenure policies and processes,

* explore alternatives to tenure, and

* examine the various roles of the university and how well tenure or an alternative to it would fit with each role.

Report on Statistics Relating to Violent Crimes on University of Alaska Campuses

Carla Kirts reported on statistics related to violent crimes on UA campuses.

Actions requested:

So that the committee could provide guidance to the development of policy, a motion was passed asking the student affairs officers to examine practices at other universities and present at the August meeting three options for dealing with students with a background of violent crimes:

* address at application for admission,

* address only for on-campus housing, or

* address as a general policy statement regarding people who have such backgrounds.

Progress report on the University of Alaska Learning Cooperative

April Crosby led a progress report on university courses, programs, and other activities supported by the University of Alaska Learning Cooperative to promote statewide distance delivery and the development of innovation in teaching and learning.

* Various technical and procedural impediments to statewide delivery of courses were discussed. President Komisar commented that, compared to other institutions, the University's effort to expand its capacity for delivery was made more complex by the charge to MAUs to share resources and cooperate in the delivery of programs.

* The committee reiterated the high priority the regents placed on these efforts.

Campus Presentation

UAF presented a sampling of the public service provided by the various schools and colleges to the K-12 system, the community, industry, and government.

Future Agenda Items

A discussion on foreign exchange programs was requested for the September or December meeting.

Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee

Regent Ogg reported that the Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee had discussed an update to the financial plan for the UAF Elvey II addition; the UAF Strategic Plan for Housing; and a report on UAF Classroom/Lab Space Utilization. A request was also made that the current policies related to land and land selection be reviewed, and that a listing of deferred maintenance projects be brought to the Board at the August 1995 meeting. The following action items were brought forward:

A.College Campus Entrance Design Competition Judging and Selection (moved from Consent Agenda)

Student designs for entrances at Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau were received and entries evaluated by committees at each campus. Gerald Neubert, University Architect, and campus representatives presented the campus recommendations for awards, along with construction estimates for the top contenders. Entries were displayed during the Full Board meeting and, after extensive debate, the following motions were made concerning the entries:

1. UAF Selection

Regent Ogg moved, seconded by Regent Fate, and passed with Regents Croft, Forrer, Kelly, Ogg, Hayes, Thomas voting for and Regents Breeze, Gagnon and Williams voting against, that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents awards the following for the College Campus Entrance Design Competition at the University of Alaska Fairbanks:

First Place ($5,000): Entry #6

(an arch w/suspended Alaskan symbols)

Second Place ($3,000): Entry #5

(an entry sign using a log motif)

Third Place ($2,000): Entry #7

(a landscape design at the campus entrance)

This motion is effective June 2, 1995."

2. UAA Selection

Regent Ogg moved, seconded by Regent Kelly, and passed with Regent Croft voting against, that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents awards the following for the College Campus Entrance Design Competition at the University of Alaska Anchorage:

First Place ($5,000): Entry #9

(a curvilinear wall w/plantings & clock tower)

Second Place ($3,000): Entry #12

(a copper tree w/signage as depicted in model)

Third Place ($2,000): Entry #2

(a laminated plastic arch w/Alaskan symbols)

This motion is effective June 2, 1995."

3. Entries That Did Not Place

The Board first voted on awarding University of Alaska Southeast entries. This motion failed. A motion was then made to incorporate the failed motion with a motion that would award all entries that did not place a monetary award of $100. The motion was voted on and failed. Regent Fate then moved to reconsider the failed motion. The motion to reconsider passed with Regents Croft, Fate, Kelly, Ogg, Hayes and Thomas voting in favor; Regents Breeze, Forrer, Gagnon, and Williams against. The motion was again voted on and passed with Regents Croft, Fate, Forrer, Kelly, Ogg, Hayes and Thomas voting in favor; Regents Breeze, Gagnon, Forrer and Williams voting against, that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents awards $100 to each entry that did not place first, second, or third, except Entry #1 at the University of Alaska Southeast which is awarded $1,000. This motion is effective June 2, 1995."

4. Design and Construction of Campus Entrances

Regent Kelly moved, seconded by Regent Ogg, to table until the August 1995 Board meeting, the following motion:

TABLED

"The Board of Regents directs that a cost ceiling of $500,000 for campus entrances at UAF, UAA and UAS be established for future design work based on the entries in the College Campus Entrance Design Competition. It is further understood that each campus will follow Board of Regents' Policy for project approval and schematic design review and approval in the future when these projects are ready for design and construction. This motion is effective June 2, 1995."

B.UAF Near Island Research Facility, Kodiak - Approval of Feasibility Study; Approval of At-Cost Lease Concept; and Approval of Project (limited expenditure)

Regent Ogg explained that while this item had appeared on the Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee agenda as a non-action item, it was now felt that delaying action would also delay the project for too many years and would result in loss of participation from interested parties.

The following narrative was presented and motion approved by the Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee:

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Near Island Research Facility FITC Phase I was completed for the Fishery Industrial Technology Center (FITC) in 1991 with the construction and occupancy of the Owen Building. The University of Alaska Fairbanks received a $3.0 million capital appropriation in FY94 from Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (EVOS) settlement funds for the design/planning/construction of the additional research facility, SUBJECT TO THE APPROVAL OF A FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR THE FACILITY BY THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET AND THE GOVERNOR.

The Board of Regents approved the Programmatic Master Plan in 1985, including approval of a joint federal agency/university facility project for the site. Due to recent re-scoping dictated by the results of the interim feasibility study, the only element of the project directly benefiting UA will be access to the seawater system and seawater labs to be operated by the federal government agencies. However, synergy resulting from UAF's proximity to federal research professionals and the sharing of other federal equipment at no cost to the university are perceived as significant intangible benefits. In order to ensure the anticipated benefits are realized, UAF would continue management of the design and construction of the facility which will be built on university property.

The Near Island Research Facility is currently considered a consolidated federal agency research center for fisheries. The facility Requirement Study, completed in June 1994 under the direction of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), included five state and federal agencies and identified a need of approximately 98,000 GSF. A project of this scale with an estimated project cost of $37.0 million did not appear to be feasible. UAF Planning and Project Services, under authority extended by the BOR in February, evaluated several alternative scenarios and revised programming requirements based on the May 1995 Feasibility Study attached. These requirements are consistent with UAF's strategic goal-setting documents, capital plan and academic plan under development for presentation to the BOR in September 1995.

In direct response to shrinking annual operating budgets, the National Marine Fisheries Sciences (NMFS) has reduced their space requirements. The interpretive center will be funded by the Kodiak Borough, but operating costs will be paid by NMFS. Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) has withdrawn from the project. UAF will have access to seawater lab facilities operated by the NMFS. The project now provides for approximately 40,000 GSF with an estimated project cost of $18.32 million. UAF has been successful in receiving capital appropriations and commitments totaling $9.46 million for the whole project as follows:

$3.000 EVOS

$0.465 NMFS (matching)

$6,000 Kodiak Borough

The additional $8.86 million would be funded as follows:

$2.357 UAF revenue bonds

which pledge federal rent receipts only

$6.500 NMFS cash

The UA bonds would be special revenue bonds which pledge only federal rent receipts. For this reason and because occupancy by the federal government mandates that the bonds not be exempt from federal income tax, we anticipate the debt to carry a higher interest rate.

While federal agencies have indicated a willingness to commit to annual facility expenses in the $1.5 million range, UAF is not willing to make debt payments in the event the federal agencies default on the lease. Under such conditions, the bond market will finance only the type of space readily used and reasonably needed by other businesses in Kodiak. With cost effective use of bond insurance and letters of credit, issuance of such debt would impact neither our credit rating nor our bonding capacity. Annual debt service would be approximately $315,000, which would be paid by rents received from the federal agencies occupying the facility. Total annual expenses for the facility would thus be reduced to $850,000. Federal agencies are expected to enter into at-cost leases for 25 years at a rent sufficient to cover all costs. Regents approval of the lease terms would be required in December 1995.

In the event that a $6.50 million cash contribution by the federal government is not solidified in the coming months, the project will be down scaled or an alternative less costly solution/location would be investigated for the space not requiring immediate access to the seawater system.

UAF and the federal agencies want to continue evaluation of more cost effective alternative design and size alternatives. Approximately $300,000 will be expended between now and when the final alternative is identified. It is anticipated that this final solution will be brought back to the Board of Regents in September in conjunction with UAF's School of Fisheries presentation on its strategic goal-setting documents, capital plan and academic plan. The administration will likely request project approval for the balance of the project at that time, and if there is a change in the project, request approval of the revised feasibility study.

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

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves:

1. the May 1995 Feasibility Study identifying no ongoing UAF operating costs pending verification of the level of cash contributions by the federal agencies;

2. the concept of an at-cost lease for a facility to be occupied by federal agencies; and

3. the Capital Project known as the University of Alaska Fairbanks Near Island Research Facility Project for expenditures NOT TO EXCEED $300,000, and authorizes the University administration to continue with design within that funding limit.

This motion is effective June 2, 1995."

Human Resources Committee

Regent Gagnon reported that the Committee had heard a report on work in progress regarding a new faculty compensation policy and that the Human Resources Committee would be meeting before the August Board meeting to discuss the new policy. There were no new action items to report.

Committee of the Whole

Regent Gagnon reported that there were no new action items from the Committee of the Whole.

Audit Committee

Regent Ogg reported that their were no new action items to report and that the meeting went very smoothly.

Nominating Committee

Regent Williams gave a brief history regarding the reasons for creating a standing Nominating Committee and how the Committee works. He reported that Regent Gagnon will have served three years as of June 1996 and will not be able to serve as president again, per Board of Regents' bylaws. He requested that Board members contact President Gagnon if they wish to be on the Nominating Committee and encouraged the Board to consider having the Committee be comprised of different governor appointees as it was this year, i.e. Breeze - Cowper appointee; Williams and Ogg - Hickel appointees; he encouraged a Knowles appointee be placed on the Committee for 1996. There were no new action items to report.

IX. 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 the student regent member of the Board of Regents. This resolution will be hand-carried to the meeting by the Regents' Affairs Officer.

Regent Breeze, seconded by Regent Ogg, 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 June 2, 1995."

X. FY97 Meeting Location Approval

Board members approved the Board of Regents meeting schedule for FY97 as suggested below:

Meeting Dates Location


August 15-16, 1996 Anchorage

September 26-27, 1996 Fairbanks

December 5-6, 1996 Anchorage

February 20-21, 1997 Juneau

April 17-18, 1997 Fairbanks

June 5-6, 1997 Fairbanks

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

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the FY97 Meeting Schedule as presented. This motion is effective June 2, 1995."

XII.Resolution of Appreciation: Mark H. Helmericks

WHEREAS, Mark H. Helmericks was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, at St. Joseph's Hospital, the middle child of three sons born to Alaska pioneers Bud and Martha Helmericks; and

WHEREAS, Mark H. Helmericks attended correspondence school for grades 1 through 8 at his family's homestead at Walker Lake in the Brooks Range and later expressed his deepest gratitude to his mother and father for providing such wonderful and supportive tutorship during his elementary education even though, at the time, he expressed discontent with his course of study, especially his ballroom dancing instruction with his mother; and

WHEREAS, Mark H. Helmericks attended Lathrop High School so he could play basketball and was graduated in 1976; and then attended Harvard University and was graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in geological sciences in 1982; and

WHEREAS, Mark H. Helmericks continued his higher education by distinguishing himself as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, England, and was graduated with a master's degree in politics, philosophy and economics in 1984; and

WHEREAS, Mark H. Helmericks then returned to Alaska to become a businessman working from the North Slope and in 1986 became president of CES, Inc., a North Slope oilfield services company; and

WHEREAS, Mark H. Helmericks was appointed by Governor Steve Cowper to the University of Alaska Board of Regents in 1987 becoming, at 28 years of age, the youngest full-term regent appointed by a governor; and

WHEREAS, Mark H. Helmericks has distinguished himself as a leader of the Board of Regents by serving as its Chair of the Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee from August 1990 to June 1991 and as Treasurer of the Board from 1989 to 1994; and

WHEREAS, Mark H. Helmericks visibly showed his deep support and concern for the University of Alaska by consistently bringing forward significant issues for deliberation and action including the issue of deferred maintenance of the University's buildings and grounds; and

WHEREAS, Mark H. Helmericks has, as the Board of Regents' representative, faithfully served on the Alaska Commission for Postsecondary Education, promoting and protecting the University of Alaska's interests and championing the cause for excellence in higher education to the state; and

WHEREAS, Mark H. Helmericks, in all his interactions as a member of the Board of Regents, has shown himself to be an estimable, honorable and forward-thinking individual with whom it has always been a pleasure to work; and

WHEREAS, Mark H. Helmericks, although leaving the Board of Regents, will continue to promote the University of Alaska and higher education by serving as a member of the Alaska Rhodes Scholar Selection Committee.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Regents recognizes the dedicated service of Mark H. Helmericks, and extends to him this official statement of appreciation for his contributions to the University and the advancement of higher education in Alaska; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution be appropriately engrossed and conveyed to Mark H. Helmericks with a copy incorporated in the official minutes of the June 2, 1995, meeting of the University of Alaska Board of Regents.

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

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the Resolution of Appreciation for Mark H. Helmericks. This motion is effective June 2, 1995."

XII.Resolution of Appreciation: Susan A. Stitham

WHEREAS, Susan A. Stitham was born in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, the oldest of five children born to a country doctor and his wife, a community leader and volunteer; and

WHEREAS, Susan A. Stitham came from a long line of activists beginning with Great Grandmother O'Brien who said, "Don't just be going to a meeting and warming a chair," and, "The only people worth bothering with are people who have a word in their mouth"; and

WHEREAS, Susan A. Stitham, instilled with her parents' encouragement to study hard and participate in life, graduated from Vermont's Middlebury College with departmental honors and a degree in American literature; and

WHEREAS, Susan A. Stitham obtained her master of arts degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage and her master of arts in teaching at the University of Alaska Fairbanks; and

WHEREAS, Susan A. Stitham began her teaching career in Alaska at Ryan Junior High School in 1969, and has taught English at Lathrop High School since 1972, also serving as Department Chair; and

WHEREAS, Susan A. Stitham has proven herself an outstanding educator, her accomplishments honored by the 1975 Fairbanks Teacher of the Year award; the 1976 Junior Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Young Educator Award; and the 1992 award of $25,000 from the Milken Foundation, an award given to fewer than 100 teachers from 15 states; and

WHEREAS, Susan A. Stitham was president of NEA Alaska from 1978 - 1979, and from 1983 - 1989, represented Alaska on that national organization's Board of Directors; and

WHEREAS, Susan A. Stitham was a founding member of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and from 1987 - 1993 served on that organization's Board; and

WHEREAS, Susan A. Stitham has served on numerous Department of Education advisory committees, the Certification Advisory Council, the Fairbanks School District Policy Review Committee, all the while finding time to serve on the boards of the Alaska Repertory Theater and Women In Crisis-Counseling and Assistance, and helping to found the Alaska State Writing Consortium; and

WHEREAS, Susan A. Stitham was appointed by Governor Steve Cowper to the University of Alaska Board of Regents in 1987; and

WHEREAS, Susan A. Stitham has shown her deep commitment to educating not only Alaska students but Alaska educators by serving as Chair of the Board of Regents' Academic and Student Affairs Committee from 1988 - 1994, and by promoting enhanced cooperation between the Board of Education and the University of Alaska; and

WHEREAS, Susan A. Stitham showed leadership in serving as Board of Regents' Secretary from 1989 - 1994; and

WHEREAS, Susan A. Stitham has enlivened all Board proceedings with her mischievous sense of humor, boundless energy, quick wit and adroit metaphors.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Regents recognizes the deep commitment to higher education made by Susan A. Stitham, and extends to her this official statement of appreciation for her continuing contributions to the University and to the State of Alaska; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution be appropriately engrossed and conveyed to Susan A. Stitham with a copy incorporated in the official minutes of the June 2, 1995 meeting of the University of Alaska Board of Regents.

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

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the Resolution of Appreciation for Susan A. Stitham. This motion is effective June 2, 1995."

XIIA.Tuition Mitigation

A tuition increase mitigation plan was adopted at the Board of Regents' April 1995 meeting; however, the administration was asked to also identify a process to further mitigate tuition increases for continuing students who will still experience exceptionally large increases in tuition.

Regent Kelly moved, seconded by Regent Forrer, and passed with Regent Croft voting against, that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents directs each chancellor to develop methods to ensure that no student returning in the Fall of 1995 pays more than 130 percent of the tuition he/she paid during the spring of 1995, assuming the following conditions:

1. The student qualifies for tuition credits as approved by the Board of Regents at the April 1995 meeting; and

2. The net cost of tuition after mitigation is more than 30 percent over the spring of 1995, where 30 percent is measured by the cost of the students' student credit hour (SCH) load this term compared with the cost of that same SCH in the spring of 1995.

Chancellors may meet this directive through tuition credits, waivers, financial aid or any other appropriate method, but may not predicate receipt upon financial need. This motion is effective June 2, 1995."

XIIB.Resolution of the Board of Regents Concerning Senate Bill 16

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

PASSED

"WHEREAS, Senate Bill 16 provides for the transfer of 350,000 acres of land from the state to the university in recognition of the historical obligation of the federal government grant of approximately 350,000 acres of land to the university under the Act of March 4, 1915 which act was repealed by the Alaska Statehood Act before the university received title to most of the land; and

WHEREAS, the university has the constitutional authority to hold and manage land; and

WHEREAS, the University of Alaska, as a land grant university, has a mission to contribute to the appropriate development of Alaska's natural resources and has a long history of environmentally sound and financially productive land and resources management; and

WHEREAS, the programs and services of the University of Alaska that are supported with earnings from the University's land grant trust fund earnings benefit all citizens of Alaska; and

WHEREAS, the University of Alaska, through its instructional, research and public service programs, is committed to assuring the wise and environmentally sound development of Alaska's resources; and

WHEREAS, the university, given its responsibility for educational leadership in Alaska, supports development that will provide jobs for Alaskans; and

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Regents request that the University administration develop comprehensive land management policies, including selection criteria for lands appropriated under SB 16, for consideration by the Board at its September 1995 meeting; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the land management policies include provisions for selection criteria for land acquisition that will:

a) consolidate and enhance existing land holdings to reduce patchwork ownership.

b) diversify the university's development opportunities.

c) result in the selection of renewable resources.

d) result in the selection of mineral resources.

e) provide opportunities for creation of jobs to benefit Alaskans.

f) be developed to benefit local community needs for community expansion.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the land management policies include provisions for land development criteria that include the following elements:

a) Economic feasibility.

b) Environmentally sound principles of development.

c) Creation of local jobs.

d) Public participation.

e) Provision of reasonable access through lands.

f) Provision for traditional and customary use of lands.

g) Use of the lands for compatible research and educational purposes.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the land management policies include provisions for coordination and cooperation with the State's Department of Natural Resources in assuring compatibility of development efforts; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the land management policies include provisions to assure that economic development benefits to Alaskans are encouraged through value added opportunities from the development of land grant lands; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the Board of Regents will not initiate any land selections designated under SB 16 until final adoption of the comprehensive land management and land selection policies is made by the Board of Regents for the University of Alaska.

This resolution is effective June 2, 1995."

XIII. Planned Presentations - College of Rural Alaska Advisory Council

Wally Powers and Rhonda Curwen, College of Rural Alaska Advisory Council, and Ralph Gabrielli, Executive Dean of the College of Rural Alaska, presented a report regarding the activities of the Advisory Council and the rural campuses during the last year. [A written report and video are included with the official records.]

XIV. Chancellors' Status Reports

Joan Wadlow, UAF Chancellor, highlighted items from the UAF Chancellor's Report, and also updated the Board on the results of the student rocket launch at Poker Flat during the tour on Wednesday, May 31.

XV. UA System Administration Status Reports

None

XVI. Report from Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education Representatives

Regent Fate reported that ACPE Director Dr. Joe L. McCormick has announced his resignation and wanted to express her appreciation for his excellent service and valuable input to the state of Alaska. Regent Forrer also reported that the ACPE endowment is dwindling and that the Commission is committed to making the student loan funds self-sufficient since the possibility of receiving new monies is very remote.

XVII. Board of Regents' Comments

Regent Thomas suggested that the Board discuss how executive session items are discussed during a full board meeting.

Regent Fate expressed her appreciation to the outgoing system governance officers: Donna Chantry, Mike Mayberry, and Colin Read; and stated that she treasured their input and communication to her as a member of the Board of Regents.

Regent Hayes commented that his first meeting had been an interesting one and that he was looking forward to many more.

Regent Croft requested information regarding Mrs. Luther Hess. The Regents' Affairs Office was asked to send him a copy of College Hills Chronicles, which documents Mrs. Hess' contributions to the University.

Regent Williams thanked everyone for their hospitality and reminded the Board that several of the discussions of today might need to be discussed at the Board of Regents' Retreat.

Regent Forrer expressed his appreciation to the Komisar's for the fabulous send-off dinner for Susan Stitham and Mark Helmericks.

XVIII. Adjourn

Vice President Kelly adjourned the meeting at 5:45 p.m.

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