Board of Regents

08-15-97minutes

Board of Regents

OFFICAL MINUTES

Meeting of the

University of Alaska Board of Regents

August 15, 1997

Valdez, Alaska

OFFICIAL MINUTES

Regents Present:
Michael P. Kelly, President
R. Danforth Ogg, Vice President
Mary Jane Fate, Secretary
Chancy Croft, Treasurer
Michael J. Burns
Elsa Froehlich Demeksa (excused at 2:45 p.m.)
Sharon D. Gagnon
Joseph R. Henri
Annette M. Nelson-Wright (excused at 2:45 p.m.)
Joe J. Thomas
Lew M. Williams, Jr. (excused at 2:45 p.m.)

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

In Attendance:
E. Lee Gorsuch, Chancellor, University of Alaska Anchorage
Marshall L. Lind, Chancellor, University of Alaska Southeast
Joan K. Wadlow, Chancellor, University of Alaska Fairbanks
David Creamer, Vice President for Finance and Planning
James A. Parrish, General Counsel
Wendy Redman, Vice President for University Relations
Patty Kastelic, Executive Director for Human Resources
'Nanne Myers, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs
Daniel Johnson, Provost, University of Alaska Anchorage
John P. Keating, Provost, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Jim Lynch, Associate Vice President for Finance
Marylou Burton, Director of Statewide Budget Development
Jim Johnsen, Director, Statewide Labor Relations
Robert Miller, Director of Public Affairs
J. Mark Neumayr, Associate General Counsel
Jeannie D. Phillips, Board of Regents' Officer
Dawn Hunziker, Board of Regents' Office Assistant

I.   Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by President Kelly at 8:20 a.m. on Friday, August 15, 1997.

Jo Ann McDowell, President of Prince William Sound Community College, welcomed the Board of Regents to Valdez and presented gifts from the College and the community of Valdez to board members. The Board of Regents thanked President McDowell and her staff for hosting the meeting.

II.   Adoption of Agenda

Regent Gagnon moved that the agenda be adopted as amended. The motion was seconded by Regent Henri, and passed unanimously that:

PASSED AS AMENDED (* indicates revisions)

"The Board of Regents adopts the agenda as presented.

I. Call to Order

II. Adoption of Agenda

III. Approval of Minutes

IV. Public Comments

V. Employee Organization Reports

A. System Governance

B. Collective Bargaining Units

VI. Chancellors' Status Reports

VII. UA System Administration Status Reports

VIII. Executive Session

IX. Approval of Resolution of Appreciation and Sympathy to the Family of Dr. C. Earl Albrecht

X. Approval of Revised Meeting Schedule for FY99

XI. Consent Agenda:

A. Planning and Development Committee
1. Approval of Development of a Strategic Plan

B. Academic and Student Affairs Committee

*1. Observance of University of Alaska Civil Rights Day (removed)

C. Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee

*1. Approval of Special Funds Policy 05.07.01 - Land-Grant Endowment Trust Fund (removed)

2. Approval of FY98 Capital Funds for Deferred Maintenance, Code Compliance & Renovations

D. Human Resources Committee

1. Adoption of Discrimination Policy

2. Adoption of Sexual Harassment Policy

3. Approval of Retirement Incentive Program

E. Committee of the Whole

1. Approval of Acceptance of Students from States Not Participating in the Western Undergraduate Exchange

XII. New Business and Committee Reports

A. Academic and Student Affairs Committee

B. Ad Hoc Committee on UA Schools of Education

C. Audit Committee

D. Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee

E. Human Resources Committee

F. Labor Relations Committee

G. Nominating Committee

H. Planning and Development Committee

*1. Approval of First Draft of Mission Statement and Six Goals (added)

*2. Direction regarding First Draft of Mission Statement and Six Goals and Revised Purposes, Principles and Priorities (added)

*3. Acceptance of Proposed Schedule for Intermediate and Long Range Planning (added)

I. Committee of the Whole

*1. Extension of Voting Privileges During Planning and Development Committee Meetings (added)

*2. Direction to Proceed on FY99 Operating and Capital Budgets

*XII.A. Approval of Resolution of Appreciation and Sympathy to the Family of Frank Meek (added)

*XII.B. Approval of Resolution of Appreciation to the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation for Inupiat House (added)

*XII.C. Approval of Resolution of Appreciation to Dr. Jo Ann McDowell and Staff of Prince William Sound Community College (added)

XIII. Future Agenda Items

XIV. Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education Report

XV. Presidents' and Board of Regents' Comments

XVI. Adjourn

This motion is effective August 15, 1997."

III.   Approval of Minutes

Regent Ogg requested the minutes be revised on page 18 to add to the Planning and Development Committee report that the Board of Regents did not take official action on the deadlines for submitting information to the Governor and that the board did not approve a further restructuring of the University of Alaska.

Regent Burns moved that the minutes be approved as amended. Regent Henri seconded the motion which passed unanimously that:

PASSED AS AMENDED

"The Board of Regents approves the minutes of its June 20, 1997 meeting as amended. This motion is effective August 15, 1997."

IV.   Public Comments

Linda Hyce, member of the Prince William Sound Community College Citizen's Advisory Council, welcomed the board to Valdez.

John Harris, former mayor of Valdez, welcomed the board to Valdez and spoke in strong support of the valuable contributions made by Prince William Sound Community College, and especially its president, Jody McDowell, to Valdez and the entire Prince William Sound area.

Rosie Gilbert, president of the United Students of the University of Alaska Southeast, thanked the board for supporting the construction projects on the University of Alaska Southeast campus.

James Stagg, speaker of the Assembly of the United Students of the University of Alaska Anchorage, encouraged the board to use student input during the planning processes.

Kevin Tritt, president of the United Students of the University of Alaska Anchorage, stated that he is encouraged by the planning efforts taking place but urged the board to increase student participation; reported on technology fee complaints by UAA students; and distributed information regarding a fund established for the mountaineering students who were injured during a recent accident.

V.   Employee Organization Reports

A.   System Governance: Faculty Alliance, Staff Alliance and Coalition of Student Leaders

Rosie Gilbert, spokesperson for the Coalition of Student Leaders, reported on student concerns that the planning process will use comparisons with Outside institutions without recognizing Alaska's uniqueness but that students were pleased with the 3-MAU approach.

Marie Scholle, president of the Staff Alliance, reported that the UAF Alumni Association has hired a new director and on the efforts of staff regarding the ongoing public relations campaign.

John Craven, president of the Faculty Alliance, reported on faculty work in the area of distance education and on concerns by faculty regarding the retirement incentive program.

B.   Collective Bargaining Units: ACCFT, CEA, United Academics

Cotton Rozell, representing CEA, reported that Mike Mayberry is recovering from heart surgery; and that CEA are still concerned about the supervisor-to-employee ratio at UAF and its impact on productivity.

Larry Weiss, president of United Academics, urged that the board meet with the union in informal meetings; proposed holding a higher education conference before the next legislative session; suggested several methods to enhance political awareness; and reported on the Ad Hoc Committee on the Retirement Incentive Program of which he is a member.

John French, vice president of United Academics, thanked the board for recognizing United Academics on its agenda; and spoke of concerns regarding contract letter changes and the need for more labor management training.

VI.   Chancellors' Status Reports

Chancellor Gorsuch distributed a news release from Senator Murkowski's office regarding his remarks on the U. S. Senate floor praising the Alaska Quarterly Review after its selection by the Washington Post book section, Book World, as "one of the nation's best literary magazines."

Written reports from the three chancellors were included in the full agenda.

VII.   UA System Administration Status Reports

No reports were given.

VIII.   Executive Session

Regent Croft announced that he had a perceived conflict of interest regarding a matter that would be discussed during the collective bargaining report. President Kelly concurred and Regent Croft did not participate and was not present during that discussion.

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

PASSED

"The Board of Regents goes into executive session at 12:15 p.m. A.D.T in accordance with the provisions of AS 44.62.310 to discuss matters relating to litigation, collective bargaining and land acquisition, these topics being subjects the immediate knowledge of which would have an adverse effect on the finances of the university. The session will include members of the Board of Regents, President Komisar, General Counsel Parrish, and such other university staff members as the president may designate and will last approximately one hour. Thus, the open session of the Board will resume in this room at approximately 1:15 p.m. A.D.T. This motion is effective August 15, 1997."

Regent Williams announced that the Board of Regents concluded an executive session at 3:05 p.m. A.D.T. in accordance with AS 44.62.310 discussing matters relating to litigation, collective bargaining and land acquisition, these topics being subjects 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, General Counsel Parrish and other university staff members designated by the president and lasted approximately two hours and fifty minutes.

IX.   Approval of Resolution of Appreciation and Sympathy to the Family of Dr. C. Earl Albrecht

Regent Fate requested that several revisions be made to the resolution before passage of the motion. The resolution, as stated below, contains those revisions.

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, Dr. C. Earl Albrecht, a Moravian medical missionary, came to Alaska in 1935 to join a two-doctor staff at the Alaska Railroad Hospital; and

WHEREAS, Dr. C. Earl Albrecht moved to Palmer shortly after his arrival to serve as the only doctor for the new farming colony in the Matanuska Valley; and

WHEREAS, Dr. C. Earl Albrecht was dedicated to the prevention and treatment of Alaska's tuberculosis epidemic, the highest in the world at that time, serving as the Territory of Alaska's first full-time health commissioner; and

WHEREAS, Dr. C. Earl Albrecht's commitment to educating the population of Alaska in preventative health care led to his appointment by Governor Ernest Gruening to the University of Alaska Board of Regents in 1949 where he served until 1958; and

WHEREAS, Dr. C. Earl Albrecht, during his tenure on the board, was instrumental in the promotion of the University of Alaska's community colleges, believing that education should be made available to the rural communities; and

WHEREAS, Dr. C. Earl Albrecht for his contributions to the University of Alaska, the state of Alaska, and its citizens, received an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Alaska in 1964; and

WHEREAS, Dr. C. Earl Albrecht died on July 18, 1997 in Bradenton, Florida at the age of 92;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Regents recognizes the substantial contributions made by Dr. C. Earl Albrecht during his tenure as a member of the Board of Regents, his residence in the state of Alaska; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board of Regents extends to the family of Dr. C. Earl Albrecht its deepest sympathies during this time of mourning; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution be appropriately engrossed and conveyed to the family of Dr. C. Earl Albrecht, with a copy to be incorporated into the official minutes of the August 15, 1997 meeting of the Board of Regents.

Regent Fate moved that the resolution be approved as amended. Regent Henri seconded and the motion passed unanimously that:

PASSED AS AMENDED

"The Board of Regents approves the amended resolution of appreciation and sympathy to the family of former regent Dr. C. Earl Albrecht. This motion is effective August 15, 1997."

X.   Approval of Revised Meeting Schedule for FY99

At the June 20, 1997 meeting of the full board, the FY99 meeting schedule was approved with the August 1998 location to be determined. Because of summer tourist schedules, it was critical that a location be chosen in order to ensure adequate hotel and meeting space.

In keeping with the board's practice of selecting extended sites on a rotating basis, the Kuskokwim Campus in Bethel was proposed as the site for the August 1998 meeting; the Board of Regents' last meeting in Bethel was in 1986.

Regent Ogg suggested that the date of the August 1998 meeting be adjusted to the following Thursday and Friday, August 20-21, which would result in the following FY99 schedule:

FY99 Meeting Dates / Location
August 20-21, 1998 / Bethel
October 1-2, 1998 / Fairbanks
November 19-20, 1998 / Anchorage
February 18-19, 1999 / Juneau
April 22-23, 1999 / Juneau
June 17-18, 1999 / Fairbanks

Regent Gagnon moved, seconded by Regent Fate, that the schedule, as amended be approved. The motion passed unanimously that:

PASSED AS AMENDED

"The Board of Regents approves the revised FY99 Meeting Schedule as amended. This motion is effective August 15, 1997."

XI.   Consent Agenda

A.   Planning and Development Committee
1.   Approval of Development of a Strategic Plan

"The Planning and Development Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve that the Planning and Development Committee develop a strategic plan over the next one to one and one-half years. This motion is effective July 25, 1997."

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

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the recommendation of the Planning and Development Committee as stated above. This motion is effective August 15, 1997."

B.   Academic and Student Affairs Committee

1.   Observance of University of Alaska Civil Rights Day

The Academic and Student Affairs Committee declined to forward the motion to the Full Board. The committee did grant the MAUs a one year waiver to adjust the academic calendars.

C.   Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee

1.   Approval of Special Funds Policy 05.07.01 - Land-Grant Endowment Trust Fund Reference 7

The Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee tabled this item until the September 1997 meeting. The motion was not forwarded to the Full Board.

2.   Approval of FY98 Capital Funds for Deferred Maintenance, Code Compliance, and Renovations  Reference 8

MOTION

"As required by Regents' Policy 05.12.05, the Finance, Facilities, and Land Management Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve the list of deferred maintenance and code compliance projects to be funded by the fiscal year 1998 capital appropriations. This motion is effective August 14, 1997."

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

PASSED AS AMENDED

"The Board of Regents approves item 2 of the recommendations of the Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee as stated above. This motion is effective August 15, 1997."

D.   Human Resources Committee

1.   Adoption of Discrimination Policy  Reference 4

MOTION AS AMENDED

"The Human Resources Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve the adoption of Policy 04.06.09.A - Discrimination, as presented in Reference 4 and amended by the Human Resources Committee. This motion is effective August 14, 1997."

2.   Adoption of Sexual Harassment Policy   Reference 5

MOTION AS AMENDED

"The Human Resources Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve the adoption of Policies 04.06.09.B - Prohibition Against Sexual Harassment; 04.06.09.C - Consensual Sexual Relations, as amended by the Human Resources Committee; and 04.06.09.D - Limitation of Liability, as presented in Reference 5. The Committee further recommends that the Board of Regents rescind Policy 04.08.02 - Sexual Harassment. This motion is effective August 14, 1997."

3.   Approval of Retirement Incentive Program

MOTION

"The Human Resources Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve the University of Alaska Retirement Incentive Program as described in the Board of Regents' Human Resources Committee agenda of August 14, 1997, and as provided for in SLA96 Chapter 4. This motion is effective August 14, 1997."

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

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the recommendations of the Human Resources Committee as stated above. This motion is effective August 15, 1997."

E.   Committee of the Whole

1.   Approval of Acceptance of Students from States Not Participating in the Western Undergraduate Exchange  Reference 11

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) approved the following motion at its June 1997 meeting that 'States participating in the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) may, at their discretion, accept students from states that do not participate in WUE (Arizona, California and Washington) at the WUE tuition rate.'; and

WHEREAS, the University of Alaska has been a participant in the WUE since its inception in 1988; and

WHEREAS, the fall 1996 enrollment summary reported that 69 students from WUE states were attending the University of Alaska and 794 Alaskan students were attending WUE state programs, demonstrating the efficacy and importance of this program to Alaska and its students;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the University of Alaska Board of Regents endorses the motion regarding the WUE by WICHE at its June 1997 and will, at its discretion, accept students from Arizona, California and Washington at WUE tuition rates, beginning the Fall 1997 semester; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be appropriately engrossed and conveyed to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, with a copy to be incorporated into the official minutes of the August 15, 1997 meeting of the Board of Regents.

MOTION

"The Committee of the Whole recommends that the Board of Regents approve the resolution regarding the Western Undergraduate Exchange. This motion is effective August 14, 1997."

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

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the recommendation of the Committee of the Whole as stated above. This motion is effective August 15, 1997."

XII.   New Business and Committee Reports

A.   Academic and Student Affairs Committee

Regent Gagnon submitted the following written report:

The Academic and Student Affairs Committee:

o Discussed but did not move to allow an additional 1-year waiver of the board's 1994 action which stipulated that the addition of the University of Alaska Civil Rights Day holiday not result in the loss of a day of instruction for the students. The motion was removed from the Consent Agenda and the campuses will proceed to implement the action of 1994.

o Discussed the subject of a common calendar for the MAUs. The understanding of the committee was that a common calendar is not at times advisable for all MAUs and campuses, but the committee encouraged the chancellors to apply a common calendar when desirable and practicable.

o Completed review of Policy 09.02 - Student Rights and Responsibilities. This policy will not be forwarded to governance for review.

o Completed first reading and revision on a new policy on Education Records.

o Reviewed matrix items for the Academic and Student Affairs Committee with Vice Chancellor Stell and Provosts Keating and Johnson. The Systemwide Academic Council will complete the matrix and timeline for presentation at the September 1997 Academic and Student Affairs Committee meeting.

o Heard Provost Keating's presentation of the planning underway between the United States and Japan for the organization of the International Arctic Research Center.

B.    Ad Hoc Committee on UA Schools of Education

Regent Gagnon reported that following the Academic and Student Affairs Committee meeting on August 14, 1997, she received a facsimile from the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District School Board containing its Resolution 97-09 regarding Educational Leadership Program-School of Education. Regent Gagnon reported that the resolution would be discussed at the upcoming Ad Hoc Committee on the University of Alaska Schools of Education meeting to be held in Anchorage on August 27, 1997.

C.  Audit Committee

No report was given.

D.  Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee

Regent Henri reported that in addition to the consent agenda items, the Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee also heard reports and held discussions on the following items:

o The Coal-Water Project is scheduled to be approved at the September 1997 meeting of the board.

o Status reports were given on the Student Housing & Food Service projects at UAA, the NOAA project, and on capital projects.

o A report was given on design standards for installation of underground piping at UAA.

o At the request of the committee, Vice President Redman reported on the pros and cons of a public relations campaign.

E.   Human Resources Committee

Regent Thomas reported that in addition to action items, the committee heard reports on the salary survey project, the possibility of a leave share program replacement, a benefits update, and a report on labor relations.

F.   Labor Relations Committee

No report was given.

G.   Nominating Committee

No report was given.

H.   Planning and Development Committee

*1. Approval of First Draft of Mission Statement and Six Goals (added)

During the Planning and Development Committee meeting on August 14, 1997, Regent Ogg submitted a proposed mission statement with six goals as follows:

Mission Statement:

The mission of the University of Alaska is to educate all Alaskans to become successful, productive, and independent members of a free Alaskan society.

Six Goals:

1. The University of Alaska shall become the acclaimed university in fields of study which are unique to Alaska.

2. The UAF, UAA and UAS shall specialize in fields of study which best suit their area of expertise with the object being the elimination of duplicate programs at the three main campuses.

3. The University of Alaska shall become a leader in distant education.

4. The University of Alaska shall concentrate on ensuring a stable funding base for higher education in Alaska.

5. The University of Alaska shall have a strong community college system for Alaskans.

6. The University of Alaska shall train Alaskans for jobs in Alaska.

The Planning and Development Committee passed a motion that this mission statement and six goals be approved by the Full Board.

Regent Ogg moved, seconded by Regent Thomas, and failed with Regents Croft, Henri and Ogg voting in favor and Regents Burns, Fate, Gagnon, Kelly and Thomas voting in opposition that:

FAILED

"The Board of Regents adopts the Mission Statement and Six Goals as a first draft to guide the University of Alaska through the short-term crisis it now faces. This motion is effective August 15, 1997."

*2.   Direction regarding First Draft of Mission Statement and Six Goals and Revised Purposes, Principles and Priorities (added)

During the Planning and Development Committee meeting on August 14, 1997, the following motion was passed by the committee and forwarded to the Full Board for approval.

Regent Fate moved, seconded by Regent Gagnon, and failed with Regents Croft, Fate, Henri and Ogg voting in favor and Regents Burns, Gagnon, Kelly and Thomas voting in opposition that:

FAILED

"The Board of Regents directs that the university administration review and revise the first draft of the Mission Statement and Six Goals and the Purposes, Principles and Priorities, and present the revisions to the Planning and Development Committee at its September 24, 1997 meeting. This motion is effective August 15, 1997."

*3.   Acceptance of Proposed Schedule for Intermediate and Long Range Planning (added)

During the Planning and Development Committee meeting on August 14, 1997, the following motion was passed by the committee and forwarded to the Full Board for approval.

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

PASSED

"The Board of Regents accepts, subject to revision, the Proposed Schedule for Intermediate and Long Range Planning. This motion is effective August 15, 1997."

4.   Planning and Development Committee Report

Regent Gagnon submitted the following written report:

The Planning and Development Committee:

o Reviewed and revised a statement of purposes, principles and priorities for the University of Alaska. Following the discussion, the committee passed two motions relevant to the development of a mission statement. [These motions are included as H. 1 and H.2]

o Received President Komisar's report on the role and scope of the MAUs. Full discussion of the paper will occur at the next meeting of the Planning and Development Committee.

o Received President Komisar's matrix for short-term, mid-term and long-term planning. Following discussion, the committee passed the motion to accept the proposed schedule. [This motion is included as H.3]

o The remaining agenda items were continued to the next meeting of the Planning and Development Committee.

I.   Committee of the Whole

*1.   Extension of Voting Privileges During Planning and Development Committee Meetings (added)

During the Committee of the Whole meeting on August 14, 1997, the following motion was passed by the committee and forwarded to the Full Board for approval.

The Committee of the Whole recommends that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents extends voting privileges to all Board of Regents' members during Planning and Development Committee meetings. This motion is effective by unanimous consent on August 15, 1997."

Regent Henri moved, seconded by Regent Gagnon that the motion be approved.

Regent Ogg moved to amend the motion to add the language "until June 1999". The amendment was seconded by Regent Croft. Regent Ogg explained his concern that there be a sunset on the extension of the voting privileges. The amendment failed with Regents Burns and Ogg voting in favor and Regents Croft, Fate, Gagnon, Henri, Kelly and Thomas voting in opposition.

The main motion was passed by unanimous consent.

PASSED

"The Board of Regents extends voting privileges to all Board of Regents' members during Planning and Development Committee meetings. This motion is effective by unanimous consent on August 15, 1997."

*2.   Direction to Proceed on FY99 Operating and Capital Budgets (added)

During the Committee of the Whole meeting on August 14, 1997, the following motion was passed by the committee and forwarded to the Full Board for approval.

Regent Fate moved, seconded by Regent Gagnon, and passed with Regents Burns, Croft, Fate, Gagnon, Kelly, Ogg and Thomas voting in favor and Regent Henri voting in opposition that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents directs the university administration to continue following the direction presented in the FY99 Operating and Capital Budget presentation. This motion is effective August 15, 1997."

3.   Committee of the Whole Report

In addition to consent and new business items, the Committee of the Whole discussed the FY98 operating budget, reviewed the proposed FY99 operating and capital budgets; and heard reports on the proposed closure of the Brooks Building and reduction of grounds maintenance at the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus.

*XII.A.   Approval of Resolution of Appreciation and Sympathy to the Family of Frank Meek (added)

The Board of Regents asked that Chancellor Joan Wadlow write, on its behalf, a resolution of appreciation and sympathy to the family of Frank Meek.

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, the University of Alaska Board of Regents recognizes with sadness the passing on the Fourteenth of August 1997 of 93-year-old Frank Meek; and

WHEREAS, the University of Alaska has lost a valued friend, contributor, supporter of fisheries education and research, and unwavering advocate of higher education in Alaska; and

WHEREAS, Frank Meek served the state of Alaska through his many years as a Town Site Trustee for the Bureau of Land Management, where he was responsible for surveying and naming lots in many of Alaska's small towns, including some of the first street names created in the community of Delta Junction, Alaska; and

WHEREAS, Frank Meek became one of Alaska's first commercial seafood marketers when in 1951 he began selling fresh Kodiak crab, and because of that experience established a fund at the University of Alaska Fairbanks to create the Frank and Marjorie Meek Endowed Chair in Fisheries and Ocean Sciences; and

WHEREAS, Frank Meek held with special pride his links to the UAF College of Fellows of the University of Alaska Foundation, and through the endowment his legacy of respect for Alaska's fisheries and higher education will be remembered;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Regents expresses its deepest appreciation for Frank Meek, who demonstrated throughout his long life by action and deed his support of the University of Alaska; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board of Regents acknowledges with pride the many contributions made by Frank Meek which have assisted the University in providing new opportunities for Alaska's students and which help the University continue to meet its statewide responsibility to provide basic and applied research affecting Alaska's fisheries, one of the state's most important industries and natural resources; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution be appropriately engrossed and conveyed to the family of Frank Meek with a copy incorporated in the official minutes of the August 15, 1997 meeting of the University of Alaska Board of Regents.

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

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the resolution of appreciation and sympathy to the family of Frank Meek. This motion is effective August 15, 1997."

 *XII.B.  Approval of Resolution of Appreciation to the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation for Inupiat House (added)

The Board of Regents asked that Chancellor Joan Wadlow write, on its behalf, a resolution of appreciation to the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation regarding the Inupiat House on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus which will open on August 21, 1997.

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, the University of Alaska Board of Regents recognizes the value of enhancing educational opportunities for Alaska's rural and Native populations, and supports a culturally diverse environment which benefits all who live, work and learn at the University; and

WHEREAS, the University, the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation and the Arctic Education Foundation share common goals in the recruitment, retention and education of Alaska's rural and Native populations; and

WHEREAS, the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation and the Arctic Education Foundation have demonstrated leadership and innovation to create partnerships which enhance the learning experience for Alaska's rural and Native higher education students;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Regents profoundly appreciates the determined efforts by the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation and the Arctic Education Foundation to provide funding for the construction, financing and maintenance of Inupiat House at the University of Alaska Fairbanks; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board of Regents looks forward to the 21st Century and its partnership with the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation and the Arctic Education Foundation for the continuation of shared opportunities which benefit rural and Native students of Alaska; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution be appropriately engrossed and conveyed to the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation and the Arctic Education Foundation with a copy incorporated in the official minutes of the August 15, 1997 meeting of the University of Alaska Board of Regents.

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

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the resolution of appreciation to the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation and the Arctic Education Foundation for their support of Inupiat House. This motion is effective August 15, 1997."

*XII.C.  Approval of Resolution of Appreciation to Dr. Jo Ann McDowell and Staff of Prince William Sound Community College (added)

The university administration was directed to write a resolution of appreciation to Dr. Jo Ann McDowell and the staff of Prince William Sound Community College in recognition of their work in hosting the Board of Regents' meeting and the Prince William Sound Community College Edward Albee Theatre Conference.

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, the Board of Regents has held its second consecutive August board meeting in the city of Valdez, hosted by Prince William Sound Community College; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Regents has once again experienced the extraordinary efforts of the Prince William Sound Community College staff in ensuring that the meeting location, accommodations, and support were of the highest caliber; and

WHEREAS, the Prince William Sound Community College staff, while hosting the Board of Regents, also celebrated its fifth anniversary of the Prince William Sound Community College Edward Albee Theatre Conference; and

WHEREAS, the Prince William Sound Community College Edward Albee Theatre Conference was a resounding success, due again to the superb dedication and effort of the Prince William Sound Community College staff; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Regents acknowledges that the Prince William Sound Community College staff are enlivened by the special leadership of their energetic, enthusiastic, dedicated president, Dr. Jo Ann McDowell;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Regents expresses its sincere thanks and deepest respect and regard to Dr. Jo Ann McDowell and her staff at Prince William Sound Community College in exhibiting the highest levels of professionalism and community college spirit; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution be appropriately engrossed and conveyed to Dr. Jo Ann McDowell and the staff of Prince William Sound Community College with a copy incorporated in the official minutes of the August 15, 1997 meeting of the University of Alaska Board of Regents.

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

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the resolution of appreciation to Dr. Jo Ann McDowell and staff of Prince William Sound Community College for hosting the University of Alaska Board of Regents during its meetings of August 13-15, 1997. This motion is effective August 15, 1997."

XIII.  Future Agenda Items

Regent Croft requested that the university administration report back to the board on the possibility of holding a higher education conference.

Regent Croft requested that meeting times be scheduled to accommodate flight schedules of board members from Southeast Alaska.

Regent Henri requested that a resolution of appreciation for Regent Sharon Gagnon regarding her tenure as a member of the Alaska Aerospace Development Corporation Board of Directors be presented for approval to the Full Board during its meeting on September 26, 1997.

Regent Henri requested that a resolution of appreciation for members of the University of Alaska Technology Development Corporation Board of Directors be presented for approval to the Full Board during its meeting on September 26, 1997.

Regent Ogg requested that the mission statement and six goals that were discussed during the Planning and Development Committee, be discussed at the next meeting of this committee.

XIV.   Report from Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education Representatives

Regent Fate submitted the draft agenda for the next meeting of the commission, to be held on Friday, September 19, 1997. Regent Fate also reported that the commission would need a formal notification of the appointment by President Kelly of Regent Demeksa to the commission. President Kelly directed the Board of Regents' Officer to submit the requested notification.

XV.   Presidents' and Board of Regents' Comments

President Komisar reported on his recent trip to Washington D.C. to work on issues related to university lands.

Regent Gagnon thanked the Prince William Sound Community College staff for hosting a wonderful meeting; and the staff for work done in preparing the meeting materials.

Regent Fate reported on the briefing to the United States House of Representatives Committee on Resources regarding university lands and encouraged board members to attend the Inupiat House Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on August 21.

Regent Henri praised the Prince William Sound Community College staff, and President McDowell in particular, for an outstanding theater conference.

XVI.   Adjourn

President Kelly adjourned the meeting at 4:00 p.m.

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