Board of Regents

02-06-98minutes

Board of Regents

OFFICIAL MINUTES

Emergency Meeting of the

University of Alaska Board of Regents

February 5-6, 1998

Anchorage, Alaska

OFFICIAL MINUTES

Full Board Retreat
Thursday, February 5, 1998
Endeavor Room, Captain Cook Hotel

Regents Present:
Michael P. Kelly, President
R. Danforth Ogg, Vice President
Mary Jane Fate, Secretary
Chancy Croft, Treasurer
Michael J. Burns
Elsa Froehlich Demeksa
Sharon D. Gagnon
Joseph R. Henri
Annette M. Nelson-Wright
Joe J. Thomas (arrived 9:36 a.m.)
Lew M. Williams, Jr.

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

Others Present:

James A. Parrish, General Counsel
Wendy Redman, Vice President for University Relations
Patty Kastelic, Executive Director, Statewide Human Resources
Robert Miller, Director, Public Affairs
Jeannie D. Phillips, Board of Regents' Officer
Dawn Hunziker, Board of Regents' Coordinator
Madeline Schatz, UAF Faculty
John Craven, UAF Faculty
Kara Nance, UAF Faculty
Anna Salyer, UAS Faculty
Lauren Bruce, UAA Faculty
Barbara Harville, UAA Faculty
Bob Kuhner, UAA Faculty
Lawrence Lee Oldaker, UAS Faculty
Gil Bane, Kodiak Faculty
Barbara Tullis, UAA Staff
Donna Lyons,
Kathleen Shepro,
Kevin Tritt, UAA Student
Pat Ivey, System Governance

I. Call to Order

President Kelly called the meeting to order at 9:15 a.m.

II. Adoption of Agenda

The agenda was approved with no objections.

PASSED

"The Board of Regents adopts the agenda as presented.

I. Call to Order
II. Adoption of Agenda
III. Dialogue Between Faculty Alliance and Board of Regents regarding Presidential Search
IV. Discussion regarding Vision for the Direction and Structure of the University of Alaska
V. Discussion regarding Presidential Qualifications and Characteristics
VI. Discussion regarding Presidential Search Committee
VII. Interview of Presidential Search Consultants
VIII. Other Items of Concern
IX. Adjourn

This motion is effective February 5, 1998."

III. Dialogue Between Faculty Alliance and Board of Regents regarding Presidential Search: Reference 1

On January 22, 1998, the Faculty Alliance met via audioconference regarding the Presidential Search and adopted a motion seeking faculty representation on the search committee. This motion was as included in the agenda as Reference 1

Members of the Faculty Alliance met with the Board of Regents and discussed the Presidential Search process, including faculty concerns regarding the structure of the Presidential Search Committee and possible alternatives that would include a higher level of faculty participation.

IV. Discussion regarding Vision for the Direction and Structure of the University of Alaska: References 2-8

On January 14, 1998, the full Board met in preliminary discussion on the vision for the direction and structure of the University of Alaska. Summary notes from that discussion were included in Reference 2.

As a result of that meeting, President Kelly requested that each member of the board submit written comments on a vision for discussion at this meeting. Reference 3 includes those written comments as well as suggestions from faculty, staff, and students.

In addition, Regent Gagnon requested that each board member receive two publications pertinent to the task at hand: Rethinking SUNY by the Board of Trustees of State University of New York and Undergraduate Education and the Market Place by Humphrey Doermann. These publications are included as References 4 and 5.

Included for reference is the motion approved by the Board of Regents on November 21, 1997 regarding Administrative Savings (Reference 6), the report from Chancellor Wadlow's committee regarding Administrative Savings (Reference 7) and President Komisar's recommendations regarding Administrative Savings (Reference 8).

The board reviewed the Purposes, Principles and Priorities statements developed by the board in August 1997 and made further refinements.

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

PASSED

"The Board of Regents adopts the Purposes, Principles and Priorities as agreed upon at the September 24, 1997 meeting of the Planning and Development Committee and as further amended by the Board of Regents at its meeting of February 5, 1998. This motion is effective February 5, 1998."

V. Discussion regarding Presidential Qualifications and Characteristics: References 2-3, 9

On January 14, 1998, the board met in preliminary discussion regarding desired qualifications and characteristics for the next president of the University of Alaska. Summary notes regarding that discussion were included in Reference 2.

As a result of that meeting, President Kelly requested that each member of the Board submit written comments regarding desired qualifications and characteristics. Reference 3 includes those written comments as well as suggestions from faculty, staff, and students.

In addition, the Board of Regents' Office received the publication used by the University of Minnesota during its recent search entitled "Presidential Search Information and Statement of Desired Leadership Characteristics." A copy of this publication was included as Reference 9.

The board reviewed developed a set of desired leadership characteristics and expectations with the intent to bring them forward for further refinement at the next Presidential Search Committee meeting.

VI. Discussion regarding Presidential Search Committee

The Board of Regents discussed methods that would provide for input from the faculty, staff and students of the University of Alaska, and the general public regarding the Presidential Search.

President Kelly recessed the meeting at 6:00 p.m.

Full Board Meeting
Friday, February 6, 1998
University Lakes Building Videoconference Room
University of Alaska Anchorage Campus

Regents Present:
Michael P. Kelly, President
R. Danforth Ogg, Vice President
Mary Jane Fate, Secretary
Chancy Croft, Treasurer
Michael J. Burns
Elsa Froehlich Demeksa
Joseph R. Henri
Annette Nelson-Wright
Joe J. Thomas
Lew M. Williams, Jr.

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

Regents Absent:
Sharon D. Gagnon

Others Present:
James A. Parrish, General Counsel
Wendy Redman, Vice President for University Relations
Patty Kastelic, Executive Director, Statewide Human Resources
Bob Miller, Director, Public Affairs
Jeannie Phillips, Board of Regents' Officer
Dawn Hunziker, Board of Regents' Coordinator
Madeline Schatz, UAF Faculty
Barbara Harville, UAA Faculty

President Kelly called the meeting back to order at 8:50 a.m.

VII. Interview of Presidential Search Consultants

The Board of Regents interviewed, via videoconference, two national consulting firms: Heidrick and Struggles, and Korn/Ferry International.

After the interviews were concluded, the board went into an executive session lasting 10 minutes to discuss topics which might tend to prejudice the reputation or character of a person or persons.

Regent Croft moved, seconded by Regent Nelson-Wright and passed unanimously that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents selects the firm of Heidrick and Struggles to provide consulting services regarding the search for a University of Alaska President, and directs the university administration to proceed with the completion of a contract with the successful proposer. This motion is effective February 6, 1998."

VIII. Other Items of Concern

President Kelly announced his intention to select a Presidential Search Evaluation Committee to assist with the evaluation of applicants and possible candidates. Regent Kelly stated that he would appoint a faculty member from each MAU and one from a rural site, one staff member, one student, and an alumni representative. He asked that board members consider at the next meeting of the Presidential Search Committee whether the Evaluation Committee should also include three board members, all board members, or should exclude any board members.

IX. Adjourn

President Kelly adjourned the meeting at 3:30 p.m.

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