Board of Regents

11-19-98summary

Board of Regents

SUMMARY OF ACTIONS

Meeting of the

University of Alaska Board of Regents

November 19-20, 1998

Anchorage

SUMMARY OF ACTIONS

1.   Approval of Resolution of Appreciation for Sharon D. Gagnon

WHEREAS, Sharon D. Gagnon served with distinction as a member of the Board of Regents of the University of Alaska from February 1991 through January 1999, appointed by Governor Walter J. Hickel; and

WHEREAS, Sharon D. Gagnon provided outstanding leadership on the Board of Regents, serving as its president from 1993 until 1996; as chair of the Planning and Development Committee, and chair of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee; and

WHEREAS, Sharon D. Gagnon, a native of Evansville, Indiana, earned her undergraduate degree in 1962 from Indiana University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and from 1962 to 1964 studied in France on a Fulbright Scholarship; she went on to receive her master's and Ph.D. in French Literature at Harvard University; and

WHEREAS, Sharon D. Gagnon was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Alaska Anchorage from 1988 to 1990 teaching French, and also taught at the old Anchorage Community College, Alaska Methodist University, and before coming to Alaska in 1970, taught at Vanderbilt University and earlier was a teaching fellow at Harvard University and at the Université de Poitiers, France; and

WHEREAS, Sharon D. Gagnon has served the citizens of this state in many capacities including service on the board of trustees of the University of Alaska Foundation, Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education, Northern Pedagogical University, Magadan; Alaska Aerospace Development Corporation, Rasmuson Foundation, The CIRI Foundation, Providence Hospital Community Advisory Board, Mapco Alaska Community Advisory Board, Alaska Airlines Community Advisory Board, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, Anchorage Organizing Committee for the Winter Olympics, Alaska Repertory Theater and Alaska Children's Services; and

WHEREAS, Sharon D. Gagnon demonstrates her deep commitment to higher education, not only with the University of Alaska, but with her service to Harvard University where she served as president of the Harvard Alumni Association from 1993 to 1994, and was elected to membership on the Harvard Board of Overseers in 1995 where she serves as chair of the Standing Committee on Humanities and Arts; and

WHEREAS, Sharon D. Gagnon served on the University of Alaska Anchorage Citizens Advisory Committee from 1976 to 1986 and was chair of the committee for three terms during a time when UAA was developing fully into a 4-year institution; and

WHEREAS, Sharon D. Gagnon was honored in 1985 for her numerous contributions to the growth and development of the university system by having a street, Sharon D. Gagnon Lane, named for her on the UAA campus in Anchorage; and

WHEREAS, Sharon D. Gagnon, during her exemplary service as a member of the Board of Regents, helped guide the University of Alaska through an exhaustive program review process that resulted in reduced administrative costs, saved millions of dollars throughout the system, and reallocated several million more to protect the university's academic programs; and

WHEREAS, Sharon D. Gagnon, in the last two years as chair of the board's Planning and Development Committee, has guided the university's strategic planning process, building on the work done during program assessment, emphasizing always the university's need to "develop not only students' knowledge, but also their clarity of thought, their ability to analyze and their humanity"; and

WHEREAS, Sharon D. Gagnon as chair of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee, was almost single-handedly responsible for the extensive writing and rewriting of Board of Regents' policies regarding academic and student matters to assure the effectiveness, relevance and fairness of such policies as they are applied to situations throughout the system; and

WHEREAS, Sharon D. Gagnon at all times provided leadership with grace, good humor and equanimity which served to ease the board's passage through many troublesome and divisive issues; and

WHEREAS, Sharon D. Gagnon has demonstrated her personal commitment to quality higher education and shown a dedication, sense of purpose, dignity and energy befitting the highest standards of public service;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Regents of the University of Alaska takes official recognition of Sharon D. Gagnon's outstanding service and extends to her this statement of appreciation for her contributions to the advancement of higher education in the state of Alaska; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this resolution be appropriately engrossed and conveyed to Sharon D. Gagnon with a copy incorporated in the official minutes of the November 19-20, 1998, meeting of the Board of Regents.

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the Resolution of Appreciation for Sharon D. Gagnon. This motion is effective November 19, 1998."

2.   Approval of Resolution of Appreciation for Joseph R. Henri

WHEREAS, Joseph R. Henri served with distinction as a member of the Board of Regents of the University of Alaska from February 1991 through January 1999, appointed by Governor Walter J. Hickel; and

WHEREAS, Joseph R. Henri provided outstanding leadership for eight years on the Board of Regents, serving for all but two regular meetings as chair of the Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee, fostering the formation of a Board of Regents' Audit Committee, having served as its first chair and as a continuous member; and representing the Board of Regents on the University of Alaska Foundation Board of Trustees; and

WHEREAS, Joseph R. Henri's contributions to the university are grounded in nearly four decades of experience as a practicing lawyer and public official, serving under U. S. Senator Ernest Gruening, as Governor William A. Egan's Alaska Commissioner of Administration, as a State District Judge in Fairbanks, and as City Attorney and City Manager in Juneau; and

WHEREAS, Joseph R. Henri, in his capacity as a member of the Board of Regents, continued his long-term commitment to the development of Alaska's natural resources, utilizing his experience and insights as owner of South Central Timber Development, Inc., former president of the Resource Development Council and of the Council's Education Foundation, member of the State of Alaska Board of Forestry, and director of the Alaska Miners Association, chairing its Federal Oversight Committee; and

WHEREAS, Joseph R. Henri, with Aletha Walker Henri, co-founded two schools in Juneau in 1969 to provide care and education to physically and mentally handicapped children, of which one is still serving the needs of the community; and

WHEREAS, Joseph R. Henri has been steadfast in his belief that the State of Alaska has the resources it needs to develop and strengthen the University of Alaska, his eloquent, but sometimes lonely, voice calling upon the university to be accountable and to enhance its own revenue sources, always pointing out that such strategies can only supplement increased state appropriations; and

WHEREAS, Joseph R. Henri, consistently spread the message that to increase state revenues, the people need to reinstate a state income tax, and/or cap the Permanent Fund Dividend checks to enable the State of Alaska to fund the university at the appropriate capital and operating levels; and authored a resolution approved by the board in February 1998 which urged the Legislature to "reallocate enough surplus earnings of the Permanent Fund to fully fund the budget request of the Board of Regents and the deferred maintenance accounts of the University of Alaska and other state agencies" resulting in the Legislature reallocating those funds for the first time in the state's history; and

WHEREAS, Joseph R. Henri has earned the respect of his colleagues for his dogged determination to avoid using such terms as "downsizing" and "rightsizing" in favor of pressing the university to do what is right by embracing new disciplines like architecture, or expanding existing but narrowly focused endeavors such as health care, mineral engineering and forestry, to being outstanding in all that it does, and in pressing state decision-makers to fund the university adequately; and

WHEREAS, Joseph R. Henri during his exemplary service as chair of the Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee, teamed with other regents to obtain capital funding necessary to address the university's deferred maintenance problems, and to seek passage of legislation in the Alaska Legislature and in Congress to increase the university's land grant; and

WHEREAS, Joseph R. Henri because of his personal commitment to provide quality postsecondary education for all Alaskans, will be remembered for his dedication, his sense of purpose, his deep love of Alaska and the University of Alaska, his sense of humor and irony, the energy which he brought to the role of regent, and, alas, his often expressed exasperation with what he considered the occasional backward step and with the slow pace of beneficial change; and

WHEREAS, Joseph R. Henri savored a memorable breakthrough in new ventures when he addressed a meeting of Alaska architects about his concerns for architecture, municipal layout and northern living, and they responded by establishing at UAA a 3-credit graduate course called Northern Design which is now accepted by the Alaska Board of Architects, Engineers and Land Surveyors as fulfilling the Alaska-specific requirement for licensure;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Regents of the University of Alaska officially recognizes Joseph R. Henri's outstanding service and dedication and presents this statement of appreciation for his contributions to the development and preservation of higher education in the state of Alaska; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution be appropriately engrossed and conveyed to Joseph R. Henri, with a copy to be incorporated in the official minutes of the November 19-20, 1998, meeting of the Board of Regents.

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the Resolution of Appreciation for Joseph R. Henri. This motion is effective November 19, 1998."

3.   Approval of Resolution of Appreciation for Michael P. Kelly

WHEREAS, Michael P. Kelly, a resident of the Fairbanks community for more than 40 years, served with distinction as a member of the Board of Regents of the University of Alaska from February 1991 through January 1999, appointed by Governor Walter J. Hickel; and

WHEREAS, Michael P. Kelly provided outstanding leadership on the Board of Regents, serving as its president from 1996 until 1998, as its vice president from 1995 until 1996, as chair of the Human Resources Committee, and as a member of the Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee; and

WHEREAS, Michael P. Kelly graduated from Monroe High School in Fairbanks, attended Seattle University, and graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a bachelor's degree in business management; and

WHEREAS, Michael P. Kelly is now President and Chief Executive Officer of the Golden Valley Electric Association, his 16th year at the helm of the electric utility; and

WHEREAS, Michael P. Kelly has also served as chair of the Alaska Utility Systems Coordinating Council; chair of the Statewide Utility Managers Association; chair of the Bradley Lake Hydroelectric Project Management Committee; and as a member of the National Power and Generation Committee; and

WHEREAS, Michael P. Kelly's example of professional and civic leadership has established him not only as a successful businessman, but also as a role model for future generations of Alaska business leaders, and in 1987 he was named Business Leader of the Year by the Associated Students of Business at the University of Alaska Fairbanks; and

WHEREAS, Michael P. Kelly's commitment to the Fairbanks community and the state of Alaska, is demonstrated by his service on the board of directors for the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, the Fairbanks Community Hospital Foundation, and as a former chair of the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce, the Monroe/ICS School Board, and the United Way; and

WHEREAS, Michael P. Kelly's promotion of business growth and development is further evidenced by the fact that he has served on the Board of Directors for the Fairbanks Rotary, the Fairbanks Industrial Development Corporation, and Denali State Bank; and

WHEREAS, Michael P. Kelly played a crucial role as a member of the Board of Regents in protecting and promoting the University of Alaska during state budget cuts that required years of university budget reductions and reallocations to provide for the needs of academic programs; and

WHEREAS, Michael P. Kelly's leadership initiatives after he became president of the board resulted in regular communications with the Office of the Governor, the Alaska Legislature, and the Alaska public regarding the capital and operating needs of Alaska's only institution of public higher education, the University of Alaska; and

WHEREAS, Michael P. Kelly's no-nonsense style, and his determination to increase state funding while responding to legislative and public concerns about the university's administrative costs, helped guide the university through the budgetary downsizing, and kept the board focused on efforts to have the university "do more with less"; and

WHEREAS, Michael P. Kelly's firm belief that excellent people produce excellent results, chaired the search committee culminating in the hiring of the University's General Counsel; and led the Board of Regents through the single most important decision the board can make, the selection of a president to lead the system, ensuring that the opinions of the University faculty, staff, students, alumni and Alaska citizens were solicited, considered and incorporated into the search process; and

WHEREAS, Michael P. Kelly provided leadership with compassion for others and with a sense of good humor which eased the way through many a troublesome issue; and

WHEREAS, Michael P. Kelly demonstrates his personal commitment to the University of Alaska and to quality postsecondary education through his dedication, sense of purpose and energy befitting the highest standards of public service;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Regents of the University of Alaska takes official recognition of Michael P. Kelly's outstanding service and extends to him this statement of appreciation for his contribution to the advancement of higher education in Alaska; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this resolution be appropriately engrossed and conveyed to Michael P. Kelly with a copy incorporated in the official minutes of the November 19-20, 1998, meeting of the Board of Regents.

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the Resolution of Appreciation for Michael P. Kelly. This motion is effective November 19, 1998."

4.   Approval of Resolution of Appreciation for Lew M. Williams, Jr.

WHEREAS, Lew M. Williams, Jr., served with distinction as a member of the Board of Regents of the University of Alaska from February 1991 through January 1999, appointed by Governor Walter J. Hickel; and

WHEREAS, Lew M. Williams, Jr., began running Alaska newspapers in 1946, upon his return from service as a paratrooper during World War II; and

WHEREAS, Lew M. Williams, Jr., in addition to the Ketchikan Daily News, has published the Wrangell Sentinel, the Sitka Sentinel, and the Petersburg Press, and even though he retired in 1990 he remains active, writing a weekly column and serving as a resource person for the newspaper's editorial staff; and

WHEREAS, Lew M. Williams, Jr., served the Board of Regents as chair of the Nominating Committee, and as a member of the Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee; and

WHEREAS, Lew M. Williams, Jr., provided a sense of pragmatism and historical perspective during countless hours of committee and board deliberations; and

WHEREAS, Lew M. Williams, Jr., was instrumental in guiding the board to establish as its number one priority the resolution of the university's deferred maintenance problems, which was vital to the process that has resulted in significant resources being directed at deferred maintenance projects throughout the system; and

WHEREAS, Lew M. Williams, Jr., emphasized the importance of having University of Alaska campuses in urban and rural settings, and reminded those citizens that were privileged to have a campus in their communities that it is an enterprise that should be supported not only by state general funds but by the communities themselves; and

WHEREAS, Lew M. Williams, Jr., is committed to the idea that the University of Alaska as a land grant institution should have a larger land grant from which to develop a financial base to help pay for the educational programs and services it provides, and his efforts have been instrumental in obtaining legislative, if not executive branch, approval of legislation awarding the university land; and

WHEREAS, Lew M. Williams, Jr., has worked on state boards and commissions under every governor since statehood, including terms on the Alaska Judicial Council and the Board of Governors of the Alaska Bar Association, serving on the Alaska Blue Ribbon Task Force to establish the state's position on the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980, and as chair of the Citizen's Advisory Commission on Federal Areas; and

WHEREAS, Lew M. Williams, Jr., has demonstrated his commitment to civic service, serving a term on the Wrangell School Board, five years as mayor of Petersburg; on chambers of commerce in Wrangell, Petersburg and Ketchikan; and on numerous local committees; and

WHEREAS, Lew M. Williams, Jr., was co-founder of an association of municipal governments and chambers of commerce in Southeastern Alaska, and founder and multi-term president of the Alaska Newspaper Association, as well as director of Allied Daily Newspapers, which is now the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association; and

WHEREAS, Lew M. Williams, Jr., has been deservedly honored for his selfless years of service, as evidenced by the conferral of an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree by the University of Alaska in 1981, his selection by the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce as Outstanding Alaskan, and by the City of Ketchikan as Citizen of the Year; and

WHEREAS, Lew M. Williams, Jr., will be remembered for his commitment to quality public higher education for all Alaskans, and for his dedication and thoughtful attention to the concerns of the University of Alaska system and its students;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Regents of the University of Alaska officially recognizes Lew M. Williams, Jr.'s invaluable service and dedication and presents this statement of appreciation for his contributions to the development and preservation of higher education in the state of Alaska; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution be appropriately engrossed and conveyed to Lew M. Williams, Jr., with a copy incorporated in the official minutes of the November 19-20, 1998, meeting of the Board of Regents.

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the Resolution of Appreciation for Lew M. Williams, Jr. This motion is effective November 19, 1998."

5.   Approval of Revisions to and Renumbering of Regents' Policy 09.09 - Recreational and Competitive Athletics

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves Regents' Policy 09.09 - Recreational and Competitive Athletics, as presented in Reference 1. This motion is effective November 20, 1998."

6.  Approval of Regents' Policy 09.03 - Student Dispute Resolution

PASSED AS AMENDED (amendment indicated by underscore)

"The Board of Regents approves Regents' Policy 09.03 - Student Dispute Resolution as presented in Reference 2 and as amended by the Academic and Student Affairs Committee on November 20, 1998, to become effective at the start of the Fall 1999 semester. This motion is effective November 20, 1998."

7.   Approval of Delay in Implementation of Regents' Policy 09.02 - Student Rights and Responsibilities and of Deletion of Regents' Policy 09.96.01 - Student Behavioral Standards

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the deletion of Regents' Policy 09.96.01 - Student Behavioral Standards and sets the effective date of this deletion and of the implementation of Regents' Policy 09.02 - Student Rights and Responsibilities at the start of the Fall 1999 semester. This motion is effective November 20, 1998."

8.   Approval of Schematic Design for University of Alaska Fairbanks Original Duckering Deferred Maintenance and Code Correction Project

MOTION #1: PASSED AS AMENDED (amendment indicated by underscore)

"The Board of Regents approves the schematic design for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Original Duckering Deferred Maintenance Project as presented and authorizes the university administration to bid and award contracts not to exceed a total project cost of $9,860,000, subject to identification of funding sources to be approved by President Hamilton after consultation with the Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee. This motion is effective November 20, 1998."

MOTION #2: PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves an expansion of the Duckering Building project scope to include renewal of laboratories, baseboard heating system modifications, classroom cabling, elevator repairs, darkroom upgrade, and interior lighting in the 1984 addition, and new furnishings, interior painting of office walls and corridors, new plumbing fixtures and ADA modifications to classrooms and laboratories to accommodate the disabled, at an estimated cost of $2,377,800. The expansion will increase the total cost of the project from $9,860,000 to $12,237,800.

This approval is subject to receipt of appropriate authorization for the reallocation of sufficient funding to complete the project from the FY99 deferred maintenance, code compliance, and renovation appropriation currently allocated to the Arctic Health Facility. This motion is effective November 20, 1998."

MOTION #3: PASSED

"The Board of Regents authorizes the Vice President for Finance to request a reallocation of funding in the amount of $4,000,000 from the FY99 deferred maintenance, code compliance, and renovation appropriation, currently allocated to the Arctic Health Facility, to the Duckering Building project. This reallocation will fund the otherwise unfunded portions of the original Duckering Deferred Maintenance Project in the amount of $1,622,200 and the unfunded Duckering Project expansion in the amount of $2,377,800. This motion is effective November 20, 1998."

9.   Approval of University of Alaska Fairbanks Food Service Enhancement Project

MOTION #1: PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the University of Alaska Fairbanks Food Service Enhancement Project as presented and authorizes expenditures not to exceed $750,000 for the evaluation, planning, and design of food service enhancements and related capital improvements.

This authorization is subject to President Hamilton's approval of: (1) an expenditure plan for the evaluation, planning and design; (2) funding sources and availability of funds for the work; and (3) review of UAF's strategic plan for the housing and food service system.

This motion is effective November 20, 1998."

MOTION #2: PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the reallocation of uncommitted FY96 deferred maintenance funding from the Moore, Bartlett and Skarland Hall projects, which are nearing completion, to the Fairbanks Food Service Enhancement Project, as presented. This motion is effective November 20, 1998."

10.   Approval of University of Alaska Scholars Program

"The Board of Regents approves the creation of the University of Alaska Scholars Program and directs President Hamilton to implement the program beginning Fall Semester 1999. This motion is effective November 20, 1998."

11.   Approval of FY00 Operating and Capital Budget Requests

MOTION #1 re Operating Budget Request - PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the operating budget proposal as presented in Reference 12 and authorizes the university president to complete a formal operating budget submission based on the proposal. This motion is effective November 20, 1998."

MOTION #2 re Capital Budget Request - PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the prioritization of the capital budget request. This motion is effective November 20, 1998."

MOTION #3 re Capital Budget Request - PASSED

"The Board of Regents adopts the following criteria when considering prioritization in the category of new construction, major renovation and other:

--strategic initiative
--demonstrated need
--developed plan
--partnership potential
--degree of self-support

This motion is effective November 20, 1998."

MOTION #4 re Capital Budget Request - PASSED AS AMENDED (amendment indicated by underscore)

"The Board of Regents approves the capital budget proposal as presented in Schedule C - FY00 Prioritized (dated 11-9-98) and authorizes the university president to complete a formal capital budget submission based on the proposal. This motion is effective November 20, 1998."

12.   Acceptance of Bargaining Unit Contract between the University of Alaska and United Academic-Adjuncts

PASSED

"The Board of Regents accepts the bargaining unit contract between the University of Alaska and United Academic-Adjuncts as presented. This motion is effective November 20, 1998."

13.   Approval of Revision to Regents' Policy 05.08.02 - Records Management and Adoption of University Regulation 05.08.02

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the revisions to Regents' Policy 05.08.02 - Records Management and adopts corresponding University Regulation 05.08.02. This motion is effective November 20, 1998."

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