Board of Regents

02-19-99minutes

Board of Regents

OFFICIAL MINUTES

Meeting of the

University of Alaska Board of Regents

February 18-19, 1999

Juneau, Alaska

OFFICIAL MINUTES

*For the record: at approximately 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 18, Governor Tony Knowles announced the appointments of new Regents Malone, Rogers, Rose and Usibelli. Until that moment, Regents Gagnon, Henri, Kelly and Williams had been officially excused from attending. At the moment of appointment, Regents Malone, Rose and Usibelli were excused from attending the remainder of the meeting.

Regents Present:
Michael J. Burns, President
Elsa Froehlich Demeksa, Vice President
Annette M. Nelson-Wright, Secretary
Chancy Croft, Treasurer
Mary Jane Fate
R. Danforth Ogg
Brian D. Rogers - began service at 4:00 p.m., February 18, 1999
Joe J. Thomas

Mark R. Hamilton, Chief Executive Officer and President, University of Alaska

*Regents Absent:
Sharon D. Gagnon
Robert A. Malone
Joseph R. Henri
Frances H. Rose
Michael P. Kelly
Joseph E. Usibelli, Jr.
Lew M. Williams, Jr.

Others Present:
E. Lee Gorsuch, Chancellor, UAA
Marshall L. Lind, Chancellor, UAS
Joan K. Wadlow, Chancellor, UAF
Jim Lynch, Interim Vice President for Finance & Planning
Wendy Redman, Vice President for University Relations
James A. Parrish, General Counsel
James R. Johnsen, Chief of Staff
Daniel Johnson, Provost, UAA
Paul Reichardt, Provost, UAF
Roberta Stell, Vice Chancellor, UAS
Patty Kastelic, Executive Director, Statewide Human Resources
William S. Rose, Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, UAA
Frank Williams, Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, UAF
Carla Kirts, Vice Chancellor for University Relations, UAF
Carol Griffin, Director, Administrative Services, UAS
Ann Ringstad, Director, Government Relations
Robert Miller, Director, Public Affairs
Jeannie D. Phillips, Board of Regents' Officer

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1999

I.   Call to Order

President Burns called the meeting to order at 8:05 a.m.

II.   Adoption of Agenda

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

PASSED AS AMENDED (amendments noted by *)

"The Board of Regents adopts the agenda as presented.

I. Call to Order

II. Adoption of Agenda

III. Approval of Minutes

*IV. Welcome and Introduction of New Board Members (withdrawn)

V. Public Testimony

VI. Joint Meeting with Alaska Science and Technology Foundation Board of Directors

VII. University President's Report

VIII. Consent Agenda

A. Academic and Student Affairs Committee
*1. Approval of Regents' Policy 09.07 - Student Organizations (moved to New Business)

B. Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee

1. Schematic Design Stage Approval for UAF Poker Flat Research Range Upgrade

2. Project Approval, UAF Toolik Field Station Upgrade

3. Approval of Reallocated Project Authorization Amounts for Mat-Su College FY99 Deferred Maintenance Projects and Approval of the Snodgrass Building and Kerttula Building Projects

4. Authorization for the Sale of General Revenue Bonds, 1999 Series J, Not to Exceed $15,000,000, for the Purposes of the Partial Refunding of Existing Debt and Costs of Issuance

5. Approval of Cooperative Agreement with the UA Foundation Regarding the Management of Gifts of Real Estate and Approval of Policy Changes Regarding the Acceptance and Transfer of Gifts

6. Approval of Annual Land Management Development Plan

C. Committee of the Whole

1. Approval of Corporate Authority Resolution

2. Approval of Industrial Security Resolution

3. Approval of Tuition Rates for AY2000 and AY2001 (moved to New Business)

4. Approval of Spending Plan for Distribution of the Natural Resources Fund (moved to New Business)

5. Approval of Regents' Policy 02.05 - Crisis Planning and Response (removed from consideration)

D. Human Resources Committee

1. Approval of Temporary Re-Employment for FY99 Retirement Incentive Program Participants

IX. New Business and Committee Reports

A. Academic and Student Affairs Committee
*1. Approval of Regents' Policy 09.07 - Student Organizations (moved from Consent Agenda)

2. Committee Report

B. Audit Committee

C. Committee of the Whole

*1. Approval of Tuition Rates for AY2000 and AY2001 (from Consent Agenda)

*2. Approval of Spending Plan for Distribution of the Natural Resources Fund (from Consent Agenda)

3. Committee Report

D. Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee

E. Human Resources Committee

F. Labor Relations Committee

G. Planning and Development Committee

X. Review of Spring 1999 Commencement Schedule

XI. Future Agenda Items

XII. Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education Report

XIII. Board of Regents' Comments

XIV. Executive Session

XV. Approval of Honorary Degree Recipient for the University of Alaska Anchorage

*XVA. Approval of Resolution of Sympathy to Family of Dr. Don M. Dafoe

XVI. Adjourn

This motion is effective February 18, 1999."

III.   Approval of Minutes

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

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the minutes of its emergency meeting of October 15, 1998 as presented. This motion is effective February 18, 1999."

Regent Ogg requested that a slight modification in the language of his Future Agenda Items request be made. Regent Ogg moved, seconded by Regent Demeksa and passed unanimously that:

PASSED AS AMENDED

"The Board of Regents approves the minutes of its meeting of November 19-20, 1998 as amended. This motion is effective February 18, 1999."

IV.   Welcome and Introduction of New Board Members

This item was postponed until the April 1999 Board of Regents' meeting.

V.   Public Testimony

Nancy Andes, Sociology professor at UAA, expressed her concerns regarding the RIP program and its results on the sociology department at UAA.

Bob Congdon, ACCFT representative, reported on activities of the ACCFT in meeting with legislators; and thanked regents for their support of University of Alaska programs.

Robin Henry, from NAMI Alaska, and Vicky Turner-Malone from the National Organization for the Mentally Ill, reported on the progress in obtaining a new facility for the Alaska Psychiatric Institute and urged the board to consider joint ventures and land exchange possibilities with Providence Hospital and the state of Alaska.

Forrest Jenkins, Kuskokwim Campus student body president, expressed his concerns regarding the attitudes of faculty at his campus; and urged the board to consider mandating one course catalog for the system.

Tim Hinterberger, United Academics and associate professor in the WAMI program, reported on the vital role of research at UAA and his concerns regarding the elimination of the UAA associate vice chancellor for research position.

Beverly Frey, Shannon Christensen, and Tish Griffin, representatives of the Staff Alliance, read resolutions of appreciation for Marie Scholle and Rita Bowen that have been passed by the Staff Alliance; and shared the concerns of the UAF Staff Council regarding health care benefits. They also thanked the chancellors and President Hamilton for supporting staff alliance efforts.

Board members requested that the following resolutions be added to the record:

Resolution of Appreciation from Staff Alliance
Rita Bowen, Vice Chair, Staff Alliance

Whereas, Rita Bowen has served as a member and vice chair of the Staff Alliance, and

Whereas, Rita Bowen has been involved in staff governance since 1991, and

Whereas, Rita Bowen is committed to public service, public accountability, and the fundamental principle of equal educational opportunities, and

Whereas, Rita Bowen has served students in an outstanding manner in her position in Student Services at UAS where she is responsible for the student services fiscal operations and arranging special needs accommodations with students, instructors, advisors, vocational rehabilitation specialists and tutors, and

Whereas, Rita Bowen has been extremely active in enhancing university and community relations in the Juneau area, and

Whereas, Rita Bowen has been an effective advocate for staff benefits, staff governance and staff roles within the university against all odds, and

Whereas, Rita Bowen has shown, by her example the ultimate definition of grace under fire, and

Whereas, Rita Bowen has been an instrumental and effective advocate and participant in the university support efforts mounted by Staff Alliance,

Therefore, be it resolved that the Staff Alliance thanks Rita Bowen for her support and her work for the Staff Alliance and for the university far above and beyond the call of duty, and

Be it further resolved that this resolution of appreciation be engrossed, signed by all Staff Alliance members, framed and presented to Rita Bowen.

Resolution of Appreciation from Staff Alliance
Marie Scholle, Chair, Staff Alliance
July 1996 - February 1999

Whereas, Marie Scholle has served as Chair of the Staff Alliance from July, 1996 until February, 1999, and

Whereas, Marie Scholle strongly advised the Board of Regents to begin meeting with legislators more often which led to regular meetings between the legislature and the Board, and

Whereas, Marie Scholle was instrumental in initiating a support campaign for the university which netted over 2,300 signatures over the past two years and

Whereas, this university support campaign included a signature campaign, letters, bumper stickers and buttons saying "I proudly support UA and I vote!" and

Whereas, Marie Scholle, in communities and throughout the university publicized the need to enhance the university's image in the legislature and with the Alaska public, and

Whereas, Marie Scholle coordinated a public relations campaign to get staff out into the communities saying positive things in support of the university, and

Whereas, the university has moved from ranking 50th in terms of state support for higher education to 46th from 1997-1998, and

Whereas, Marie Scholle has vigorously championed staff governance in all arenas, was instrumental in convincing the new university president to encourage support for, and participation in staff governance, and

Whereas, Marie Scholle ensured staff governance a position on the presidential search evaluation committee that it would not have otherwise had, and

Whereas, Marie Scholle, in the face of all odds, assisted the UAS Staff Council to remain viable in the face of reorganization and other pressures, agreed to become a member at large of that organization to hold their place at the Staff Alliance table until such time as the UAS Staff Council was once again operational and viable, and

Therefore, be it resolved, that the Staff Alliance thanks Marie Scholle for her support and her work for the Staff Alliance and for the university far above and beyond the call of duty, and

Be it further resolved that this resolution of appreciation be engrossed, signed by all Staff Alliance members, framed and presented to Marie Scholle.

Jerry McBeath, UAF political science faculty member, thanked the board for hearing public comments early in the day; and expressed his concerns regarding the sabbatical leave provision in the United Academics contract.

Representative John Davies spoke of the importance of public input; that he is hearing concerns from constituents regarding the health of the university; and urged the board to redouble its efforts to articulate the needs of the university to the legislature as well as to the local communities.

Larry Weiss, United Academics president, expressed his concerns regarding the move toward larger class sizes.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1999

VI.   Joint Meeting with Alaska Science and Technology Foundation Board of Directors

Members of the Board of Regents and the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation board of directors met to discuss a process for ASTF and the University of Alaska to work with industry on key areas. After reviewing the proposal, both boards agreed to the process. President Burns assured ASTF board members that he would, in the near future, name a sub-committee of the board to facilitate this process.

VII.   University President's Report

Note for the record: Regent Nelson-Wright announced that she has a conflict of interest regarding EVOS issues and did not participate in the discussion regarding that topic.

President Hamilton reported that he has now been on the job for six months. He reported on the following issues:

-- Alaska Quality Education Initiative. The board will receive an in-depth report on this process at the April board meeting.

-- UA Technology Fee.

-- Testimony before the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustees.

-- North Pacific Marine Research initiatives.

-- Distance Education. Elaine Sunde is preparing an analysis of current capabilities and our future options and will present a draft report to the board at its June 1999 meeting.

-- Campus Council appointment concerns.

-- Professional Development needs for faculty and staff.

-- Future of Planning and Development Committee.

-- Meetings in Washington DC in early March.

-- Alaska Wilderness Study Program status.

-- Association of Governing Boards meeting on March 27-30, 1999.

-- Regents' Tuition Waiver possibilities.

-- Bylaws Review. Scheduled for April 1999 meeting.

-- Appointment of Tony Nakazawa as director of the Alaska Cooperative Extension.

VIII.   Consent Agenda

A.   Academic and Student Affairs Committee
1.   Approval of Regents' Policy 09.07 - Student Organizations

[Removed from Consent Agenda to New Business]

B.   Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee

1.   Schematic Design Stage Approval for UAF Poker Flat Research Range (PFRR) Upgrade  References 2A-D

MOTION

"The Finance, Facilities, and Land Management Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve the schematic design for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Poker Flat Research Range projects as presented, and authorize the university administration to bid and award contracts, as appropriate, not to exceed total individual project costs as follows:

1. Back-up Electrical Power - $890,000
2. Range Administration Center - $1,825,000
3. Lidar Laboratory Project - $1,775,000
4. Upper Range Road Project - $980,000

This motion is effective February 18, 1999."

2.   Project Approval for UAF Toolik Field Station Upgrade Reference 3

MOTION

"The Finance, Facilities, and Land Management Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve the upgrade project for the UAF Toolik Field Station as presented, waive the schematic design stage approval and construction document and contract award requirements of Policy 05.12.04, and authorize the interim vice president for finance to enter into an agreement(s), as may be approved by general counsel, with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the upgrade of the Toolik Field Station. This motion is effective February 18, 1999.

3.   Approval of Reallocated Project Authorization Amounts for Mat-Su College FY99 Deferred Maintenance Projects and Approval of the Snodgrass Building and Kerttula Building Projects  Reference 4

a.  MOTION #1

"The Finance, Facilities, and Land Management Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve the reallocation of the Mat-Su College FY99 Deferred Maintenance projects, as presented:

Snodgrass Building: Original - $600,000 Revised - $750,000
Ortner Building: Original - 235,000 Revised - 235,000
Kerttula Building: Original - 698,800 Revised - 348,000
Unallocated: Original - 0 Revised - 200,800
TOTAL: Original - $1,533,800 Revised - $1,533,800

This motion is effective February 18, 1999."

b.   MOTION #2

"The Finance, Facilities, and Land Management Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve the schematic design for the Snodgrass Building/Walkway Renovation Project and the Kerttula Building Roof Repair/Replacement Project as presented, and authorize the university administration to bid and award contracts, as appropriate, not to exceed total individual project costs as follows:

1. Snodgrass Building/Walkway Renovation = $750,000
2. Kerttula Building Roof Repair/Replacement = $348,000

This motion is effective February 18, 1999."

4.   Authorization for the Sale of General Revenue Bonds, 1999 Series J, Not to Exceed $15,000,000, for the Purposes of the Partial Refunding of Existing Debt and Costs of Issuance  Reference 5

MOTION

"The Finance, Facilities, and Land Management Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve the bond resolution as presented in Reference 5 of the Finance, Facilities, and Land Management Committee agenda. This motion is effective February 18, 1999."

5.   Approval of Cooperative Agreement with UA Foundation Regarding the Management of Gifts of Real Property and Approval of Policy Changes Regarding the Acceptance and Transfer of Gifts  Reference 6A-C

MOTION

"The Finance, Facilities, and Land Management Committee recommends that the Board of Regents (1) authorize the university president to execute a cooperative agreement with the UA Foundation in substantially the form and content as the draft agreement presented in Reference 6b and (2) approve the proposed revisions to Regents' Policy 05.14.01 and 05.14.07 as presented in Reference 6c. This motion is effective February 18, 1999."

6.  Approval of Annual Land Management Development Plan Reference 7A-B

MOTION AS AMENDED

"The Finance, Facilities, and Land Management Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve the 1999 Land Development Plan as presented in Reference 7A and authorize the administration to implement the plan SUBJECT TO SPECIFIC APPROVAL BY THE FINANCE, FACILITIES AND LAND MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE OF ANY PROJECT EXPECTED TO RESULT IN RECEIPTS OR DISBURSEMENTS IN EXCESS OF $250,000 to the extent practicable. This motion is effective February 18, 1999."

Regent Demeksa reported that an amendment to item 6 had been made during the committee meeting. President Burns ruled that the item could remain on the Consent Agenda. Regent Demeksa moved, seconded by Regent Fate, and passed unanimously that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the recommendations of the Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee as stated above. This motion is effective February 19, 1999."

C.   Committee of the Whole

1.   Approval of Corporate Authority Resolution  Reference 12

MOTION

"The Committee of the Whole recommends that the Board of Regents approve the Corporate Authority Resolution included in Reference 12, and authorizes the President and Secretary of the Board of Regents to sign the resolution. This motion is effective February 18, 1999."

2.   Approval of Industrial Security Resolution Reference 13

MOTION

"The Committee of the Whole recommends that the Board of Regents approve the Industrial Security Resolution, Reference 13, as revised to reflect the change in members of the Board of Regents and the naming of a UAF facility security officer, and authorize the President and Secretary of the Board of Regents to sign the resolution. This motion is effective February 18, 1999."

3.   Approval of Tuition Rates for AY2000 and AY2001

[Removed from Consent Agenda to New Business]

4.   Approval of Spending Plan for Distribution of the Natural Resources Fund

[Removed from Consent Agenda to New Business]

5.   Approval of Regents' Policy 02.05 - Crisis Planning and Response

Removed from consideration.

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

PASSED AS AMENDED

"The Board of Regents approves recommendations 1 and 2 of the Committee of the Whole as stated above. This motion is effective February 19, 1999."

D.   Human Resources Committee

1.   Approval of Temporary Re-Employment for FY99 Retirement Incentive Program Participants

MOTION

"The Human Resources Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve the appointment of Betty Hoch, Pat Shields, and Elaine Sunde to a temporary position or project contract, not to exceed 49 percent of their previous base salary. These appointments may not include retirement, health or leave benefits, except social security replacement if required by the IRS. This motion is effective February 18, 1999."

Regent Nelson-Wright moved, seconded by Regent Thomas, and passed on a vote of five to one:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the recommendation of the Human Resources Committee as stated above. This motion is effective February 19, 1999."

IX.   New Business and Committee Reports

A.   Academic and Student Affairs Committee
1.   Approval of Regents' Policy 09.07 - Student Organizations Reference 1

[Moved from Consent Agenda]

Because of concerns expressed by board members and students, this item was removed from the Consent Agenda in order to be voted on by the entire board.

Regent Croft moved, seconded by Regent Fate, and failed with Regents Burns, Fate and Thomas voting in favor, and Regents Croft, Demeksa, Nelson-Wright, Ogg and Rogers voting in opposition that:

FAILED

"The Academic and Student Affairs Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve Regents' Policy 09.07 - Student Organizations, as presented in Reference 1. This motion is effective February 18, 1999."

2.   Committee Report

In addition to the action item, Regent Croft reported that the committee also heard a report from the Faculty Alliance on proposals for a course level definition system and common grade system and discussed future agenda items.

B.   Audit Committee

Regent Croft reported that the Audit Committee met with the state of Alaska's Legislative Auditor, Pat Davidson, regarding legislative audits; discussed the committee schedule for the upcoming year; heard reports on the status of current audits, the FY98 external financial audit and the FY99 annual audit plan; and asked that the administration respond to the committee's concerns regarding the need for additional Internal Audit staff at its June 1999 meeting.

C.   Committee of the Whole

1.   Approval of Tuition Rates for AY2000 and AY2001 Reference 14

Due to lack of time, this item was not addressed in the Committee of the Whole meeting so was pulled from the consent agenda.

Regent Rogers moved, seconded by Regent Demeksa, and passed unanimously that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the following tuition rates, effective commencing with the summer session, for the academic year 2000 and 2001:

  AY2000 AY2001 Lower Division:    

PWSCC

$64 $66

Kodiak

$65 $67

All Other

$75 $77 Upper Division: $84 $87 Graduate $167 $172 Non-resident Surcharge  $159 $164

This motion is effective February 19, 1999."

2.   Approval of Spending Plan for Distribution of the Natural Resources Fund Reference 15

Due to lack of time, this item was not addressed in the Committee of the Whole meeting so was pulled from the consent agenda.

Regent Croft requested that $20,000 of the President's Discretionary Funds be used for the purpose of obtaining a poll of junior and senior high school students and recently graduated students on why they would or would not attend the UA and what factors would be important for them to attend; and that, to the maximum extent possible, this poll be conducted using in-house resources. President Hamilton agreed to this request.

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

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the Natural Resources Fund budget and the list of projects and proposals to be funded as presented in Reference 15. This motion is effective February 19, 1999."

3.  Committee Report

In addition to action items, the Committee of the Whole also heard a presentation from representatives of the Alaska Department of Labor on employment trends; heard status reports on the Year2000 and Gartner Group issues; and were given a report by Vice President Redman on legislative activities and issues of concern.

D.   Finance, Facilities, and Land Management Committee

Regent Demeksa submitted the following written report:

The Finance, Facilities, and Land Management Committee approved that the following items be forwarded to the Full Board for approval under the consent agenda:

· Schematic Design Stage Approval for UAF Poker Flat Research Range (PFRR) Upgrade

· Project Approval for UAF Toolik Field Station Upgrade: the committee asked that the administration report on negotiations with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at a future meeting.

· Approval of Reallocated Project Authorization Amounts for Mat-Su College FY99 Deferred Maintenance Projects and Approval of the Snodgrass Building and Kerttula Building Projects

· Authorization for the Sale of General Revenue Bonds, 1999 Series J, Not to Exceed $15,000,000, for the Purposes of the Partial Refunding of Existing Debt and Costs of Issuance

· Approval of Cooperative Agreement with UA Foundation Regarding the Management of Gifts of Real Property and Approval of Policy Changes Regarding the Acceptance and Transfer of Gifts

The following item was amended by the committee as follows and will be removed from the Consent Agenda:

· Approval of Annual Land Management Development Plan

PASSED AS AMENDED:

"The Finance, Facilities, and Land Management Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve the 1999 Land Development Plan as presented in Reference 7A and authorize the administration to implement the plan SUBJECT TO SPECIFIC APPROVAL BY THE FINANCE, FACILITIES & LAND MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE OF ANY PROJECT EXPECTED TO RESULT IN RECEIPTS OR DISBURSEMENTS IN EXCESS OF $250,000 to the extent practicable. This motion is effective February 18, 1999."

The committee also asked that Vice President for Finance Lynch determine whether certain parcels of university land are available for lease.

In addition to action items, the committee also heard status reports on the following:

· Status Report on Construction in Progress

· Status Report on Budget Request Unit Categories

· Status Report on the Coal-Water Fuel Project

The Finance, Facilities & Land Management Committee held an executive session at 1:30 p.m. A.S.T. on Thursday, February 18, 1999, in accordance with AS 44.62.310, to discuss the Coal-Water Project, this matter 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 Hamilton, General Counsel Parrish, Vice President Lynch, Chancellor Wadlow and Vice Chancellor Williams and lasted approximately one and one-half hours.

The committee asked that the following item be placed on a future agenda:

· Regent Fate requested that the administration explore new construction funding options with the state of Alaska for the UA Museum expansion project.

E.   Human Resources Committee

Regent Thomas reported that in addition to the action item, the committee heard a report on labor relations activities, conducted a 2nd reading of the Grievance Policy, and heard an extensive report on health care benefit issues.

F.   Labor Relations Committee

No report.

G.  Planning and Development Committee

No report.

X.   Review of Spring 1999 Commencement Schedule

A schedule of campus commencement exercises at the University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and University of Alaska Southeast was submitted to each board member with a request to advise President Burns, through the Board of Regents' Office, regarding which commencements each member could attend.

XI.   Future Agenda Items

Regent Ogg requested that a report on the status of the Tribal Colleges be made at a future meeting.

XII.   Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education Report

Regent Demeksa reported that the loan interest rate was set at a 5-year low; and that Executive Director Barrans has been in communication with members of the Coalition of Student Leaders regarding the credit check concerns and that this communication has been positive.

XIII.   Board of Regents' Comments

Regent Fate welcomed Regent Rogers, and asked that President Hamilton report on a periodic basis regarding organizational charts and structures.

Regent Demeksa welcomed Regent Rogers and congratulated President Hamilton on his speech to the joint Legislative Finance Committee.

Regent Croft welcomed Regent Rogers; stated that President Hamilton's presentation to the joint Finance Committee was the greatest he has ever heard to legislators; and read a poem entitled "The Simple Truth" by Philip Levine.

Regent Nelson-Wright commended President Hamilton on his speech and welcomed the new regents.

Regent Ogg welcomed Regent Rogers and commented that he believed President Hamilton's speech was well prepared, well executed and will be well rewarded. Regent Ogg also asked for the following:

-- would like to take a lunch break rather than have working lunch;

-- would like a retreat with new regents after the meeting in Seattle and would prefer that this meeting be facilitated; and

-- would like to see an increase in communications from the president, e.g., weekly note via e-mail.

Regent Rogers congratulated President Hamilton on his presentation; stated that at the June board meeting, he will be asking about post-restructuring and relative shares in mission; expressed his concerns about the Dept. of Labor's statistics on needing to serve short-term education needs for citizens; and commented that he has seen a substantial positive change in attitude since the arrival of President Hamilton.

Regent Burns asked President Hamilton to write a letter to the EVOS Council regarding endowment possibilities; welcomed Regent Rogers and other new members; congratulated President Hamilton on his presentation to the legislature; and stated that he believed the student support of tuition increases was the best presentation of the day.

XIV.   Executive Session

Note for the record: Regent Rogers declared a conflict of interest regarding an issue of land exchange at UAA and did not participate in the discussion regarding that topic.

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

PASSED

"The Board of Regents goes into executive session at 1:00 p.m. A.S.T in accordance with the provisions of AS 44.62.310 to discuss matters the immediate knowledge of which would have an adverse effect on the finances of the university related to:

· Litigation

· Labor

· Negotiations with contracting parties relative to certain parties, including Toolik Field Station Upgrade and Clean Coal Power Generation

· Finances

and matters which would affect the reputation or character of a person or persons including:

· Personnel Matters

· Honorary Degree Recipient

The session will include members of the Board of Regents, President Hamilton, General Counsel Parrish, and such other university staff members as the president may designate and will last approximately three hours. Thus, the open session of the Board of Regents will resume in this room at approximately 4:00 p.m. A.S.T. This motion is effective February 19, 1999."

The Board of Regents concluded an executive session at 5:00 p.m. A.S.T. in accordance with AS 44.62.310 discussing matters the immediate knowledge of which would have an adverse effect on the finances of the university; and matters which would affect the reputation or character of a person or persons. The session included members of the Board of Regents, President Hamilton, General Counsel Parrish, and other university staff members designated by the president and lasted approximately four hours.

XV.   Approval of Honorary Degree Recipient for the University of Alaska Anchorage

A recommendation submitted by the University of Alaska for a recipient of an honorary degree was sent under separate cover for Board of Regents' review prior to the February 1999 board meeting.

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

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the nominee for an honorary doctoral degree, as proposed, for commencement exercises in the spring of 1999, and authorizes Chancellor Gorsuch to invite the approved nominee and announce his acceptance. This motion is effective February 19, 1999."

XVIA.   Approval of Resolution of Sympathy for Family of Dr. Don M. Dafoe

WHEREAS, Dr. Don M. Dafoe's life exemplified an unwavering commitment to the value of education; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Don M. Dafoe's work in elementary and secondary education included positions as teacher, coach, high school principal, superintendent of schools in Idaho and Alaska; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Don M. Dafoe's contributions to postsecondary education were demonstrated by his service as provost of the Southcentral Regional Center with the University of Alaska and dean of the Anchorage Community College from 1966 to 1969, and as executive vice president of the University of Alaska system from 1971 to 1976; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Don M. Dafoe contributed to state and national education issues in his position as commissioner of education for the Territory of Alaska, as head consultant for the State School System with the U.S. Office of Education and as executive secretary with the Council of Chief State School Officers; and his active memberships in the National Education Association, American Association of School Administrators, the National Organization of Legal Profession in Education, Phi Delta Kappa, National School Public Relations Association, National University Extension Association, and the American Association for International Education; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Don M. Dafoe was a vital part of Alaska education development, shown by his activities on the founding board of Alaska Methodist University, as a member of the Alaska Commission of the Education Commission of the States, as executive secretary for the Association of Alaska School Boards, and as the Alaska Commissioner of the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Don M. Dafoe's contributions have been recognized by his selection as an Alaska Hall of Fame member, one of the original 49 honorees, as an honorary lifetime member of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, and by Alaska State Legislature Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 95, approved by the Alaska Legislature upon his retirement from the University of Alaska; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Don M. Dafoe died on February 1 at his home in Anchorage at the age of 84; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Don M. Dafoe is remembered fondly by his former students and his colleagues in education around the world;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Regents recognizes the substantial contributions in the field of education made by Dr. Don M. Dafoe; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board of Regents extends to the family of Dr. Don M. Dafoe its deepest sympathy; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution be conveyed to the family of Dr. Don M. Dafoe, with a copy to be incorporated into the official minutes of the February 18-19, 1999 meeting of the Board of Regents.

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

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the Resolution of Sympathy for the family of Dr. Don M. Dafoe. This motion is effective February 19, 1999."

XVI.   Adjourn

President Burns adjourned the meeting at 5:25 p.m.

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