Board of Regents

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Board of Regents

OFFICIAL MINUTES

Full Board Meeting

University of Alaska Board of Regents

June 7-8, 2001

Fairbanks, Alaska

OFFICIAL MINUTES

Regents Present:
Michael J. Burns, Chair
Elsa Froehlich Demeksa, Vice Chair
Frances H. Rose, Secretary
Brian D. Rogers, Treasurer
Mark Begich
Chancy Croft
Joe Hardenbrook
Marlene Johnson
Kevin O. Meyers
Joe J. Thomas (6-7 only)

Mark R. Hamilton, President and Chief Executive Officer

Regents Absent:
Joseph E. Usibelli, Jr.

Others Present:
E. Lee Gorsuch, Chancellor, UAA
Marshall L. Lind, Chancellor, UAF
John Pugh, Chancellor, UAS
Joseph M. Beedle, Vice President for Finance
James A. Parrish, General Counsel
Wendy Redman, Vice President for University Relations
Jim Lynch, Associate Vice President for Finance
James R. Johnsen, Chief of Staff
Bob Miller, Director, Public Affairs
Ann Ringstad, Director, Government Relations
Pat Pitney, Director, Institutional Research and Budget
Will Jacobs, Associate Provost, UAA
Paul Reichardt, Provost, UAF
Roberta Stell, Provost, UAS
Carol Griffin, Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, UAS
Cindy Matson, Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, UAA
Frank Williams, Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, UAF
Jeannie D. Phillips, Board of Regents' Officer
Barbara A. Bennett, Board of Regents' Staff

June 7, 2001

I. Call to Order

Chair Burns called the meeting to order 8:10 a.m. on Thursday, June 7, 2001.

For the record, Regent Rogers read a statement regarding the Tanana Valley Campus project and his decision to refrain from voting, deliberating, or participating in decisions regarding the Tanana Valley Campus and the Old Courthouse Facility in Fairbanks. The full text of his statement can be found in the Board of Regents' Office.

II. Adoption of Agenda

Regent Demeksa moved, seconded by Regent Thomas, and approved as amended 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
*IIIA. Election of Board of Regents' Secretary (added)
*IIIB. Approval of Industrial Security and Corporate Authority Resolutions (added)
IV. President's Report
V. Discussion on Improvement Plans for Student Financial Aid
VI. Update on Legislative Issues
VII. Public Testimony
VIII. Consent Agenda

A. Academic and Student Affairs Committee
*Items 1-4 were removed from the Consent Agenda and placed under New Business.
1. Approval of Bachelor of Arts in Education Degree Programs at the University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and University of Alaska Southeast, and Approval of a Bachelor of Liberal Studies Degree Program at the University of Alaska Anchorage
2. Approval of Degree Programs at the University of Alaska Anchorage
3. Approval of Degree Programs at the University of Alaska Fairbanks
4. Approval of Certificate in Outdoor Management at the University of Alaska Southeast
5. Approval of "Engaged University" Goal
6. Approval of Goal Regarding Distributed Education
B. Finance, Facilities, and Land Management Committee
1. Authorization to Sell Approximately 2.5 Acres in Seward, Alaska
*2. Authorization to Accept Old Fairbanks Courthouse and Fairbanks Parking Structure From the State of Alaska (removed from Consent Agenda to New Business)
3. Acquisition of Lot A-A USS 2391, UAS Auke Lake Campus
4. Approval of Revisions to Regents' Policy 05.11.05 - Real Property Agreements and Regents' Policy 05.12 - Facilities
*5. Acceptance of the FY02 Capital Budget Appropriations and Approval of the Capital Budget Appropriation Distribution Plan (removed from Consent Agenda to New Business)
C. Human Resources Committee
1. Approval of Temporary Re-employment for FY99 Retirement Incentive Program Participant
D. Committee of the Whole
1. Approval of Regents' Policy 05.10 - Tuition and Student Fees
2. Acceptance of the FY02 Operating Budget Appropriations and Approval of the Distribution Plan for the FY02 Operating Budget
3. Approval of FY02 Student Government Budget Request
4. Approval of Revisions to Regents' Policy 05.07.01 - Land Grant Endowment

IX. New Business and Committee Reports

A. Academic and Student Affairs Committee
*1. Approval of Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education Degree Programs at the University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and University of Alaska Southeast, and Approval of a Bachelor of Liberal Studies Degree Program at the University of Alaska Anchorage (from Consent Agenda)
*2. Approval of Degree Program Additions and Revisions (from Consent Agenda items A.2-4)
B. Audit Committee
C. Committee of the Whole
D. Finance, Facilities, and Land Management Committee
*1. Authorization to Accept Old Fairbanks Courthouse and Fairbanks Parking Structure From the State of Alaska (from Consent Agenda)
*2 Acceptance of the FY02 Operating and Capital Budget Appropriations and Approval of the Operating and Capital Budget Appropriation Distribution Plan (added)
E. Human Resources Committee
*1. Approval of Revisions to Regents' Policy 04.05 - Salary Administration (added)
*2. Approval of 1.5 Percent Increase to Nonexempt and Exempt Employee Salary Grid (added)
F. Nominating Committee
G. Planning and Development Committee

X. Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education Report
XI. UA Foundation Report
XII. Future Agenda Items
XIII. Board of Regents' Comments
XIV. Executive Session
XV. Approval of Resolution of Appreciation for Bruce Gifford
*XVA. Approval of Resolution of Appreciation for Ron Keyes (added)
XVI. Approval of Naming of Facility at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Campus
XVII. Adjourn

This motion is effective June 7, 2001."

III. Approval of Minutes

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

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the minutes of its regular meeting of March 8-9, 2001 as presented. This motion is effective June 7, 2001."

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

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the minutes of its emergency meeting of April 16 and 20, 2001 as presented. This motion is effective June 7, 2001."

IIIA. Election of Board of Regents' Secretary

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

PASSED

"The Board of Regents elects Frances H. Rose as Secretary of the Board of Regents. This motion is effective June 7, 2001."

IIIB. Approval of Industrial Security and Corporate Authority Resolutions

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

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves revisions to the list of members and officers of the Board of Regents on the Corporate Authority and Industrial Security Resolutions to reflect changes in the membership of the Board of Regents due to new appointments, and the election of a new Secretary of the Board of Regents. This motion is effective June 7, 2001."

IV. President's Report

President Hamilton introduced Amy Tidwell, winner of 1 of 50 National Science Foundation scholarships in the field of engineering. She will pursue her doctoral degree at Georgia Tech and then plans to return to Alaska.

President Hamilton also highlighted events and activities of interest including the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on global climate change held at UAF in late May; summer programs on UA campuses including the UAA Debate Camp and UAF Finance Camp; plans for BP/Phillips Petroleum compact funds including senior science positions, design work of Toolik Lake, research facilities planning funds, and the Alaska Center for Excellence in Schools; student services leaders meeting and status of the UA Scholars Program; agenda items of importance including staff salary increases; and status of Icy Bay.

President Hamilton also introduced the recipients of the 2001 Make Students Count awards: Saichi Oba, manager of Electronic Student Services at Statewide Administration; Gail Klein, student counselor at Ketchikan Campus, UAS; Karen Wegzryn, manager of UAA accounting services; and Michele Stalder, student services coordinator at Tanana Valley Campus, UAF.

V. Discussion on Improvement Plans for Student Financial Aid

President Hamilton and Mike Sfraga, director of Program Development, provided an overview of financial aid sources, current levels of financial aid distribution, and administrative programs directed at providing students improved access to a wider variety of financial aid. In the review of the current level of financial aid distribution, UA Foundation scholarships were discussed. President Hamilton also discussed how financial aid is an integral part of the University's "value equation." UA's balance between state funding, tuition and financial aid is essential to expand its program offerings thus providing the necessary education value and at the same time providing maximum higher education access to Alaskans.

VI. Update on Legislative Issues

Wendy Redman, vice president for University Relations, and Ann Ringstad, director of Government Relations, briefed the Board of Regents on issues and concerns raised during the 2001 legislative session and issues of concern for the next session.

VII. Public Testimony

John "Chris" Maisch, Glen Juday, and Harry Bader, faculty members in the School of Agriculture and Land Management, and Janice Dawe, executive director of Alaska Boreal Forest Association, requested the restoration of $250,000 to the School of Agriculture and Land Management budget for three initiative positions.

Guy Douglas, executive director of Fairbanks Parking Authority, and Karen Lavery, member of Fairbanks Downtown Association, voiced their concerns regarding the moving of the Tanana Valley Campus from the Lathrop Building and its possible effects on the downtown area. Both asked for the ability to more fully participate in the planning process.

Derek Miller, ASUAF president, Stacey Banks, former ASUAF president, Scott Swingle, Small Business Development Director executive director and adjunct faculty at TVC, Cindy Branley, executive director of UAF Alumni Association, Charlie Dexter, senior professor at TVC and head of the Applied Business program, and Gene Redden, member of City Council and business owner in downtown Fairbanks, all spoke in strong support of Tanana Valley Campus moving from the Lathrop Building to the Old Courthouse Building in downtown Fairbanks.

Grant Baker, UAA faculty member, requested that the Board of Regents direct its administration to settle on his legal case.

Scott McCrea, UAF Staff Council president, and Cheryl Wright, UAA Classified Council president, asked the Board of Regents to support the 1.5 percentstaff salary grid increase and thanked President Hamilton for supporting this recommendation.

Jackie Pflaum, chair of the Faculty Alliance, reported on Alliance activities including voter registration efforts.

Berda Willson, UAF graduate from Northwest Campus, and Brenda Akelkok, Bristol Bay Native Association planning director, encouraged the Board of Regents to support the Tribal Management degree program proposal.

[Recessed until 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 8, 2001.]

VIII. Consent Agenda

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

PASSED AS AMENDED

"The Board of Regents approves the recommendations of its standing committees as stated below and revised. This motion is effective June 8, 2001."

A. Academic and Student Affairs Committee

Items 1-4 were removed from the Consent Agenda to New Business.

1. Approval of Bachelor of Arts in Education Degree Programs at the University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and University of Alaska Southeast, and Approval of a Bachelor of Liberal Studies Degree Program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

2. Approval of Degree Programs at the University of Alaska Anchorage - Reference 2

3. Approval of Degree Programs at the University of Alaska Fairbanks - Reference 3

4. Approval of Certificate in Outdoor Management at the University of Alaska Southeast - Reference 4

5. Approval of "Engaged University" Goal

This motion was recommended for approval during the special meeting of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee on April 11, 2001.

MOTION

"The Board of Regents adopts the goal that the University of Alaska become an "engaged university" and receive annually a report from each of the three MAUs on progress made on this goal; and that the Full Board will determine the format and timing for the annual reporting. This motion is effective June 8, 2001."

6. Approval of Goal Regarding Distributed Education

This motion was recommended for approval during the special meeting of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee on April 11, 2001.

MOTION

"The Board of Regents sets as a goal that the University of Alaska increase the number and quality of courses and programs being offered by distributed education. This motion is effective June 8, 2001."

B. Finance, Facilities, and Land Management Committee

1. Authorization to Sell Approximately 2.5 Acres in Seward, Alaska - Reference 6

MOTION

"The Board of Regents authorizes the sale of the K.M. Rae Building, including approximately 2.5 acres, or portion thereof, as determined by the president to be in the best interest of the university, and authorizes the university president or designee to execute any or all documents required to close the sale. This motion is effective June 8, 2001."

2. Authorization to Accept Old Fairbanks Courthouse and Fairbanks Parking Structure From the State of Alaska - Reference 7

Removed from Consent Agenda to New Business.

3. Acquisition of Lot A-A USS 2391, UAS Auke Lake Campus - Reference 8

MOTION

"The Board of Regents authorizes and directs the director of the Office of Land Management to sign any and all documents necessary to negotiate and acquire ownership of all or a portion of the property and improvements located on Lot A-A, USS 2391, Juneau, Alaska for fair market value. This motion is effective June 8, 2001."

4. Approval of Revisions to Regents' Policy 05.11.05 - Real Property Agreements and Regents' Policy 05.12 - Facilities Reference 9

MOTION

"The Board of Regents adopts the modifications to Regents' Policies 05.11.05 and 05.12, as presented in Reference 9, and as may be amended by the Finance, Facilities, and Land Management Committee, and authorizes the vice president for finance to adjust previously approved project cost authorizations consistent with this revision to Regents' Policy. This motion is effective June 8, 2001."

5. Acceptance of the FY02 Capital Budget Appropriations and Approval of the Capital Budget Appropriation Distribution Plan

Removed from Consent Agenda to New Business.

C. Human Resources Committee

1. Approval of Temporary Re-employment for FY99 Retirement Incentive Program Participant

MOTION

"The Board of Regents approves the appointment of Amelia Houtchens (UAF) to a temporary position or project contract, not to exceed 49 percent of her previous base salary. This appointment may not include retirement, health or leave benefits, except social security replacement if required by the IRS. This motion is effective June 7, 2001."

D. Committee of the Whole
1. Approval of Regents' Policy 05.10 - Tuition and Student Fees - Reference 16

MOTION

"The Board of Regents approves revised Regents' Policy 05.10 - Tuition and Student Fees, as presented in Reference 16. This motion is effective June 8, 2001."

2. Acceptance of the FY02 Operating Budget Appropriations and Approval of the Distribution Plan for the FY02 Operating Budget

Removed from Consent Agenda to New Business.

3. Approval of FY02 Student Government Budget Request - Reference 18

MOTION

"The Board of Regents approves the student government fees and budgets as presented in Reference 18, and authorizes the vice president for finance to modify and approve fees and budgets for those student governments not included in Reference 18 and to approve requests for increased expenditure authority for all student government organizations. This motion is effective June 8, 2001."

4. Approval of Revisions to Regents' Policy 05.07.01 - Land Grant Endowment - Reference 19

MOTION

"The Board of Regents approves the proposed changes to Regents' Policy 05.07.01 - Land-Grant Endowment, as presented in Reference 19, and authorizes the vice president for finance to implement the change in the spending rate formula in a manner which minimizes any adverse effects that may be associated with the transition. This motion is effective June 8, 2001."

IX. New Business and Committee Reports

A. Academic and Student Affairs Committee
1. Approval of Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education Degree Programs at the University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and University of Alaska Southeast, and Approval of a Bachelor of Liberal Studies Degree Program at the University of Alaska Anchorage (from Consent Agenda)

During the Academic and Student Affairs Committee, this motion was amended to add the word "Elementary" to the degree program title.

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

PASSED AS AMENDED

"The Board of Regents approves the Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education degree programs at the University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and University of Alaska Southeast; and approve of a Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage. This motion is effective June 8, 2001."

2. Approval of Degree Program Additions and Revisions (from Consent Agenda items 2-4)

During the Academic and Student Affairs Committee meeting, motions regarding academic program approvals, excepting those approved in Item 1., were consolidated, corrected, and approved as one motion.

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

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the following degree programs and revisions:

1. Certificate in Logistics at UAA
2. Certificate in Practical Nursing at UAA
3. Certificate in Tribal Management at UAF
4. Certificate in Emergency Medical Services at UAF
5. Certificate in Dental Assistant at UAF
6. Certificate in Outdoor Skills and Leadership at UAS
7. Major Revision to Certificate in Computer and Network Technology at UAA
8. Major Revision to Certificate in Telecommunications and Electronic Systems at UAA
9. Major Revision to the Associate of Applied Science in Telecommunications, Electronics, and Computer Technology at UAA
10. Associate of Applied Science in Process Technology, Kenai Peninsula College at UAA
11. Associate of Applied Science in Tribal Management at UAF
12. Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services at UAF
13. Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assistant at UAF
14. Associate of Applied Science in Process Technology at UAF
15. Integrated Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Computer Science at UAF
16. Master of Science in Statistics at UAF
17. Master of Arts in Administration of Justice at UAF
This motion is effective June 8, 2001."

3. Committee Report of April 11, 2001

The Academic and Student Affairs Committee held a special meeting on April 11, 2001 in Anchorage, Alaska.

a. Rasmuson Endowed Chair in Economics at UAA

The committee passed the following motion:

PASSED

"The Academic and Student Affairs Committee authorizes the creation of a committee regarding the Rasmuson Economic Chairs, consisting of representatives from the Academic and Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Regents, and representatives from the President's Office, UAA Chancellor's Office, the dean, department head and students from the Economics Department, UA Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, and director of ISER, selected by the chair of the A&SA in consultation with the chair of the Board of Regents, and report back to the A&SA Committee at its meeting on September 13, 2001. This motion is effective April 11, 2001."

b. Regents' Scholarship Selection Committee Approval

In accordance with action taken by the Board of Regents in November 1999, Regent Croft, as chair of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee, was directed to appoint five former members of the Board of Regents to the Regents' Scholarship Committee.

PASSED

"The Academic and Student Affairs approves the membership of the 2001 Regents' Scholarship Selection Committee, as proposed by Academic and Student Affairs Committee Chair, Regent Croft. The members are Jeff Cook, Gordon Evans, Sharon Gagnon, Ann Parrish, and Grace Schaible. This motion is effective April 11, 2001."

c. Other Business

In addition to the Rasmuson Economics Chair discussion, the committee also discussed goals for the University of Alaska, teacher education programs, and reviewed future agenda items for the committee.

4. Committee Report of June 7, 2001

In addition to action items, the Academic and Student Affairs Committee heard reports on the UAF accreditation status, Summer 2001 activities and institutes on UA campuses; and discussed entrance requirements at the University of Alaska, and participation of the faculty alliance chair during Academic and Student Affairs Committee meetings.

A motion was approved requesting that the alumni associations present to the committee at its September 2001 meeting, a report on their activities, structure, membership, and recruitment efforts.

A motion was approved recommending that, at its September 2001 meeting, the Board of Regents approve a Certificate and Associate of Applied Science degree program in Village Management. This degree program would mirror the Certificate and Associate of Applied Science degree program in Tribal Management.

Other future agenda items requested for the September 2001 meeting included:

- Report on International Exchange Programs
- Discussion regarding a Dental Assistant Certificate program at UAA
- Joint meeting with the State Board of Education
- Discussion regarding Rasmuson Chair of Economics
- Update regarding Regents' Scholarship

B. Audit Committee
1. Approval of the FY2002 Annual Audit Plan - Reference 14

The Audit Committee approved the following motion:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents' Audit Committee approves the annual audit plan for fiscal year 2002 as presented. This motion is effective June 8, 2001."

The committee also requested future audit plans include the status of all open audit recommendations.

2. Committee Report

In addition to the action item, the Audit Committee reviewed 10 recently completed audits, reviewed the Audit Status Report, and heard a presentation on GASB 35.

For future agenda items, the committee requested that the administration present a plan for use of performance and management audits at the December 2001 meeting.

C. Committee of the Whole

In addition to action items, the Committee of the Whole heard a presentation from Dr. Leroy Hood on the human genome project, a progress report on distributed education, and discussed criteria for recognition of excellence.

D. Finance, Facilities, and Land Management Committee

1. Authorization to Accept Old Fairbanks Courthouse and Fairbanks Parking Structure From the State of Alaska - Reference 7

Note for the record: Regent Rogers and General Counsel Parrish did not participate in the discussion and Regent Rogers did not vote on the motion regarding the Old Fairbanks Courthouse.

Regent Demeksa moved, seconded by Regent Begich, and passed that:

PASSED AS AMENDED (SUBSTITUTE MOTION)

"The Board of Regents directs the administration to continue to investigate the costs and timetables associated with the expansion of Tanana Valley Campus programs and pursue leasing or acquiring the Old Fairbanks Courthouse and Parking Facility, subject to review and approval of the terms of the lease or acquisition and renovation costs by the Board of Regents. This motion is effective June 8, 2001."

2. Acceptance of the FY02 Operating and Capital Budget Appropriations and Approval of the Operating and Capital Budget Appropriation Distribution Plan

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

PASSED

"The Board of Regents accepts the FY02 capital budget appropriation as presented. This motion is effective June 8, 2001."

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the FY02 Capital Budget Appropriation Distribution Plan as presented. This motion is effective June 8, 2001."

PASSED

"The Board of Regents accepts the FY02 operating budget appropriation as presented. This motion is effective June 8, 2001."

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the FY02 Operating Budget Distribution Plan as presented. This motion is effective June 8, 2001."

3. Committee Report

In addition to action items, the committee also reviewed the status of university investments in capital facilities, construction in progress and other projects.

The committee also deferred action on the UAF Toolik Field Station Natural Gas Conversion Project until the September 2001 meeting.

Future agenda items include a report on land management operations, and campus master planning and CIP development.

E. Human Resources Committee
1. Approval of Revisions to Regents' Policy 04.05 - Salary Administration (added)

Regent Rose moved, seconded by Regent Johnson, and passed unanimously that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the revisions to Regents' Policy 04.05 - Salary Administration, as presented. This motion is effective June 8, 2001."

2. Approval of 1.5 Percent Increase to Nonexempt and Exempt Employee Salary Grid (added)

Regent Rose moved, seconded by Regent Johnson, and passed with Regent Croft voting in opposition that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves, effective July 1, 2001, a 1.5 percent increase to the salary grid for non-exempt and exempt staff provided in University Regulation, as recommended by the President. This motion is effective June 8, 2001."

3. Committee Report

In addition to action items, the Human Resources Committee also requested that future agenda items include discussion on presidential compensation, and market competitiveness for non-exempt staff, exempt staff, faculty, and executive staff.

F. Nominating Committee

No report.

G. Planning and Development Committee

1. First Review of Bylaws

The Planning and Development Committee conducted a first review of revisions to the Board of Regents' bylaws. A second review will occur at the September 2001 meeting of the committee.

2. Executive Session regarding Annual Review of President

The Planning and Development Committee of the Board of Regents held an executive session on June 8, 2001, in accordance with AS 44.62.310 to discuss the annual review of the president, this topic being a subject the immediate knowledge of which would affect the reputation or character of a person or persons. The session included members of the Board of Regents and President Hamilton, and lasted approximately one hour and 15 minutes.

X. Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education Report

Regents Begich and Demeksa reported that the AlaskaAdvantage bill passed both House and Senate unanimously; that the Student Loan Corporation is now in a position to refund; that as of July 1, anyone who has a loan of 8.9 percent or higher will have it reduced to 8.3 percent; and that the deficit should be eliminated by next June.

XI. UA Foundation Report

Regent Burns reported that the UAA College of Fellows recently recruited 35 members; and that the UA Foundation reported a 5 percent return for the year 2000.

XII. Future Agenda Topics

None.

XIII. Board of Regents' Comments

Regent Rose reported on the commencements she attended this year at UAA, Nome and Palmer, and expressed her disappointment that she was not able to attend UAF's commencement due to a flight cancellation.

Regent Meyers commented that the University has made tremendous progress over the past couple years but that the hard work now begins; he also stated that he looks forward to seeing long-term plans.

Regent Croft thanked Frank Williams and his staff for a fine tour of the UAF campus and to Marshall Lind for escorting his mother around the UAF campus; reported on the commencements he had attended in Ketchikan, UAA, and the Adult Learning Center; read the poem "Number 6 - Final Exam" by Mark Hamilton as well as a poem by Sam Wright; and welcomed the new regents stating that the Governor has picked outstanding members in Mark Begich, Marlene Johnson, and Joe Hardenbrook.

Regent Begich stated that he looks forward to serving on the board; that long-term plans and objectives are a major priority for him; and that he is very interested in distance learning.

Regent Demeksa welcomed the three new regents; thanked the president for the reception at his house and Chancellor Lind for the reception on Wednesday; and stated that she was excited to hear the wonderful report on distributed education.

Regent Rogers reported on commencements he had attended and stated that commencements are the best part of job; thanked UAF and UAA for not scheduling their commencements on the same day and talked about some of the unique features of the UAA ceremony; he reported that the Kuskokwim Campus commencement reminded him of how important the commitment to higher education in the rural communities is; and expressed his excitement about the new Bachelor of Elementary Education degree programs.

Regent Johnson commented on the large learning curve she and the new regents have; on her excitement about the distance learning presentation and on her commitment to rural Alaska and the ability of distance learning to provide a method to reach the rural communities; and thanked the administration for all courtesies despite hotel problems.

Regent Hardenbrook stated his excitement in serving on the board and his belief that this is the best board in the state; he commented that Governor Knowles deserves to be congratulated for appointing such a good board. He stated that he is looking forward to commencements; is proud of the resolution for Ron Keyes; and thanked Regent Horst for his help in preparation.

Regent Burns welcomed the three new members and thanked them for the generous contribution of time and effort over the course of their terms; spoke of his opportunity to attend five commencements; his enthusiasm for the progress made today in approving so many new academic programs; and his belief that this action is a positive barometer for where the University of Alaska is headed.

XIV. Executive Session

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

PASSED

"The Board of Regents goes into executive session at 4:17 p.m. A.D.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
-- Land
-- Contract Negotiations
and matters that would affect the reputation or character of a person or persons including:
-- Personnel Matters
--Naming of a Facility
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 1 hour. Thus, the open session of the Board of Regents will resume in this room at approximately 5:15 p.m. A.D.T. This motion is effective June 8, 2001."

The Board of Regents concluded an executive session at 5:17 p.m. A.D.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 that 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 1 hour.

XV. Approval of Resolution of Appreciation for Bruce Gifford

WHEREAS, Bruce Gifford has served with distinction the University of Alaska Southeast as Dean of Students and Enrollment Management since July 1, 1999; and

WHEREAS, Bruce Gifford began his University of Alaska career in 1982 when he became Director of Student Services and Public Relations at the Ketchikan campus of UAS; and

WHEREAS, Bruce Gifford moved from Ketchikan to Juneau in 1988 to become Regional Director of Student Services at UAS, a position he held until 1998 when the duties of Acting Registrar were added to his area of responsibility; and

WHEREAS, Bruce Gifford received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science, and his Master's Degree in Education, Guidance and Counseling from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville, and did additional graduate work in higher education administration at Arizona State University; and

WHEREAS, Bruce Gifford led the Enrollment Management effort at UAS for the last two years, which resulted in increased enrollment of first-time freshman and increased freshman retention at UAS; and

WHEREAS, Bruce Gifford was a key UAS administrator in proposing and implementing the lease/sale agreement that resulted in the first Student Activity Center, a popular gathering place for students on the Juneau campus; and

WHEREAS, Bruce Gifford's responsibilities include overseeing student housing, and he was influential in the construction of Banfield Hall, the undergraduate residence facility on the Juneau campus; and

WHEREAS, Bruce Gifford has established a spirit of helpfulness among the UAS Student Services staff that is recognized by students, faculty and staff, and helps UAS deliver on its promise to be a caring campus; and

WHEREAS, Bruce Gifford has brought a high degree of professionalism and commitment to excellence to all his responsibilities as Dean of Students, including overseeing housing, activities, food service, records and registration, advising and financial aid; and

WHEREAS, Bruce Gifford's university service also includes service on the UAS Institutional Restructuring Committee, the UA Six-Year Plan Committee, Chair of the President's Task Force on Tuition, membership on the Senior Student Services Officers Council, and lead officer for the UA Statewide Committee on Student Success Budget Initiatives for FY01; and

WHEREAS, Bruce Gifford has been active in the Juneau community serving on the board of directors of the Juneau public radio/television station; as chair of the Tourism Advisory Board, and as an active member of the Juneau Gastineau Rotary; and

WHEREAS, Bruce Gifford has resigned his position with UAS to become Vice President of Student Services at North Idaho College in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, a community college serving Idaho's five northern counties, and assumed his new duties on June 1;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the University of Alaska Board of Regents recognizes the service of Bruce Gifford, wishes him success in his new appointment, and extends to him this official statement of appreciation for his contributions to countless University students and to the advancement of higher education in Alaska; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution be appropriately engrossed and conveyed to Bruce Gifford with a copy incorporated in the official minutes of the June 8, 2001 meeting of the Board of Regents.

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

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the resolution of appreciation for Bruce Gifford. This motion is effective June 8, 2001."

XVA. Approval of Resolution of Appreciation for Ron Keyes

WHEREAS, Ron Keyes served the University of Alaska with distinction as Director of UAF's student union center for 29 years; and

WHEREAS, Ron Keyes served as director of the William Ransom Wood Student Center from the day it opened in 1972 until the beginning of the 21st century; and

WHEREAS, Ron Keyes was born in Burbank, California, and raised in Florence, Oregon; and

WHEREAS, Ron Keyes taught high school for a year after receiving his bachelor's degree from Western Oregon State, and in 1967 he attended graduate school at Oregon State University where he received his master's degree in student personnel in 1969; and

WHEREAS, Ron Keyes joined UAF in 1972 after serving three years as the director of the college center at Southwest Minnesota State University; and

WHEREAS, Ron Keyes' tenure as director of the Wood Center at UAF also included other responsibilities, such as Food Service contract administrator, supervisor of Book Store operations, fiscal officer for Student Services, and as Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs; and

WHEREAS, Ron Keyes has been honored as the ASUAF Outstanding Staff member, and has received other awards for excellence in his service to UAF and its students; and

WHEREAS, Ron Keyes has been a positive influence on the lives of thousands of UAF students, demonstrating patience, tolerance, and good humor; and

WHEREAS, Ron Keyes and his wife, Marsha, have raised two sons, Scott and Chris, both of whom are graduates of UAF; and

WHEREAS, Ron Keyes has decided to retire from his position this summer to pursue recreational and other personal interests;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Regents of the University of Alaska takes official recognition of Ron Keyes' noteworthy contributions to the University and the State of Alaska; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution be appropriately engrossed and conveyed to Ron Keyes, with a copy to be incorporated into the official minutes of the June 8, 2001, meeting of the Board of Regents.

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

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the resolution of appreciation for Ron Keyes. This motion is effective June 8, 2001."

XVI. Approval of Facility Name at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Campus

Chancellor Lind approved and forwarded a request from members of the University of Alaska Fairbanks faculty to name the Large Animal Research Station facility, located on Yankovich Road in Fairbanks. Detailed information regarding this request was sent to each regent under executive session cover prior to the meeting.

Regent Johnson moved, seconded by Regent Meyers, and passed unanimously that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the naming of the Large Animal Research Station at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the Robert G. White Large Animal Research Station. This motion is effective June 8, 2001."


XVII. Adjourn

Chair Burns adjourned the meeting at 5:20 p.m. on Friday, June 8, 2001.

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