THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM OF MARYLAND
MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF
December 12, 2003
(Rescheduled from December 9, 2003)
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Chairman Kendall moved, Regent Larson seconded and the Board of
Regents voted unanimously to convene in Closed and Executive Session
with the Chancellor on Friday, December 12, 2003, at 8:15 a.m. at
the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Those present were:
Chairman Kendall, Regents Finan, Florestano, Houghton, Johnson,
Mandel, Nevins, Pettit, Riley, Shockley, Tydings, Wood; Chancellor
Kirwan, Vice Chancellors Goldstein and Vivona, Ms. Ryan, Assistant
Attorney Generals Anderson and Short. The Board of Regents reviewed
items on the agenda that were exempted under the Open Meetings Act
for consideration in closed and executive session. The meeting
adjourned at 9:15 a.m.
Chairman Kendall called the Public Session
of the Board of Regents to order at 9:20 a.m. at the University of
Maryland, Baltimore on Friday, December 12, 2003. Those present
were: Chairman Kendall, Regents Finan, Florestano, Houghton,
Johnson, Mandel, Nevins, Pettit, Riley, Shockley, Tydings, Wood;
Chancellor Kirwan, Vice Chancellors Goldstein and Vivona, Interim
Vice Chancellor Dillon, Presidents Battle, Boesch, Bogomolny,
Caret, Heeger, Hrabowski, Lowe, Vice President, Holden (UMES);
Dr. Zinner for SU; Dr. Jackson for UMBI, Dr. Orlan for UMB,
Assistant Attorney Generals Anderson and Short, Ms. Ryan and
USM staff members, members of the press and other observers.
A. Committee of the Whole:
1. Chairman Kendall called the meeting to order and
thanked UMB for hosting the meeting - rescheduled because
of weather from December 5, 2003.
2. Chancellor's Report - Dr. Kirwan presented his report
to the Board. He introduced Anne Moultrie, newly appointed
Associate Vice Chancellor for Communications; presented an
overview of the various meetings with state legislators;
Speaker of the House Busch's Task Force on Affordability
meetings and his meeting with Secretary DiPaula. Full text
of the report on file with the minutes.
3. Chairman Kendall and Chancellor Kirwan presented the
2003 Regents Staff Awards to:
- Frances Younger, UMCES - Exceptional Contribution to the
Institution - Exempt
- Gregory Bagwell, UMBC - Exceptional Contribution to the
Institution - Nonexempt
- Andrea Spratt, UMBC, Outstanding Service to Students -
- Jamie Winters, FSU, Outstanding Service to Students -
- Ramona Arthur, UMBC, Extraordinary Public Service -
- Monica Herrera, UMCP, Extraordinary Public Service -
4. Designation of December 26, 2003 as a USM Holiday -
The Governor declared December 26 as an additional State holiday
for all State employees. Since this date is already a holiday
for USM, the Board must declare December 26 an official holiday.
Presidents can assign the holiday at another time during the
year such as January 2, 2004. Moved by Regent Florestano,
seconded by Regent Kendall and unanimously approved.
B. Regent Florestano presented the report of the
Education Policy Committee, which met on November 19, 2003.
1. The minutes of the November 19, 2003 meeting
were unanimously approved.
2. Creation of a School of Business at Bowie State
University. Regent Florestano moved for approval; seconded
by Regent Finan and unanimously approved.
3. Bowie State University Shared Governance
Accountability Plan. Regent Florestano moved for
approval; seconded by Regent Tydings and unanimously
The following items were presented for information purposes:
4. Annual Review of Existing Academic Programs
5. USM Opening Fall Enrollments, 2003
6. Report and Recommendations of the Tuition Task Force.
Further discussion is scheduled on this topic and the new
tuition policy for the full Board.
7. Report on the Instructional Workload of the
Regent Johnson stated that many faculty are working over
Regent Tydings stated that the presentation presented by
Regent Kendall and Chancellor Kirwan at the first meeting of
the Busch Taskforce was excellent and charts were prepared
with much good information that helps to disspell the
misinformation that has appeared in the press regarding
USM salaries, faculty workload, numbers of administrators,
etc. He requested that regents receive copies of these
charts so that the information can be used during the coming
8. Annual Report of the Office of Civil Rights
9. Report on External Funding, FY 2003. Regent
Shockley noted that this was the first year that extramural
funding was higher than State funding.
10. Alcohol Use and Abuse at USM Institutions. The
Committee heard a panel of campus representatives address
this issue. Regent Florestano said that a faculty member
proposed the formation of systemwide council to share best
practices and enable campuses to work more closely on these
Regent Kendall suggested that the Education Policy
Committee look at the idea of a systemwide council and
report back to the Board with a recommendation.
C. The report on the Committee on Finance was
presented by Regent Nevins.
Regent Nevins moved that items 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 be placed
on the consent agenda; seconded by Regent Tydings.
2. UMCES Facilities Master Plan 2002-2012
4. Classification of Overload Surcharge Fee at Towson University
5. UMB: Procurement of Scientific Supplies and Equipment
6. UMUC: Operating Services Contract
7. BSU: Affiliated Foundation Recognition
Items were unanimously approved.
3. Tuition Task Force Report and Recommendations.
Regent Nevins presented a brief overview of the report and
its recommendation. He then moved for approval; seconded
by Regent Florestano.
Discussion followed. Regent Mandel stated he couldn't
vote for approval because he believed that the legislature
would look to the USM to raise tuition to cover costs rather
than to increase state aid. Regent Tydings agreed. After
much discussion Regent Nevins called for a vote: 7 in favor;
4 abstentions; item did not pass. There will be special
meeting of the full Board of Regents via teleconference
prior to the holidays to reconsider the report.
The following items were presented as information:
8. USM Opening Fall Enrollments, 2003
9. USM: Minority Business Enterprise Activity
Report for FY ending June 30, 2003
Goal of state and goals adopted by regents is 25% of
contracting to be in form of eligible minority enterprises.
Success year in 03; we are at 15%.
10. USM Quarterly Review of Capital Improvements
D. Regent Wood presented the report on Organization
and Compensation Committee for Regent Larson. The committee
met on November 24, 2003.
1. Amendment to the Bylaws of the USM Board of Regents
which will allow for full participation via teleconference or
video conferencing participation in committee and task force
meetings. The amendment would also allow for board members
to monitor full board meetings via teleconference or video
conferencing. Motion to approve by Regent Wood; moved for
approval by Regent Florestano; seconded by Regent Johnson
and unanimously approved.
2. The Organization and Compensation Committee
had recommended that the Board meeting originally
scheduled for July 9, 2004 be changed to June 23,
2004 so that the Board has a chance to review the
capital budget that is sent to Annapolis by June
30th. Motion to approve by Regent Wood,
moved by Regent Florestano, seconded by Regent Tydings
and unanimously approved.
The Committee also recommended designating the June
23, 2004 meeting of the Board as the annual meeting.
Motion to approve by Regent Wood, moved by Regent
Florestano, seconded by Regent Tydings and unanimously
E. Council Reports
1. President Heeger presented the report of the
Council of University System Presidents for President
Gira. The Presidents continue their efforts leading
their campuses through these demanding times. Presidents
want to emphasize their support for the Regents efforts
in exploring new efficient and effective initiatives for
revenue generation and their efforts in rethinking the
System's and institution's public corporation status
and appreciate being able to work with the work groups.
2. Report of the CUSF was presented by Dr. Vince
Brannigan for Dr. Martha Siegel. CUSF is working
with the board and campuses to deliver a common message
to the legislature. CUSF supports the Tuition Task Force
Report; CUSF is organizing a Student Research Day in
Annapolis for legislators in February.
3. Mr. Joe Hill presented the report of CUSS.
Mr. Hill thanked the Regent, Chancellor, Presidents for
the assistance in working with CUSS during the past year
and looks forward to more collaboration in the coming year.
4. Report of the University System Student Council
was presented by Chairman Dan Purcell. Mr. Purcell thanked
Regent Rosapepe for attending a meeting to discuss the
workings of the State Legislature. The Council will host
Annapolis 101 in February with student council representations
meeting with various legislators. The Council will be
presenting their FY 2004 nominations for student regent
to Chancellor Kirwan shortly. He also thanked Regent
Houghton for attending their most recent meeting.
H. New Business
1. Regent Kendall reported on the E&E Workgroup.
The group is looking at a number of areas: shorten time to
degree; ways for campuses to operate more effectively;
streamlining, outsourcing; administrative affairs;
distance learning, satellite campuses.
Dr. Kirwan stated that the Busch Taskforce has had
two meetings so far with an additional meeting scheduled
at UMBC on economic development and a final meeting to be
held in Annapolis. The conclusions will lead to legislative
2. Regent Wood presented the report of the Resource
Development Workgroup which has had presentations from
campuses and the USM office. The group is working to
identify external revenue sources; beginning plans for
new capital campaign; will look into having external
consultants present additional ideas in the area of
Regent Wood then presented a report from the subgroup,
including Regent Pevenstein, of Finance Committee looking
at facilities renewal. A letter has been sent to each
institution requesting a list of facilities that need
repair (safety violations, leaking roofs, wet basements,
etc.) or replacement. A summary will be presented at the
February 2004 board meeting. The board will work closely
with Chancellor Kirwan and Vice Chancellor Vivona to find
short term and long term solutions to campus needs.
3. Regent Johnson presented a report of the Public
Corporation Workgroup. The group is analyzing the statute
to understand exactly what is meant by public corporation.
Input is being requested from the institutions on what type
of flexibility would be helpful in the areas of personnel
and procurement. The group will invite a national expert
to attend a workgroup meeting in January to bring additional
input to the group.
Regent Pettit congratulated former Coppin President,
Dr. Calvin Burnett, for his appointment as Interim Secretary
of the Maryland Higher Education Commission.
Meeting adjourned at 11:41 a.m.