THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM OF MARYLAND
MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF
October 17, 2003
Frostburg State University
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, October 17,
2003, at 8:05 a.m. at Frostburg State University. Those
present were: Chairman Kendall, Regents Finan, Florestano,
Houghton, Hug, Larson, Mandel, Mitchell, Nevins, Pettit,
Pevenstein, Rosapepe, Shockley, Tydings, Wood; Chancellor
Kirwan, Vice Chancellor 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 9:03 a.m. .
Notes of the session are attached.
Chairman Kendall called the Public Session of the Board of
Regents to order at 9:15 a.m. at Frostburg State University
on Friday, October 17, 2003. Those present were: Chairman
Kendall, Regents Finan, Florestano, Houghton, Hug, Larson,
Mandel, Mitchell, Nevins, Pettit, Pevenstein, Rosapepe,
Shockley, Tydings, Wood; Chancellor Kirwan, Vice Chancellors
Vivona, Interim Vice Chancellor Dillon, Vice Chancellor
Designate Goldstein; Presidents Battle, Boesch, Caret,
Gira, Heeger, Hrabowski, Hunter-Cevera, Lowe, Mote, and
Ramsay; Vice Presidents Buchanan (SU), Holden (UMES) and
Mr. Lynerd (UB); Assistant Attorney Generals Anderson and
Short, Ms. Ryan and USM staff members, members of the press
and other observers.
A. President Catherine Gira welcomed the Regents and
others to Frostburg State University. Dr. Gira presented
a brief history of Frostburg and an overview of FSU's impact
on the Western Maryland Region.
B. Committee of the Whole
1. The minutes from September 12, 2003 Board of
Regents meeting of the Board of Regents were
2. Chancellor Kirwan presented the Chancellor's Report
noting that the USM will be hosting a series of
regional legislative breakfasts prior to the
beginning of the 2004 Session. Dr. Kirwan offered
congratulations to Professor Mortimer Sellers who
was named "Regents Professor;" he noted the
upcoming installations of President Battle of Coppin
State College and President Caret of Towson
University. Full text of Chancellor's report on file
with the minutes.
3. Dr. Kirwan introduced Philip Singerman, Executive
Director of TEDCO, a group that is enabling the
transfer and commercialization of technology and
intellectual property in the biosciences from
universities and federal laboratories to the private
sector. Mr. Singerman announced, on behalf of
Governor Ehrlich, a new state program to increase
technology transfer from Maryland universities.
News Release is on file with the minutes.
C. Reports of the USM Councils
1. President Gira presented the report from the Council of
University Presidents. Presidents are pleased to be
included in the discussions with the Regents' Workgroups
that have been recently established. Dr. Ramsay will
represent the presidents in the Public Corporation
Workgroup; Dr. Hunter-Cevera will represent the presidents
in the Resource Development Group; Dr. Gira in the E&E
2. Dr. Siegel, chair of the Council of University
System Faculty, presented the report of the group.
Main items on their agenda are: Faculty workload
issues; effectiveness and efficiencies; a review of
sections of the reappointment and tenure policies;
proposal for day in Annapolis for students to
display their undergraduate and graduate research
projects; the development of appeal procedures for
campus shared governance bodies to Chancellor and
Board committees; and the establishment of
procedures for faculty, staff and student
involvement in the periodic review of high level
Regent Florestano recommended that CUSF take a
serious look at how public service is evaluated.
Faculty should be encouraged to take part in outside
engagements that are associated with K-16. Report
on file with the minutes.
3. Mr. Hill presented the report of the Council of
University System Staff. Report on file with the
4. Mr. Dan Purcell, acting chair of the University
System Student Council, presented the Council's
report. Topics of the Council's interest include:
Student/Faculty evaluations and how they are used to
improve teaching on the campuses; diversity
resolution; tuition; shared governance. In
addition, this year the council hopes to "elevate
the conversation," e.g. is higher education in
Maryland going to be more of a private good or a
public good; assessing quality versus cost;
reviewing legislation pertaining to students.
Regent Kendall requested that USSC present specific
information and suggestions in any of the three the
BOR workgroups. The Regents would appreciate the
Regent Florestano requested that Mr. Purcell talk
with the staff or her re: student/faculty
Regent Kendall permitted Mr. Nathan Kennedy from the
UMCP Student Government Association, to address the
Board of Regents regarding student concerns about
the rapidly rising tuition rates. Remarks and a
resolution from the UMCP SGE are on file.
Following Mr. Kennedy's remarks, Regent Larson
stated that raising tuition is a difficult decision;
one that is not taken lightly by the Regents. He
requested that students bring ideas to the Regents
on alternatives to raising tuition with the goal of
maintaining quality, access and affordability.
Regent Kendall thanked all of the participants who
spoke at the recentFinance Committee for their input
into the tuition discussion.
D. Regent Florestano presented the report of the Education
Policy Committee which met on September 24, 2003.
1. New Program Proposal: Joint Master of Science in
Accounting and Business Advisory Services between
Towson University and the University of Baltimore.
Motion for approval by Regent Florestano; seconded
by Regent Rosapepe and unanimously approved.
The following items were presented for information only:
2. Technology Fluency Implementation Reports
3. Status Report on Eastern Shore Higher Education Center
4. Teacher Education Status Report (a) Supply and
Demand, (b) Associate of Arts in Teaching (ATT)
5. Impact of Budget Reductions on Service Entities
6. Tentative Agendas for 2003-2004
E. Regent Nevins presented the report of the Finance
Committee which met on October 9, 2003.
Regent Nevins moved that items 6 through 10 be placed
on the consent agenda; seconded by Regent Rosapepe.
6. Towson University Campus Master Plan 2002-2012
7. Proposed Modifications to Policy VII-7.23-Military
Leave with Pay for Exempt and Nonexempt Staff
Employees on Regular Status and VII-7.24-Call-up
to Active Military Duty during a National or
International Crisis or Conflict for USM Exempt
and Nonexempt Staff Employees on Regular Status
8. UMES: Increase in Authorization for the Coastal
Ecology Teaching and Research Laboratory
9. UMCP: Resolution to Authorize the Financing and
Entering into an $8 Million Space Lease in the
Riggs Alumni Center
10. UMCP: Lease for the Research Park Building #1
Items were unanimously approved.
Items 3 and 11 were removed from the Finance Committee agenda.
Regent Nevins thanked all of the Board members,
students, staff and faculty and others for their
participation and input at the Finance Committee on the
budget and tuition issues.
Item 1 - USM: Fiscal Year 2005 Schedule of Tuition and
Item 2 - USM: Fiscal Year 2005 Operating Budget Request
- Current Services Budget
Item 4 - USM: Separate List Request
After discussion by the Regents, motion to approve by
Regent Kendall with 12 Regents voting in favor of the
items; 3 against (Pettit, Rosapepe, Shockley).
Item 5 - Four-Year Tuition Plan Analysis and Item 12,
Tuition Task Force Report were presented for
F. Workgroup Reports:
1. Regent Wood presented the report of the Resource
Development Workgroup. The work group will look
at several major areas that will be more fully
defined at the next meeting. The agenda also
includes a review of the Pappas Commission
recommendations as they relate to the USM and a
discussion of constituency relations and
fundraising and seek campus input for resource
Regent Wood also reported on the Facilities
Renewal Workgroup, a subgroup of the Finance
Committee. The subgroup consists of Regents
Pevenstein and Wood and is staffed by Mark Beck of
the USM Office. It will gather information on
campus facilities renewal needs and seek input on
potential revenue sources that would help with
2. Regent Tydings presented the report of the Public
Corporation Workgroup in the absence of Regent
Johnson, chair of the workgroup. Regent Johnson
has had a number of meetings with individuals from
the System as well as one regular workgroup
meeting. The group is looking at how other
institutions are using the public corporation laws
in their states. The workgroup will bring in
outside individuals to meet with members of the
Board, presidents and legislators to share their
ideas on the opportunities of public corporation
3. Regent Kendall presented report of the
Effectiveness and Efficiencies Work Group. The
Work Group has met on numerous occasions; members
of the group have met with presidents, academic
and administrative vice presidents soliciting
their assistance. It will also solicit input from
students, faculty and staff as well as outside
Meeting adjourned: 11:55 a.m.