University System of Maryland Board of Regents
Minutes of the Public Session
Nevins called the meeting of the University System of Maryland Board of
Regents to order at 8:35 a.m. on
Friday, June 23, 2006
at Frostburg State
University. Those in
attendance were: Chairman Nevins,
Regents Brady, Finan, Florestano, Gill, Hoffmann, Johnson, Kelly, Kendall,
Krongard, Mandel, Mitchell, Pevenstein, and Willcher; Chancellor Kirwan,
Vice Chancellors Goldstein, Vivona and Raley; Assistant Attorneys General
Goedert and Short; Presidents Aldridge,
Bogomolny, Gira, Hrabowski, Hunter-Cevera, Mote and Ramsay; Vice
Presidents Ramsey (BSU), Holden (UMES), Wilson (UMCES), Brennan (TU);
Assistant Provost Rembauld (CSU); Ms. Ryan; USM Staff; members of the press and
others. Also in attendance was
Regent-elect Caitlin Heidemann.
- Dr. Gira gave a welcome to Regents and others and presented a humorous and
informative overview of the history of the city of Frostburg
- "Little known facts about Frostburg." She also presented an overview of
FSU, including the student population (25% minority representation in
incoming freshman class), signature academic programs, nationally-recognized faculty, a culture of community service, FSU as a hub of cultural events for the region, and economic development
initiatives. Dr. Gira's retirement takes effect July 1; the regents
presented a resolution to her naming her President Emerita.
Committee of the Whole
Bogomolny presented on behalf of CUSP (Council of University System
Presidents). He joined the Regents' praises for Dr. Gira, citing her counsel
and wisdom shared with all the presidents. At its recent meeting, CUSP
discussed plans for a workshop on capital campaign planning to be coordinated
by the USM Advancement Office in the fall. There was also discussion of
guidelines for institutional plans to prepare for a major health crisis, such
as the Avian Flu Pandemic. The Chancellor has asked each institution to submit
plans to him by September 1. The presidents reviewed the latest version of the
residency policy, which the regents will be asked to approve today. There was a
recent Supreme Court decision on protection of free speech for public
employees; the AG's Office will draft a USM policy on this topic, recognizing
the unique issue of academic freedom. Finally, President Bogomolny announced
that UMES President Thompson was elected as Chair of CUSP and will take over
Martha Siegel presented on behalf of the Council of University System Faculty
(CUSF). CUSF remains concerned about the changes in the state pension system
and the availability of materials explaining such changes - especially for
recruiting purposes and for orienting new faculty and staff. CUSF is opposed to
the statewide COLA cap and urges USM to oppose caps in the future. A revised
tuition remission policy was tabled for board review today because CUSF has
concerns about the change in definition of financial dependence. There will be
further analysis of the policy. Professor David Parker from Salisbury
was elected Chair of CUSF for the upcoming year. Regent Florestano asked that a
progress report on health benefits for full-time lecturers, an issue that has
been raised by CUSF numerous times, be presented at the September board
meeting. A written report was distributed
at the meeting and is on file in the Chancellor's Office.
Hill presented the report of CUSS (Council of University System Staff). CUSS
strongly supports an enhanced optional retirement program (increasing the
employer contribution). CUSS is concerned about prescription costs and health
insurance benefits for surviving spouses and dependents of USM employees. This
is Joe Hill's last meeting as chair of the council; the new chair has not been
selected yet. A written report was
distributed at the meeting and is on file in the Chancellor's Office.
Student Council presented a written report with the distributed board
materials. The new chair of USMSC is Brian Bailey.
Kirwan presented his annual report to the board and distributed copies. He
emphasized the extraordinary accomplishments of the last year, culminating in
unprecedented agreement among state leaders for major financial support for
higher education - 15% increase for the system's operating budget and a capital
budget in excess of $190 million. He focused on the major themes and successes
for the year: making higher education accessible and affordable for an
increasing number of students; re-engineering our academic and administrative
processes through our continued E & E initiatives; reaching levels of
excellence with institutional, presidential and faculty achievements; playing a
significant role in the social and economic well-being for the state of
Maryland; serving the state's workforce needs through our regional centers, our
focus on the life sciences, information technology, teaching and the health
professions. Copies of the Chancellor's
Annual Report are available through the Chancellor's Office.
minutes of April 7, 2006 and May 10, 2006 were
unanimously approved with one change to the minutes of April 7, 2006: Regent Kelly was in attendance. Moved by Regent Florestano, seconded by
meeting schedule for 2006-2007 as presented was unanimously approved. Moved by Regent Florestano, seconded by
Full Board Meetings (all Fridays)
Nevins introduced the agenda item for the report of the Nominating Committee by
advising the board that he had requested the committee, when it was appointed,
not consider him for another term as chair. His professional responsibilities,
job demands and family responsibilities influenced his decision. He emphasized
that he is not leaving the board and that he will continue to work diligently
as a Regent for the good of the System. He is proud and pleased of the
accomplishments of this year, and considers it an honor and a pleasure to have
served as Chair. Regent Finan presented the report of the Nominating Committee,
which included Regents Mitchell and Florestano. The slate as presented was
Chairman:Clifford M. Kendall
Vice Chairman: Robert Pevenstein
Secretary: Robert Mitchell
Treasurer: R. Michael Gill
Assistant Secretary: Alicia Coro Hoffman
Assistant Treasurer: Patricia Florestano
Regent Kendall thanked the Board for its vote of confidence; he said he was pleased to serve as chair of this extraordinary group, all of whom put System concerns above personal interests.
Kirwan announced that the report on the possible relocation of the Institute
for Human Virology has been delayed and that a recommendation should be ready
for consideration at the September meeting.
D. Committee on Education Policy Regent Willcher
1. Proposed revision of BOR Policy on Human Subjects
(IV-2.10) was recommended by UMB to update terminology and clarify
responsibilities. Approval of the revised policy was moved by Regent Willcher
and seconded by Regent Florestano.
2. Establishment of the University of Maryland School of Public Health - proposal from University
of Maryland, Baltimore. Moved by Regent Willcher and seconded by Regent Florestatno, the Board
unanimously approved creating the school and directed UMB to continue working
with UMCP on a combined school.
3. Six new programs were presented for approval. All were
considered and approved individually; all were unanimously approved:
a. BSU - Applied Sc.D in Computer Science
b. BSU - M.A. in Mental Health Counseling
c. FSU - B.S. in Ethnobotany
d. UMBC - M.S. and Ph.D. in Human Centered Computing
e. UMCP - Ph.D. in Anthropology
f. UMCP - Bachelor's of Music Education
4. Program actions delegated to Chancellor: Per BOR
Resolution III-7.03, the committee receives information on actions delegated to
the Chancellor for the year. Such actions included program name changes,
discontinuance of (or establishment of new) certificates, concentrations and
programs. A chart of such actions was included in board materials.
5. Campus Crime Reports are presented annually as an
information item to the committee. A summary of the crime report data was
included with the board materials.
6. FY 2005 Report on Extramural Funding was presented for
information to the committee. Over $900 million was received by USM
institutions, representing a 4.1% increase over FY 2004. UMB accounted for a
7. The committee received a briefing on the Policy in
Student Residency Classification for Admission, Tuition and Charge-Differential
Purposes (VIII-2.70); the full Board considers the revised policy today during
the Finance Committee report.
8. Institutional Intercollegiate Athletic Reports are
reviewed annually by the Committee on Educational Policy. A summary was included
in the Board materials.
Regent Willcher chaired the June 1, 2006 committee meeting in the absence of
committee chair Florestano.
E. Finance Committee Regent Pevenstein
1. USM Capital Budget: Prior to the Board's review, an overview was presented
outlining the two parts of the budget. The five-year Capital Improvement
Program (CIP) for FY 2008-2012 totals $1.32 billion. This is the state-funded
budget. The FY 2008 request totals $308 million. The five-year System-Funded
Construction Program (SFCP) equals $403 million (the FY 2007 request totals
$109 million -- $97.3 million in bonds, $11.7 million in cash. The budget
projects reflect the regents' priority, e.g., meeting enrollment demand,
accommodating research growth, facilities renewal.
2. Approval of the CIP: It was moved (Regent Pevenstein) and seconded (Regent Gill) to
approve the FY 2008 capital budget request and the proposed FY 2008-2012
Capital Improvement Program and to authorize the Chancellor to make appropriate
changes consistent with existing board policies and guidelines, including a
supplemental request for acceleration of critical projects (any such changes to
be reported to the Finance Committee). The motion was unanimously approved.
3. Approval of the SFCP: It was moved (Regent Pevenstein) and seconded (Regent Johnson) to
approve the FY 2007 System Funded Construction Program request and to authorize
the Chancellor to make appropriate changes consistent with board policies and
guidelines (any such changes to be reported to the Finance Committee). Regent
Willcher expressed concern about the privatized student housing projects citing
quality of life issues and students' need for social interaction, such issues
better addressed through campus-based residency programs. Other regents and presidents
discussed the validity of Regent Willcher's concerns, saying these can be
addressed by adding additional staff for these projects and carefully
monitoring the environment within the student housing, but they did recognize
the advantages working with private developers. The motion passed with one
negative vote (Regent Willcher).
4.26th Bond Resolution: this action will authorize the issuance of revenue bonds to
finance $122 million of new academic and auxiliary projects. It was moved
(Regent Pevenstein) and seconded (Regent Krongard) and unanimously approved.
5. Revisions to Policy VIII-2.70 - Policy on Student Classification for Admission and
Tuition Purposes. The revisions are in response to the recent court decision on
the Bergman case. The major revision adds standards to define evidence needed to
rebut the financial dependency presumption. Regent Pevenstein moved approval,
Regent Florestano seconded; unanimously approved.
6. Item to revise Policy VII-4.20 Tuition Remission was tabled for further review by
USM office staff, CUSP, CUSF and CUSS.
7. UMCP: Procurement of Serial Subscriptions (periodicals, newspapers and electronic
resources). This proposal will allow UMCP to award a contract to EBSCO for
approximately $12 million for an initial 3-year term to procure serial
subscriptions and to exercise the remaining three 2-year renewal option
providing pricing is competitive with the marketplace at the time of renewal
and consistent with USM procurement policies and procedures. It was noted that
such subscriptions benefit all USM institutions through the library consortium.
Motion to approve made by Regent Pevenstein, seconded by Regent Florestano, and
8. Report on capital improvement projects (covering 6-month period ending April 30, 2006) was presented as an information item.
F. Audit & Institutional Assessment Committee Regent Gill
1. Charter: The committee presented its Charter to the Board for approval. The Charter establishes the committee's responsibilities and defines committee's composition and meeting schedules. Approval was moved by Regent Gill and seconded by Regent Johnson.
2. Ethics Policy Guidelines: The committee is working on a set of guidelines for the Board's ethics policy; these will be presented at the October meeting,
G. Technology Transfer Workgroup: Regent Gill provided a brief summary of the group's activities, including its review of communications and collaborations among
USM institutions and their tech transfer offices. The group is also working with TEDCO on a report on patent costs.
The meeting adjourned at 11 a.m. and was followed by a briefing on state ethics law by Suzanne
Fox, executive director, State Ethics Commission.