University System of Maryland Board of Regents
Minutes of the Public Session
Kendall called the meeting of the University System of Maryland Board of
Regents to order at 8:35 a.m. on
Friday, September 8, 2006
at University of Maryland,
Those in attendance were: Chairman
Kendall, Regents Brady, Finan, Florestano, Gill, Heidemann, Hoffmann, Johnson,
Kelly, Krongard, Mandel, Mitchell, Nevins, Pettit, and Pevenstein. Chancellor
Kirwan, Vice Chancellors Goldstein, Vivona and Raley; Assistant Attorneys
General Goedert and Short; Presidents Aldridge, Battle,
Boesch, Bogomolny, Burnim, Dudley-Eshbach, Gibralter, Hrabowski,
Hunter-Cevera, Mote, Ramsay and Thompson; Ms. Ryan, Ms. Doyle; USM Staff; members
of the press and others. He welcomed Caitlin Heidemann to her first
"official" board meeting; Regent Heidemann had attended several board
meetings after her appointment was announced.
Hrabowski gave a welcome to Regents and other guests at the meeting and noted
that it is UMBC's 40th anniversary and his 19th
anniversary in the USM. He introduced the newly-appointed dean of
engineering, Warren Devries, formerly an NSF official and chair of
mechanical engineering department at Iowa
He then introduced several students who spoke about their varying
experiences at UMBC and their future goals and ambitions. He also
introduced Michael Summers, a Howard Hughes investigator who has numerous
grants in chemistry and biochemistry which engage 25 undergraduate
students in research in protein interactions in HIV.
Committee of the Whole
Minutes of June 23, 2006
were unanimously approved (Moved by Regent Florestano, seconded by Regent
Kirwan presented his report to the Board. He welcomed Janice Doyle as the new
Secretary to the Board. Janice joins USM from MHEC where she served as
assistant secretary. She has 30 years of experience in higher education,
including a stint at our host institution, UMBC, where she was senior director
of enrollment services. He also welcomed USM's two newest presidents: Jonathan
Gibralter who began his presidency at Frostburg State University August 1; he
was previously president of Farmingdale State University (NY) ; and Mickey
Burnim who assumed the presidency at Bowie State University on September 1; he
previously served as president of Elizabeth City State University (NC). Institutional
news of note include a) UMB's new School of Public Health is in the process of
pursuing accreditation AND the new $153 million dental school facility at UMB
is now open. b) UMBC recently broke
ground for the new home of the U.S. Geological Survey's
Maryland-Delaware-Washington Water Science Center at its on-campus research and
technology park. In addition the National
Science Foundation has awarded UMBC a $2.9 million grant to establish a new
doctoral student training program in "Water in the Urban Environment." c) FSU
had its accreditation with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
unconditionally reaffirmed. d) UMES beat out 15 other teams from across the
nation to win the American Society of Engineering Education's Model Robot
Design competition, scoring 526 out of a possible 543 points. e) Dr. Yonathan
Zohar, Director of the Center of Marine
Biotechnology at UMBI, was selected as an
Einstein Professor by the Chinese Academy
of Sciences. Dr. Zohar was recognized at the meeting by Chancellor Kirwan. f)
Several USM institutions can take pride in recent college rankings. Salisbury University now ranks No. 5 in the
Top Public Universities-Master's category (North) in U.S. News & World Report's 2007 America's Best Colleges guide,
with Towson University ranking sixth. U.S. News also ranks the University
of Maryland College Park 18th
among the Top 50 public universities.
UMCP also had 91 programs ranked in the Top 25, including 31 Top 10
Highlights of this report include
news that USM has made progress in addressing the issue of benefits for
non-tenure track, full-time faculty at some of the old Board of
Trustees-governed institutions. He commended the affected institutions for
addressing this issue and thanked CUSF for bringing the issue to our attention.
The Chancellor expressed optimism that higher education will remain a priority
among state leaders in Annapolis as
the budget process unfolds, noting the extraordinary success we had this year.
He reported that the USM federated Capital Campaign continues to move
forward. The Capital Campaign work
group, chaired by Regent Cheryl Gordon Krongard, held its first meeting just
last month. The cumulative campaign goal been increased to $1.65 billion and we
are almost 1/3 of the way to that goal. Finally, he informed the Regents of the
upcoming statewide Listening Tour. The tour, to be held at eight sites, is
intended to open up a dialogue with businesspeople regarding their view of how
Maryland higher education is preparing students for the workforce and to create
innovative partnerships to enable Maryland
higher education to enhance its ability to meet the state's economic and workforce
development needs, as well as provide business leaders with a better
understanding of and appreciation for higher education's role in workforce and
economic development. The tour is a collaboration of USM, MICUA, MACC and GWIB.
An itinerary for the tour was
distributed to Regents.
Board of Regents Staff Awards were presented by Regent Kendall and
Chancellor Kirwan to the following outstanding USM staff:
CONTRIBUTION TO THE INSTITUTION
Richard L. Tysor, UMBI
Cynthia I. Zimmerman, TU
PUBLIC SERVICE TO THE UNIVERSITY
TO THE GREATER COMMUNITY
Gains B. Hawkins, UMES
Marian C. Birkhead, UMES
SERVICE TO STUDENTS IN AN ACADEMIC
Marylane McGlinchey, SU
Emma Sellers, UMBC
E. Report of
1. President Thelma Thompson gave a positive greeting to
the Regents and guests and thanked the Chancellor for his leadership.
2. Dr. David Parker, new chair of CUSF, gave a brief
greeting; CUSF has its first meeting September 14.
3. Mr. Larry Lauer, new chair of CUSS, spoke about CUSS's
priorities for the upcoming year, including strengthening the shared governance process; working closely with CUSF on issues of mutual concern; and increasing participation of the institutions in nominating non-exempt employees for the Staff Awards. He also provided a schedule of CUSS meetings for the year. A written report is on file in the Chancellor's Office.
4. Mr. Brian Bailey, chair of the USMSC, announced that
the students will have their first meeting September 16.
Committee Regent Pevenstein
of Maryland College
Park: Renovation of the 2nd Floor South
Wing of the Hornbake Library for the College
of Information Studies. The Regents
are asked to approve the expenditure of $1.3 million of its fund balance for
the renovation. The Committee recommends approval to the Board with the
stipulation that UMCP will continue to meet its annual fund balance growth
targets. Regent Pevenstein moved the item; Regent Florestano seconded; it was
G. Technology Transfer Workgroup Regent Gill
Regent Gill outlined the goals of
the workgroup: educate about, advocate for and facilitate success of
commercialization activities at the institution. He reported that USM institutions'
commercialization totals $1 billion. Initiatives include better funding sources for
proof of concept dollars.
Campaign Workgroup Regent
The workgroup held its first meeting recently and plans to
focus on long-term planning as well as short-term needs for fund-raising.
Regent Krongard said that the group wants to be a help, not a hindrance, to the
institutions. The workgroup will look at both macro and micro issues,
including, but not limited to, staffing, donors, matching up appropriate donors
and institutions, and making the case to the Governor and the Legislature that
fund-raising infrastructure is a good investment.
The meeting adjourned at 9:45
a.m. with a motion to convene in executive session to consider
executive function items and items exempted from consideration under the
state's Open Meetings Law.
Notes from Executive
September 8, 2006
It was moved and seconded at the
close of the public session to convene in executive session to consider
executive function agenda items and items exempted from consideration under the
state's Open Meeting Act. Those in attendance were: Chairman Kendall, Regents Brady, Finan,
Florestano, Gill, Heidemann, Hoffmann, Johnson, Kelly, Krongard, Mandel,
Mitchell, Nevins, Pettit, and Pevenstein. Chancellor Kirwan, Vice Chancellors Goldstein,
Vivona and Raley; Assistant Attorneys General Goedert and Short; Ms. Ryan, Ms. Doyle
and Mr. Salt.
A. Committee of the Whole
Honorary Degree Request for Mohamed ElBaradei, Director General of the
International Atomic Energy Agency and winner of the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize.
Dr. ElBaradei will deliver the Sadat Lecture for Peace on October 24, at which
time the degree will be awarded. It was moved by Regent Nevins, seconded by
Regent Florestano and unanimously approved.
Naming of the new Journalism School
Building the John S. and James L.
Knight Hall in recognition of a $5 million gift from the Knight Foundation. It
was moved by Regent Johnson and seconded by Regent Krongard and unanimously
B. Finance Committee
Six real property items were
approved by the board as presented. Regent Kelly recused himself from one item.
Appointments and reappointments to UMBC's Research Park Corporation Board were
unanimously approved as presented.
The meeting adjourned at 11:45 a.m.