WASHBURN UNIVERSITY OF TOPEKA
BOARD OF REGENTS
May 14, 1997
I. Chairperson Roth called the meeting of the Board of Regents to order at 6:30 p.m. in
the Kansas Room of the Memorial Union.
II. Present were: Mr. Dick, Mr. Engel, Mr. Maag and Mr. Roth. Mayor Wagnon arrived at
6:32 p.m. and Mrs. Porter and Mrs. Parks arrived at 6:33 p.m.
III. It was moved and seconded to approve the minutes of the April 9, 1997 meeting as
circulated. Motion passed unanimously.
IV. Presentation by Dr. Andy Tompkins, Commissioner, State Board of Education
President Thompson introduced the Commissioner of the Kansas Board of Education,
Dr. Andy Tompkins, explaining that he had invited Dr. Tompkins to share some of his
views about the future of education in the state of Kansas. Among the views
articulated by Dr. Tompkins is that following his involvement with the post-secondary
education commission that it has become clear that the issue of post-secondary
education governance is going to be a political solution given that the community
colleges, the area vocational technical schools and Washburn all have local governance
boards while the state institutions have a state board. He believes that a coordinating
role is more appropriate for the board versus governance because it is very difficult to
do away with local governance. He also noted that there are going to be more adults
as learners as time passes as adults will be engaged in training and re-training
throughout their career. He also noted that the State Board of Education is visiting the
issue of professional standards for teaching professionals.
A. Action Items
Chairperson Roth noted that a number of questions had been raised concerning
some of the items under the list of action items. He said that those to be
considered separately would be V.A.1., 2., 4., 6., 7., 8., 10., 11., 12. and 14. It
was moved and seconded to approve agenda items V.A.3., 5., 9., 11.a. and b.,
and 13.a. through c. Motion passed.
As approved by the Board, the following agenda items were approved:
3. Resolutions Required for Dr. Farley's Presidency i.e., a new corporate
authorization form authorizing Treasurer, Louis E. Mosiman, and Jerry B.
Farley, President, to take all actions with respect to stocks, bonds,
warrants, notes, etc. and a resolution with Mercantile Bank authorizing
President Farley and Vice President for Administration and Treasurer, Mr.
Mosiman, to, after July 1, 1997, open any deposit or checking accounts
in the name of the University or to endorse checks and money orders for
the payment of money or withdraw funds from the financial institution.
5. Classified Employee Bi-Weekly Payroll with Direct Deposit Option.
Effective July 1, 1997, to change the University's Business and Financial
Affairs Handbook policies to provide for bi-weekly pay and the
authorization of a direct deposit option for wage and hour employees.
9. NCAA Self-Study. Reaffirming the program philosophy statement for the
athletics program at the University by the Board of Regents.
11. a. Title changes for two administrators. Changing title from Assistant Dean
to Associate Dean in the School of Applied Studies for Dr. Dan Peterson
and increase of $2,222 in his annual basic salary, and promotion from
Assistant Vice President to Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
for Dr. Ron Wasserstein and a concurrent increase in his annual basic
salary of $1,500.
11. b. Promotion Recommendations. Promotion to the rank of Professor for
Loretta Moore and Rogelio Lasso in the School of Law.
13. Financial Reports: a. Public Fund Investments; b. Depository Security
Transactions; and c. Liquidated Claims Approval
14.WSA Proposal to Increase Activity Fee
Chairperson Roth noted that inasmuch as it is finals week, and students may
have finals to study for, the Board would consider agenda item V.A.14. for
an increase in student fees. Chairperson Roth recognized Jesse Borjon,
President of the Washburn Student Association. Mr. Borjon presented the
item prepared for the student proposal to increase the University student
activity fee for part-time students enrolled in three, four or five credit hours to
$13 and for undergraduate/graduate students taking six or more credit hours,
excluding law, to $25. Other presenters articulating: the chief of the
student affairs committee for the WSA, the president and president-elect from
the University Child Development Center, Inc., and a student involved in the
allocation of process.
It was moved and seconded to approve an increase in student fees for one
year for full time students to $25 per semester and for students enrolled in
three, four or five hours to $13 and that the administration develop a
comprehensive study of the student and institutional fee structure.
A substitute motion was made and seconded to approve an increase in
undergraduate/graduate student activity for students taking three, four or five
credit hours to $13 and for undergraduate/graduate students taking six or
more credit hours, excluding law, to $25. The movant and second of the first
motion withdrew the motion and second respectively. Motion passed
It was moved and seconded that the administration form a committee to
study the issue of student fees and appropriate funding for student
organizations prior to next year's budget approval request. Motion passed
1. Items for 1997-98 Plan of Operations (Budget)/Salary Supplement
It was moved and seconded to approve initially the proposed 1997-98 budget.
Motion passed unanimously.
As approved by the Board of Regents, the administration is authorized to
issue the FY 1998 employee contracts in the amounts established in the
FY 1998 salary supplement initially approved; tuition for undergraduate
resident to $100 per credit hour and non-resident $218 per credit hour,
graduate resident tuition to $131 and non-resident $270 per credit hour,
and Law resident tuition to $227 and non-resident to $337 per credit
hour; the allocation of University fees of $145,662 to the Memorial Union,
$597,382 to the Athletics Department, $29,000 for athletic injury
insurance, $23,038 for parking improvements, and $38,510 for campus-
wide student activities; * Note that the student activity fee included in
this agenda item had previously been increased by approval of agenda
item V.A.14.; establishment of adjunct faculty salary range for all ranks
from $405 to $715 and Emeriti faculty salary schedule of $715 per credit
hour; Public Budget Hearing set for 4:00 p.m. on July 23, 1997 in the
Kansas Room of the Memorial Union; and the capital improvement major
maintenance and remodeling projects all articulated on Exhibit pages 6A
through 6C and the Vice President authorized to transfer $1,450,000 from
the Debt Retirement and Construction Fund to the Building and
A. 2. FY 1999 Preliminary Budget
It was moved and seconded to approve the preliminary FY 1999 budget
guidelines and schedule as submitted in the agenda item. Motion passed
As approved by the Board of Regents, the following guidelines will be
followed in the development of the University's budget submittal to the
Kansas Board of Regents as required by state law of a 4% salary increase
pool, 3% increase in OOE and 1% program enhancement on the
appropriations side, and on the revenue side an approximate 3% tuition
increase with the balance to be provided from state aid increases
employing the public funding base concept.
4. Proposed Revision to the University's Health Plan
It was moved and seconded to approve the proposed University's health plan.
Motion passed unanimously.
As approved by the Board of Regents, the University will, effective
November 1, 1997 contribute for eligible employees a portion of the
employee's family insurance premium dependent upon the amount of their
annual basic salary as follows: Less than $17,000, 50% of Plan II
premium or $200.67; $17,001-$23,000, 40% of Plan II premium or
$160.53; $23,001-$29,000, 30% of Plan II premium or $120.40;
$29,001-$35,000, 20% of Plan II premium or $80.27; $35,001-$41,000,
10% of Plan II premium of $40.13; and zero for employees with annual
basic salaries of $41,000 and above.
6. WEA/WU Revised Pooled Endowment Spending Policy
It was moved and seconded to approve the item. As approved by the Board
of Regents the contract by and between Washburn Endowment Association
and Washburn University would be amended to change the payment to the
University by Washburn Endowment Association allowing for payment to be
made under the total return concept.
7. 1997-98 Fundraising Projects in Priority Order
It was moved and seconded to approve the agenda item V.A.7. Motion
As approved by the Board of Regents, the following items being submitted
to the Washburn Endowment Association for fundraising projects in
priority order: Unrestricted Annual Giving-Corporate Individuals of
$225,000, Alumni Convocation Center Endowment of $1,000,000,
Planetarium Equipment of $150,000, Repairs to White Concert Hall and
Endowment of $880,000, Scholarships for Academic Area of $500,000,
Security Equipment (parent campaign) of $80,900, Faculty Enrichment
Lectures of $100,000, Multimedia Computer Laboratory for Science
Department in Stoffer of $40,000, Multimedia Equipment for Student
Union of $20,000, and Scholarships for Students to Study Abroad of
$200,000, for a total of $3,145,000.
8. Reorganization and Salary Improvement - Registrar's Office
It was moved and seconded to approve the proposed salary improvement for
the Registrar's Office as proposed in the agenda item. Motion passed
As approved by the Board of Regents the following positions would have
the following annual basic salary/hourly wage rate: Position 59200-02-1
annual basic salary $30,480; 59200-11-7 $9.07/hour; 59200-12-7
$9.49; 59200-13-7 $8.28; 59200-14-7 $8.03; 59200-15-7 $9.66;
59200-16-7 $8.43; 59200-17-7 $8.29; 59200-18-7 $9.66; 59200-19-7
$8.66; and, 59200-20-7 $9.00.
10. Facilities Use Insurance Requirements
It was moved and seconded to approve the proposed change in the Facilities
Use Policy regarding facilities use insurance. Motion passed unanimously.
As approved by the Board of Regents, the Facilities Use Policy is amended
in Section 2.2. of the Business and Financial Affairs Handbook to read as
follows: "Non-registered student organizations, non-university groups or
individuals requesting the use of grounds, or of facilities having a capacity
of more than 250 persons, must procure and have in force during the
event a comprehensive general liability policy (which includes athletic
participants when applicable) and shall submit to the University proof
thereof. The limit for bodily injury and property damage shall not be less
than $1,000,000.00 per occurrence. If the event will include the serving
of alcohol or cereal malt beverage, this insurance requirement is applicable
regardless of the capacity of the facility. When alcohol is served the
certificate must also show that host liquor liability is included."
11. c. Faculty Personnel - New Hires for 1997-98 Academic Year (Revised)
Chairperson Roth noted that the Board of Regents had been furnished a
revised agenda item for V.A.11.c. He noted that the only change in the
agenda item versus that which were with the initial packet is a change in the
title for the first appointee in the listing, Bambi Landholm from Instructor to
Lecturer in the Mass Media Department. It was moved and seconded to
approve the item. Motion passed unanimously.
As approved by the Board of Regents, the Board approved the
appointment of the following persons for the 1997-98 academic year:
Bambi Landholm, Lecturer, Mass Media Dept., annual basic salary
$26,160; Carolyn Lee Karmon, Asst. Professor, Speech Communication
Dept., annual basic salary $30,820; Dr. Thimios Zaharopoulos, Assoc.
Professor and Chair, Mass Media Dept., annual basic salary $56,448; Dr.
William G. Sparks, Professor and Chair, Health, Physical Education &
Exercise Science Dept., annual basic salary $59,620; Dr. Susan Zhang-
Suronski, Asst. Professor, Education Dept., annual basic salary $33,504;
Dr. Kevin Charlwood, Asst. Professor, Mathematics & Statistics Dept.,
annual basic salary $33,000; Dr. Ron Wohl, Asst. Professor, Health,
Physical Education & Exercise Science Dept., annual basic salary
$31,200; Dr. Sam H. Leung, Asst. Professor, Chemistry Dept., annual
basic salary $34,000; and Dr. Thomas Prasch, Asst. Professor, History
Dept., annual basic salary $32,000.
11. d. Unpaid Leave of Absence for Diane McMillen (Revised)
Chairperson Roth noted that he had been provided a revised agenda item for
V.A.11.d. Chairperson Roth noted that the changes in the proposed agenda
item over that which had been originally circulated by Secretary to the Board
nearly two weeks ago was the appointment of Kay Rute to serve as
department chair for the Office, Legal, and Technology department in the
School of Applied Studies beginning in the 1997-98 academic year with an
administrative stipend of $2,000; and a change in the period of the unpaid
leave of absence for Diane McMillen from the entire fiscal year 1998 to the
Fall 1997 semester only. It was moved and seconded to approve the item as
approved by the Board of Regents.
Kay Rute will serve as department chair for Office, Legal, and Technology
department with an annual administrative stipend of $2,000 and annual basic
salary of $33,780 and Diane McMillen will be awarded an unpaid leave of
absence for the Fall 1997 semester and to receive half her annual basic salary
of $33,780 for the spring 1998 semester.
12. KTWU Tower
It was moved and seconded to authorize the administration to begin
negotiations with Montgomery Communications with respect to a lease
arrangement for the placement of a full power transmission antenna on the
KTWU tower. Motion passed unanimously.
** Administrative Personnel: It was moved and seconded to increase the annual
basic salary for Marie Mack, evening circulation manager of the Law Library,
$5,856 effective May 1, 1997 for a new annual basic salary of $26,040. Motion
** Personnel - Administrative Appointment: It was moved and seconded to
authorize the administration to appoint a full time benefit eligible position of
marketing promotions director as outlined in the agenda item. Motion passed
As approved by the Board of Regents the administration is authorized to
employ a promotions marketing director in the Athletics Department as a full
time benefit eligible position payable by a commission fully after
September 30, 1997 but to be paid the sum of $8,800, less withholdings for
taxes, in four equal installments for the months of June, July, August and
B. Information Items
3. Campus Beautification Master Plan
Carol Morgenson, chairperson of the Campus Beautification Subcommittee,
presented the proposal by LandPlan Inc. for a master plan of suggested
landscaping for the University's campus including a listing of suggested
plantings. Mr. Morgenson said the idea was to provide suggested plantings
which could do well with minimum care. He noted that LandPlan, as part of
its contract with the institution, is to provide detailed plans for two sites on
the University's campus. The sites identified by the committee include the
area surrounding the International Center and the area just east of Morgan Hall
which until very recently had been the continuation of College Street south of
17th Street. He also said that the plan includes two suggested improvements
beyond mere landscaping of the campus, that is a potential water feature in
the present drainage detention pond on the southwest corner of the campus
and a continuation of the boulder wall west of Jewel to MacVicar along 17th
Chairperson Roth asked that members of the Board having an opinion for other
sites to be featured, versus International Center or the proposed mall area just
east of Morgan Hall, contact President Thompson. President Thompson said
that this item will be back for approval at the June 11, 1997 meeting.
** Agenda item(s) not on agenda accepted for consideration by the Board of Regents
at the meeting.
At 9:07 p.m. the Board of Regents stood in recess. At 9:15 p.m. the Board of Regents
reconvened in open session. It was moved and seconded to recess to Executive Session
for a period not to exceed 20 minutes for the purpose of discussing a personnel matter
and to reconvene in open session at the conclusion thereof in the Kansas Room of the
Memorial Union. Motion passed. At 9:20 p.m. the Board recessed into Executive Session
in the Kansas Room of the Memorial Union.
At 9:40 p.m. the Board reconvened in open session. It was moved and seconded to
recess to Executive Session for the purpose of discussing a personnel matter and to
reconvene in open session at 9:55 p.m. in the Kansas Room of the Memorial Union. The
Board recessed into Executive Session at 9:40 p.m. At 9:52 p.m. the Board reconvened in
open session. Chairperson Roth announced that the Board of Regents had been in
Executive Session for the purpose of discussing a personnel matter and that no action had
Chairperson appointed a nominating committee for the purpose of nominating officers for
the ensuing academic year in accordance with the University's Bylaws. The committee is
comprised of Mayor Wagnon and Mr. Ferrell.
It was moved and seconded to adjourn. Motion passed. The Board of Regents adjourned
at 10:00 p.m.
Kenneth P. Hackler
Secretary, Board of Regents