WASHBURN UNIVERSITY OF TOPEKA
BOARD OF REGENTS
May 29, 1996
I. Chairperson Roth called the meeting of the Board of Regents to order at 7:36 p.m. in
the Starlight Room of the Top of the Tower, 535 South Kansas Avenue, Topeka,
II. Present were: Mr. Dick, Mr. Felker, Mr. Maag, Mrs. Parks, Mrs. Porter, Dr. Robinson
and Mr. Roth.
III. It was moved and seconded to approve the minutes of the May 9, 1996 meeting as
circulated. Motion passed unanimously.
IV. Old Business
A. Revised Tenure & Promotion Policies: CAS and SOB
It was moved and seconded to approve the tenure and promotion policies
submitted by the College of Arts & Sciences and the School of Business. Motion
V. New Business
A. Washburn Student Association: Qualified Admissions Standards
Chairperson Roth recognized Chris Yops, former President of the Washburn
Student Association. Mr. Yops made a presentation to the Board of Regents
based on his letter of April 12, 1996 to President Thompson and SR 95-96 #10
which had been enacted by the Washburn Student Senate taking a position that
Washburn University should adopt a qualified admissions plan modeled after the
1996 Kansas Legislature's action on qualified admissions for the Regents'
institutions. Mr. Dickes, Dean of Enrollment Management, reported that an
analysis he performed showed that the impact of the Kansas Regents qualified
admissions plan would be negligible and said he would counsel the Kansas
Regents to withhold taking any action on a qualified admissions plan particularly
in as much as many Kansas high schools do not offer the Board of Regents'
prescribed pre-college curriculum. Mr. Dickes was asked to prepare an analysis of
the impact on Washburn of the proposed qualified admissions plan recommended
by the W.S.A. in SR 95-96 #10.
B. International Center of Topeka
It was moved and seconded to approve the agreement with the International
Center of Topeka as presented with the Board of Regents agenda in V.B. Motion
C. FY 1998 Budget Transmittal to Kansas Board of Regents
It was moved and seconded to approve the FY 1998 Budget Request to the
Kansas Board of Regents dated June, 1996 attached to the agenda item. Motion
D. Proposal to Seek Legislative Changes to K.S.A. 13-13a23
It was moved and seconded to authorize the administration to seek statutory
change to K.S.A. 13-13a23 as outlined in the agenda item. Motion passed
E. Health Care Reimbursement Account
It was moved and seconded to amend 5.4.2 of Appendix I of the Business and
Financial Affairs Handbook to increase in the maximum monthly individual salary
reduction for the Employees' Health Care Reimbursement Account to $240 (per
month), $2,880 annually. Motion passed unanimously.
F. Petro Tunnel Remodeling
It was moved and seconded to approve the award of a contract to Kansas
Building System in the amount of $44,950 for repair work on the Petro steam
tunnel. Motion passed unanimously.
G. Street Improvement
It was moved and seconded to approve the award of a contact to Dinkel
Construction Inc. in the amount of $57,600 for replacement of Jewell Avenue
just west of Benton Hall. Motion passed unanimously.
1. Purchase of Four Issues of "Alumni Magazine"
It was moved and seconded to approve the award of a contract to Banta
Publications/Clark Printing in the amount of $34,374.76 for printing four
issues of the "Alumni Magazine." Motion passed unanimously.
2. Purchase of Stainless Steel form titled "Interdependence" by YuYu Yang
It was moved and seconded to approve the purchase of "Interdependence" at
a cost to the University of $30,000 from Account 08-81155. Motion passed
* 3. Proposed Purchase of 90 X Terminals
It was moved and seconded to authorize the University's administration to
award a contract to Tektronix in an amount not to exceed $103,725 for the
purchase of 90 X Terminals and ancillary equipment in the event that a
positive General Fund operating result for FY 1996 occurs and funds are
available. Motion passed unanimously.
It was moved and seconded to approve the recommended personnel actions in
V.I.1. through 7. Motion passed unanimously.
As approved by the Board of Regents, the following personnel actions were
1. Increase in the salaries of football coaches, effective February 1, 1996, as
follows: Head Football Coach Tony DeMeo to annual basic salary of
$43,080; Asst. Football Coach Andy Williams to annual basic salary of
$28,800; Asst. Football Coach B. D. Kennedy to annual basic salary of
$28,500; and, Asst. Football Coach Dale Perine to annual basic salary of
$26,400. To the increase, effective March 1, 1996, the annual basic salary
of Asst. Athletic Director Janet Degginger to $33,300.
2. The appointment, with tenure, of Dr. J. Karen Ray as Dean of the College of
Arts and Sciences, effective July 1, 1996 at an annual basic salary of
3. The award of a leave of absence without pay for a period not to exceed five
years to Prof. Carl Monk to accept a second five-year term as Executive
Director of the Association of American Law Schools.
4. Increase in salary for Jack Decker of an additional $2,000 to be added to his
annual basic salary as Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
5. The appointment of Rick Ellis as Acting Chairperson of the Human Services
Dept. in the School of Applied Studies for the 1996-97 academic year with an
additional administrative stipend of $2,000.
6. To accept the resignation of Dr. Robert Dunwell as Chair of the Education
Dept. effective July 31, 1996 with his salary for the month of July, 1996 at
$6,398 and his salary as Professor of Education for the academic year
1996-97 of $62,820; and, the appointment of Prof. David Van Cleaf as
Chairperson of the Education Dept. from August 1, 1996 for the academic
year at an annual basic salary of $66,012 of which $60,511 is for serving as
chairperson for the 11 month period.
7. Increase of $900 in the annual basic salary of David Provorse effective April
J. Financial Reports
1. Liquidated Claims Approval, and 2. Public Fund Investments
It was moved and seconded to approve the Liquidated Claims and Public Fund
Investments outlined in the agenda items V.J.1. and 2. Motion passed
Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Sheley, made a presentation on the status of
the work of the ad hoc housing committee. He circulated a one-page document
captioned "Summary Plan for On Campus Housing Approximately 5 Years" which,
according to Dr. Sheley, summarizes the current thinking of the ad hoc committee.
He indicated that he thought the committee would have its final report to the Board at
its July 10 meeting which would include an RFP for the acquisition of additional
housing on campus.
Dr. Tom Wolf circulated a memorandum to the Board members outlining comments he
had received from faculty members on the characteristics and qualifications which
they believed the next president should have. Chief among these were that the
individual be an effective communicator, have a traditional liberal arts background and
a terminal degree in one of the classic liberal arts programs offered at Washburn.
Chairperson Roth reported that he and Regent Maag have visited about a search
consultant for the upcoming presidential search, as previously discussed at the May 9,
1996 meeting. Mr. Maag reported that he had identified several search consultant
firms who would be willing to come to campus, at their expense, to make a
presentation on the work such firms do and their cost. He said that he would
recommend from these several firms A. T. Kearney, Academic Search, and Spencer
Stuart. He said he would be asking at least two firms to come at a special meeting on
June 12, 1996 for a presentation. He also said that he had been provided information
from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) identifying
consultants who would be willing to come to the University's campus to assist the
Board of Regents in establishing what it believes is required in terms of qualifications
and characteristics of the next president of Washburn University. He said he would
be contacting AASCU for additional information.
Chairperson Roth reported that he and Mr. Maag had visited and had developed, with
input from Regents, faculty and others, a "slate" of persons to be appointed as
members of the search committee indicating that there would be four faculty
representatives in the new committee versus three in former years and representatives
also from the Washburn Endowment Association, the Washburn Alumni Association
and also members from the community at large. Chairperson Roth presented the
following slate of persons for appointment to the search committee: Chairman, Ben
Blair; faculty representatives, Gary Forbach, Pat Munzer, Allen Easley and Lois
Rimmer; WEA representatives, Tim Etzel and Marcia Saville; Alumni representatives
Joyce Alberg and Rick Friedstrom; student representative, WSA President Danielle
King; and members at large, Judge James Buchele, Gary Cushinberry and Mark Heitz.
It was moved and seconded to approve unanimously the slate of nominees for
appointment to the 1996 presidential search committee. Motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Hackler was instructed to send letters to the members informing them of their
* Item(s) added to the agenda at the meeting with the consent of the Board.
The meeting adjourned at 10:00 p.m.
Kenneth P. Hackler
Secretary, Board of Regents