WASHBURN UNIVERSITY OF TOPEKA
BOARD OF REGENTS
R E V I S E D M I N U T E S
June 21, 1995
I. Chairperson Ferrell called the meeting to order in the Cottonwood Room of the Memorial
Union at 5:15 p.m.
II. Present were: Mr. Ferrell, Mr. Havner, Mrs. Hines, Mr. Maag and mrs. Porter.
It was moved and seconded to recess to Executive Session for a period not to exceed 45
minutes for the purpose of discussion of a personnel matter and to reconvene at 6:00 p.m.
in open session in the Cottonwood Room. Motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Roth arrived at 5:30 p.m. Mrs. Parks arrived at 5:38 p.m. Mayor Felker arrived at
At 6:00 p.m. the Board reconvened in open session. It was moved and seconded to recess
to Executive Session for a period not to exceed 30 minutes for discussion of a personnel
matter and to reconvene in open session at 6:30 p.m. in the Cottonwood Room. Motion
At 6:30 p.m. the Board reconvened in open session in the Cottonwood Room. It was moved
and seconded to recess to Executive Session for a period not to exceed 10 minutes for
purposes of discussion of a personnel matter and to reconvene thereafter in open session.
At 6:38 p.m. the Board reconvened in open session and recessed to dinner in the Lincoln
Room of the Memorial Union.
At 7:38 p.m. the Board reconvened in open session in the Kansas Room of the Memorial
III. Approval of Minutes
It was moved and seconded to approve the Minutes of the May 31, 1995 meeting as
circulated. Motion passed unanimously.
IV. Update on Core of Academe
Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Wayne Sheley, provided members of the Board
of Regents with a draft copy of proposed revisions to Article V of the University's Bylaws
which had been prepared by a faculty committee chaired by the Vice President and a
document styled "Core of Academe as Applied to Individuals, Departments, Schools and
the College" outlining the methods by which the University is implementing the Core of
Academe. No action was taken.
V. New Business
A. Washburn Health Insurance Program and Other Fringe Benefits
Vice President for Administration, Louis E. Mosiman, introduced the chair of the
faculty personnel committee, Dr. Bill Milner; the Director of the Memorial Union and
member of a President's advisory committee on employees' fringe benefit, Duke
Divine; Dr. James Eck, professor in the School of Business and insurance advisor;
and, Director of Personnel, Deborah Birney. Mr. Mosiman reported that these
individuals have been working closely together in the development of
recommendations to be brought to the Board of Regents at its July 12 meeting on
the future of health care benefits for University employees.
Vice President Mosiman made a presentation based upon the agenda item contained
in the packet of materials indicating to the members of the Board that the key issue
to be decided by it in consideration of this issue is that of cost. Mr. Mosiman
reported that the fiscal year 1995 Budget had in it for health insurance premium
costs $1.630 million and that the increase of premium for health insurance coverage
effective November 1, 1994 annualized would be $2.1 million. He reported that
what is in the FY 1996 Budget for health insurance premium is $1.9 million. He
reported that the faculty personnel committee and the special subcommittee
comprised of Dr. Milner, Dr. Eck, Mr. Divine and Mrs. Birney is still in the process of
analyzing the proposals received by the institution in response to this request for
proposals. He indicated that in a preliminary way there will be huge breaks in
premium coverage for certain categories of employees but that it is likely that the
family premium costs will increase significantly.
Dr. Dunwell, faculty representative to the Board of Regents, stated that he had
hoped that as the Board of Regents considers this matter in the future that it would
consider the effect health insurance coverage and premiums will have on the ability
to recruit and retain students. Dr. Milner reported that the initial thinking of the
personnel committee was that the University should continue what it presently has
now. He said he is very concerned about cutting fringe benefits when salary
increases are not meeting the cost of living. Mr. Maag reported that he has looked
at a significant number of health insurance coverage packages and stated that what
Washburn University has now is a Cadillac and that the Board is hard pressed to
justify what it is providing in comparison with other entities. Mr. Mosiman reported
that he would have for distribution in advance of the July meeting the
recommendation(s) made for acquisition of health care coverage to be effective on
November 1. No action was taken.
B. Fundraising Priorities for Washburn
It was moved and seconded to approve the fundraising project priorities enumerated
in the agenda item V.B. included with the packet. Motion passed unanimously.
It was moved and seconded to approve the faculty personnel items circulated with
the packet and the additional item added as V.C.5. Motion passed unanimously.
As approved by the Board of Regents, the following items were approved:
1. the transfer of $900 from faculty salaries account #20500-12-2 to 20500-11-2
to provide funds to cover a possible salary increase to Roy Wohl in the event
he completes his Ph.D. in the 1995-96 academic year;
2. Wayne Johnson will share the Distinguished Visiting Writer-in-Residence
position with Karen Subach, each being listed as half-time for one year. Mr.
Johnson will occupy line #19500-02-2, the position description for that line will
change from Lecturer to Distinguished Visiting Writer-in-Residence for the 1995-
906 academic year, transferring $13,596 from such account to a newly added
position line # with the same title, #19500-17-2, for Ms. Subach;
3. hired as part-time Nursing faculty for the 1995-96 academic year will be:
Roberta Beller, half-time, position line #33000-18-2; Ronald Dreher, three-
fourths time, line #33000-11-2; Alleene Pingenot, half-time, line #33000-51-2;
and Claire Pearl, half-time, line #33000-20-2. To cover salaries in lines
33000-18-2, 33000-19-2 and 33000-20-2, $42,000 will be subtracted from
33000-02 (Adjunct Faculty); and $12,000 will be transferred from line #33000-
11-2 to line #33000-51-2;
4. approved a proposal for a General Wage Increase of 3% for Custodial, Labor
and Maintenance Employees; and,
* 5. the creation of a new position line #22400-09-2 for an Acting Chairperson in
Mass Media Department for the 1995-96 academic year only, transferring to
such account $10,000 from position line #22400-01-2.
D. Financial Reports
It was moved and seconded to receive and approve as necessary the financial
reports and items set forth in V.D.1. through 7 as attached with the agenda item.
Motion passed unanimously.
As approved by the Board of Regents, the following items were approved:
1. Washburn Endowment Association - Pooled Fund Portfolio Reports for the
Period ended March 31, 1995;
2. Depository Security Transactions;
3. Liquidated Claims Approval, April, 1995;
4. Liquidated Claims Approval, April, 1995;
5. Public Fund Investments;
6. Quarterly Endowment Fund Report; and
7. Quarterly Grant Fund Report.
E. University Relations
Dr. Gene Wunder of the School of Business presented a report outlining the
fundamentals of marketing, recommending to the Board of Regents that it employ
a national marketing firm to conduct a survey of the institution and its service area
for development of a marketing plan for the institution. The President of the
Washburn Endowment Association, Jerry Clevenger, also recommended to the
institution that it employ a national marketing firm, with no ties to Topeka or to
Washburn University, to assist the University in development of a marketing plan
which would not only enable the institution to market itself but also would assist the
Washburn Endowment Association in its fundraising efforts. Vice President for
University Advancement and Interim President of Washburn Endowment Association,
Darvin Hawley, likewise indicated to the Board that the institution does need to
make such a study, indicating that once the study is made the institution will have
to make a commitment of financial resources to carry it out. He expressed his
opinion that the institution cannot do marketing without additional funds, that it
cannot be done with reallocation of existing resources. He said it is his opinion we
do have on staff people who can assist in the study and "drive" the conclusion.
After visiting with an individual in the field of marketing, Mr. Hawley indicated that
he believed that a marketing study of the type recommended by Dr. Wunder, Mr.
Clevenger and himself could be done for an amount less than $60,000. Mr.
Clevenger and Mr. Hawley both stated that no staffing decisions should be made
until such a study is completed. Mr. Hawley stated he thought such a study might
take as long as six months to complete and an additional three month period needed
to fashion an institutional plan in response. President Thompson indicated that he
would have recommendations for short-term action by the institution for presentation
at a future Board meeting, likely in July.
* F. It was moved and seconded to award President Thompson a three percent (3%)
salary increase for FY 1996 for a total salary of $111,492. Motion passed.
Regent Felker reported that an ad hoc nominating committee makes the following
recommendations for nomination for officers of the Board for the ensuing fiscal year.
They are: for chairperson, Mr. Roth; for vice-chairperson, Mrs. Parks; for treasurer, Mr.
Mosiman; for secretary and assistant secretary respectively, Mr. Hackler and Mrs. Vogel.
It was moved and seconded to cast a unanimous ballot for the nominees. Motion
* Item(s) added at the meeting with the consent of the Board.
The Board of Regents of Washburn University adjourned at 10:05 p.m.
Kenneth P. Hackler
Secretary, Board of Regents