1. Call to Order
Chairperson Blair called the meeting to order at 4:04 p.m. in the Kansas Room of the Memorial Union.
II. Roll Call
Present were: Mr. Blair, Mr. Engel, Mr. Goossen, Mrs. Parks and Mr. Roth*.
* Mr. Roth participated in the Board of Regents meeting via telephone conference call.
III. Approval of Minutes of July 14, 1999 meeting as circulated
It was moved and seconded to approve the Minutes of the July 14, 1999 meeting as corrected by adding the digit 9 to the date in VI. A. 2. (page 3) so it reads 1999-2000. Motion passed unanimously.
IV. PUBLIC BUDGET HEARING
Chairperson Blair declared open the public hearing on the proposed budget for Washburn University of Topeka for fiscal year 2000, inviting any person present to comment on the budget to be recognized and heard. No person requested to be heard. It was moved and seconded to close the Public Budget Hearing. Motion passed unanimously.
It was moved and seconded to approve the 1999-2000 budget, a resolution to ensure compliance with Sec. 21 of Senate Bill 45 enacted by the 1999 Kansas Legislature, and authorize the Treasurer to file the approved budget with the Shawnee County Clerk. Motion passed unanimously.
V. Officer Reports
A. Treasurer's Report
Treasurer Tom Ellis noted it had only been two weeks since his last report. The only items he had to report at this time were the: 1. Depository Security Transactions, and 2. Liquidated Claims - June 1999, which were circulated with the agenda. It was moved and seconded to approve the Treasurer's Report. Motion passed unanimously.
B. Chair's Report
Chairperson Blair noted he had visited with Regent Roth and President Farley about a proposed Board Retreat to be conducted with a facilitator from the Association of Governing Boards. He said in their discussions they arrived at two possible dates. They are: September 10-11 or September 17-18. He said this would be a Friday evening, Saturday morning retreat session. He inquired of those Regents present what dates would work for them and instructed the Board Secretary to contact the others to determine which of the two dates might work best for them. He said it would be held at a Topeka location.
He advised members of the Board to look for the locations of future meetings on the Board packets when circulated. He said there will be meetings conducted across the campus offering Regents the opportunity to become more familiar with the University's campus.
He recognized Regent Engel for a brief report on the Intellectual Property Committee. Mr. Engel reported that he has been informed by Vice President Sheley that the faculty have conducted a review of the Washburn proposal with that of the Regents. He said the report includes rationale for changes in the Washburn proposal from the Regents proposal. He said this report is being routed to the President who will review it and forward it to the Board of Regents.
C. President's Report
President Farley noted that the adoption of the budget at the meeting this day reflects the transition for funding for the University from property taxes to the sales tax. He said the implementation will result in reduction in Topeka taxpayers tax bill by 15 mills and noted also that taxpayers in the county will have a tax savings as well as the bill providing for the sales tax eliminated out-district tuition. He said it appears that the sales tax is borne, up to 30%, by out-of-county residents' purchases inside Shawnee County. He noted, however, that the state should pick up a greater share of the University's budget in recognition of the state-wide role of Washburn University.
He noted that the implementation of the sales tax afforded the University the opportunity to roll back the tuition increase and that the Board of Regents membership was changed by the 1999 Kansas Legislature as well by adding a county representative to the Board.
President Farley said that in addition to the elimination of the property tax levy for the General Fund and Employee Benefit Fund there is an additional three-quarter mill reduction in the Debt Retirement and Construction Fund levy. This is because of the local ad valorem tax relief statutes which reduces the aggregate tax levy by Washburn University from approximately 18.3 mills to 2.5 mills; again, a difference of approximately 15.5 mills.
Finally, President Farley noted that the proposed reduced the property tax bill for 15 mills for an entire year providing savings to a taxpayer for the entire year while the sales tax was implemented July 1, which results in a six month tax holiday for Topeka taxpayers.
VI. New Business
A. Action Items
1. Annual PBS National Program Service Assessment for FY 2000
It was moved and seconded to approve the Annual PBS National Program Service Assessment for FY 2000 in the amount of $266,155.00.
2. Smoothing Fund Use Resolution *
It was moved and seconded to approve a proposal that funds allocated to the "Smoothing Fund" shall be expended only by specific resolution of the Washburn University Board of Regents. Motion passed unanimously.
B. Consent Agenda
It was moved and seconded to approve the Consent Agenda. Motion passed unanimously.
1. Faculty Personnel
As a result of Board action, the following appointments were approved: Rosemary L. Walker as Visiting Lecturer in Economics at an annual basic salary of $47,004, and David A. Slack as Assistant Professor of Athletic Training at an annual basic salary of $34,500.
C. Alpha Phi Lease Modification *
It was moved and seconded to approve the proposed lease attached to the agenda item subject to University Counsel negotiating an additional provision requiring consent of the University, such consent not to be unreasonably withheld, when the lessee proposes change in the external structure of the current building and consenting for encumbrance at this time of up to $100,000 for improvements presently being made to the building. Motion passed unanimously.
* Item(s) were handed out and added to the agenda at the meeting with the consent of the Board.
Chairperson Blair recognized Regent Engel who had presented testimony at the Kansas Board of Regents last week. Mr. Engel reported that as expected the new Board of Regents is a new ship with a new crew as only three of the current Kansas Board of Regents members have more than nine months of service, all others are completely new. He said that it is apparent that in this initial year the Kansas Board of Regents is woefully under-funded to do the coordination part of the new higher education reorganization. He said if Washburn University can provide assistance to the Kansas Board to help them in their coordination efforts it would be in our interests. He said there now are so many more constituents for the Kansas Board of Regents than presently. He said that the meeting room was jammed with representatives from the technical schools and the community colleges along with the state educational institutions. He said Washburn University should always be represented there to not only follow the proceedings but to "show the flag." He said there was some complaints from Kansas Board of Regents constituents that Washburn University is being over represented on some of the committees. He said, finally, that the Kansas Board of Regents really do have a big task in front of them to assimilate all the information concerning higher education in the state of Kansas as well as to coordinate it.
President Farley remarked that he had heard from a number of sources that Regent Engel really did a good job in representing the University at the Kansas Board of Regents.
There being no further business for the Board, Chairperson Blair declared the meeting adjourned at 4:34 p.m.
Kenneth P. Hackler
Secretary, Board of Regents