WASHBURN UNIVERSITY OF TOPEKA
BOARD OF REGENTS
December 17, 1997
I. Chairperson Parks called the meeting to order at 6:04 p.m. in the Kansas Room
of the Memorial Union.
II. Present were: Mr. Craig, Mr. Engel, Mr. Ferrell, Mrs. Parks and Mr. Roth.
III. It was moved and seconded to approve the Minutes of the November 14, 1997
meeting as mailed. Motion passed unanimously.
Chairperson Parks recognized Ms. Patricia Renn-Scanlan, who had asked, through
the faculty representative, Dr. Wolf, to express her appreciation. Ms. Renn-Scanlan
thanked the "entire Washburn family" for all the kindnesses extended to her and to
her daughter during her illness two years ago, expressly recognizing Nancie Palmer
in the Social Work Department, Rachel Vucas in Mabee Library, and Linda Mitchell
and her husband, Judge Mitchell, for their support during and following her serious
illness. She voiced gratitude for all those at Washburn University for the support
they gave her then.
IV. President's Report
President Farley reported that the 15th annual High Q was held on the
University's campus December 6 with 115 high schools represented with
approximately 720 students in attendance. He said the High Q competition
narrowed the field of 115 schools to 16 for participating in the televised CBS-
13 competition which will be broadcast from January to about May and re-
broadcast on KTWU. He noted that the competition was started by Regent
Engel while he was a member of the University's staff. In response to a query
from Dr. Farley, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Sheley, said this is the
largest high school quiz bowl in America.
President Farley reported that the University has purchased a television
program, to be edited to fit our needs, entitled Road to College. He said this
program will provide advice to college-bound students with respect to the
benefits provided to taxpayers following the passage of the Taxpayers Relief
Act of 1997, including the Hope Scholarship. He said there will be a call-in
show following the program and the University will have a CPA, who is a local
graduate, provide technical advice. He said that the Taxpayer Relief Act and
the higher education provisions will have a great impact equal to that of the GI
Bill if it works like people think it will.
Mrs. Porter arrived at 6:17 p.m.
President Farley reported that the University's Clyde Hill Legislative Internship
Program has selected six scholar students to participate in the program in the
spring 1998 semester. He noted this program was funded by gift and a
bequest from Clyde Hill, a Washburn alum and former Speaker of the House of
Representatives, for the benefit of our students.
He reported that 15 nursing students were recently admitted to a national
nursing honorary society and 7 students in the Psychology program were
admitted to a national honorary society in Psychology. He reported that the
student organization on campus known as Blue Key recently had a prayer
breakfast on December 12 featuring Lt. Gov. Gary Scherrer. There were some
80 persons in attendance.
Mayor Wagnon arrived at 6:20 p.m.
Dr. Farley said that this Saturday, December 20, the Nursing School will be
holding its pinning ceremony for graduating nurses at 10:30 a.m. in White
Concert Hall. There will be 42 persons graduating. He reported that the chair
of the HPEES, Bill Sparks, recently received a distinguished service award from
the National Association for Physical Education in Higher Education.
Dr. Farley reported that the University initiated contact with the Shawnee
Heights School District following the partial destruction of its gym floor by act
of vandalism. Last Friday was the first home game for the Shawnee Heights
Thunderbirds in Lee Arena. In other athletic accomplishments, Dr. Farley
reported that 19 football players were named to the All Conference or All
District All Academic Team; 6 volleyball players were named to the All
Academic Team; and 1 volleyball player named to the All District All Academic
Team. He said 46 student athletes were on the Athletic Director's honor roll
last spring with a grade point average of 3.5 or greater, 16 of whom had a GPA
of 4.0. He said over 50% of the student athletes who participate in athletics
have a 3.0 average and the average GPA for all student athletes participating in
the athletics program is above 3.0.
He circulated a handout identifying activities and meeting in which he has
participated in the past month, highlighting verbally a meeting with the
Shawnee County Legislative Delegation collectively and individually, noting that
he participated in a hearing before the Shawnee County Legislative Delegation
last week which resulted in a front page story in the Topeka Capital Journal on
the University's proposed library expansion for Mabee Library.
He said he recently participated as a panelist in a higher education conference
held in Florida. He noted that participants on the panel included the president
of the University of Florida, the past president of the University of Michigan,
the chief fiscal officer of Yale University, and the chief general counsel for the
U. S. Department of Education.
He reported that the University held a recognition ceremony for graduates of
the institution who have completed as of the end of this semester course
requirements for the award of degree. He said there were 150 persons on
stage along with administrators and Regents Parks and Engel and some 1,500
persons in the audience. He reported that he has asked that the graduation
committee expand the December ceremony to include a ceremony like that in
spring complete with academic regalia.
Finally, he noted that the preceding Sunday, December 14, the University held
its annual Vespers program in White Concert Hall followed by the University
Holiday Party for all of its staff. He reported that more than 1,000 of the
University's employees and their families were in attendance. He said this is a
tremendous program for the University.
Chairperson Parks likewise commended Prof. Sparks for his award, the Athletics
Department for their accomplishments academically and also the success which has
been enjoyed by the University's High Q program.
It was moved and seconded to recess to Executive Session in the Cottonwood
Room for the purpose of discussing a personnel matter and to reconvene in open
session at 6:50 p.m. in the Kansas Room of the Memorial Union.
The Board recessed to Executive Session at 6:31 p.m. At 6:50 p.m. the Board
reconvened in open session. It was moved and seconded to recess to Executive
Session in the Cottonwood Room for the purpose of discussing a personnel matter
and to reconvene in open session in the Kansas Room at 6:55 p.m.
At 6:55 p.m. the Board reconvened in open session in the Kansas Room of the
Memorial Union. It was moved and seconded to appoint Mr. John A. Moore, Jr. as
the Vice President for Administration and Treasurer of the University at an annual
basic salary of $100,000 and benefits eligibility immediately with a starting date
not later than January 31, 1998. Motion passed unanimously.
It was moved and seconded to authorize President Farley to negotiate with the
present Vice President for Administration and Treasurer, Mr. Louis E. Mosiman, to
continue in such capacity until January 31, 1998. Motion passed unanimously.
V. A.Action Items
2. Documents Necessary for Vice President for Administration & Treasurer
It was moved and seconded to approve a Certificate of Authority with
Capital City Bank, Corporation Authorization Resolution with Central
National Bank, Corporate Authorization Resolution with Mercantile Bank,
and Certificate of Corporate Authorization to Transfer - General
Authorization reflecting the appointment of John A. Moore, Jr. as Vice
President for Administration and Treasurer effective January 31, 1998.
Motion passed unanimously.
3. Expenditures over $25,000
a. Television Transmitter Purchase
It was moved and seconded to approve the purchase of one Larcan
TTP44MH Television Transmitter and spare parts from LDL
Communications in the amount of $510,515.00. Motion passed
It was moved and seconded to approve the items on the consent agenda as
presented. Motion passed unanimously.
As approved by the Board of Regents:
1. Insurance Policy Renewals/Cancellations Effective January 1, 1998
The University is authorized to order the insurance policies outlined in the
agenda item: auto liability/comprehensive collision from Royal Insurance
Company; non-owned aircraft liability from Air - National Union; boiler
machinery policy from Hartford Steam Boiler; worker's compensation
from Royal Insurance Company; a fine art floater from St. Paul company;
educator legal liability from United Educators Risk Retention Group;
student professional liability policy from the St. Paul company; the
comprehensive blanket fidelity bond through the Hartford company; the
security guard liability from the Scottsdale company; all to be ordered
through AON Insurance Brokers and the Independent Insurance Agents of
2. KTWU Audit Report for the Year Ended June 30, 1997; 3. Depository
Security Transactions; 4. Public Fund Investments; and, 5. Liquidated
Also approved was the financial and audit report from Berberich Trahan
on KTWU, the Depository Security Transactions, Public Fund
Investments and Liquidated Claims Approval as specified.
It was moved and seconded to recess to Executive Session in the Kansas Room for
the purpose of discussing a personnel matter and to reconvene in open session in
the Kansas Room at 7:20 p.m. Motion passed unanimously. The Board recessed
to Executive Session at 7:03 p.m.
At 7:20 p.m. the Board reconvened in open session in the Kansas Room. It was
moved and seconded to recess to Executive Session for the purpose of discussing a
personnel matter and to reconvene in open session in the Kansas Room at 7:30
p.m. Motion passed unanimously.
At 7:30 p.m., the Board reconvened in open session in the Kansas Room.
Chairperson Parks announced that the Board had been in Executive Session for the
purpose of discussing a personnel matter and that no action had been taken.
It was moved and seconded to adjourn. Motion passed unanimously. The Board of
Regents meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.
Kenneth P. Hackler
Secretary, Board of Regents