NORTHERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Minutes of the Special Meeting of
Wednesday, March 24, 2004
A special meeting of the Board of Trustees of Northern Michigan University was held on Wednesday, March 24, 2004, in the Board of Trustees Meeting Room, 602 Cohodas Administrative Center, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan. The meeting was convened at 11:01 a.m. by Chair Mary Campbell.
Trustees present included: Mary L. Campbell, Chair
Karl A. Weber, Vice Chair
Alan T. Ackerman (via conference call)
Samuel S. Benedict
Scott L. Holman (via conference call)
Larry C. Inman
Mary C. Lukens (via conference call)
Douglas B. Roberts
Michael J. Roy (ex officio).
Senior staff and Counsel present included:
Alfred N. Joyal, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
R. Gavin Leach, Acting Chief Financial Office and Treasurer of the Board
Thomas P. Hustoles, University Legal Counsel (via conference call)
At the request of Chair Campbell, Presidential Search Advisory Committee Chair Sam Benedict commented on the search process. He then introduced the following motion.
It was moved by Mr. Benedict and seconded by Mr. Inman to offer Dr. Leslie Wong the position of President of Northern Michigan University: On a roll-call vote, the Board voted as follows:
Mr. Holman and Ms. Lukens expressed their support of Dr. Wong's nomination for president.
Mr. Roberts commended Chair Campbell, Mr. Benedict and the members of the search committee for their work. He said he received a copy of the responses of the faculty, staff, students, and community members which offered overwhelming support for Dr. Wong. Mr. Roberts called upon everyone to continue to offer this kind of support to Dr. Wong as president.
It was moved by Mr. Benedict, seconded by Mr. Weber, and supported unanimously by the Board that Chair Campbell be asked to appoint Mr. Holman, Chair of the Executive Committee, and herself to finalize the details of a proposed presidential contract that can be presented to the full Board for approval at the April meeting.
Chair Campbell then thanked Dr. Roy for his outstanding service as Interim President during the past year. She also thanked the members of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee for their time and talent and devotion to the task. Chair Campbell gave special recognition to Mr. Benedict and Mr. Weber for surviving numerous travel challenges during a recent trip to visit with university and community representatives on Dr. Wong's campus.
Mr. Benedict reported that Dr. Wong received a unanimous vote from the Search Committee and the remainder of the input from others on campus and in the community was overwhelmingly supportive.
Mr. Inman thanked the Search Committee and Board of Trustees for their efforts on this project. He said the comments from faculty, staff, students and community representatives weighed heavily on his decision to vote in favor of Dr. Wong for president.
Mr. Weber stated that it is unfortunate that we do not have Dr. Wong here today, but he and his wife Phyllis are very excited about the prospect of coming to NMU. He thanked Sam Benedict for his leadership. He also thanked Mike and Joanne Roy for serving on an interim basis and noted that we are fortunate to have them here.
STATE BUILDING AUTHORITY RESOLUTIONS
President Roy presented the following recommendations for two State Building Authority Resolutions for approval (Backup). He said the resolutions authorize the transfer of property and the ability to enter into lease agreements for the Fine and Practical Arts Project and the Student Services Building Project. He explained that once the resolutions are approved, the University can begin receiving funds for the projects from the State.
IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT
The resolution of the Board of Trustees of Northern Michigan University approving a construction and completion assurance agreement, a conveyance of property, and a lease and an easement agreement, if necessary, for the Northern Michigan University Fine and Practical Arts project, be approved. A copy of the resolution is on file with the Secretary of the Board; and
The resolution of the Board of Trustees of Northern Michigan University approving a construction and completion assurance agreement, a conveyance of property, and a lease and an easement agreement, if necessary, for the Northern Michigan University Student Services Building project, be approved. A copy of the resolution is on file with the Secretary of the Board.
It was moved by Mr. Inman and seconded by Mr. Benedict to approve the State Building Authority Resolutions as presented. On a roll-call vote, the Board voted as follows:
Chair Campbell adjourned the meeting at 11:20 a.m.
Pamalene R. Grundstrom, Secretary of the Board