January 24, 2008 Meeting Summary

OPEN SESSION

A. Finance and Administration

  1. Fundraising Progress Reports: The Board noted year-to-date progress reports as follows:

    Month

    Fundraising Progress Report
    For Information
    2007/2008 Year to Date

    To November 30, 2007

    $17,737,976

     
  2. The Board noted for information the Financial Year-to-Date Position to December 31, 2007.

  1. The Board approved the appointment of Mr. Todd Mundle as a Trustee of the Administrative/Union Pension Plan Board representing the University for the period February 1, 2008 to November 30, 2010.

  2. The Board received for information the annual Due Diligence Report for 2007.
  3. The approved a new Policy on Sustainability, GP 38, effective immediately.
  4. The Board approved a revised Banking and Signing Resolution 12, Policy B 10.11, effective immediately.
  5. The Board noted for information SFU's confirmation to the Ministry of Advanced Education of the University's third quarter budget forecast amounts and assumptions for the period 2007/08 to 2010/11.
  6. The Chair of the Board's Finance and Administration Committee noted that the Committee had suggested that the senior administration work together with The University Presidents' Council to continue pressing the provincial government for funding levels sufficient to maintain and enhance the quality of post-secondary education in British Columbia.

B. Academic Operations

  1. The Board approved the following actions recommended by Senate:
  • Ph.D. Program in Gerontology
  • Terms of Reference for the Audain Visiting Chair in Visual Arts
  • Terms of Reference for the Merck Frosst LEEF Chair in Pharmaceutical Genomics and Bioinformatics in Drug Discovery
  • Centre for Education Research and Policy as a Schedule B Centre
  • Revised Terms of Reference for the David Lam Centre in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Joint Major in Communication and Interactive Arts and Technology in the Faculty of Applied Sciences
  • B.A. in First Nations Studies and Linguistics (Joint Major) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Certificate in German Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Certificate in Religious Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  1. The Board received the following for information from Senate's meetings of December 3, 2007 and January 7, 2008:
  • Annual Reports of the Senate Committee on Academic Integrity in Student Learning, the Senate Committee on Continuing Studies, and the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Studies
  • Exxternal Reviews in the Departments of Humanities and Gerontology
  • Class/Exam Schedule for the 2010 Olympics
  • 2006/07 Centres and Institutes Report
  1. The Board was informed that at a future meeting, Senate will revisit a proposal that optional BC Provincial examination results no longer be required for admission to the University for BC Grade 12 students.

 C. Other 

  1. The Board heard an update from the Board Chair on a recent two-day leadership forum she attended with her counterparts from other BC post-secondary institutions.  She congratulated Professor Mark Winston and students from the Dialogue Program for their excellent presentation to forum attendees.
  2. The Board received a report on the work of the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on Media, Communications, Community and Government Relations (MCGC), and it was noted that Board member, Bob Elton, has assumed the Chair.
  3. The Board Chair congratulated members of the SFU Women's Basketball team for their win over UBC at a game on January 5, 2008 attended by some members of the Board and senior administration.
  4. The Board Chair noted that Board members had engaged in a useful discussion with Geoff Plant (Campus 2020) following his presentation at the Board's annual dinner.
  5. The Board thanked outgoing Board members, Dr. Saida Rasul and Mr. Barry Macdonald, for their outstanding contributions to the work of the Board during their terms ending February 10, 2008.
  6. Audit Committee Chair, Ms. Jeanette McPhee, gave a brief report to the Board on the Committee's meeting of December 19, 2007, in which she noted that the Office of the Auditor General of B.C. (OAG) is now the University's auditor of record and that the OAG has engaged BDO Dunwoody LLP to conduct the annual audit.
  7. The Board received a report from the Vice-President, Research, focusing on SFU's participation in the Premier's Mission to India in December 2007, and on several recent research awards, including a seven-year grant of up to $2.5 million to Dr. George Nicholas, Archaeology, in the SSHRC Major Collaborative Research Initiatives (MCRI) Competition, and $375,000 to Dr. Rodney Vaughan, Engineering Science, from the Western Economic Diversification Fund for research and development in wireless technology.
  8. The Board received for information the Executive Summary of the November 17, 2007 discussion paper from the Phase 2 Task Force on Academic Structure, and reviewed the document with the Vice-President, Academic.
  9. The Board approved a membership change for the Employee Relations/Compensation Committee to include the Deputy Chair of the Board, effective immediatley.
  10. Compensation Committee Chair, Ms. Pauline Rafferty, reported that a proposed revision to Board Policy B 10.08, Executive Compensation, is expected to come to the Board for approval in March 2008.

CLOSED SESSION

A. Finance and Administration

  1. The Board received for information the detailed Fundraising Progress Report to November 30, 2007.
  2.  The Board received an update from Burnaby Mountain Sports+ Medical.

B. Academic Operations

  1. Faculty Appointments

The following academic appointments were approved and have been accepted:

  1.  
    1. Dr. Lawrence McCandless, Assistant Prof., Health Sciences, 1 Jul 08 - 31 Aug 12
    2. Mr. Andrew Mack, Professor (Limited Term), International Studies, 1 Jan 08 - 31 Jul 10 
    3. Dr. Jonathan Choy, Assistant Prof., Molecular Biology & Biochemistry,
      1 Oct 08 - 31 Aug 12
    4. Mr. Douglas McArthur, Prof. with tenure, Public Policy Program, 1 Sep 07 
    5. Dr. Corina Andreoiu, Assistant Prof., Chemistry, NSERC University Faculty Award,
      1 Sep 07 - 31 Aug 11
  1. Administrative Appointments

The following administrative appointment was appproved and has been accepted:

  1. Dr. Daniel Shapiro, Dean (Pro Tem), Business Administration,
    1 Jan 08 - 31 Aug 09
  1. Other

The Board approved:

  1.  
    1. An early retirement, Kinesiology, effective  31 Dec 07 
    2. An early retirement, Education, effective 8 Oct 07
    3. An early retirement, Engineering Sscience, effective 31 Aug 08
    4. An early retirement, Physics, effective 31 Dec 08

C. Other

  1. The Board received the President's Activity Report for November and December 2007.
  2. The Board was informed that SFU has suspended the use of its 15-passenger vans pending the results of a utilization and safety review that the University is undertaking.
  3. The Board received an update from the Associate Vice-President, Students and International, on athletics at SFU and potential membership in Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
  4. Other matters were discussed.

CONFIDENTIAL SESSION

  1. The Board re-elected Dr. Nancy McKinstry Chair of the Board, and Mr. Michael Francis, Deputy Chair of the Board, for a 12-month period effective January 25, 2008.
  2. Other matters were discussed.

The next Board of Governors Meeting will be held at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 27, 2008 in Room 126 of the Halpern Centre, SFU Burnaby.

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