March 25, 2010 Meeting Summary

Board Members present:  M. Francis, Chair, B.Louie, Chancellor;
M. Stevenson, President; A. Barton; L. Brown-Ganzert; A. Dhillon;
P. Dhillon; B. Elton; K. Harding; N. MacKay; P. Percival; B. Taylor;

Regrets:  A. Giardini; J. McPhee


A. Finance and Administration

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


    Fundraising Progress Reports
    For Information
    2009/2010 Year to Date

    To January 31, 2010



    To February 28, 2010


  2. The Board approved Terms of Reference for the:

  • Novex Insurance Annual Bursary;
  • Edward and Marianne Gibson Endowment for the Art and Cultural Collections of SFU;
  • Alix Vikki Patterson Endowment Supporting the Alix Vikki Patterson Bursary in the Faculty of Environment;
  • Economics Graduate Endowment Fund Supporting the Herbert G. Grubel Award & the Richard G.. Lipsey Award;
  • Lilllian Zimmerman Graduate Scholarship in Gerontology;
  • David and Mary Macaree Endowment Fund;
  • Duncan & Jean McEachran Memorial Endowment Fund. 
  1. The Board approved the University's 2010/11 Operating Budget and Financial Plan, including tuition fees, Student Services and Recreation-Athletics fees, official transcript charges, and a supplementary application fee for the Faculty of Business Administration. (click here to access the pdf documents)

  2. The Board noted for information the Year-to-Date Budget to Actual Variance Report as of January 31, 2010.

  3. The Board received for information the University Planning Framework, updated as of February 24, 2010.

B. Academic Operations

  1. The Board approved the following actions recommended by Senate:

  • The name change of the Development Studies Program to the Development and Sustainability Program in the Faculty of Environment;
  • The creation of the Centre for Research on International Education as a Research Centre in the Faculty of Education for a five year term;
  • The proposal for a Graduate Certificate in Neuroscience;
  • The  Certificate in Medieval and Renaissance Studies in the Department of Humanities in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences;
  • The  Certificate in Creative Writing in the Department of English in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences;
  • The Certificate in Writing and Rhetoric in the Department of English in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences;
  • The  Minor in Asia-Canada Studies in the Asia-Canada Program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences;
  • The  proposal for a Concentration in Applied Behaviour Analysis in the BA Psychology Major in the Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences;
  • The 2010/11 Enrollment Plan dated February 10, 2010;
  • The 2010/11 domestic undergraduate admission targets and 2010/11 international undergraduate admission targets to each Faculty, by semester and basis of admission category, as amended by Senate on March 1, 2010 (Senate paper S.10-39, Tables D1 and I1).
  1. The Board received the following reports for information:

  • The External Reviews and Action Plans of the Department of Philosophy, Department of Linguistics, and the School of Criminology;
  • The 2008/2009 Annual Report of the SFU Library;
  • The Response of the Vice-President, Academic to the Report of the Advisory Committee on Colleges;
  • The SFU Academic Plan, 2010-2013;
  • The 2009 Annual Report of the Senate Graduate Studies Committee.
  1. The Board approved a new Policy B10.12, Selection of Chancellor, effective immediately.

  2. Other matters dealt with by Senate on February 8 and March 1, 2010 were noted.

  3. The Board received for information the revised Policy A12.05, now called the Limited Term Research Faculty Policy.

  4. The Board approved the 2010/11 Faculty Renewal Plan.

C. Other
  1. Board members were informed that Ms. Lynda Brown-Ganzert has been re-appointed by Order-in-Council to January 14, 2012, and Mr. Arry Dhillon has been re-elected by students for a further one year term ending May 31, 2011.
  2. The President recognized the contributions of many members of the SFU community who volunteered during the 2010 Winter Olympics, and commented on the number of Olympics-related media stories that featured the University, particularly around the Cultural Olympiad.
  3. President Stevenson congratulated SFU teams and individual athletes on their recent achievements in Basketball, Wrestling, Track & Field, and Swimming.
  4. The President reported that he and President designate, Andrew Petter, are meeting on a regular basis and noted several upcoming events at which Professor Petter will be present.
  5. The Board Chair informed the Board that Dr. Nello Angerilli, Associate Vice-President, Students and International, will be leaving SFU in April to become the Pro-Vice Chancellor, International and Student Services at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.
  6. The Board Chair reported that at the request of the Hon. Moira Stilwell, Minister of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development, a number of Board members had attended an informal dinner meeting with her on March 12, 2010 in Vancouver.
  7. The Board received an update from the Vice-President, Research on research-related matters and notable achievements.
  8. The Board received an update from the Vice-President, Academic on various academic matters and notable successes and achievements.


A. Finance and Administration

  1. The Board received fundraising progress reports for January and February 2010.
  2. Other matters were discussed.

B. Academic Operations

  1. Faculty Appointments

The following academic appointments were approved and have been accepted:

    1. Prof. Maureen Maloney, Prof. with tenure, Public Policy Program, 1 Jul 10
    2. Prof. Andrew Petter, Prof. with tenure, Public Policy Program, 1 Jul 10
    3. Dr. Helen Wussow, Assoc. Prof. with tenure, 1 May 10  
  1. Administrative Appointments

The following administrative appointments were appproved and have been accepted:

  1. Dr. Martin Ester, Director, Computing Science, 1 May 10 - 30 Apr 13
  2. Dr. Manfred Trummer, Chair, Mathematics, 1 Sep 10 - 31 Aug 13
  3. Dr. Helen Wussow, Dean, Continuing Studies, 1 May 10 - 31 Aug 15 
  1. Other

The Board approved:

    1. An early retirement in the School of Engineering Science, effective 31 Aug 10 
    2. An early retirement in Political Science, effective 31 Aug 10 

C. External Relations 

  1. The Board heard an update on University Advancement-related activities, including the Distinguished Community Leadership Award Dinner scheduled for April 21, 2010.
  2. The Board heard a progress report on updates to the Draft University Advancement Strategic Plan.

  3. The Board received for information an update on Government Relations matters. 
  4. The Board received for information a portfolio of Olympics-related media coverage featuring SFU, and was informed that during the Olympics, SFU's web site was visited by over 250,000 people from 181 countries.

  5. Other matters were discussed.

D. Other

  1. The Board received for information the President's Activity Report for January and February 2010.
  2. Other matters were discussed.


  1. The Board approved the appointmenet of Dr. Tim Rahilly as Associate Vice-President, Students and International (Pro Tem) for the period April 12, 2010 to April 30, 2011.
  2. At the conclusion of the Board meeting, Dr. David Murphy, Senior Director, Athletics, and Mr. Lee Gavel, Chief Facilities Officer/University Architect, escorted members on a tour of athletics and recreation facilities.

The next Board of Governors Meeting will be held at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 27, 2010 in the Halpern Centre, Room 126, SFU Burnaby.

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