September 26, 2013 Meeting Summary
Board Members present: B. Taylor, Chair; C. Taylor, Chancellor; A. Petter, President; L. Brown-Ganzert; B. Cunningham; A. Giardini; J. Hinchliffe; J. Kim; C. Kwon; Y. Norouzi; D. Poole; P. Ruben; J. Singh
Regrets: J. Francis; W. Grant-John
A. Finance and Administration
a. Fundraising Progress Reports: The Board noted year-to-date progress reports as follows:
|Fundraising Progress Report
2013/2014 Year to Date
To June 30, 2013
To July 31, 2013
To August 31, 2013
b. The Board approved the Terms of Reference for the:
- Bruno DiSpirito and Family Annual Bursary;
- The Sylvia Clarke Annual Bursary;
- The School for Contemporary Arts Annual Undergraduate Locker Bursary;
- John F.F. MacDougall Fund for Community Engagement in Scottish Studies;
- The Robert G. Welty Endowment Fund;
- The Roy Miki Endowment in Creative Writing;
- Geoff Madoc-Jones Endowed Memorial Graduate Bursary;
- John Driftmier Endowed Memorial Undergraduate Award;
- Sharon and Shaughn Clements Endowed Graduate Award in Biological Sciences;
- Concord Progressive Communities Annual Entrance Scholarship;
- Concord Progressive Communities Annual Bursary;
- Amir Alaghband Annual Bursary in Contemporary Arts;
- Dr. A.H. Somjee and Dr. Geeta Somjee Endowed Fellowships in Political Science;
- The Bob Rennie Endowed Undergraduate Award in Visual Arts; and,
- The Smart Students Annual Entrance Bursary for Young Adults of Foster Care.
c. The Board received for information the monthly rental rates for SFU Residences for the 2014-15 academic year.
d. The Board received the University’s Statement of Financial Information for the year ended March 31, 2013.
e. The Board noted for information SFU’s confirmation to the Ministry of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology of the University’s first quarter budget forecast and projections for 2013/14 to
f. The Board noted for information the Year-to-Date Budget to Actual Variance Report as of July 31, 2013.
g. The Board received a report from the Vice-President, Finance and Administration summarizing the major activities and initiatives in the departments within her portfolio as of September 2013.
B. Academic Operations
a. The Board approved the following actions recommended by Senate:
- Full Program Proposal for an Occupational Ergonomics Certificate in the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology within the Faculty of Science, effective Spring 2014;
- Full Program Proposal for a Joint Major in Chemistry and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry in the Departments of Chemistry and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry within the Faculty of Science,
effective Spring 2014;
- Full Program Proposal for a Joint Honours in Chemistry and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry in the Departments of Chemistry and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry within the Faculty of
Science, effective spring 2014; and,
- Dissolution of the Explorations in the Arts and Social Sciences Certificate Program within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, effective summer 2014.
b. Other matters dealt with by Senate April 8 and May 23, 2013 were noted for information.
c. The Board received a report from the Vice-President, Academic on various academic related matters.
a. The Board Chair acknowledged the service to the Board of Jagmohan Singh, whose Order-in-Council appointment ends on October 31, 2013.
b. The President commented on two recent activities officially launching the 50th Anniversary Campaign: the Burnaby campus launch on September 9th in Convocation Mall that drew together almost
2,000 people, and the highly successful evening event in downtown Vancouver on September 10th attended by Campaign Cabinet members and supporters.
c. President Petter reported that following on Senate’s motion to recognize the significance of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s events and activities in September, SFU hosted an SFU
Day for Reconciliation on September 12th on the Burnaby campus, and participated in Reconciliation Canada’s Walk for Reconciliation on September 22nd in downtown Vancouver. The latter event
attracted a large contingent of SFU students, faculty, staff and alumni, including alumnus and Minister of Advanced Education, the Honourable Amrik Virk.
d. The President reported on the success of this year’s Terry Fox Run/Walk on September 24th that attracted almost 1,500 participants across all campuses and raised a record breaking $27,417 for
Terry’s CAUSE on Campus.
e. President Petter commented on the success of the SFU Nancy McKinstry Diversity Awards breakfast event on September 25th at which award winning documentary filmmaker and disability rights
activist Bonnie Sherr Klein spoke to a sold out audience.
f. The President indicated that SFU Public Square’s second annual Community Summit will take place from September 28 to October 4 around the theme Charting British Columbia’s Economic Future. He
reported that Minister of Finance, the Honourable Mike de Jong will provide welcoming remarks at the October 4th Forum on BC’s Economy and Chancellor Carole Taylor will moderate the opening
panel. Other Public Square events include An Evening with Robert Reich, on October 3 sponsored by Vancity. Professor Reich is former U.S. Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration.
g. President Petter drew the Board’s attention to The BC Agenda for Shared Prosperity, a report prepared by the Business Council of British Columbia (BCBC) and the BC Chamber of Commerce (BCC), and
recommended review of the full report by interested Board members. He noted that he and Chancellor Taylor had participated in an advisory council of eight individuals working with the BCBC and
h. The President reported that SFU ranked 26th among 100 worldwide universities under 50 and third among Canadian universities. In the QS World University Rankings SFU ranked 244th, up 38
rankings from 2012, and 12th in Canada.
i. A. Petter informed the Board that the search for the next Vice-President, Research is well underway.
j. President Petter reported that the research universities continue to work with the Research Universities’ Council of BC to make the case for the value of education and research in building a strong
k. The Board received a report from the Vice-President, Research on research-related matters and notable achievements.
A. Finance and Administration
a. The Board received for information a Capital Projects and Planning Program Status Report as of September 2013.
b. The Board engaged in a preliminary discussion about the University’s budget for fiscal year 2014/15.
c. The Board received the fundraising progress reports for June, July and August 2013.
B. Academic Operations
a. Faculty Appointments
The following academic appointments were approved and have been accepted:
- Dr. John Knowles, Associate Professor with tenure, Economics, 1 Aug 14
- Dr. Jeffrey Checkel, International Studies, reappointed Simons Chair in International Law and Human Security in the School for International Studies, 1 Nov 13 – 31 Oct 18
- Mr. Ker Wells, Assistant Professor, Contemporary Arts, 1 Jan 14 – 31 Aug 17
- Dr. Kendra Strauss, Assistant Professor, Labour Studies Program, 1 Jan 14 – 31 Aug 17
- Dr. Sharalyn Jordan, Assistant Professor, Education, 1 Sep 13 – 31 Aug 17
- Dr. Jiacheng (Jason) Wang, Assistant Professor, Mechatronic Systems Engineering,1 Sep 13 – 31 Aug 17
- Dr. Elspeth Pratt, Associate Professor with tenure, Contemporary Arts, 1 Sep 13
- Dr. Frederik Lesage, Assistant Professor, Communication, 1 Sep 13 – 31 Aug 17
- Mr. David Freeman, Instructor, Economics, 1 Sep 13 – 31 Aug 17
- Dr. William N. Sumner, Assistant Professor, Computing Science, 1 Sep 13 – 31 Aug 17
b. Administrative Appointments
The following administrative appointments were approved and have been accepted:
- Dr. Dany Lacombe, Chair, Sociology and Anthropology, 1 Sep 13 – 31 Aug 16
- Dr. Andrew Wister, reappointed Chair, Gerontology, 1 Sep 13 – 31 Aug 14
- Dr. Wolfgang Haider, Director, Resource and Environmental Management, 1 Sep 13 – 31 Aug 16
- Dr. Elspeth Pratt, Director, Contemporary Arts, 1 Sep 13 – 31 Aug 16
The Board approved:
- A modified joint appointment (60%) in Political Science and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, continued from 1 Sep 13 – 31 Aug 14
a. The Board approved a re-alignment of the Board Committee Structure, including Terms of Reference and Procedures for Board Standing Committees, effective January 2014.
a. The Board approved the 2013 Parking Plan and consequential amendments to Appendix II: Parking Regulations to Policy AD 1.03 Parking and Vehicle Traffic, for implementation effective September 1,
b. The Board received the President’s Activities Report for June, July and August 2013.
c. The Board heard an update from the Vice-President, Advancement and Alumni Engagement about the official launch of the 50th Anniversary Campaign and viewed two related videos. Printed
promotional literature about The Power of Engagement was distributed.
d. Associate Vice-Presidents Gordon Myers (Academic) and Joanne Curry (External Relations) gave a presentation to and discussed with the Board an update on the SFU Surrey expansion proposal.
e. Other matters were discussed.
a. The Board approved the appointment of Dr. Tim Rahilly as Registrar (pro tem) for a term of up to one year, beginning October 12, 2013.
b. The Board approved the President’s Goals, Objectives and Competencies for 2013/14, which will be forwarded to Senate for information.
c. The Board received for information the Annual Performance Review recommendations for the Senior Executive Group, noting that under government’s current executive compensation freeze, merit
awards and general wage increases will be implemented only at such time that government policy permits, and following a further review and confirmation by the Board.
d. Other matters were discussed.
The next Board of Governors meeting will be held at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 28, 2013 in the Halpern Centre, Room 126, SFU Burnaby.