September 30, 2004 Meeting Summary

Open Session

A. Finance and Administration

  1. The Board approved the appointment of Gregg Macdonald as Trustee of the Academic Pension Plan Trustee Board representing the University for an indefinite term.
  2. The Board approved the reappointment of Robert Grauer as Trustee of the Academic Pension Plan Trustee Board representing the Faculty for a two year term ending June 30, 2006.
  3. The Board approved the appointments of Allan Waisman as an external expert, and Warren Gill as a University representative on the Simon Fraser University Community Corporation Board of Directors, effective immediately. Mr. Waisman replaces Ray Spaxman and Dr. Gill replaces Bruce Clayman.

  4. The Board received for information the Financial Year-To-Date Position as at July 31, 2004.
  5. Donations: the Board approved terms of reference and noted donations to new and existing funds, as follows:
MONTH NEW FUNDS EXISTING FUNDS
April 2004 to June 2004 (supplementary) $1,970,328.61 ----------
June 2004 (supplementary)(transfer) $10,000.00 ----------
July 2004 $100,000.00 $312,971.82
August 2004 ---------- $518,125.25

  1. The Board received for information a quarterly status report on the University’s $150 million Bond issue.

  2. The Board heard that a Sustainability Advisory Committee will be formed with faculty, student and administration representation. Joe Weinberg, Associate Vice-President, Financial Planning, will chair the Advisory Committee.

B. Academic Operations

  1. The Board approved the dissolution of the Centre for Systems Science, effective immediately. Service provided by the Centre will be folded into normal Faculty operations and no service reductions will result from its dissolution.

  2. The Board approved the terms of reference for the Burnaby Mountain University Professorships as presented to Senate on September 13, 2004. (Paper S.04-47)
  3. The Board approved the terms of reference for the Jack and Nancy Farley Professorship in History as editorially amended by Senate on September 13, 2004. (Paper S.04-48)
  4. The Board approved the terms of reference for the J.S. Woodsworth Chair in the Department of Humanities as editorially amended by Senate on September 13, 2004 (Paper S.04-49)
  5. The Board noted undergraduate curriculum revisions approved by Senate on September 13, 2004:
  • An extension of the current admissions policy for BC Adult Graduation Diploma graduates for three years approved by Senate.

  • Senate’s receipt of the annual report of the Committee to Review Undergraduate Admissions.

  • Approval by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Studies of a transfer credit agreement with the Native Education Centre and a change of prerequisite for two existing Business courses.

  1. The Board noted Graduate Curriculum Revisions in the Faculty of Applied Sciences as approved by Senate on September 13, 2004.
  2. The Board noted that a highly positive external review of the Library has taken place.
  3. The Board heard that the 2004/05 Faculty Renewal Plan, an information report on First Nations students and a updated plan from SFU International are expected to come to the Board in November 2004.

C. Other

  1. The Acting Board Chair thanked Gregg Macdonald for his contributions to SFU and to the work of the Board during his almost 25 years of service to the University and wished him well as he takes early retirement.
  2. The Board heard that The University Presidents’ Council of B.C. has produced a document, Our Universities, Our Future, that is being submitted to the Ministry of Advanced Education to advocate for accessibility, funding and research.
  3. The Board heard that contrary to media reports, the University’s revised bid for the Olympic Oval rigorously complied with the financial and legacy requirements of the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee. In spite of this, the venue was awarded to the public-private partnership proposal submitted by the City of Richmond.
  4. The Board was informed that the City of Vancouver has selected Westbank Properties to develop the Woodwards site.
  5. The Board heard that the SFU Pipe Band and the Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band each placed second at the August World Championships in Glasgow.

  6. The Board was advised of the completion of three capital projects: the IRMACS facility, two student residence towers and dining hall, and the office fit-out of floors 14 and 15 of Surrey Central City Tower.
  7. The Board heard a brief update on fall student applications and admissions figures. While applications are down approximately 12% over this time last year, a similar decline is being seen nationally. SFU’s enrolment, however, increased this fall by approximately +2.2 and the overall target was met.
  8. The Board was informed of the September 10, 2004 inauguration of a sophisticated brain imaging machine (MEG) at the Down Syndrome Research Foundation (DSRF) in Burnaby, which brings to fruition a collaborative effort between SFU and the DSRF. The MEG acquisition follows the July 2004 announcement of a new Chair at SFU in cognitive neuroscience whose aim will be to improve life for children with Down Syndrome and other developmental challenges.
  9. The Board heard that SFU’s partnership with the Whitecaps Football Club is officially underway with the construction having commenced on the first of 2 artificial turf fields.
  10. The Board was informed that the University’s 40th Anniversary Capital Campaign will officially begin on December 2, 2004.
Closed Session

A. Finance and Administration - No further report

B. Academic Operations

  1. Faculty Appointments

    The following academic appointments were approved and have been accepted:

    Dr. Mohamed Hefeeda Assistant Professor Computing Science 1 Sep 04-31 Aug 08
    Dr. Kay Wiese Assistant Professor Computing Science 1 Aug 04 - 31 Aug 08
    Dr. Harald Hutter Associate Professor Biological Sciences 1 Sep 05 – 31 Aug 10
    Dr. Bojan Mohar Prof. with tenure contingent on CRC Tier I approval Mathematics 1 Sep 05
    Dr. Tamara Smyth Assistant Professor Computing Science 1 Nov 04 - 31 Aug 08
    Dr. Stephen Thompson Prof. with tenure - 1 Jul 05 Statistics & Actuarial Science Gordon M. Shrum Chair in Science 1 Jul 05 - 30 Jun 10
    Dr. Patricia Mooney Prof. with tenure & CRC Tier 1 Physics 1 Jan 05
  2. Administrative Appointments
  3. The Board approved the following administrative appointments:

    Dr. John Bowes Director Interactive Arts & Technology 1 Sep 04-31 Aug 07
    Dr. Martin Gotfrit reappointed Director Contemporary Arts 1 Sep 04-31 Aug 06
    Dr. Thomas O’Shea Director, Graduate Programs Education 1 Sep 04-31 Aug 07
    Prof. Meguido Zola Director, Professional Programs Education 1 Sep 04-31 Aug 07

C. Other
  1. The Acting Chair asked that suggestions for Order-in-Council Board appointments to fill several upcoming vacancies in 2005 be directed to B. Louie, Board Chair.
  2. The Board was informed that while it has not been possible to renegotiate an agreement with the Secwepemc Education Society in Kamloops, the University is looking at other arrangements that would allow SFU to maintain a presence in that area.
  3. The Board approved the appointment of Bill Rowe as Acting Deputy Chair of the Board for the duration of Deputy Chair John Cowperthwaite's absence. The Board heard that in the absence of the Deputy Chair, the Chair has appointed N. Olewiler to serve as Chair of the Audit Committee, and B. Rowe to serve as Chair of the Finance and Administration Committee.
  4. Other matters were discussed.
CONFIDENTIAL SESSION

  1. The Board approved the President’s Agenda for the academic year 2004/05 and it will be forwarded to Senate for information.
  2. The Board approved the Annual Performance Review recommendations for the Senior Executive Group.
  3. Following the Board’s positive annual reviews in each year of Dr. Michael Stevenson’s presidency, the Board unanimously agreed to consider his re appointment for a further term as President of Simon Fraser University. Senate will be so informed on October 4, 2004 in order that the process of seeking nominations for the Review Committee can begin.

The next Board of Governors Meeting will be held at 3:00 p.m. in Room 126 of the Halpern Centre, Burnaby Mountain Campus, on Thursday, November 25, 2004.

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