March 31, 2005 Meeting Summary

Open Session

A. Finance and Administration

  1. The Board received for information the Financial Year-To-Date Position as at January 31, 2005.
  2. The Board approved amendments to the Pension Plan for members of the Academic Staff, dated November 22, 2004, in order for the plan to meet certain legislative requirements.
  3. Lee Gavel, Director, Campus Planning and Development, made a presentation to the Board about the scope, location and design of capital construction projects currently underway.
  4. The Board heard that the 2005/06 budget for the University will be presented at the May 2005 meeting of the Board.
  5. Donations: the Board approved terms of reference and noted donations to new and existing funds, as follows:
MONTH NEW FUNDS EXISTING FUNDS
December 2004 $67,558 $679,138
January 2005 $16,438 $59,627
February 2005 $24 $1,179,105
Supplementary September 2004 -------- $10,000
Supplementary December 2004 $18,088 --------
Supplementary January 2005 $49,522 --------
B. Academic Operations
  1. The Board approved:
  • the Joint Honors program in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and Business Administration

  • the Minor in International and Global Education

  • the Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Special Education for Educators and Healthcare Professionals

  • a Certificate Program in Italian Studies

  • the establishment of the Institute for Critical Studies in Gender and Health (ICSGH)

  • revisions to the M.Sc. Programs in Kinesiology and Mathematics

  • the Minor in Secondary Mathematics Education

  • the MBA in Global Asset and Wealth Management

  • the Joint Major in Archaeology and First Nations Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

  • the Master in Urban Studies Program in the Faculty Arts and Social Sciences

  • the Dual Degree Program in China in the Faculty of Applied Sciences

  • the Graduate Certificate in Developmental Studies

  1. The Board noted that Senate dealt with a number of issues at its meetings of February 7 and March 7, 2005, including revisions to criteria for admission of college or university transfer students, external reviews in the School of Kinesiology and Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, the annual report of the Senate Graduate Studies Committee, graduate curriculum revisions in the Faculties of Education and Arts and Social Sciences, and undergraduate curriculum revisions in the Faculties of Business Administration, Arts and Social Sciences, Education, Science, Applied Sciences, and Health Sciences.
  2. The Board heard that Senate approved a change to the terms of office of faculty members elected to the Board of Governors in 2005 only to provide continuity of constituency representation.
  3. The Board approved revisions to Academic Policy A 10.06, Appointment of Specially Funded University Chairs, University Professors and Research Fellows, effective April 1, 2005.

C. Other

  1. The Board heard an update from the Vice-President, Academic on the success of the recently instituted guaranteed admission initiative.
  2. The Board heard an update on SFU’s inclusion in the redevelopment of the Woodward’s site.

  3. The Board extended congratulations to Chancellor Milton Wong, named Person of the Year by the Brotherhood Inter-Faith Society, Board Chair Brandt Louie, named Business Impact Leader for 2005 by the SFU Business Administration Student Society, Board Member Nancy McKinstry, named a member of the Order of Canada, Vice-President, Finance and Administration Pat Hibbitts, nominated for a YWCA Women of Distinction award, Student Board member Shawn Hunsdale, re elected for a one-year term, and Student Board member Kevin Tilley, elected for a one-year term effective June 1, 2005.
  4. The Board heard a report from Audit Committee Chair Debra Hanuse on two recent meetings held in preparation for the 2004/05 Audit.
  5. The Board heard a report from Governance Committee member Pauline Rafferty on certain governance issues that will be coming to the next Board meeting.

  6. The Board heard about a Killam award renewal for Dr. Mike Thewalt, Physics, new Killam awards for Drs. Carole Gerson, English, and Bernard Crespi, Biological Sciences, and a Steacie award for Dr. Neil Branda, Chemistry. The Board noted that SFU’s 36% success rate in CIHR funding compares favourably with the national average of 22%.
  7. The Board heard about the major events planned for SFU’s 40th anniversary.
  8. The Board heard that the Reaching New Heights on-campus campaign begins in April 2005 led by Dr. Jonathan Driver, Dean, Graduate Studies.
  9. Other matters were discussed.
Closed Session

A. Finance and Administration

  1. The Board received for information the minutes and reports of the Investment Advisory Committee meeting of September 21, 2004.
  2. The Board approved awarding a contract to Stuart Olsen Constructors Inc. for the construction of foundations and underground services associated with the Technology and Science Complex – Module 2.
  3. The Board received a capital construction project cost summary and bond status report for information.

B. Academic Operations

  1. Faculty Appointments

    The following academic appointments were approved and have been accepted:

    Dr. Dominique Gross Assoc. Prof. with tenure Public Policy Program 1 Sep 05
    Ms. Rekha Krishnan Instructor Business Admin. 1 Sep 05 - 31 Aug 09
    Dr. Dianne Cyr Assoc. Prof. Business Admin. 1 Sep 05 - 31 Aug 10
    Dr. Luke Clossey Assist. Prof. History 1 May 05 - 31 Aug 09
    Mr. James Kinney Assist. Prof. Criminology 1 Sep 05 - 31 Aug 09
    Dr. Paul Kingsbury Assist. Prof. Geography 1 Sep 05 - 31 Aug 09
    Dr. Alexander Chapman Assist. Prof. Psychology 1 Aug 05 - 31 Aug 09
    Dr. Michael Everton Assist. Prof. English 1 Sep 05 - 31 Aug 09
    Dr. Michael Schmitt Assist. Prof. Psychology 1 Jul 05 - 31 Aug 09
    Dr. Jeremy Venditti Assist. Prof. Geography 1 Aug 06 – 31 Aug 10
    Dr. Dennis Chung Assoc. Prof. Business Admin. 1 Jul 05 – 31 Aug 10
    Ms. Andrea Geiger-Adams Instructor History 1 Jul 05 - 31 Aug 09
    Dr. Robert Grauer Re-appt. Bby. Mtn. Endowed Chair Business Admin. 1 Sep 04 -31 Aug 09
    Mr. Matthew Hussey Instructor English 1 Sep 05 -31 Aug 09
  2. Other

    The Board approved Professor Emerita status for Dr. Marilyn Bowman, Psychology, effective September 1, 2005.

C. Other

  1. The Board received information about Co-operative Education activities.
  2. The Board approved that Dr. Saida Rasul’s absences from Board meetings in 2004 be excused in accordance with Section 22(2) of the University Act.
  3. Other matters were discussed.
Confidential Session
  1. The Board approved revisions to President Stevenson’s contract for 2004/2005 and the contract for his second term commencing September 1, 2005.
  2. Other matters were discussed.

The next Board of Governors Meeting will be held at 3:00 p.m. in Room 126 of the Halpern Centre, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, on Thursday, May 26, 2005.

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