March 23, 2006 Meeting Summary

OPEN SESSION

 A. Finance and Administration

  1. Donations: The Board approved terms of reference and noted donations to new and existing funds as follows:

MONTH

NEW FUNDS

EXISTING FUNDS

November 2005 (supplementary) $122,850 ------------
December 2005 ------------ $1,528,906
December 2005 (supplementary) ------------ $113,498
January 2006 $100 $362,522
February 2006 $1,000 $674,589
  1. The Board reviewed preliminary data from the March 1, 2006 meeting of the sub-committee on Access Issues, and noted that the Senate Policy Committee on Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries is planning to review the effectiveness of the financial assistance support.
  2. The Board noted for information the Financial Year-to Date Position as at January 31, 2006.
  3. The Board approved the 2006/2007 Operating Budget, Tuition Fees, Student Services and Athletics and Recreation Fees.

B. Academic Operations

  1. The Board approved the following actions recommended by Senate:
  • the Concentration in Entrepreneurship in the Bachelor of Business Administration and the Concentration in Management and Technology in the Bachelor of Business Administration;
  • the Certificate in Professional Practices (PQP) and the Minor in French Education;
  • the dissolution of the Centre for Innovation Management;
  • SFU's adoption of the long-term objective that international student enrolment be 10% of the funded FTE undergraduate student enrolment;
  • 2006/07 enrolment targets in Revised: A Multi-Year Undergraduate Enrolment Plan for SFU;
  • domestic undergraduate targets for each basis-of-admission group, for each semester in 2006/07, and for each Faculty; and international undergraduate admission targets for each Faculty and each semester in 2006/07;
  • the creation of the CIBC Centre for Corporate Governance and Risk Management.
  1. The Board approved an amendment to Policy GP 29 (Search Committees for Vice-Presidents and Associate Vice-Presidents) so that the procedures for searching for an Associate Vice-President also apply to the search for the Registrar.
  2. The Board noted that Senate dealt with a number of other issues at its meetings of February 6, 2006 and March 6, 2006, including Senate's approval on March 6, 2006 to enter into an agreement with IBT Education Ltd. for an initial 5-year period.
  3. The Board noted that the Academic Operations Committee will begin meeting bi-monthly starting on May 18, 2006.

C. Other

  1. Chancellor Brandt Louie and Board member Paulette Johnston were elected by acclamation to the Nominating Committee on which they will serve with Daniel Pekarsky.
  2. The Board heard that Professor Stephen Toope has been appointed to the presidency of The University of British Columbia, effective July 1, 2006 for a 5-year term, and congratulations have been dispatched.
  3. The Board congratulated Paulette Johnston on receiving the SFU Staff Achievement Award in the Lifetime Achievement category.
  4. The Board was informed that Order-in-Council member Debra Hanuse is tendering her resignation from the Board as the result of the workload demands of her new position.
  5. The Board heard that Catherine Murray has tendered her resignation from the Board effective May 31, 2006, having served as a faculty representative for 4 years, and that the 1 year terms of student Board members Kevin Tilley and Shawn Hunsdale will also end on that date.  It was noted that S. Hunsdale is running for re-elecction.
  6. The Board heard details about a number of generous financial gifts to SFU.
  7. The Board was informed that SFU is working closely with the Open University of Sri Lanka and that recent activities in this area have also resulted in an agreement in principle between SFU and the fourteen universities for research collaboration and the recruitment of doctoral students.
  8. The Board heard that government funding is being sought and submissions to granting agencies have been made for a proposed centre for drug research and development involving SFU, UNBC, UBC and UVic.
  9. The Board was informed that a successful reception with SFU Alumni was recently held in Chicago.
  10. The Board heard that a 40th Anniversary Open House will be held at SFU Burnaby on Saturday, June 3, 2006.

CLOSED SESSION

A. Finance and Administration

  1. The Board approved that SFU enter into a 5-year affiliation agreement with Fraser International College (FIC), a subsidiary of IBT Education Limited (Australia) starting in 2006 to assist in the recruitment and retention of international students.
  2. The Board received a Capital Construction Program Status Report for information.
  3. The Board approved that the contract with Bird Construction Limited for the construction of the ASSC-2 - Health Sciences Building, be extended to incorporate Component Cost Three for foundations and underground services.
  4. The Board heard an update on the School for the Contemporary Arts initiative.
  5. Other matters were discussed.

B. Academic Operations

  1. Faculty Appointments

The following academic appointments were approved and have been accepted:

  1.  
    1. Dr. Genevieve Fuji Johnson, Assistant Professor, Political Science,
      1 Jul 06 - 31 Aug 10
    2. Mr. Dimitrios Krallis, Instructor, History, 1 Sep 06 – 31 Aug 10
    3. Ms. Natalie Zhao, Instructor, Business Admin., 1 Jul 06 - 31 Aug 10
    4. Dr. Gaelle Planchenault, Assistant Professor, French, 1 Sep 06  - 31 Aug 10
    5. Dr. Ilya Tromp-van Meerveld, Assistant Professor, Geography,
      1 Sep 06 - 31 Aug 10 
    6. Dr. Cecile Vigouroux , Assistant Professor, French, 1 Sep 06 to 31 Aug 10 
    7. Dr. Gábor Tardos, Professor with tenure and CRC Tier I, Computing Science,
      1 Apr 06 
    8. Dr. Mark McPherran, Professor with tenure, Philosophy, 1 Sep 06
    9. Dr. Boyd Cohen, Assistant Professor, Business Administration,
      1 Jul 06 – 31 Aug 10 
  1. Administrative Appointments

    The Board approved the following administrative appointments:

    1. Dr. Brian Lewis, re appointed Dean, Faculty of Applied Sciences,
      1 Sep 06 – 31 Aug 08
    2. Dr. Bruce Brandhorst, re appointed Chair, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry,
      1 Sep 06 – 31 Aug 09
    3. Dr. Tony Williams, re appointed Chair, Biological Sciences,
      1 Sep 06 – 31 Aug 08
    4. Dr. Derek Thorkelson, Chair, Earth Sciences, 1 Sep 06 – 31 Aug 11
    5. Dr. Barbara Frisken, Chair, Physics, 1 Sep 06 – 31 Aug 09
  2. Other

    The Board approved an early retirement in the School of Kinesiology, a transfer from Earth Sciences/Geography to Geography, a transfer from Geography to Health Sciences, and a modifed appointment in the Library.

C. Other

  1. The Board was informed that the President will provide a regular report to the Board on his activities in a number of areas that link to his Agenda.
  2. The Board heard a report from Board members Barry Macdonald and Daniel Pekarsky who are members of the Simon Fraser University Community Corporation Board of Directors.
  3. Other matters were discussed.

CONFIDENTIAL SESSION

  1. The Board approved the appointment of Professor Judith Osborne as Interim Vice-President, Legal Affairs, effective April 1, 2006, until the appointment is formalized through the regular appointment process for vice-presidents. The next Board of Governors Meeting will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, May 29, 2006 in the Thompson and Fraser Rooms of the Diamond Alumni Centre, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby.

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