November 22, 2007

OPEN SESSION

A. Finance and Administration

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

    Month

    Fundraising Progress Report
    For Information
    2007/2008 Year to Date

    To September 30, 2007

    $8,639,249

    To October 31, 2007

    $16,069,058

  2. The Board approved the Terms of Reference for the:

  • Department of Mathematics Scholarship Endowment
  • Enid Harris Scholarship Endowment
  • Alan David Aberbach History Endowment Fund
  • Carla Salvail Memorial Endowment Fund
  • Takao Tanabe Annual Undergraduate Award in Visual Arts
  • Linguistics Annual Graduate Scholarship
  • VTech Endowment Fund Supporting the VTech Co-op Bursary and Graduation Prize in Engineering Science
  • Barbara Jones Friesen Endowment for Swimming
  • Dr. Rosena Davison Endowment Fund
  • Jarislowsky Foundation Cultural Change Endowment
  1. The Board noted for information the Financial Year-to-Date Position to October 31, 2007.

  2. The Board approved the reappointment of Mr. Leo Eutsler as a Trustee of the Administrative/Union Pension Plan Board representing the Poly Party for a term ending November 30, 2010, and the reappointment of Ms. Joanne Curry as a Trustee of the Administrative/Union Pension Plan Board, effective immediately through to January 31, 2008.

  3. The Board approved revisions to Information Policy I 10.02, Head of the University and Delegation of Authority under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, effective immediately..
  4. The Board reviewed the preliminary 2008/2009 budget information being used in the annual budget consultation process.
  5. The Board noted for information SFU's confirmation to the Ministry of Advanced Education of the University's second quarter budget forecast amounts and assumptions for the period 2007/08 to 2010/11.

B. Academic Operations

  1. The Board approved the following actions recommended by Senate:
  • the International Centre for Art and Social Change as a Schedule A Centre
  • the Centre for the Study of Educational Leadership and Policy as a Schedule A Centre
  • the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction as a Schedule A. Centre
  • the Centre for Policy Studies on Culture and Communities as a Schedule A Centre
  • the Terms of Reference for the Sierra Wireless Professorship in Mobile Communication
  • the Centre for Disability Independence Research and Education as a Schedule B Centre
  • the Cognitive Science Minor Program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • the International Experiential Learning Certificate in the Faculty of Business Administration
  • the Terms of Reference for the Liber Ero Chair in Coastal Studies
  1. The Board received the following for information:
  • the report on the academic operations at Fraser International College for the period September 2006 to August 2007
  • the Library Three-Year Plan 2007-2010
  • the 2006/07 Annual Report of the SFU Library
  • the Annual Report of the Research Ethics Board for the period September 1, 2006 to August 31, 2007
  1. The Board approved Revisions to Policies I 10.09, Retention and Disposal of Student Exams or Assignments, and T 20.01, Grading and the Reconsideration of Grades, effective immediately.
  2. The University Report Card, a 2007 student survey conducted by The Globe and Mail, and a summary of SFU's standings in the 2006 Research Universities of the Year ranking, were received by the Board for information.

 C. Other 

  1. The Board was informed that following its approval on September 25, 2007 of the revision to Presidential Search Policy B 10.06, Senate also approved the revision on October 15, 2007 with a minor amendement to clarify that Committee membership will include the "President of the Undergraduate Student Society of designate."
  2. The Board was informed that the Student Society is collecting signatures on a petition asking the provincial government to eliminate tuitiion fees for all post-secondary students.
  3. The Board received for information a report from the Vice-President, Research including an update from the University/Industry Liaison Office, a summary of recent faculty research-related accomplishments, and a summary of Strategic Grant results from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada as of October 2007.

CLOSED SESSION

A. Finance and Administration

  1. The Board approved the University's Ten-Year Capital Plan submission to government for the period 2007/08 - 2016/17.
  2.  The Board received for information a Capital Design and Construction Program Status Report as of November 2007.
  3. The Board received for information a summary of the current initiative between the Kamloops Indian Band and SFU to provide replacement facilities for the academic programs offered by the University on reserve lands.
  4. The draft minutes and reports of the Investment Advisory Committee meeting of September 12, 2007 were received by the Board for information.
  5. The Board authorized the University to undertake a study to determine the financial feasibility of refurbishing the Hamilton Hall graduate student residence.
  6. The Board received for information a draft Memorandum of Understanding between SFU and the City of Surrey, outlining shared goals for the growth of Surrey City Centre and the development of the SFU Surrey Campus.
  7. The Board received for information a financial update on Fraser International College.
  8. Other matters were discussed.

B. Academic Operations

  1. Faculty Appointments

The following academic appointments were approved and have been accepted:

  1.  
    1. Dr. Robert Young, Prof. with tenure and BC Leadership Chair, Chemistry, 1 Apr 07
    2. Dr. Urs Ribary, Prof. with tenure and BC Leadership Chair, Psychology, 1 Jun 07 
    3. Dr. Majid Bahrami, Assistant Prof., Engineering Science, 7 Jan 08 - 31 Aug 11
    4. Dr. Clint Burnham, Associate Prof., English 1 May 08 - 31 Aug 13
    5. Dr. Andrew Cooper, Associate Prof., Resource & Environmental Mgt., 1 Jan 08 - 31 Aug 12
    6. Mr. Jayantha Dhanapala, Simons Visiting Chair in Dialogue in International Law and Human Security, International Studies, 1 Jan 08 - 30 Apr 08
    7. Dr. V. Gordon Rose, Instructor, Psychology, 1 Sep 06
    8. Dr. Jane Fee, Associate Prof., Linguistics, 1 Nov 07 - 31 Aug 12
    9. Dr. Suzanne Hilgendorf, Associate Prof., Linguistics, 1 Jan 08 - 31 Aug 12
    10. Ms. Michelle Pidgeon, Instructor, Education, 1 May 08 - 31 Aug 12
    11. Dr. Mark Wexler, University Professor, Business Administration, 1 Sep 07 - 31 Aug 12
    12. Dr. Bernard Crespi, University Professor, Biological Sciences, 1 Sep 07 - 31 Aug 12 
  1. Other

The Board approved:

  1.  An early retirement, Biological Sciences, effective 20 Dec 07
  2. An early retirement, Psychology, effective 31 Aug 08
  3. An early retirement, Sociology/Anthropology, effective 31 Dec 07
  4. A modified appoiintment, Contemporary Arts, 1 Sep 07 - 30 Apr 08
  5. A modified appointment, Sociology/Anthropology, 1 Jan 08 - 31 Dec 08

C. Other

  1. The Board received the President's Activity Report for September and October 2007.
  2. The Board heard an update from the Board Chair on a recent meeting she and President Stevenson had with the Ministers of Finance and Advanced Education.
  3. The Board received an oral report on the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on Media, Communications, Government and Community Relations (MCGC).
  4. Congratulations were extended to University staff on the success of the recently held SFU Surrey Gala Dinner and the School for the Contemporary Arts initiative launched at the Segal Graduate School of Business.
  5. The Board heard an update from the Vice-President, Legal Affairs on legal matters.
  6. Other matters were discussed.

CONFIDENTIAL SESSION

  1. Other matters were discussed.

The next Board of Governors Meeting will be held at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 24, 2008 in the Joseph and Rosalie Segal Centre at SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre.

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