May 27, 2010 Meeting Summary

Board Members present:  M. Francis, Chair, M. Stevenson, President;
A. Barton; L. Brown-Ganzert; A. Dhillon; B. Elton; A. Giardini; K. Harding;
N. MacKay; J. McPhee; P. Percival; B. Taylor

Regrets:  B. Louie; P. Dhillon

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
    2009/2010 Year to Date

    To March 31, 2010

    $21,024,564

     

    Fundraising Progress Report
    For Information
    2010/2011 Year to Date

    To April 30, 2010

    $281,088

  2. The Board approved the Terms of Reference for:

  • The Dr. Barry Beyerstein Endowment Fund; 
  • The University Women's Club of Vancouver Annual Scholarship for the Hearing Impaired. 
  1. The Board received for information the 2009 Annual Report of SFU's Human Rights Office.

  2. The Board approved an addendum to the 2010-2011 budget related to the allocation of a portion of the cumulative carry forward from the year ending March 31, 2010 for expenditures in 2010-11.

  3. The Board recommended the appointment of Ms. Anne Giardini, Q.C., to the Board of the SFU Community Corporation effective June 1, 2010.  Ms. Giardini replaces Mr. Daniel Pekarsky, whose term ended in January 2010.
  4. The Board approved the re-appointment of Mr. Jon Festinger to the Board of the Simon Fraser University Foundation for the period June 27, 2010 to June 28, 2010.

B. Academic Operations

  • The Board approved the following actions recommended by Senate:
  • Creation of the Centre for the Study of Public Opinion and Political Representation as a Research Centre in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for a five year term;
  • The Full Program Proposal for BusOne in the Faculty of Business Administration ;
  • The Full Program Proposal for Systems One First Year Program in the Faculty of Applied Sciences;
  • The Full Program Proposal for a Major in First Nations Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences;
  • Name change of Master of Public Policy Program to the School for Public Policy;
  • The  Full Program Proposals for Honours programs in the School for the Contemporary Arts in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology:

Bachelor of Arts in Art and Culture Studies with Honours Bachelor

  • Bachelor in Fine Arts in Dance with Honours
  • Bachelor in Fine Arts in Film with Honours
  • Bachelor in Fine Arts in Music with Honours
  • Bachelor in Fine Arts in Theatre Performance with Honours
  • Bachelor in Fine Arts in Visual Art with Honours
  1. The Board received the following reports for information:
  • The 2009 Annual Reports of the Senate Appeals Board and Senate Committee on International Activities;
  • The Report of the Task Force on Teaching and Learning.
  1. The Board received the 2010-2015 Strategic Research Plan for information.
  2. Other matters dealt with by Senate on April 22, 2010 were noted for information.

C. Audit

  1. The Board approved the Financial Statements of the University for the year ended March 31, 2010 on the basis that the Office of the Auditor General of BC, the Universitiy's Auditor of Record, has indicated that an unqualified audit report for fiscal year 2009/2010 will be issued.

D. Other

  1. The Board Chair welcomed President Designate Andrew Petter to the meeting.
  2. The President reported on meetings in Asia he recently attended with SFU alumni and officials of educational institutions with which SFU has or is exploring potential collaborative research and teaching agreements.
  3. The Board was informed that the provincial government's Annual Capital Allowance to the University  has been significantly reduced for fiscal year 2010-11, which raises concern about the impact this will have on deferred maintenance at SFU. 
  4. The Board was informed that the Women's Clan Softball team won its fourth NAIA National Championship on May 26, 2010.
  5. The Board received a report from the Vice-President, Academic on academic planning and other matters.
  6. The Board received a report from the Vice-President, Research on a number of recent research awards, funding announcements/achievements, and other research-related news.
  7. The Board Chair thanked outgoing student Board member, Mr. Kevin Harding, for his contributions to the work of the Board during his two one-year terms ending May 31, 2010.  The Board was informed that effective June 1, 2010, Mr. Ravi Patel has been elected by students for a one-year term ending May 31, 2011 and Dr. Gordon Myers has been elected by faculty for a three-year term ending May 31, 2013. 

CLOSED SESSION

A. Finance and Administration

  1. The Board approved that a contract be awarded to Coutts Information Services for the provision of English language books to the SFU Library.
  2. The Board approved the Five-Year Capital Plan for 2010-11 to 2014-15.
     
  3. The Board received for information the Fundraising Progress Reports for March and April 2010.
  4. The draft minutes of and reports to the Investment Advisory Committee meeting of March 4, 2010 were received by the Board for information.
  5. Other matters were discussed.

B. Academic Operations

  1. Faculty Appointments

The following academic appointments were approved and have been accepted:

  1.  
    1. Dr. Katherine Reilly, Assistant Professor, Communication, 1 Jul 10 - 31 Aug 14
    2. Dr. Robert McMahon, Professor with tenure, Psychology, 16 Jun 10, and BC Leadership Chair in Proactive Approaches to Reducing Risk for Violence Among Children and Youth, 16 Jun 10 - 15 Jun 15
    3. Mr. Fernando M. Aragon-Sanchez, Instructor, Economics, 1 Sep 10 - 31 Aug 14
    4. Dr. Claire Cupples, Professor with tenure, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, 1 Aug 10
    5. Dr. William Cupples, Professor, Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology,
      1 Aug 10 - 31 Aug 15
    6. Dr. Kirsten Zickfeld, Assistant Professor, Geography, 1 Aug 10 - 31 Aug 14
    7. Mr. Andrew McGee, Instructor, Economics, 1 Sep 10 - 31 Aug 14
    8. Dr. Angela Kaida, Assistant Professor, Health Sciences, 1 Sep 10 - 31 Aug 14
    9. Dr. Leyland Pitt, Business Administration, Dennis F. Culver EMBA Alumni Professorship, 1 Apr 10 - 31 Mar 15
    10. Dr. Rodney Vaughan, Engineering Science, Sierra Wireless Professor in Mobile Communications, 1 Apr 09 - 31 Aug 14
    11. Dr. Enda Oscar Brophy, Assistant Professor, Communication, 1 Jul 10 - 31 Aug 14
  1. Administrative Appointments

The following administrative appointments were appproved and have been accepted:

  1. Dr. Claire Cupples, Dean, Faculty of Science, 1 Aug 10 - 31 Aug 15
  2. Dr. Charles Eckman, Dean of Library Services/University Librarian,
    1 Sep 10 - 31 Aug 15
  3. Dr. John Craig, Dean (Pro Tem), Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences,
    1 Jul 10 - 30 Jun 11
  4. Dr. Tim Rahilly, Associate Vice-President, Students and International (Pro Tem), 12 Apr 10 - 30 Apr 11

C. External Relations 

  1. The Board received for information an update on Government Relations matters.
  2. The Board heard a progress report regarding the Draft University Advancement Strategic Plan.
  3. The Board heard an update from the Vice-President, Advancement on fundraising to date for 2010-11.
  4. Other matters were discussed.

D. Audit

  1. The Board received for information the Report from the Auditor for 2009/2010.
  2. The Board received for information from the Auditor General of B.C. the audited Annualized Full-Time Equivalent Enrollment Report for the year ending March 31, 2010.
  3. The Board received the annual Internal Audit Report for information.
  4. The Board received the annual Risk Management Report for information.
  5. The Board received for information an update to the University's Strategic Risk Management Plan.

E. Other

  1. The Board received the President's Activity Report for March and April 2010.
  2. The Board approved a minor revision to the membership of the Audit Committee.
  3. The Board was informed that SFU Professor Andre Gerolymatos has been appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to Canada's Advisory Council on National Security.
  4. Other matters were discussed.
The next Board of Governors meeting will be held at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 22, 2010 in Room 126 of the Halpern Centre, SFU Burnaby.

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