Thursday, March 10, 2011

Board of Regents meeting, day 1

On the scenes reporting from Sondra Cosgrove

Today’s Board of Regents meeting was mostly routine business. The Committees overseeing things such as Diversity and Investments met in the morning. In the afternoon the Board approved the Consent Agenda, which included the names of all NSHE employees up for tenure.

There were some fireworks (NNB) when Lt. Governor Krolicki presented a proposal on a public/private partnership to create jobs. Utah has a similar program. The Lt. Governor stated that the seed money could possibly come from either the Public Employee Retirement System or from the Unclaimed Property Fund, both of which are state controlled. He stated that higher education would play a major role as the source of ideas for economic development as well as skilled workers. When questioned on the Governor’s budget cuts to higher education, the Lt. Governor stated that these are hard economic times and no mitigation of the cuts was possible. Chancellor Klaich pointed out that the Utah program, which has hired Nevada professors away from our institutions, received $200 million dollars, while Chair Leavitt scolded the Lt. Governor for advocating for private companies, but not cheerleading for the other side of the partnership, higher education.

Back in Las Vegas, three UNLV faculty members and Chairman Leavitt spoke on KNPR about the impact of the proposed termination of Philosophy and Women's Studies and the merger of three departments in the College of Business.

Watch for an NFA daily bulletin of news of interest to faculty for this busy day early tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow on day 2 of the Board meeting, Chancellor Klaich will report on the legislature and each institution’s president reports on how each campus will absorb further cuts proposed by the Governor's budget. Also tomorrow the Regents will discuss the prospect of campus consolidations and hear the report of the Chancellor's Task Force on PEBP reform (ie health care coverage for NSHE faculty and staff).

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