May 4-5: WSU Regents to hold regular meeting in Spokane

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Board of Regents of Washington State University will hold a regularly scheduled meeting May 4 and 5 in at Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane, College of Nursing Building (SNRS).

The meeting will begin at noon May 4 with a board lunch in SNRS 119, followed at 1:15 p.m. by concurrent meetings of the Regents’ Research and Academic Affairs (SNRS 205), Student Affairs and Student Life (SNRS 201), and Institutional Infrastructure committees (SNRS 401). At 2:30 p.m., Regents will convene a meeting of the Finance and Compliance Committee (SNRS 205), followed at 3:30 p.m. in the same location by a meeting of the Strategic and Operational Excellence Committee. At 4:30 p.m., Regents will convene a special meeting of the Trustees/Shareholders of the Student Book Corporation (SNRS 205). If needed, an executive session will follow at 4:45 p.m. in the same location. The meeting day will conclude with a Board of Regents dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Steam Plant, 159 South Lincoln Street.

Committee meetings will run throughout the afternoon. Starting times following the 1:15 pm committee meetings are estimates only. If a session ends earlier than expected, the next scheduled session may convene immediately.

The Regents will re-convene in SNRS 119 at 7:15 a.m. on Friday, May 5 for breakfast, then move to SNRS 205 to initially hear reports, including reports from the Chancellor of WSU Health Sciences Spokane, the Chair of the Board of Regents and the President of the university. Regents will then receive reports from the WSU Foundation, the WSU Faculty Senate, Associated Students of WSU Spokane, Graduate and Professional Student Association, WSU Administrative Professional Advisory Council, and WSU Alumni Association.

The regents are expected to take action on a variety of items during the meeting. Those items are as follows:

  • The election of a chair and vice chair of the WSU Board of Regents, as nominated by the Executive Committee, based upon the advice of the Board and in consultation with the President of the University.
  • A proposal to appoint Stacy Pearson, WSU vice president for Finance and Administration, to the position of Treasurer of the Board of Regents.
  • A proposal to establish a Doctor of Medicine Degree in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.
  • A proposal to purchase a new 1.5 Tesla magnetic resonance imager to replace the existing 20 year old MRI machine and replace Copper Shielding in the MRI Room in the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital at a cost not to exceed $2.2 million. The MRI room is used for medical imaging of cats, dogs, horses and other species.
  • A proposal to proceed with and authorize the WSU president to conduct negotiations with Corporate Point Developers for the development of a mixed use “village on the Pullman Campus across the street from the hotel and near the golf course. The parcel would be leased to a developer under a long term unsubordinated ground lease. Issues to be considered in negotiation include the proposed sale of approximately 3 acres to the developer for the proposed phase 1 of condo development with an option for the developer to purchase approximately 6.5 acres for proposed phase 2, and the resolution of land use/jurisdiction issues between WSU, Corporate Pointe and city of Pullman.
  • A proposal to proceed with and further delegate authority to the WSU president to enter into any and all contracts necessary to complete a Student Housing Development on the campus of WSU Tri-Cities.
  • A proposal to amend several health and safety regulations related to on-campus spectator events.
  • A proposal to approve an increase in the Student Transit Fee for the Pullman campus of $5 per semester for all students enrolled in 7 credits or more, and $2.50 per semester for all students enrolled in less than 7 credits, beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • A proposal to approve establishing a $20 per semester (fall, spring, and summer) Technology Fee for WSU Vancouver undergraduate student, beginning in the fall of 2017.
  • A proposal from the Student Fee Technology Committee to approve fiscal year 2018 Student Technology Fee allocations.
  • A proposal to approve a $20 per semester increase in the Academic Year Health Fee on the Pullman campus beginning in the fall of 2017. Currently WSU Pullman students are charged $184 per semester or $368 per year for student health fees. The proposed increase would increase the amount to a total of $204 per semester/$408 per year, generating approximately $733,000 annually for Student Health and Wellness.
  • A proposal to approve the tuition rates for academic year 2017-2018, contingent upon the legislative budget. Under the proposal, most tuition rates for academic year 2017-2018 will remain the same, contingent upon the legislative budget, with the following exceptions: 1. A proposed increase in tuition rates for the Online MBA program and the Online Executive MBA. 2. A proposed increase in tuition rates for Veterinary Medicine effective fall 2017. 3. A proposed new rate for the Professional Science Masters, Electrical Power Engineering. 4. A proposed new rate for the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.
  • A proposal to delegate authority to the WSU president to approve Services and Activities Fees Committee Allocations for Summer 2017 and Academic Year 2017-2018.
  • A proposal that the Regents review and approve the Seven Year Accreditation Visit Report from the WSU Provost Office to support continuing accreditation of the institution, preparatory to an onsite visit by an NWCCU accreditation review team in Fall of 2017.

In addition, the Regents will participate in a tour of the WSU Spokane Teaching Health Clinic Thursday, May 4, at 5:00 p.m. and on Friday, May 5 and Saturday May 6, the Regents will participate in ceremonies and activities associated with commencement for the Spokane and Pullman campuses.

Questions about the Board of Regents meeting and schedule may be directed to Desiree Jacobsen, 509-335-6662.

News media contact:
Robert Strenge, WSU News, 509-335-3583,