Texas A&M System Board of Regents to meet July 21-22

The Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System will meet Thursday and Friday, July 21-22 on the campus of Texas A&M University in the Board of Regents Meeting Room on Gene Stallings Blvd. and at the Bernard C. Richardson Zone.

The board will convene in open session to consider items including:

• Approval of system capital plan for FY 2012-2016 — Texas A&M System;
• Approval of the project scope and budget, appropriation for construction services, and approval for construction for the Northside Residence Hall Project — Texas A&M University;
• Approval of the project scope and budget, appropriation for construction services, and approval for construction for the Jack B. Kelley Student Center Expansion Project — West Texas A&M University;
• Approval of the changes to the admissions standards for system member universities and the health science center for the year 2012 — Texas A&M System;
• Approval of a Bachelor of Arts in international studies degree program, and authorization to request approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board — Tarleton State University;
• Approval of a new Master of Fine Arts degree program in visualization, and authorization to submit the proposal to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for approval — Texas A&M; and
• Approval to establish the Midlothian Higher Education Center, a multi-institutional teaching center on the Midlothian campus of Navarro College, and authorization to request approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board — Texas A&M University-Commerce and Tarleton.

The board will hear remarks regarding:

• Chairman’s remarks (includes update on chancellor selection process and review of best practices and efficiencies) — Richard A. Box, chairman of the board;
• Interim chancellor’s remarks (includes Teaching Excellence Awards, campus updates and legislative update) — Jay T. Kimbrough, interim chancellor;
• Report on investment performance and manager review — David Stein, managing principal and chief portfolio strategist, Fund Evaluation Group;
• Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board update — Fred Heldenfels, chair, and Raymund Paredes, commissioner of higher education;
• Report of system construction projects authorized by the Board of Regents — Vergel Gay, chief facilities planning and construction officer; and
• Update on the Texas Transportation Institute — Dennis Christiansen, director.

The board also will consider various legal and personnel matters in executive session, including:

• Appointment of provost and vice president of academic and student affairs — Texas A&M University-Central Texas;
• Appointment of deputy director — Texas Engineering Experiment Station;
• Appointment of associate director for forest resource development and sustainable forestry — Texas Forest Service;
• Appointment of associate director for forest resource protection — Texas Forest Service; and
• Authorization for the president to execute employment contracts with the head football coach, assistant football coach, head strength coach, assistant men’s basketball coach, head men’s tennis coach, and head women’s golf coach — Texas A&M.

Copies of the meeting schedule and agenda are available at: http://www.tamus.edu/regents/meetingmaterials/regular/

A live streaming video link to the meeting will be available at the system home page (or http://tamus.edu). Note: The link to the video is only active while the meeting is in session.


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