The Regents Rundown

The Board of Regents will meet in its entirety today in two separate locations. Attorney-client privileged matters will be discussed first at the nonpublic meeting at the Radisson Metrodome. Regents will then meet from 10:20 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 238 Morrill Hall. The following are highlights from some of the major issues before the board.
Regents will review the University’s capital funding request for the fall legislative session. This request will complete a four-year capital improvement plan, the most ambitious facilities effort in the University’s history.
University President Mark Yudof will present a six-year capital improvement plan to the regents. These changes will impact both academic programs and the physical infrastructure, linking them through the University’s five major initiatives.
The Office of General Counsel will present its annual report. Highlights include the formation of The Transactional Law Services Group and the appointment of former associate general counsel Julie Sweitzer to the University’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action. The Transactional Law Services Group will focus this year on implementing the regents’ policy requiring the general counsel review all University contracts.
Fred Morrison, chairman of the Faculty Consultative Committee, will report about faculty successes and concerns, joint administrative-faculty task forces and the student-faculty committee. The student-faculty committee was recently formed to improve policies and procedures relating to academic misconduct.
Regents will discuss accomplishments, system modifications, process redesign, outstanding issues and budget projections for the Enterprise Systems Project, which includes the PeopleSoft software update.
Yudof and Bob Bruininks, provost and vice president, will introduce the regents to Charles Muscoplat, the new dean of the College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences; director of the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station and vice president for agricultural policy.
Committee reports, University gifts and a report by the all-University Honors Committee will also be before the regents today.

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