Notification of Board of Trustees Actions

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May 24, 2021 Board of Trustees Meeting

During a Board of Trustees meeting, held virtually via Zoom on May 24, 2021,  the Board approved the following actions:

Election of Board Officers
The Board of Trustees approved the Board of Trustees slate of officers for 2021-2022, as presented. Trustee Mark Gardner was named Chair of the Board and Trustee James Donnelly was named Vice Chair of the Board.

Reappointment of the Chancellor
The Board of Trustees authorized the Chancellor Review Team to negotiate an extension of the Chancellor’s employment contract with the University of Maine System.

Tenure at Time of Hire, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UM
The Board of Trustees accepted the recommendation of the Academic & Student Affairs Committee, and approved tenure at the rank of Professor to Dr. Vijay Devabhaktuni to be effective June 7, 2021.

Wieden Hall Renovation, UMPI
The Board of Trustees accepted the recommendation of the Finance, Facilities and Technology Committee and authorized the University of Maine System acting through the University of Maine at Presque Isle to expend up to $3,757,000 from 2018 bond funds to begin the renovation of Wieden Hall.

Randall Student Center Renovation, UMA
The Board of Trustees accepted the recommendation of the Finance, Facilities, and Technology Committee, and authorized the University of Maine System acting through the University of Maine at Augusta to expend up to $2,150,000 in funds from the 2018 general obligation bond to renovate the Richard J. Randall Student Center. This project replaces the Randall Student Center Renovation & Addition project authorized in January of 2020.

Repaving MaineStreet ERP Project Proposal
The Board of Trustees accepted the recommendation of the Finance, Facilities and Technology Committee and authorized the University of Maine System to expend up to $7.8 million to support the first two years of the 5-year ‘Repaving MaineStreet’ ERP reimplementation initiative with the remaining funding to be derived from a variety of sources, including external funding agencies.

ASCC Building Addition, UM: Green Engineering & Materials (GEM) “Factory of the Future”
The Board of Trustees accepted the recommendation of the Finance, Facilities and
Technology Committee, and authorized the University of Maine System acting through
the University of Maine expend up to $1.5 million to proceed with design of a Green Engineering and Materials (GEM) “Factory of the Future,” with all final terms and conditions subject to review and approval of the University of Maine System Treasurer and General Counsel.

Lease Request, UMS for the University of Maine School of Law
The Board of Trustees accepted the recommendation of the Finance, Facilities and Technology Committee and authorized the University of Maine System to negotiate and execute a lease agreement at or below the “not to exceed” cost stated herein as a temporary home for the Law School, contingent on and subject to review and approval of the terms and conditions by the UMS General Counsel and Treasurer and the Finance, Facilities and Technology Committee and Board of Trustees.

Building Name Recommendation – Beryl Warner Williams Hall, UM
The Board of Trustees accepted the recommendation of the Finance, Facilities, and Technology Committee, and authorized the University of Maine System acting through the University of Maine to rename the former Clarence C. Little Hall as Beryl Warner Williams Hall.

Exception to Board of Trustee Policy 304 Transfer of Academic Credit
The Board of Trustees approved the request to accept Pass (P) and Low Pass (LP) transfer grades for general education credit for the Spring 2020 semester and the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 academic years.

CONSENT AGENDA

Acceptance of Minutes
The following meeting minutes were approved as presented:
March 1, 2021 – Academic & Student Affairs Committee
March 3, 2021 – Finance, Facilities & Technology Committee
March 22, 2021 – Board of Trustees Meeting
March 26, 2021 – Finance, Facilities & Technology Committee
April 9, 2021 – Finance, Facilities & Technology Committee
April 22, 2021 – Special Board of Trustees Meeting
May 3, 2021 – Academic & Student Affairs Committee
May 3, 2021 – Human Resources & Labor Relations Committee

The Board of Trustees reviewed the following agenda item as forwarded by the Academic & Student Affairs Committee to the Consent Agenda from its meeting on May 3, 2021:

New Academic Program Proposal: BS in Business Administration in Sport Management, UM
The Board of Trustees accepted the recommendation of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee and approved the creation of a Bachelor of Science in Business in Sport Management for the University Maine.

New Academic Program Proposal: MS in Data Science, USM
The Board of Trustees accepted the recommendation of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee and approved the creation of a Masters of Science in Data Science for the University of Southern Maine.

UMFK Academic Restructuring
The Board of Trustees accepted the recommendation of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee, and approved and ratified the UMFK Academic Restructuring proposal to go into effect July 1, 2021.

UMPI Academic Restructuring
The Board of Trustees accepted the recommendation of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee, and approved and ratified the UMPI Academic Restructuring proposal to go into effect July 1, 2021.

The Board of Trustees reviewed the following agenda item as forwarded by the Finance, Facilities, & Technology Committee to the Consent Agenda from its meeting on May 5, 2021:

Steam and Condensate Line Replacement, USM
The Board of Trustees accepted the recommendation of the Finance, Facilities and Technology Committee, and authorized the University of Maine System acting through the University of Southern Maine to expend up $600,000 to replace approximately 575 linear feet of the underground steam and condensate lines located between the Central Heat Plant and the Science and Masterton buildings on the Portland campus.

 

Date of Next Meeting:
The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held on July 26, 2021.