Notification of Board of Trustees Actions

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May 18, 2020 Board of Trustees Meeting

During a virtual Zoom meeting of the Board of Trustees meeting on May 18, 2020,  the Board approved the following actions:

Acceptance of Minutes

The following meeting minutes were approved as presented:
February 24, 2020 – Academic & Student Affairs Committee
February 24, 2020 – Human Resources & Labor Relations Committee
February 26, 2020 – Finance, Facilities, Technology Committee
February 27, 2020 – Investment Committee
March 16, 2020 – Board of Trustees Meeting
March 25, 2020 – Finance, Facilities, Technology Committee
April 17, 2020 – Executive Committee Meeting

Election of Board Officers

The Board of Trustees approved the Board of Trustees slate of officers for 2020-2021, as presented. Trustee James Erwin was reappointed as Board Chair for a one year term and Trustee Mark Gardner was appointed as Board Vice Chair for a one year term.

Resolution for Elizabeth “Betsey” M. Timm

The Board of Trustees approved the following resolution for Elizabeth M. Timm:
Whereas, Ms. Elizabeth “Betsey” Timm served as a member of the University of Maine System Board of Trustees from October 30, 2017 to May 26, 2020;

Whereas, Ms. Timm served on the Executive Committee, Academic and Student Affairs Committee, Investment Committee and Chaired the Human Resources & Labor Relations Committee for the past two years;

Whereas, Ms. Timm was a leader in the University of Maine at Farmington Presidential Search in 2019 and willingly offered advice and guidance;

Whereas, through her long, successful career in banking, Trustee Timm always brought sound financial experience and wisdom to the Board’s discussions;

Whereas, Trustee Timm was always thoughtful and realistic about the myriad of issues facing the Board and her top priority was her commitment to the students in the University of Maine System;

Whereas, Trustee Timm was an excellent ambassador for the System and she will be missed.  Effective May 26, 2020 she will complete her service as a member of the Board of Trustees;

Be it known to all that we, the University of Maine System Board of Trustees, offer our most sincere gratitude, thanks, and best wishes to Ms. Betsey Timm for her outstanding contributions to the quality of higher education in Maine.  Approved on the 18th day of May 2020, by the University of Maine System Board of Trustees, acting as stewards of Maine’s public universities and their nearly 30,000 students, 5,000 employees and more than 200,000 living alumni.

Confirmation of Faculty & Student Representatives to the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees approved the appointments of the Faculty & Student Representative to the Board of Trustees as presented:

Faculty Representatives
Harlan Onsrud, UM – appointed for a two year term – May 2020 to May 2022
Clyde Mitchell, UMF – reappointed for a two year term – May 2020 to May 2022
Heather Ball, UMM – reappointed for a two year term – May 2020 to May 2022
Lisa Leduc, UMPI – reappointed for a two year term – May 2020 to May 2022

Student Representatives:
Salvatore Cardinale, UMA – appointed for a two year term – May 2020 to May 2022
Kendra Bear-Perley, UMPI – appointed for a two year term – May 2020 to May 2022

Graduate Student Representative:
Eli Rubin, USM – appointed for a two year term – May 2020 to May 2022

New Academic Program Proposal: B.S. in Health Administration, UMPI

The Board of Trustees accepted the recommendation of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee and authorized creation of the Bachelor of Science in Health Administration at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

Tenure at Time of Hire, Associate Professor of Economics, USM

The Board of Trustees accepted the recommendation of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee and approved tenure at the rank of Professor of Law at the University of Maine School of Law to Ms. Jessica Feinberg with tenure to be effective at the time of hiring.

Consent Agenda

The Board of Trustees reviewed the following agenda items as forwarded by the Academic & Student Affairs Committee to the Consent Agenda from its meeting on April 27, 2020:

New Academic Program Proposal: B.S. in Computer Sciences, UMPI
The Board of Trustees accepted the recommendation of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee and authorized the creation of the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

New Academic Program Proposal: B.S. in Environmental GIS, UMM
The Board of Trustees accepted the recommendation of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee and authorized the creation of the Bachelor of Science in Environmental GIS at the University of Maine at Machias.

Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held on July 20, 2020 at the University of Maine, hosted by UMS.