Notification of Board of Trustees Actions

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July 20, 2020 Board of Trustees Meeting

During a virtual Zoom meeting of the Board of Trustees meeting on July 20, 2020,  the Board approved the following actions:

Confirmation of Board of Visitor Appointments

The Board of Trustees confirmed the Boards of Visitors’ appointments for 2020-2021, as presented.

Board of Trustees Emergency Delegation Resolution

The Board of Trustees approved the following resolution as amended:

The Board of Trustees remanded this agenda item back to the Finance, Facilities, & Technology and Audit Committees for further consideration, to be brought back to the full Board for final approval at a future Board of Trustees meeting.

UMS Title IX Compliance Authority

The Board of Trustees approved the following resolution as amended:

The Board deferred this agenda item to a meeting of the Board of Trustees Executive Committee, to be scheduled for a time after the System policies have been drafted, to provide temporary approval for the System to act on such policies in compliance with the federal Title IX regulations effective on August 14, 2020 and to be brought forward for full Board consideration and approval at the September 28, 2020 Board of Trustees meeting.

Proposed Board of Trustee Policy 314 – UMS Academic Integrity Policy

The Board of Trustees accepted the recommendation of the Academic & Student Affairs Committee and approved the proposed new Board Policy 314 on UMS Academic Integrity and its corresponding academic procedures as outlined by the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, to be effective on September 1, 2020.

Resolution for Gregory G. Johnson

The Board of Trustees approved the following resolution for Gregory G. Johnson:
Whereas, Gregory G. Johnson has served the University of Maine System with distinction as a Trustee for two terms from May 11, 2011 to May 26, 2020;

Whereas, Trustee Johnson has been an active voice and advocate for higher education over many years and during his nine years of service he set a high standard for the level of involvement for a Board member including service on the following committees:  Executive Committee for nine years, Audit Committee, Human Resources & Labor Relations Committee, Finance/Facilities/Technology Committee for ten years, Investment Committee and Academic and Student Affairs Committee for nine years and Chair for eight years;

Whereas, he served as Vice Chair of the Board from 2013 to 2016 and was the UMS Trustee representative to the University of Maine Foundation for eight years;

Whereas, he was seen as a data siphon – he really likes data and asks many questions to aid his own understanding and that of his fellow Trustees;

Whereas, he had a great understanding of the fiduciary responsibilities of the Trustees and his desire to find reasonable and responsible solutions was appreciate by everyone;

Whereas, Trustee Johnson has exemplified unending commitment to the “sons and daughters of Maine” through his caring and concern for their success and he will be missed by those of us lucky enough to work directly with him;

Now, therefore, 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 Gregory G. Johnson for his outstanding contributions to the quality of higher education in Maine.

Approved on the 20th day of July 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.

Consent Agenda

Acceptance of Minutes
The following meeting minutes were approved as presented:
April 27, 2020 – Academic & Student Affairs Committee
April 27, 2020 – Human Resources & Labor Relations Committee
April 29, 2020 – Finance, Facilities, Technology Committee
May 14, 2020 – Investment Committee
May 14, 2020 – Audit Committee
May 18, 2020 – Board of Trustees Meeting

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 June 24, 2020:

Tau Kappa Epsilon Ground Lease, UM
The Board of Trustees approved the recommendation of the Finance, Facilities and Technology Committee and authorized the University of Maine System acting through the University of Maine to enter a ground lease for a term as along as 30 years with the Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) Housing Corporation for land located in the town of Orono, subject to review and approval of all final terms and conditions by the University of Maine System Treasurer and General Counsel.

Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held on September 28, 2020, via Zoom.