March 11, 2004



Executive Session

Parking Update

Legislative Update

Master Plan Discussion




Call to Order

J. Michael Emerson, Chair, called the meeting to order at 10:10 a.m.


Roll Call

Members Present:                               Michael Allan

                                                            Elizabeth Chen

                                                            Edward Davila

                                                            J. Michael Emerson

                                                            Arun Jhaveri


Attorney General Representative:       Derek Edwards


Approval of Minutes

·Board of Trustees’ Meeting minutes for February 5, 2004, were approved.  The minutes of the Special Board Meeting on March 4, 2004, were approved with a correction under Roll Call to read, the Attorney General Representative present was Derek Edwards.



  • Dr. Bell introduced student, Donald Schwendeman, nominated by Highline for the All USA Academic Team sponsored by USA Today and Phi Theta Kappa.  As a nominee he is also a member of the All Washington Academic Team and will be recognized at the All Washington Academic Team ceremony with Governor Gary Locke tomorrow, March 12, at South Puget Sound Community College where he will be receiving special scholarship funds.  He also has been selected as one of 20 students nationwide to the All USA Academic First Team and will be recognized at the American Association of Community College Convention in Minneapolis on April 26.  Donald gave a short background about himself as a longshoreman with the goal of coming to Highline to get a degree for the position of Washington area representative for his union to facilitate bringing drug and alcohol benefits to the Puget Sound/Washington area longshoremen.  He just received notice that he got the job.  He acknowledged faculty members Sue Frantz, Rosemary Adang, Laura Manning, Barbara Clinton and the staff at Highline for their support in helping him to achieve his success as a student.  Chairman Emerson presented him with a certificate and the Board extended their congratulations to Donald.




Associated Students of Highline Community College

·President Kolesta Moore was unable to attend and sent her apologies and a written report to the Board.


Washington Public Employees’ Association

No report.


Highline College Education Association

Amal Mahmoud reported.

·HCEA and HCC Administration have begun negotiations which is going well.


Faculty Senate

No report.





Continuing Probation and Tenure Recommendations


a.     Dr. Bell, having given due consideration to the recommendations of the Tenure Review Committee recommended to the Board:


                   THAT Probation be continued for the following first-year probationers:


Chris Brandmeir                 Jeff Ward                            Grisha Stewart

Michael Girvin                    Elise Muller-Lindgren         Stephen Washburn



                   THAT probation be continued for the following second-year probationers:


             Katie Guillford                    Korey Marquez

             Tina Ostrander                  Ron Sabado


           And, further, MOVE


                   THAT Tenure be granted for the following third-year probationers:


             Thressa Alston                    Babs Cerna                      Rick Hughes

             Hara Brook                          Reegan Copeland            Lorna Schletzbaum

             Deborah Bacharach            Sue Frantz                       Bobby Wheeler

             Maria Carpenter                                          Eena Hibbs                      Dusty Wilson


It was moved by Elizabeth Chen, and seconded by Ed Davila that the tenure recommendations as presented by Dr. Bell be approved.


Motion carried.


b.    Having given due, careful, and deliberate consideration to the recommendations of the President and the Tenure Review Committee, it was moved by Elizabeth Chen and seconded by Ed Davila that tenure be denied for third year probationer Lisa Rakoz.  


        The motion carried with two abstentions.




Institutional Advancement

Lisa Skari reported.

·The Gala is now two months away.  There is $30,000 in sponsorships which is a record for sponsorships for any Gala and we are still in the process of getting more corporate sponsorships to reach the goal of $40,000.  There’s been 80 tickets sold and the goal is 300.  Tickets are $100 and will cost $125 after April 1.  Collection of auction items are going well. 

·Highline Institutional Advancement was one of the sponsors of the Federal Way Womens’ Network Forum, with 110 women participating.  The Forum originated from the former Center for Extended Learning’s Women’s Networking Breakfast and this recognition was mentioned.



Jack Bermingham reported.

·Dr. Bermingham commented that he was pleased with Donald Schwendeman’s academic success story and that Donald was present to hear the Board’s approval of granting tenure to Sue Frantz, one of the instructors he acknowledged as making a difference in his academic success.  He stated that Donald too, will make a difference in individuals’ lives.

·The search for new faculty positions is underway.  Jack stated that the beginning stages of the Gates Project are well underway with student recruiting.  Jeff Wagnitz is on point with the Project and Michael Silver, past Superintendent of Tukwila School District, is assisting with the project.

·Jack recognized the faculty as being very involved in their disciplines outside the classroom by publishing or in making presentations at conferences, and the ability of the faculty to be leaders.  Professional development takes place both here on campus as well as at off-campus sites.


Student Services

Ivan Gorne reported.

·At the continued encouragement of President Priscilla Bell, Lisa Skari and Ivan Gorne have worked with staff and faculty in Instruction and Student Services to put together a Scholarship Coordinating Committee for the purpose of ensuring that students are nominated and prepared to apply for the many scholarships available.  

·SCORE Conference (Students of Color Opting to Reach Excellence) was held on February 27.  Students of color on campus need to raise their sights of the potential of what higher education can do for them.  Highline student leaders presented a panel and talked student-to-student about what it really takes as well as what support is required.

·Educational planning and advising staff and a variety of other groups not only work diligently on campus, they also dedicate themselves to their professions as well.  Two program proposals have been accepted for a regional advising association group, the National Association of Academic Advising.

·One of our educational planners, Nga Pham, originally from Viet Nam, has been nominated for the Jefferson Leadership Award with the Seattle Post Intelligencer.

·Both the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams have had some success this year and they gained experience reaching the playoffs, although they didn’t advance.  More wrestlers are going to national championships than ever before, with one wrestler designated as an All American.



Laura Saunders reported.

·The utilities station project should be finished next week. 

·During the construction process in the last five years, we’ve discovered that our electrical system has been sending electricity in the wrong direction.  We are correcting these problems as we complete new construction.  We have one more planned power outage on the weekend of March 27 to complete the correction in the electrical distribution system.  The problems we have experienced were created from the poor construction of the 1960s. 

·The Policy Development Council adopted a non-smoking campus policy and made a suggestion to the president in terms of implementation.  A campus committee has designated some smoking areas on campus and the education program for getting this policy advertised is underway so that it’s in place by fall quarter.  Bellevue and Pierce Community Colleges also non-smoking campuses report a high degree of compliance.

·The drafted Safety Plan has included all the campus input and safety improvements and the plan has been approved. 

·In compliance with Accreditation, a campus committee has developed a performance appraisal and review pilot for the administrative and exempt staff.  This is a two year process and the pilot has been tested in all areas.  All administrative and exempt staff will go through this appraisal process. 

·The community college system received legislative funding about a year ago to reinvent our computer systems moving them off the old hardware and onto the new hardware so that the systems are web based and more up-to-date.  It’s a huge project and the process is underway. 

·The Higher Education Center building construction is coming along.  The Student Union has some challenges, probably a couple of weeks late, but the goal is to have it open for the fall quarter.  The Childcare Center is progressing very well.  All of the projects are within budget.   



It was decided that the Trustees will discuss the upcoming trustee conferences at the next meeting.


Unscheduled Business



New Business




The meeting was adjourned at 10:55 a.m.


Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting of the Board of Trustees

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be April 8, 2004.


              8:00 a.m.       Study Session              Building 25, Room 411

            10:00 a.m.       Meeting                        Building 25, Board Room




______________________________            _________________________________

J. Michael Emerson, Chair                               Priscilla J. Bell, Secretary