September 9, 2004



Executive Session

Board Organization and Priorities

Legislative Priorities

2004-05 Budget




Call to Order

Ed Davila, Chair, called the meeting to order at 10:45 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

Minutes of Board of Trustees’ Meeting, July 8, 2004, were approved.



Lisa Skari, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, introduced the Interim Director for the Office of Resource Development, Mr. Rod Stephenson, who started a month ago.  He has eight years experience in community college fundraising and Board development work and has a strong background in finance.  He is working closely with the Foundation Executive Committee and has already met with individual Foundation Board members.




Associated Students of Highline Community College

No report.


Washington Public Employees Association

Michelle Tuscher reported.

  • Master bargaining negotiations are still in progress and the next meeting is on the 17th.
  • Michelle met with Mr. Stephenson to discuss the WPEA endowment fund and creating a committee for the distribution of funds.
  • Gary McCune, Classified Staff Training Committee Chair and a staff member in the Administrative Technology Group, was recently nominated and awarded the Staff Training for Technical and Community Colleges Exemplary Staff Award.  This is a state group and consists of classified staff volunteers.  The colleges are separated into regions and there are about 10 colleges in each region.  Within each region, nominations are presented for the award and Gary won in this region for this year.  This is the third year that Highline Community College has won this award for Region E. 
  • Michelle completes her two year term as president of Highline’s chapter of the WPEA next month.  She thanked the executive officers, vice president Lisa Peterson, and treasurer Dawn Saunders, and the classified staff who volunteered their time and abilities as committee members.  She acknowledged the confidence and support she received from the classified staff and thanked others at the College who supported her in her capacity as president.  Her experience as president was one of great personal value at Highline and Administration’s collaboration with the union helped to create a better community on the campus with some very positive changes made over the past two years.
  • Dr. Bell thanked Michelle and stated that it was a pleasure to work with her these past two years and that she provided exceptional leadership to WPEA and has done a lot for the College and her colleagues.
  • Board Chair Davila also thanked Michelle for her great leadership and for working hard on behalf of the College.


Highline College Education Association

No report.


Faculty Senate

No report.



No action




General Administration

Laura Saunders reported.

  • Financial Services completed and distributed the Budget Books to the Board.
  • Facilities and Operations, Administrative Technology, and Security are getting the campus ready for the students’ arrival for fall quarter--windows are being washed, parking lots are being re-stripped, and new lighting on campus has been installed.  The lighting on the walkway from building 6 to the Pavilion is much better and we hope to continue work on lighting throughout the campus.
  • The Board will be taken on a tour of the campus construction following the meeting this morning.  The Child Care Center will be dedicated next Tuesday.
  • Yesterday we had a campus emergency drill which was better than the last drill we had and demonstrated a number of glitches to be addressed.  Dr. Saunders’ assistant, Connie Johnson, will be devoting time to identify those glitches.  Each time an emergency drill is conducted, the emergency plan is improved.
Institutional Advancement

Lisa Skari reported

  • Every year some sort of assessment is attempted to show what Highline does and sometimes marketing it is challenging to get an exact return.  Press releases are one of the strategies used.  It is difficult to determine how many of the press release stories we send out actually get published, how much information is used and how many newspapers come to us for information for stories they are writing.   A report was distributed to the Board with a recap for the past year that Highline has received over $76,000 of free publicity.  The Communications and Marketing staff was commended for getting information about Highline into the media.
  • Planning has been progressing for the dedication of the Child Care Center next Tuesday.  Plans are beginning for the dedication of the new Student Union in conjunction with Student Programs Office and Communications and Marketing Department for sometime in January.  The Spring Gala will be April 30, 2005 at the Washington Mutual Conference Center called Cedarbrook in SeaTac.
  • October 4 will be the Donor Recognition and Scholarship Celebration at the SeaTac Marriott.


Jack Bermingham reported.
  • Thanks were extended to Marie Zimmermann for doing a great job in assuming responsibilities for Dr. Bermingham while he was away from the College last month working on the Africa projects and for all the great work she does for the College.  Marie will be on sabbatical fall quarter. 
  • Jikei Group in Japan is one of our educational partner institutions in the CCID and Dr. Bell and Dr. Bermingham joined CCID’s organized trip to Japan last April to meet them.  The Jikei technology group visited Highline a couple of weeks ago and attempts are continuing in exploring ways that Highline might work together with the Jikei Group for faculty and student exchanges. 
  • With the start of the new academic year, Highline’s Gates project, Early College, begins with its first day of instruction with a little over 50 students, more than was anticipated.  A good collaboration with local school districts has occurred to get Early College started.  Highline has worked very closely with Michael Silver, former Tukwila Schools Superintendent, to get this project started.  Jeff Wagnitz, Dean of Instruction, has provided the leadership for the College to coordinate and organize Early College and has done an outstanding job.
  • There are 15 new tenure track and 15 new one year positions added to the faculty this year and we continue to make some progress on our diversity initiative and in improving the number of faculty of color.  We hope this will be a terrific first year for the new faculty at Highline. 
Student Services

Ivan Gorne reported.

  • Student Programs is working with their new student group leaders through a training process that brings all the student leadership together and helps them to learn to work together better through the year.  There are four groups this year: Team Highline, the programming group that puts together most of the club activities and public events; Student Government, ASHCC, the governing group; Technology and Web Group that does design work; and the International Student Leadership Team.
  • Jonathan Brown, Associate Dean of Student Programs, is the chair of the Student Services Commission, liaison with the Council for Unions and Students Programs and played a leadership role along with Natashia Burrowes in putting together the statewide leadership training.  They spent three days in Yakima with over 300 students from all the community and technical colleges in the state where the student leaders get some additional training and have some opportunities to interact with students from across the system along with staff in Student Programs. 
  • For International Student Programs, this is the first year of a three year program with Osaka Commerce University that consists of three weeks instruction.  There was a group of 20 plus Japanese students at Highline with two instructors from the university in intensive English classes in collaboration with Extended Learning, International Student Programs, and Kaplan, our contractor provider for intensive English classes.  We look forward to having them come to Highline for two more years.  This program benefits Highline by providing exposure of Highline in different oversees markets.  The hope is those students wanting to get some experience in learning English will consider coming back to Highline into our regular International Student Programs to take regular college classes.





Unscheduled Business



New Business




The meeting was adjourned at 11:15 a.m.  At the conclusion of the meeting, the Board was taken on a tour of the new building construction on campus and no further action was taken.


Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting of the Board of Trustees

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be October 21, 2004.


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

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




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Edward Davila                                                 Priscilla J. Bell, Secretary