Christian Gardner (Chair) Bassam Sale
Katie Eccles (Vice-Chair) David Parkin
- Steve Price Randy Shumway
UNIVERSITY OF UTAH BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
AUGUST 9, 2022
Glenn Seninger Jim Sorenson
UNIVERSITY REPRESENTATIVES PRESENT
Cathy Anderson Chief Financial Officer Richard Brown Dean, College of Engineering
Robin Burr Chief Design and Construction Officer
Sarah George Chief Philanthropy Officer
Michael Good Senior Vice President, Health Sciences
Chase Hagood Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs / Dean, Undergraduate Studies
Jeff Herring Chief Human Resources Officer
Stan Inman Director, Career and Professional Development Center
Ischa Jensen Director Planning and Operations University of Utah Health Hospitals and Clinics Carmen Johnson Associate Director, Career and Assessment Training
Teresa Kehl Special Assistant to the President
Dan Lundergan CEO, University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics
Laura Marks Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Lori McDonald Vice President for Student Affairs
Rob C Muir Administrative Services, Treasury Services Ken Nye Deputy Chief Facilities Officer
Chris Nelson Chief University Relations Officer & Secretary to the University Charlton Park Chief Financial Officer, University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics Jason Perry Vice President, Government Relations
Annalisa Purser Special Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs Taylor Randall President
Erin Rothwell Vice President, Research
Sonia Salari President, Academic Senate
Laura Snow Senior Advisor
Martell Teasley Interim Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs Peter Trapa Dean, College of Science
Mary Ann Villarreal Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Rebecca Walsh Associate Director of Communications, Marketing and Communications Karen West Liaison to the Board of Trustees
Geoffrey Landward Deputy Commissioner, General Counsel & Secretary to the Utah Board of Higher Education
CALL TO ORDER
Information: 1.01 – Call to Order
The meeting of the Board of Trustees was called to order at 9:05 AM in the Cleone Peterson Eccles Alumni Center, Sorenson Legacy Foundation Boardroom. Chair Christian Gardner welcomed Trustees, Geoffrey Landward, Deputy Commissioner, General Counsel & Secretary to the Utah Board of Higher Education, and others in attendance. Chair Gardner extended a warm welcome to new trustee, Glenn Seninger.
Seninger will serve a two-year term on the Board in his capacity as president of the U Alumni Board of Governors. He excused Trustees Katie Eccles, David Parkin, Steve Price, Randy Shumway who were unable to attend.
Action (Consent): 2.01 – Minutes of the June 14th Meeting of the Trustees
Action (Consent): 2.02 – Faculty and Staff Matters (Appendix I)
Action (Consent): 2.03 – Sponsored Projects Report (Appendix II) Action (Consent): 2.04 – Monthly Comparison (Gifts) Report
Action (Consent): 2.05 – University Leases (Appendix III)
Action (Consent): 2.06 – Report of Investments Portfolio for the Months of May and June (Appendix IV)
Action (Consent): 2.07 – Policy 3-233 – Operation of Motorized Vehicles on Pedestrian Walks (Appendix V)
Action (Consent): 2.08 – Policy 5-206 Vehicle Parking (Appendix VI)
Action (Consent): 2.09 – Capital Facilities Projects – Approval to Construct a New Ski Team Treadmill Building for Athletics (Appendix VII)
Action (Consent): 2.10 – General Revenue Bond Series 2022C – Approval to Issue General Revenue Bonds for New Money Projects (Appendix VIII)
Action (Consent): 2.11 – Disposition of Donated or Gifted Property – Approval to Sell Donated or Gifted Properties (Appendix IX)
Motion to approve the Consent Calendar by Maria Garciaz, second by Bassam Salem. Final Resolution: Motion Approved. Aye: Maria Garciaz, Christian Gardner, Bassam Salem, Glenn Seninger, Jim Sorenson, and Taylor VanderToolen
Background materials are included in the Appendices (as noted above) and are on file in the office of the Secretary to the University.
Action: 3.01 – The Wilkes Center for Climate Science Policy
Sarah George, Chief Philanthropy Officer, and Peter Trapa, Dean of the College of Science, introduced the naming of The Wilkes Center for Climate Science Policy.
Red Crow Charitable Foundation on behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Wilkes has committed $20 million to the University of Utah, and the University would like to name the center in honor of Clay and Marie Wilkes.
Motion to approve the item 3.01 by Maria Garciaz, second by Bassam. Final Resolution: Motion Approved. Aye: Maria Garciaz, Christian Gardner, Bassam Salem, Glenn Seninger, Jim Sorenson, and Taylor VanderToolen
Action: 3.02 – Real Estate Acquisition – Approval to Close on Acquisition of the Care Navigation Building Located at 5224 West Daybreak Parkway, South Jordan, Utah
Cathy Anderson, Chief Financial Officer, introduced the acquisition of the Care Navigation Building.
The University requests approval to close on the acquisition of Care Navigation Building located at 5224 West Daybreak Parkway, South Jordan, Utah on behalf of the University Hospital (UUHC). This acquisition would address continual lease renewal considerations associated with this existing location.
Closing on this would be contingent on acceptable completion of the following due diligence items:
- Title Report and Insurance Commitment
- Phase I Environmental
- ALTA Survey
The purchase price for the property has been set at $14,300,000, which has been supported by an appraisal showing a market value of $16,000,000.
Approval is requested to authorize the University to close on the property described above. Closing to occur no later than October 25, 2022.
Fiscal Note: Funding for the acquisition and future O&M requirements would be from UUHC
Additional clarifying questions were raised and addressed prior to the motion to approve the proposed project.
Motion to approve the item 3.02 by Bassam Salem, second by Taylor VanderToolen. Final Resolution: Motion Approved. Aye: Maria Garciaz, Christian Gardner, Bassam Salem, Glenn Seninger, Jim Sorenson, and Taylor VanderToolen
A copy of the report is included as Appendix X with the official minutes of this meeting and is on file in the office of the Secretary to the University.
Action: 3.03 – Approval of the FY2023 – 2024 Capital Facilities Budget Request for the John and Marcia Price Computing and Engineering Building
Richard Brown, Dean of the College of Engineering, and Robin Burr, Chief Design and Construction Officer, introduced the request for the John and Marcia Price Computing and Engineering Building.
The John and Marcia Price Computing and Engineering Building represents the University’s highest priority state-funded facility need as determined by the President.
The submittal documentation is enclosed and summarized below. A presentation providing additional details is also enclosed.
- Total project cost of $181,065,800 with a total request for state funding of $104,868,000 and a University funding commitment of $76,197,800.
- A revenue bond is requested for the University’s funding commitment which will be repaid through donations, federal funds and parking revenues.
- Total new building square footage of 316,926 GSF
- Request of ongoing state operations & maintenance funding of $2,302,251
Upon approval by the University’s Board of Trustees, the John and Marcia Price Computing and Engineering Building will be presented to the State Board of Higher Education and the 2023 Utah Legislature for final approvals.
Additional clarifying questions were raised and addressed prior to the motion to approve the proposed project.
Motion to approve 3.03 by Bassam Salem second by Maria Garciaz. Final Resolution: Motion Approved. Aye: Maria Garciaz, Christian Gardner, Bassam Salem, Glenn Seninger, Jim Sorenson, and Taylor VanderToolen
A copy of the report is included as Appendix XI with the official minutes of this meeting and is on file in the office of the Secretary to the University.
Action: 3.04 – University Hospitals and Clinics Capital & Operating Budget – FY 2023
Sr. VP for Health Sciences Dr. Mike Good, Dan Lundergan, CEO, University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics and Charlton Park, Chief Financial Officer, University Hospitals and Clinics, discussed the review process for the budget and noted the budget was approved by the Hospital Board. The operating revenue for fiscal
year 2023 is $2.95B and the operating expenses for fiscal year 2023 is $2.73B and the operating gain is
Several additional clarifying questions were raised and addressed prior to the motion to approve the proposed budget.
Motion to approve 3.04 by Glenn Seninger second by Bassam Salem. Final Resolution: Motion Approved. Aye: Maria Garciaz, Christian Gardner, Bassam Salem, Glenn Seninger, Jim Sorenson, and Taylor VanderToolen
A copy of the report is included as Appendix XII with the official minutes of this meeting and is on file in the office of the Secretary to the University.
Report 4.01 – University Focus – Career Readiness and Placement
Due to time constraints the University Focus will be presented at a future meeting.
Action: 5.01 – Current Events
Chair Christian Gardner noted the following upcoming events.
- Chair Gardner, Laura Snow and Chris Nelson attended the Utah Board of Higher Education (UBHE) meeting / training session last month, which included a presentation on crisis communications, as well as opportunities to network with trustees from other institutions. They spent time getting to know them better and sharing best practices. The two new UBHE board members assigned to the University of Utah as our Resource and Review team are: Shawn Newell (continuing in this role) and Julie Beck, an incoming board member. They will meet with President Randall, Chair Gardner and Vice-chair Katie Eccles twice annually (fall and spring) to share mutually beneficial information and feedback.
Chair Gardner mentioned two upcoming events and extended an invitation for trustees to attend, schedules permitting.
- August 12 – Trustees are invited to attend the White Coat Ceremony for the entering class of students in the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine.
- August 24 - Wilkes Center for Climate Science and Policy Press Conference
Report: 6.01 – Honors and Awards to Members of the University Community, Distinguished Visitors and Research
President Randall referred Trustees to the written report included in the agenda materials noting that many remarkable things are happening at the University of Utah.
President Randall introduced VP for Research Erin Rothwell who announced that research funding awards to the University for FY22 total $686M. This is a new benchmark, up from $641M in FY21.
A copy of the items is included as Appendix XIII with the official minutes of this meeting and is on file in the office of the Secretary to the University.
Report: 6.02 – Current Events and Updates
President Randall noted the following:
- The University of Utah is in back-to-school mode – students move into the residence halls next week, there is a New Student Welcome event on Saturday, August 19th and fall semester classes begin in person on Monday, August 22nd.
- President’s Summer Road Trip, “Utah Across Utah”
! Visited Northern Utah, Southern Utah, and Utah County
! Introduced the Six Community Commitments
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENTS REPORTS
Report: 7.01 – Health Sciences Report
In a written report to the Board, Dr. Mike Good noted the following:
- Christy Hopkins, MD, MPH, MBA, was appointed inaugural chair of the new Department of Emergency Medicine at the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine.
- Christy Porucznik, PhD, MSPH, professor, researcher, and public health champion, was appointed Vice Dean for Faculty at the Spencer Fox Eccles School of
- Scott Ward, PhD, PT, was appointed interim dean for the College of Health while a nationwide search for the next dean gets underway.
- William Smith, PhD, recognized nationally for his research on racial battle fatigue, has been appointed Chief Executive Administrator for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Huntsman Mental Health Institute.
- In the newly released 2022-2023 S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings,
University of Utah Hospital ranks No. 1 in Utah and the Salt Lake City metro area for the ninth consecutive year. Nationally, the John A. Moran Eye Center ranks No. 10 for
ophthalmology care, Huntsman Cancer Institute ranks No. 33 for cancer care, and the Craig
- Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital ranks No. 50 for rehabilitation care.
- Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital, in partnership with U of U Health, was ranked by S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals and also
recognized in eight pediatric specialties: cancer care, cardiology and heart surgery,
gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, neonatal care, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, urology, and orthopedics, which is a recognition shared with Shriners
Children’s Salt Lake City.
- On July 16, the”988 three-digit dialing code,” launched in the U.S. This phone number offers the public easy-to-access to lifesaving mental health resources replacing the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. In 2017, Steve Eliason, senior finance director for U of U Health Hospitals and Clinics, and Utah State Representative, sponsored a legislative resolution that laid the groundwork for this national crisis hotline.
- Limited tools currently exist to prevent ventricular arrhythmias. The Nora Eccles Harrison Cardiovascular Research and Training Institute (CVRTI), led by Robin Shaw, MD, PhD, is collaborating with biotech company Renovacor to pursue a potential AAV gene therapy for arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy.
Awards, Grants & Recognition
- School of Medicine graduate, Dr. Monica Bertagnolli, was appointed director of the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Bertagnolli is a renowned surgical oncologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a professor at Harvard Medical She is the nation’s first women appointed as NCI director.
- The Salt Lake County Workforce Inclusion and Successful Employment (WISE) Program awarded the University of Utah $2 million over five years to support UHealthWISE (Workforce Inclusion and Sustainable Employment). Led by Wendy Hobson-Rohrer, MD, MSPH, associate vice president for health sciences education, this new education pathways program to health care professions is a collaborative effort with West Valley City.
A copy of the report is included as Appendix XIV with the official minutes of this meeting and is on file in the office of the Secretary to the University.
Report: 7.02 – Academic Affairs Report
In a written report to the Board, Dr. Martell Teasley noted the following:
- Four new Presidential Scholars selected
Four new Presidential Scholars have been selected for the next three academic years, from 2022- 2025. Lauri Linder, assistant professor in the College of Nursing; Marcel Paret, associate professor in the Department of Sociology; Ashley Spear, adjunct associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering; and Luisa Whittaker-Brooks, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, have been selected to receive this recognition. The Presidential Scholar recognition provides funding to assistant/associate professors to enrich their research activities and support their scholarship.
- September 23 – Richard Hasen, Professor of Law at UCLA will speak at the Hinckley Institute regarding academic freedom
- The proposed BA/BS in Education and Community Engagement for Social Change will not move forward as a scheduled undergraduate degree program within the College of Although the proposed degree program was approved by the Board of Trustees on April 12, 2022, soon after, administration and members of the Board of Trustees raised concerns about the viability of the program.
A copy of the report is included as Appendix XV with the official minutes of this meeting and is on file in the office of the Secretary to the University.
Report: 8.01 – ASUU Report
In a written report to the Board, Trustee Taylor VanderToolen noted the following:
- Classes begin in two weeks
- Focus for fall semester
- Work with Student Leadership to provide feedback on university activities and feedback the new Chief Student Experience Officer
- Work to improve student usage /awareness of mental health resources
- Student Involvement Fair
A copy of the report is included as Appendix XVI with the official minutes of this meeting and is on file in the office of the Secretary to the University.
Report: 9.01 – Academic Senate Report
Academic Senate President Sonia Salari referred Trustees to her written report.
A copy of the report is included as Appendix XVII with the official minutes of this meeting and is on file in the office of the Secretary to the University.
Resolution: Chair Christian Gardner recommended a motion to adjourn the open meeting of the Board of Trustees.
At 11:07 a.m., the meeting was adjourned.
The next scheduled meeting will be held on October 11, 2022.
Motion to approve by Bassam Salem, second by Maria Garciaz. Final Resolution: Motion Approved. Aye: Maria Garciaz, Christian Gardner, Bassam Salem, Glenn Seninger, Jim Sorenson, and Taylor VanderToolen