Meeting Summaries

Summary of Seattle University Board of Trustee Actions November 14, 2019

November 15, 2019

The Board of Trustees held its regular meeting on November 14, 2019.  The following is a summary of the Board’s actions:

University Representatives:  The Board welcomed Staff Council President Leanne Wagele; SGSU President Jess Juanich; GSC Chair Clara Cordova, and Alumni Board of Governors President-elect DJ Weidner.

Welcome of New Trustee:  The Board welcomed new Trustee, Lucas Sharma, S.J. 

Honorary Degree: The Board approved the award of an Honorary Doctorate to Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J. Father Boyle is the founder and director of Homeboy Industries, the world’s largest gang-intervention and rehabilitation program and author of the New York Times bestseller Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.  Fr. Boyle is the 2020 SU Commencement speaker.

Enrollment Report:  The Board heard a report from Provost Shane Martin regarding Fall 2019 enrollment and the steps the university is taking to examine enrollment trends and to develop a strategic enrollment plan.

FY 20 Budget Approval: The Board approved the FY 20 Budget.

FY 21 Budget Parameters:  The Board approved FY21 budget parameters for undergraduate tuition, fees, room and board.

Strategic Directions 2020-2025:  The Board approved the vision and goals of the Strategic Directions for Seattle University 2020-2025.  Under the leadership of the President and Cabinet, the university will develop, prioritize, sequence and integrate a set of action plans in pursuit of the vision and goals.  The Strategic Directions will be released to the campus community in January 2020.

FY 19 Audit:  The Board ratified the Audit Committee’s acceptance of the FY 19 Audited Financial Statements.

Bannan Renovation Authorization:  The Board authorized commencement of the renovation of the Bannan buildings as part of the previously approved CSI complex project.

Real Estate Exploration: The Board heard a report on the work of the Board’s real estate exploration working group.

Event Center Exploration Update:  The Board heard a report on the work of the Board’s Event Center Study Group.

Mission Governance in a Jesuit University: The Board engaged in a discussion around the role of the Board in ensuring the Catholic and Jesuit identity of the university.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is February 13, 2020.