Summary of Seattle University Board of Trustee Actions September 12, 2019

September 13, 2019

The Board of Trustees held its regular fall meeting on September 12, 2019.  The following is a summary of the Board’s actions:

University Representatives:  The Board welcomed Academic Assembly President, Frank J. Shih , Ph.D.; Staff Council President Leanne Wagele; SGSU Executive Vice President Jess Juanich, GSC Chief of Staff Hector Guzman (in place of GSC Chair Clara Cordova), and Alumni Board of Governors President Karen Lynn Maher.

Appointment of Vice President and CFO:  The Board ratified the appointment of Wilson P. Garone as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Mission, Inclusion and Culture Committee:  The Board approved the formation of the Mission, Inclusion and Culture Committee of the Board whose responsibilities will include oversight and support for matters involving mission, campus culture, and the University’s inclusive excellence and diversity initiatives.  The Board approved the appointment of Holly Slay Ferraro, Ph.D, Associate Professor, Management; Andrea Herrera Katahira, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Equity; and Jennifer Tilghman-Havens, Director Center for Jesuit Education as non-voting members of the committee.

Trustee Election:  The Board elected Lucas Sharma, S.J. to a four year term on the Board of Trustees.  The Board also welcomed Fr. Arturo Araujo, S.J., who was elected to the Board of Trustees by the Jesuit Board of Members.

Brand, Reputation and External Affairs Committee:  The Board approved the formation of the Brand, Reputation and External Affairs Committee of the Board whose responsibilities will include oversight, support and advocacy in the areas of marketing, branding, reputation, communications and external relations.  The Board approved the appointment of Joe M. Phillips, Ph.D, Dean, Albers School of Business and Economics and Jonathan Brown, Ed.D, Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations as non-voting members of the committee.

Outsourced Chief Investment Officer:  The Board approved the Investment Committee’s selection of Cambridge and Associates, LLC as the outsourced chief investment officer in connection with the management of the university’s endowment.

Staff Appointments to Board Committees:  The Board approved the appointment of staff members as representatives to certain Board committees.  The representatives will be nominated by the Staff Council and approved and appointed by the Board Chair in consultation with the President.

President’s Goals:  The Board approved the President’s goals for AY19-20.

Student Learning and Engagement Initiative:  The Board heard a report from Provost Shane Martin regarding the university’s student learning and engagement initiative.

Strategic Plan:  The Board welcomed members of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee and offered feedback and discussion regarding the draft Strategic Plan.