Summary of Seattle University Board of Trustees Actions September 13, 2018

September 14, 2018

The Seattle University Board of Trustees held its quarterly meeting on September 13, 2018.  The following is a summary of Board action during the meeting.

Renaming of Law Annex:  The Board approved the renaming of the School of Law Annex in honor of John and Judy Harding, long time generous donors to Seattle University.

Catholic Jesuit Identity Committee:  The Board expanded the scope of this Standing Committee of the Board of Trustees to include responsibility and oversight for matters involving campus culture and inclusive excellence and diversity.  The committee will now be called the Catholic Jesuit Identity, Campus Culture and Inclusive Excellence Committee.

Marketing and Branding Ad Hoc Committee:  The Board appointed an Ad Hoc committee of trustees to support the university’s marketing, branding, and external relations initiatives.

Revenue Generation Working Group:  The Board appointed a working group of Trustees and four members of Cabinet to develop proposals for revenue generation beyond traditional tuition revenue.  The working group will report to the Board at the end of the academic year.

Five Year Financial Projections: The Board approved five-year financial projections that were required in connection with a grant application in support of the new Center for Science and Innovation.

Investment Committee:  The Board appointed two new members to the Investment Committee of the Board.  Allison FitzGerald Bromley is an Investment Officer at the University of Washington Investment Management Company.  Benjamin Graves is at Investment Analyst at Bill & Melinda Gates Investments.

Trustee Elections:  The Board elected four new trustees: Jeannie Berwick, Valerie Gorder, Jason Oliver, and Charles Porter.

Capital Campaign: The Board approved the Campaign goals and timeframe.

New Academic Programs:  The Board approved program proposals for three new online academic programs: Professional Master of Business Administration; Master of Science in Business Analytics; and Master of Legal Studies in Compliance and Risk Management.

Socially Responsible Investing:  The Board approved a proposal from the SRI Advisory Working Group to divest from fossil fuels.

Event Center Study Group:  The Board appointed a study group to explore the feasibility of an event center on campus in connection with the University’s strategic planning process.

President’s Goals:  The Board approved President Sundborg’s goals for AY18-19.

Other Agenda Items:  The Board welcomed AcA President Frank Shih, SGSU Interim President Jess Juanich, GSC President Amber Larkin, Board of Regents Chair Joe Zavaglia and Alumni Board President Ann Yoo.  The Board heard from VP for Planning Bob Dullea on the process for comprehensive strategic planning.  The Board also met in small groups with the Academic Deans to engage around the academic enterprise at SU, including gaining a better understanding of who our faculty are and the nature of the work that they do at SU.