University of Minnesota, Morris
April 30, 2007
Members Present: Andy Lopez, Sharon VanEps, LeAnn Dean, Sara Haugen, Pete Wyckoff,
Lowell Rasmussen, Bryan Herrmann, Jonathan Bringewatt, Dan Moore,
Pareena Lawrence, Arne Kildegaard, Maddy Maxeiner, Ken Hodgson,
Guests: Jacquie Johnson
Update regarding External Relations, Major Gift Officer and proposed External Advisory Group
Fundraising: Maddy distributed a chart showing the UMM gift production as of April 27, 2007. At this time, gift production is at $1,155,552.
Major Gift Officer: Maddy reminded committee members that another candidate will be on campus tomorrow and encouraged everyone to attend the open session. She is looking for feedback.
External Advisory Group: Jacquie reported that she and Maddy have talked about the challenges with the structure here regarding the proposed council. There is a need for a group of people that could advise us and cultivate our commitment to the University but this group would clearly not be a policy-making body. There is a real interest in some of the friends of the University that Jacquie and Maddy have met with this year. Additionally, this group would not compete with the Alumni Board. Both President Bruininks and Robert Jones support the idea. Ideally, we would like this group to have its first meeting this fall. Andy asked who would pay for travel for the participants. Maddy thought she could use money from the Foundation that is specifically to be used to cultivate fundraising. Pete said he had trouble envisioning what this group is and what it will do. Jacquie said she sees it more in the capacity of an advisory group—to cultivate friends that could potentially provide and/or help secure financial contributions. Ken made a motion to endorse formulating a ChancellorŐs Advisory Council, second by Dan Moore. Motion passes.
Campus update on May 3
Jacquie wanted to explain to the committee the framework for her update to the campus later this week. She will talk about new initiatives; the budget status and the budget forecast for next year; changes that have been made in faculty areas; retrenchment and reductions in support area; and the effectiveness and efficiency of the various reports she has received. Some of the new investments/initiatives include: 1) adding three faculty lines to Environmental programming; 2) market research/branding; and 3) pre-design phase for Community Services Building and a green residence hall. LeAnn added that she hopes there is someway to increase our SE&E. Ken added that he would like to see UMM recruit more students interested in music.
Andy thanked the committee for their service this year.
Minutes prepared by Carrie Grussing