01/06/1917

  

UCCSN Board of Regents' Meeting Minutes
January 6-7, 1917
 



01-06-1917
Volume OE - Pages 11-13

                         Reno, Nevada
                       January 6, 1917

Meeting of the Board of Regents held at the Office of the Presi-
dent, January 6th, 1917, at 2:25 P.M.

Present:  Regents Baker, O'Brien, Sullivan, Curler and Abel.

The Board returned from executive to open session.  Regent
Sullivan requested that the findings of the executive session
should be stated.

The Board took a recess until 2:50 P.M.

The meeting was called to order at 2:50.  Chairman Abel stated
the findings of the executive session as follows:  The Board of
Regents in executive session took up and considered the relation
of President Hendrick with the University of Nevada, and con-
sidering it best for the future welfare of the University asked
that President Hendrick place his resignation before the Board.

Regent Sullivan protested, "In view of the fact that at the last
meeting of the old Board of Regents, of which I was a member, a
resolution was introduced by me, asking for a judicial investi-
gation of the charges and mis-statements made during the pre-
election days directed against the then Board of Regents and the
President of the University, and believing that until such in-
vestigation is made that President Hendrick is not receiving a
square deal, I wish to be recorded as voting No, against the
finding of this executive session."  With the same protest,
Regent O'Brien voted No.

At the request of Regent Curler the Board took a recess of 10
minutes to allow Regents Curler, Baker and Abel to determine
whether they wished to set forth in the record their reasons
for asking the resignation of President Hendrick.

The Board returned from recess at 3:25 P.M.  On motion by Regent
Curler, duly carried, the Board again took a recess until 4:20
P.M.

At 4:20 the Board returned from recess.  Regents Abel, Curler
and Baker then stated their position as follows:  In view of the
fact that Regent Sullivan has demanded that the findings of the
executive session be placed on record; requesting the resignation
of A. W. Hendrick as President of the University; and in view of
the further fact that his recorded opposition thereto would cre-
ate the impression, if unchallenged, that the majority of the
Board were acting unfairly in the matter, consisting of J. F.
Abel, Edna C. Baker and B. F. Curler, desire in behalf of the
future welfare of the University of Nevada and its ability to get
a successor to President Hendrick big enough and broad enough to
pilot the University to success; to state that they consider it
wholly within the province of the Legislature to investigate any
Department of the University, or the whole of it, and they will
welcome such an investigation.

We desire further to state that aside from the specific charges
that have for months been made against President Hendrick that
on many occasions he did not keep his word and that he has exer-
cised an unwarranted interference with the work of certain De-
partments, which charges the executive session and majority of
the Board did not consider and upon which they make no findings
for or against him, we do find that the financial condition of
the University and the condition of the books in the Comptrol-
ler's office for which the preceding Board and President Hendrick
and the past and present Comptroller are all responsible is de-
plorable; and, in view of the fact that we, as majority members
of the Board, have found it impossible to get an accurate state-
ment of the financial conditions of the University; and, in view
of the fact that President Hendrick has, in our judgement, evinc-
ed such a vacillation of character as to preclude the members of
the Board of Regents from imposing in him that confidence which
their intimate relations, business and fiduciary, make absolutely
necessary; and, in view of the further fact that the President of
the University has lost the confidence of the majority of the
school men and women and people generally of the State, we deem
it for the best interests of the institution that his connection
with the University should be severed.

Regent Sullivan presented and read President Hendrick's resigna-
tion as follows:

                                            January 6, 1917

    Members of the Board of Regents
    University of Nevada

    Gentlemen:

    I am in receipt of your message delivered to me by Regents
    O'Brien and Sullivan.

    Your offer to give me leave of absence until May 1, 1917,
    with full pay, I accept and I do hereby resign my position
    as President of the University of Nevada, effective May 1,
    1917.

                         /s/ A. W. Hendrick
                             President

Regent Curler moved that the resignation be accepted and that
President Hendrick be granted leave of absence on full pay until
May 1, 1917.  Record vote was taken as follows:

    Edna C. Baker          Aye
    J. J. Sullivan         No
    J. W. O'Brien          No
    J. F. Abel             Aye
    B. F. Curler           Aye

The motion was declared to be carried.

Regent Sullivan explained that he voted No for the reason that
no charges had been filed or preferred before the Board of Re-
gents of any kind or character and therefore there was no justi-
fication for asking or accepting the resignation of President
Hendrick.  Regent O'Brien concurred in the explanation.

The Board then took up the matter of the election of a Comptrol-
ler.  Regent O'Brien nominated Mr. Charles H. Gorman for the
position at a salary of $250 per month, his term of office to
begin February 1, 1917.  No other nominations were made.  Record
vote was taken on Mr. Gorman's election as follows:

    Edna C. Baker          Aye
    J. J. Sullivan         Aye
    J. W. O'Brien          Aye
    J. F. Abel             Aye
    B. F. Curler           Aye

Regent Curler moved that the Chairman of the Board make a revi-
sion of the Bylaws and present it at the next meeting for
consideration.  The motion was carried.

The meeting adjourned until 7:30 P.M., June 6, 1917.

The meeting of the Board of Regents was called to order at 7:30
P.M.

Present:  Regents Baker, O'Brien, Curler, Abel and Vice President
Lewers.  Absent:  Regent Sullivan.

The Board discussed with Vice President Lewers University affairs
and the making of the budget.

Charles H. Gorman was called before the Board and notified of
his election to the position of Comptroller.

On motion the Board took a recess until February 2, 1917.