January 12-13, 1981
BOARD OF REGENTS
UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA SYSTEM
January 12, 1981
The Board of Regents met on the above date in the William Carlson
Education building, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Members present: Mr. Robert A. Cashell, Chairman
Mr. James L. Buchanan, II
Ms. Frankie Sue Del Papa
Mrs. Lilly Fong
Mrs. Dorothy S. Gallagher
Mr. Chris Karamanos
Mr. John R. Mc Bride
Mr. John Tom Ross
Mrs. June F. Whitley
Others present: Chancellor Donald H. Baepler
President William Berg, NNCC
President Joseph Crowley, UNR
President Jack Davis, WNCC
President James Eardley, TMCC
President Judith Eaton, CCCC
President Leonard Goodall, UNLV
President Clifford Murino, DRI
Vice Chancellor Larry Lessly
Secretary Bonnie Smotony
Also present were Faculty Senate Chairpersons and Student Body
Officers from each of the Institutions.
The meeting was called to order by Chairman Cashell at 11:05 A.M.
The Honorable William Beko, District Judge from Nye County, ad-
ministered the Oath of Office to newly elected Regents Frankie
Sue Del Papa and Dorothy S. Gallagher, and to reelected Regents
Chris N. Karamanos and June F. Whitley.
1. Election of Officers
A. In accordance with the provision contained in the Board
of Regents Bylaws, that "the Chairman and Vice Chairman
shall be elected from among the membership of the Board
at the organization meeting of the Board in January of
the odd-numbered years and shall serve two-year terms",
Chairman Cashell asked for nominations for Officers.
Mr. Buchanan nominated Mr. Ross for Chairman.
Mr. Mc Bride nominated Mr. Cashell.
Mr. Buchanan moved that nominations for Chairman be
closed. Motion seconded by Mrs. Fong, carried without
Mrs. Fong requested that election occur by secret bal-
lot. Counsel advised that voting for Officers could
occur either by voice vote, or by written ballot; how-
ever, if by written ballot, the vote of each person
must be disclosed.
It was agreed that votes would be cast by written
ballot. Ballots were collected and the vote reported
Mr. Cashell - Mrs. Whitley, Mr. Karamanos, Mrs.
Gallagher, Ms. Del Papa, Mr.
Mc Bride, Mr. Cashell
Mr. Ross - Mrs. Fong, Mr. Buchanan, Mr. Ross
The Chairman called for nominations for Vice Chairman.
Mr. Ross nominated Mrs. Fong for Vice Chairman.
Mrs. Whitley nominated Mr. Mc Bride.
Ballots were collected and the vote reported as follows:
Mr. Mc Bride - Mr. Cashell, Mrs. Gallagher, Ms.
Del Papa, Mr. Mc Bride, Mrs.
Mrs. Fong - Mr. Karamanos, Mrs. Fong, Mr. Ross,
B. Selection of Secretary - In accordance with the provi-
sion that "a Secretary of the Board, who shall also
be designated as Clerk of the Board, shall be selected
by the Board from without its membership from among a
panel of persons nominated by the Chancellor of the
University", Chancellor Baepler recommended that Mrs.
Bonnie Smotony be so designated to serve for the ensu-
ing two year period.
Mr. Mc Bride moved approval. Motion seconded by Mrs.
Fong, carried without dissent.
2. Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the regular meeting of December 13, 1980
were submitted for approval with the following requests
(1) Mrs. Fong noted that on Page 98, with respect to her
proposal to seek legislation to limit campaign spending
for election to nonpaid positions, the minutes reflect
consensus, whereas, she stated, it was Ms. Del Papa who
suggested this was not an appropriate project for the
Board, and that Mr. Cashell agreed, suggesting that if
Mrs. Fong wished to pursue it, she should do so as an
(2) The Secretary reported that Mr. Monte Miller of Valley
Bank had requested the following correction with re-
spect to the report of the Investment Advisory Commit-
tee, Page 93:
Minutes read: "Mr. Miller requested cancellation of
the remainder of the open orders and purchase of the
following" (with three stocks listed), and should
read: "...requested cancellation of the remainder
of the open orders for the purchase of stock which
were as follows:...".
Mrs. Fong moved approval of the minutes as corrected. Mo-
tion seconded by Mr. Mc Bride, carried without dissent.
3. Appointment of Athletic Director, UNLV
President Goodall reported that the Search Committee for a
new Athletic Director at UNLV had completed its assignment
and he commended them for an excellent job.
Dr. Goodall recommended the appointment of Dr. Bradley L.
Rothermel as Director of Athletics at UNLV, effective no
later than the end of February, 1981, at an annual salary
of $40,500, on an "A" contract. Information concerning Dr.
Rothermel, including biographical data, was distributed and
is filed with permanent minutes.
Mr. Mc Bride moved approval. Motion seconded by Mr.
Karamanos, carried without dissent.
4. UNLV Relationship with Western Athletic Conference
President Goodall recalled that at the December 30 meeting,
the Board had tabled a motion to authorize UNLV to consider
other alternatives to membership in WAC, including affili-
ation with other conferences or a decision to remain as an
independent. Dr. Goodall announced that the WAC Commis-
sioners had placed UNLV's application for membership in an
inactive status, and suggested that it was now appropriate
to remove this motion from the table.
Mr. Mc Bride moved that the motion be removed from the table
and that the Board authorize UNLV to look at other alterna-
tives to membership in WAC, including affiliation with other
conferences or a decision to remain as an independent. Mo-
tion seconded by Mrs. Fong, carried without dissent.
5. Proposed Fee Structure for Off-Campus Videotape Courses,
President Goodall requested approval of a special fee struc-
ture for off-campus television courses to be offered by
UNLV. Consumers of these courses include various industrial
firms and governmental agencies such as Nellis Air Force
Base. First, for those courses being given at the request
of industrial firms which sponsor the courses for employees
at their work site $500 per credit, to be paid by the spon-
soring employer, with the students paying regular registra-
For those agencies which cannot make such payments (primar-
ily governmental agencies such as Nellis Air Force Base) -
$50 per credit in addition to the regular registration fees.
Dr. Goodall reported that these special fees would be used
to help support the special operating cost of the television
Mrs. Fong moved approval. Motion seconded by Mrs.
Gallaher, carried without dissent.
6. Appointment to TMCC Advisory Board
President Eardley recommended approval of the following
appointments to the TMCC Advisory Board:
New Appointments - for two year terms beginning January,
Holly Crawforth, Training Director, Northern Nevada
Educational Electrical Apprentice Program
Edie Cartwright, Businesswoman, Owner of Cartwright
Dr. Leonard Dalton, Superintendent, Washoe County
School District, Ex Officio
Jim Gardner, Owner Of Rauch-Gardner Engineering
Jackie Jones, Principal, Wooster High School
Judy Kosinski, Training Officer, State Mental Health
Reappointments - for two year terms beginning January, 1981:
Dr. Lloyd Diedrichsen, Dentist, Member of Washoe County
Dr. Marvin Picollo, Retiring Superintendent, Washoe
Ted Sanders, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Ex
Frank Titus, Businessman
Shirley Wedow, State Board of Education
Hans Wolfe, Vice President, First National Bank
Paul Bible, Attorney
Reappointments - for one year term beginning January, 1981:
Estela Delgado, Centro De Informacion Latino Americano
Fred Dolven, Architect, Dolven, Larson and Daniels
Jim Elliott, Station and Sales Manager, KCRL Television
Luther Mack, Businessman, Mc Donald's
Mike Newmarker, Administrator, Washoe Medical Center
Ronald Player, Mayor of Sparks
Carlos Romo, Human Relations Officer, Community Services
Don Stevens, Treasurer/Controller, Harrah's
Mr. Ross moved approval. Motion seconded by Mrs. Fong,
carried without dissent.
Mrs. Fong commended President Eardley on the Fire Safety Report,
prepared for TMCC, stating that it was very thorough and well-
7. Report of Finance Committee
Mr. Mc Bride reported that the Finance Committee had met
earlier in the morning for the purpose of receiving a report
from Kafoury, Armstrong and Company concerning the audit of
UNLV Intercollegiate Athletics as requested by the Board
earlier. He stated that the audit report had discounted
some of the innuendos which had been circulating concerning
the fund raising efforts and had offered several recommenda-
tions which President Goodall had agreed to pursue. Those
recommendations concerned the present procedure for signing
off on uncollected pledges, and an inconsistency in the pol-
icy which precludes $600 donors from buying extra tickets.
Mr. Buchanan suggested that this report had revealed no
inadequacies, no irregularities in the Athletic Department
and asked why it had been done, how much it had cost and
where the funds for it had come from.
Mr. Mc Bride recalled that at its meeting of October 24,
1980 the Board had voted to request this audit and had pro-
vided funds from the Board of Regents Special Projects Ac-
count. He suggested that the audit was worthwhile and had
cleared up a number of areas where inconsistency in practice
and procedure had existed. For example, he stated, the
present procedure provides that a $600 donor does not have
the privilege of buying extra tickets, but a $1000 donor
does. The audit revealed that in some instances, the $600
donor has been permitted the purchase of extra tickets.
He suggested that this inconsistency was unfair to the
$1000 donor and should be corrected.
Mr. Cashell suggested that one of the reasons the audit
report appears so satisfactory is because of the work that
Dr. Goodall and Mr. Westfall and his staff have put into
establishing some controls.
Mr. Karamanos agreed and suggested that commendation should
also go to Dr. Pearson and his staff. Mr. Karamanos also
spoke of a letter he had received questioning the status of
34 tickets which were said to have been given out from the
Athletic Director's Office, stating that he has not been
able to learn what has happened to those tickets.
President Goodall agreed that he would have a written report
on this matter for the Board at its next meeting.
Mr. Karamanos requested that the Board go into Personnel Session,
stating that there has been some dissension among the members and
he wished to clear that up, and asked for advice from Counsel as
to whether such a session is permissible.
Mr. Lessly agreed that it is permissible for the Board to meet
in Personnel Session to discuss its own professional competence.
The Chair declared the open meeting adjourned, requesting that it
reconvene following lunch.
The meeting reconvened at 1:45 P.M. with all Regents and Officers
8. Report and Recommendation Concerning 1981-1983 Biennial
Mr. Cashell requested that Vice Chancellor Partridge review
for the Board the budget parameters and concepts used in the
development of the budget request, and to summarize briefly
the material he had distributed to each of the Regents.
Mr. Partridge referred to his memorandum included with the
agenda which reviewed the Governor's Budget Recommendation
for 1981-1983, and which is included here for the record:
The faculty received pay raises of 8% and 6% for last
year and for the present year. As all are aware, in-
flation was significantly higher than these raises.
The Governor's Office is recommending pay increases of
14% and 9% during the next biennium. These increases
will restore the purchasing power lost by the faculty
during the present biennium, but will provide virtually
no relief even if inflation slows to a single digit
The Governor's recommendation includes a 10% increase
in the student/faculty ratios. Prior to the last bi-
ennium, it was hoped that the ratio for the Universi-
ties could be held at 18:1; however, we were funded at
a 20:1 ratio and the recommendation will further erode
the ratio to 22:1.
The Community Colleges are seeing the same types of ero-
sion in student/faculty ratios, which makes the concept
of occupational instruction virtually intolerable.
The increases in student/faculty ratios will place the
University of Nevada System among the highest ratios
of Universities and Colleges in the United States.
At the same time the registration fees are recommended
to increase by $6 per credit hour at the Universities
and $4 at the Community Colleges. Out-of-State tuition
will increase by $250 each semester. These increases
in tuition, along with the decreased quality of instruc-
tion, will make the University of Nevada System less
attractive, probably resulting in decreased enrollment
Some service positions have been eliminated from the
recommendation. At the same time, the UNS has seen
good increases in enrollment for the past two years.
The positions eliminated will hamper recruiting efforts
and slow the processing of students who might elect to
continue to come to the University of Nevada.
The Governor's recommendation includes the classified
salary adjustment money for the first time. In the
past, this has been a separate appropriation which
distorts to a degree the amount of money provided to
higher education. In addition, the Budget office has
factored in a mandated salary savings which appears to
be twice the amount the UNS has realized in the past
Many Janitorial positions have been eliminated through-
out the System, which will result in a severe decrease
in the maintenance of the buildings. The positions
eliminated will result in the displacement of lowered
salaried, and in many instances, minority persons. The
lack of Janitorial services will ultimately result in
increased maintenance costs in years to come.
Throughout the System utility costs appear to be under-
funded. With spiraling utility costs, this underfunding
could become a very critical problem. The Budget Office
has been notified of our concern. In addition, we have
asked that a contingency plan be established to provide
external relief should our fears prove to be real.
The last problem on a System basis is the elimination
of positions to staff new facilities that will be con-
structed, such as the Fallon Center and the Henderson
Campus. This lack of staffing will make it very diffi-
cult to open these new facilities as planned.
Mr. Partridge continued by reviewing the various data in-
cluded in the distributed material and explaining the pro-
cedures which had been followed in the negotiations which
have occurred between his Office and the State Budget
Office, and in subsequent meetings of the Officers with
Budget staff. The most recent meeting occurred between
the Chancellor and the Governor, resulting in the restora-
tion of some funding which had not originally been in the
Governor's recommendation, and the final recommendation
contains $67,075,442 for 1981-82 and $75,760,522 for 1982-
83, for the total System.
Additional data contained in the material distributed by
Vice Chancellor Partridge dealt with the shortfall estimated
in positions other than instruction, shortfall in student
revenue which will result from the difference between the
Governor's recommendation for a fee increase and that which
the Officers recommended to the Board; the estimated cost of
restoring the institutions to the 1979-1981 Biennium stu-
dent/faculty ratio; the budget changes required by the new
enrollment figures; classified salary adjustment deficit;
and operating allocations.
Following Mr. Partridge's presentation and a short discus-
sion among Regents and Officers, Mr. Buchanan moved that the
Regents go into Personnel Session. Motion seconded by Mrs.
Fong, carried without dissent.
The Regents reconvened in open session at 3:00 P.M.
Discussion resumed on Item 8, Report and Recommendation Concern-
ing 1981-1983 Biennial Budget
Mr. Cashell asked that the position statements prepared by
each of the Officers for their institutions be distributed
and that further discussion on the Budget be deferred to the
January 23 meeting. He also asked that the presentation of
the Master Plans be deferred until a later meeting to permit
some coordination by the Chancellor's Office.
In response to a question from President Eardley Mr. Cashell
stated that it would be the intention of the Regents to take
an active leadership role, in concert with the Chancellor,
in the advocacy of the University's budget request in the
upcoming Legislative Session and he anticipated that several
meetings with the Officers would be required as the budget
strategy develops. He also confirmed that it would be ex-
pected that each of the Presidents would be expected to pre-
sent and defend their respective institutional budgets.
The meeting adjourned at 3:05 P.M.
Bonnie M. Smotony
Secretary of the Board