01/31/1928

  

UCCSN Board of Regents' Meeting Minutes
January 31, 1928
 



1-31-1928
Volume 5 - Pages 16-21

                         Reno, Nevada
                       January 31, 1928

The Board of Regents met in the Office of President Clark at
10:30 o'clock Tuesday morning, January 31, 1928, all members of
the Board and President Clark being present.

The minutes of the November 30-December 3rd meeting were approved
by the following vote:

    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye

List No. 1, Regents Checks, Nos. 8000 to 8014 for the net sum of
$42,927.86 and List No. 14, State Claims, Nos. 135 to 144 for the
net sum of $19,162.91, were, on motion of Mr. Wingfield, approved
by the following vote:

    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye

President Clark presented the following list of 22 graduates as
recommended to the Board of Regents by the University faculty
for the degrees and diplomas indicated:

    Bachelor of Arts

        Lloyd L. Barrington             Ainsley H. Mabson
       *Margaret Amy Goodman            Grace C. Mc Neil
        Bernard H. Hartung             *Helen S. Medigovich
        Jean Jackson                    Wayne C. Meroux
        Dorothy R. Kaesar              *Charles Renwick, Jr.
        Frank Karlovsky, Jr.            Earl N. Worden

       *Summer of 1927

    Bachelor of Science

        John L. Carlson                 Frank Y. Leaver
        Herman F. Kaiser                James W. Rice

    Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

        Walter J. Herz

    Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering

        Wallace A. Coltrin
        James Skene
        Louis V. Skinner

    Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

        Ralston L. Crew
        Thomas W. Raycraft

Mr. Williams moved that degrees and diplomas as recommended by
President Clark be granted.  Vote:

    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye

President Clark recommended that Miss Lewis be granted an addi-
tional leave of absence, without pay, until August 1, 1928, be-
cause of continued ill health.  Judge Brown moved the adoption
of the President's recommendation.  Vote:

    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye

President Clark presented the bill of Professor Boardman for
services as University Surveyor from May to December, 1927 for
$54.  Judge Brown moved that this bill be approved for payment.
Vote:

    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye

President Clark read Charles Chatfield's letter of appreciation
to the Board.

President Clark mentioned to the Board the following 4 fine
gifts which had come to the University since their last meeting:

    1.  Mr. Thomas F. Cole had signified his willingness to
        cover the cost of copper gutters and downspouts,
        Chamberlin weather stripping and the pointing-up of
        brick work at Lincoln Hall, the bill for these items
        to be sent to Mr. Cole.

    2.  Mr. George Wingfield has signified his intention, as
        soon as the weather makes it practicable, to complete
        the building of the retaining wall east of the Mechanical
        building on the Campus.

    3.  Mr. John G. Taylor of Lovelock has presented a fine
        roan Shorthorn bull to the University for the Farm.

    4.  Dr. Joseph B. Enos of Oakland, who wishes to remain
        anonymous, has given two annual $50 scholarships to be
        known as the Rachel Rand Scholarships.  Beginning with
        May of 1930 and thereafter these two scholarships shall
        have an annual value of $100 each and will be funded.

Judge Talbot moved the acceptance of these gifts and that the
President of the University express to the donors in writing the
appreciation of the Board of Regents for the individual gifts.
Mr. Wingfield waived his formal appreciation in the case of his
gift.  Vote:

    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye

On the recommendation of Professor Martie, President Clark rec-
ommended that Chester Scranton be elected Instructor in Physical
Education for Men at a salary of $2400 for the probational year
beginning August 1, 1928.  Mr. Williams moved that the Presi-
dent's recommendation in the case of Chester Scranton be adopted.
Vote:

    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye

On the recommendation of Dean Stewart, as presented by Director
Doten, President Clark recommended the election of Mr. V. E.
Spencer to be Associate Professor of Soil Research in the Nevada
Agricultural Experiment Station at a salary of $3300 per annum
from the Purnell Fund, effective April 1, 1928.  Judge Brown
moved the adoption of the President's recommendation.  Vote:

    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye

Mr. Pratt had the bids which had been asked for by the Comptrol-
ler for the copper downspouts and gutters to Lincoln Hall.  In-
asmuch as it was shown by Comptroller Gorman that (1)  at this
season of year the indicated work could only be done in sections
due to probable unsettled weather, (2)  scaffolding put up for
the pointing-up of the brick work could be used for installation
of gutters and downspouts, (3)  a man experienced in roofing had
called attention to the fact that the eaves should be extended
and the gutters not be placed on the top of the walls as at
present and (4)  the cost of this work would be less in the Sum-
mer months, it was the judgment of the Board that the repair work
at Lincoln Hall should be postponed until the Summer and that
bids should then be asked of a general contractor for this re-
pair work.

Mr. Wingfield moved that on June 1st bids should be asked of a
general contractor for the work of extending the eaves of Lincoln
Hall, the installing of copper gutters and downspouts and the
pointing up of the brick work and that at this time also bids
should be asked for the installation of the Chamberlin weather
strips.  Vote:

    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye

Mr. Pratt read a letter from C. H. Gorman in re. the surety bond
of the Reno National Bank in lieu of the University bonds now in
the State Treasury and stated that inasmuch as the University
had this bond of the Reno National Bank, he had authorized the
transfer of bonds from the State Treasury to the Reno National
Bank.  Therefore, he moved that the bond of the Reno National
Bank be accepted and that authority be granted the State Treas-
urer to make the necessary transfer to the Reno National Bank
of all securities which had been held for the University in the
State Treasury.  Vote:

    Mr. Wingfield        Not Voting
    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye

Mr. Pratt mentioned some correspondence which he had had with
Attorney Albert Ayres of Reno in re. the reinstatement of Loran
Pease who had been indefinitely suspended from this University.
Inasmuch as Mr. Pease had evidently decided not to force the
issue this semester, the correspondence was not read.

Mr. Pratt read a letter from the Intermountain Livestock Associ-
ation warmly commending Mr. C. E. Fleming of the Nevada Agri-
cultural Experiment Station for his work on western poisonous
plants as reported by Mr. Fleming at a recent conference of
this Association.

Mr. Pratt read many communications from organizations and citi-
zens of the State in which the Regents were urged not to inter-
fere with the present Administration of the University either by
reducing the salary of President Clark or in any other way.

Judge Talbot said that he had a resolution to introduce but since
the noon hour had arrived, the Board recessed until 1:30 P.M.

The Board took up its session at 1:30 P.M., all members of the
Board and President Clark being present.

After a query by Mr. Williams and a complete explanatory answer
by the President concerning methods of photographing women
students in the University's Department of Physical Education
for Women, the President and Secretary were asked to withdraw
and the Board went into executive session from 2 to 4 P.M., when
the President and Secretary were recalled.

Regent Talbot stated it had been reported for a long time that
President Clark had said that if one Regent was opposed to him
he would resign and asked whether this was true.  President Clark
replied it was untrue, that he had never made any statement
possibly to be interpreted with any such meaning.  Regent Talbot
stated it had been reported that President Clark had said if his
salary were reduced one dollar he would quit and asked if the
President had made this statement.  President Clark replied that
he had said he would resign if his salary were cut, under certain
conditions.

Then Regent Talbot said that he personally requested President
Clark's resignation.  President Clark did not signify willing-
ness to resign.

Regent Talbot presented the following resolution:

    WHEREAS, the conduct of our President has been disloyal to
    this Board and unsatisfactory in different ways including:

    His failure to answer the question in the letter of Decem-
    ber 9th of our Chairman to him requesting an early reply
    as to whether he would accept a reduction in his salary in
    accordance with the will of the majority of the Regents or
    resign.

    His publication of this letter without being authorized by
    the Chairman of Regents.

    His "smoke screen" address before a faculty meeting criticiz-
    ing, misrepresenting and attempting to subordinate the con-
    stitutional and lawful control of this Board and implying
    the practice of deception by the Regents.

    His allowing without protest or effort for correction the
    spreading of false propaganda to the public through the
    misled Press of the State reflecting on the Regents, giving
    him credit for securing donations for buildings and greatly
    increased student attendance and things for which he is not
    entitled to credit, resulting in the passage of resolutions
    favoring him by well-meaning associations and committees
    which were not properly informed regarding the facts or
    needs of the University.

    His failure, when authorized and directed by the Board to
    supervise the construction and alterations of buildings
    and improvements.

    His acquiescence in and failure to discipline or suspend
    for drunkenness and worse student conduct in public places
    and his omission to notify the Board in regard thereto.

    The requirement, unknown to the Regents until now, under
    his administration of University affairs, that women students
    entering the University be photographed nude.

    The facing of a deficit in University funds, if needed re-
    pairs are made, was caused by following the recommendations
    of the President and would be larger if the Board had contin-
    ued his recommendations.

    If the President is retained with his present salary and
    allowances, aggregating about $16,000 a year, and approxi-
    mately twice as much as is paid to able Presidents by some
    larger Universities supported by a larger number of people
    and by far greater taxable wealth, the income of the Uni-
    versity, now at the constitutional maximum under the gen-
    erous act of the Legislature, will be insufficient to pay
    salaries, current expenses and for needed repairs and pen-
    sions as now provided.

    The welfare and advancement of the University demand better
    discipline and higher educational standards in some Depart-
    ments.

    WHEREFORE, Dr. Walter E. Clark is requested to deliver to
    this Board or its Chairman his resignation as President of
    the University of Nevada effective forthwith.

Mr. Pratt - I would like to say before we vote that this resolu-
tion, whether it carries or not, will produce further discussion
detrimental to the University.  I believe that Dr. Clark is the
only person who can solve the situation without injury to the
University.  I do not agree with all the things in the resolu-
tion as being of sufficient importance as to bring it to a vote.
However, I do think the "smoke screen" speech of the President
and the speech to the editors not calculated to produce harmony
between the Regents and the University.  Any further remarks?
Secretary will call the roll.

    Mr. Wingfield        No
    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         No
    Judge Brown          No
    Mr. Pratt            Aye

Mr. Williams inquired the date of the next business meeting of
the Board.  The date is May 12, 1928.

Motion to adjourn by Judge Brown, seconded by Mr. Wingfield.
Vote:

    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye

Adjourned.

                             Walter E. Pratt
                             Chairman

Carolyn M. Beckwith
Secretary