02/10/1911

  

UCCSN Board of Regents' Meeting Minutes
February 10-11, 1911
 



02-10-1911
Volume OD - Pages 238-242

                         Reno, Nevada
                      February 10, 1911

A special meeting of the Board of Regents was held in their Of-
fice in Morrill Hall Friday evening, February 10, 1911, at 8
o'clock P.M.  Present:  Regents Codd, Reid, O'Brien, Williams
and President Stubbs.  Absent:  Regent Henderson.

President Stubbs took up his report relating to his trip to New
York and personal meeting with Mr. Mackay.  Upon motion the
President's report was ordered spread upon the minutes.

To the Honorable
The Board of Regents of the
University of Nevada

Gentlemen:

I have been absent in New York and Washington 40 days.  I thought
it better to have this meeting immediately upon my return, so
that you should be made acquainted with all that I did before
there was any chance for these things to get abroad.

This report must be treated as strictly confidential, with the
exception of a few matters which may safely be given out, ex-
pecially to the faculty and to the students.

I had 4 somewhat long and very satisfactory interviews with Mr.
Macky on January 16th, 18th, 30th and February 3rd, this latter
date being the day before I left New York for Reno.  I was very
forcibly impressed with the hold which the University of Nevada
has gained upon Mr. Mackay's mind and heart.  It is very refresh-
ing and wholesome for us to know that this man, who began a few
years ago by giving, in connection with his mother, the Mining
building, shows the deepest interest in everything that we are
trying to do through this University for the welfare of the
State and the young people.

At our first interview, we took up the report of the President to
the Board of Regents and the Report of the Board of Regents to
the Governor, and he expressed himself as being very much pleased
with the statements therein made, and the evidence of the growth
that was easily apparent.  He himself took up the matter of the
Administration and Library building, estimated to cost $250,000,
and said that he was satisfied we could secure it and that he
would do everything in his power to that end.

He accepted the invitation to Mrs. Mackay and himself, given
them in the name of the Board of Regents, the faculty and the
students, to be present during Commencement Week and to show
his interest in the University on the occasion of its 25th
anniversary.

The next day, Tuesday, Mr. Henderson and I called upon Dr. Henry
S. Pritchett, President of the Carnegie Foundation for the
Advancement of Teaching, and had a very satisfactory talk.  He
reiterated what he said before; that he was very pleased with
our University, with its standing, and he said, moreover, at
their Executive Committee meeting, the members expressed them-
selves as satisfied regarding the University of Nevada, on which
Dr. Pritchett was making a report.  It seems that we have a good
reputation among some of the men on the Executive Committee.  Dr.
Pritchett said that they had admitted no Colleges to the retir-
ing list since he had been here, and that they would not do so
for some little time to come, but when they took up the question
of Colleges eligible to the retiring list, the reasons for the
admission of the University of Nevada would be favorably consid-
ered.

In reply to this, I said, "Dr. Pritchett, we would like to be
admitted to the retiring list and we believe, as I have no doubt
you do, that we are entirely worthy; the mere announcement that
our University had been placed on the retiring list would be
invaluable to us in the public estimation, and will be worth 25
students a year.  You are to remember that Stanford University
and the University of California have been admitted to the re-
tiring list.  Our people in Nevada expect us to maintain for
the admission of students an equal standing with these two larg-
er and stronger institutions.  As you know, there is no one of
our faculty that will become eligible for retirement under your
rules for at least 15 years, and most of them will not become
eligible for 20 or 30 years from this time.  The only exception
is the President, who will be eligible for retirement in 4 years
from the 19th day of March, 1911.  If I keep my health and all
goes well, I want to serve the University until that time and
then I wish to retire, not to play, but to do some valuable and
scholarly work, credit for which shall be given to the University
of Nevada.  You have very kindly said that you will make a spe-
cial case, and give me the retiring allowance even if the Univer-
sity is not placed on the retiring list, but I beg to assure you
that the great gain to the University of Nevada through its ad-
mission to the retiring list comes from the fact that thereby
the Carnegie Foundation has put its stamp upon the institution
as one in scholarship and in administrative standing worthy of
the confidence and esteem of our people."

Mr. Andrew Carnegie, in reply to a request under date of January
20th, saying that Mr. Henderson and I would enjoy making a social
call for a few moments upon him, very graciously sent me a letter
under date of January 23rd saying that he would be glad to see us
any evening at five o'clock.  Mr. Henderson and I, therefore,
went to his house at five o'clock and, after waiting ten minutes
in his library, Mr. Carnegie came in.  He is a fine looking and
well groomed old gentleman of about 74 years, with a sprightly
step and a bright eye.  He greeted us very cordially and engaged
in conversation for 10 or 15 minutes.  During this conversation,
learning that I was President of the University of Nevada, he
asked me if our University was admitted to the benefits of the
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  I could
only say, "No, Sir", and did not feel at liberty to make any
statement, but the next day I wrote a letter to Dr. Pritchett
telling him of our pleasant reception and our gratification at
having met Mr. Carnegie and the privileges of seeing him and
talking with him for a little while, and then I said, "Dr.
Pritchett, about the first question that Mr. Carnegie plumped
at me was, 'Is your institution upon the retiring list of the
Carnegie Foundation?'".  To this letter Dr. Pritchett made the
following reply:

                                         January 26, 1911

    My Dear President Stubbs:

    I have your letter of January 25 and am very pleased that
    you had a pleasant call with Mr. Carnegie.  You may be sure
    I have in mind quite thoroughly the matter of which you
    write and we will make all possible progress in it.

                             Very sincerely yours,

                             Henry S. Pritchett

I think we can rest assured that in due time the University of
Nevada will be admitted to the benefits of this Foundation and
this admission will be of incalculable value to the University.

By the way, I had sent my report to the Board of Regents and the
Report of the Board of Regents to the Governor to Dr. Pritchett
and he expressed himself as thoroughly satisfied with the show-
ing that we were making and pleased with the progress and ex-
pansion of the University.

I saw Mr. Mackay again by arrangement on Thursday, the 18th, and
we talked together for more than an hour.  Mr. Mackay said that
in addition to accepting the invitation of Mrs. Mackay and him-
self to be with us during the Commencement Season, he was coming
out for the week ending the 17th of May to help us make the 25th
anniversary of the founding of the University one long to be re-
membered and that he was going to bring with him Colonel George
Harvey, Dr. Blake, the foremost surgeon of the City of New York,
and the Honorable Martin Lyttelton, a Congressman-elect and one
of the foremost lawyers and most eloquent speakers that they
have in New York.

He is going to arrange for his landscape gardener to come out
here about the first of May and draw up plans for the grounds
and have them ready to submit to Mr. Mackay when he comes out
about the 12th of May.

He took up again the question of the Library and Administration
building and said that he had an appointment with Mrs. V. and
with Mr. M. within the next two weeks and that he might see
them sooner, but at least he would do so as soon as possible.

I saw him again on the 30th and we again went over the ground of
the Regents' Report and he asked that if we got appropriations
for new buildings that he be permitted to examine the plans so
that they would be in harmony with the Mackay building and all
the other buildings that we contemplate putting around the quad-
rangle.  I said to him that there would be nothing done in the
way of buildings until the plans had been submitted to him and
received the stamp of his approval.  This appeared to gratify
him very much.

Tuesday morning, January 31st, I went over to Washington.  I
had written in advance to Senator Newlands and to Senator Nixon
respecting the new rule for the detail of an Army Officer.  I
had written also to the Secretary of War.  When I called on
Senator Newlands he was ill and I did not see him, but I saw
the letter which he had written to the Secretary of War.  I met
Senator Nixon and we talked over the whole subject very thor-
oughly.  I simply asked a postponement of the new requirement
of 150 students for 3 years, at which time I have no doubt that
our institution will come up to the requirement of 150 students
and thus entitle us to the detail of a regular Army Officer.  I
objected very strongly to the detail of a retired Army Officer
to this institution; they have not been entirely satisfactory
and our students do much better under the leadership of an Army
Officer in active service.  Senator Nixon called up Senator
Warren, the Chairman of Military Affairs, and they were going
to take up the whole subject, which had been referred to the
Military Secretary for consideration, and he had no doubt that
the final decision would be in favor of making the exception
of our institution, and such other institutions as are in the
same situation, until we have had 3 years to grow.

I also spent 3 or 4 hours with Dr. A. C. True and Dr. E. W. Allen
of the Experiment Station and discussed a great many interesting
and important questions, which I will take up with the Board of
Control in the future.

On Friday, February 3rd, I again met Mr. Mackay by appointment.
He had quite a long conversation with Mrs. V. in which he asked
her to give $100,000 or $125,000 to the building of the Library.
He argued the case with marked ability and at the end Mrs. V.
said that she would neither say yes nor no, but give it most
earnest consideration.  She referred to the attacks of the news-
papers which kept her from coming to Reno and inspecting the
University.  Mr. Mackay said that that wasn't worth noticing,
that it was the penalty prominent people had to pay.  Mr. Mackay
felt sure that Mrs. V. would give, before she was through with
him, the $100,000 or $125,000.

He was also to have a meeting with Mr. M.  As we all know, it
requires great tact and good judgment to present this matter to
him.  He is going to ask from him $150,000 as a memorial gift
to his father.  There is one other person whom he is going to
see if it is necessary, and that is Mr. F. of San Francisco.

The keynote of his efforts and the point of his argument to
these people is this:  that their large wealth came to them
from the State of Nevada and it is their duty as well as their
privilege to spend some of this money upon the University and
thus, through the University, to benefit the young people, and
the old people as well, of the entire State, and with the light
of a great enthusiasm across his face he said to me almost in
his last words, "We are going to get $250,000 from these men
and this woman."  As he said to Mrs. V., "In all my giving, I
have received the greatest satisfaction and the greatest reward
from what I have done for the University of Nevada, which is
making good in every way, and now I want you and Mr. M. and Mr.
F. to do your part and show to the people of Nevada that your
hearts throb in sympathy with them and their problems."  He
said further to Mrs. V., "I am giving $6,000 a year for 5 years
for instruction in the School of Mines, and I will continue, if
everything goes well, my gift of this amount.  Further, I am
going to send my landscape gardener out there to look over those
grounds and this building, or these buildings, which are put up
as memorial gifts; if these are done, I will take care of the
beautifying of the grounds."

But this is not all.  I consider that the University should
leave for the present the securing of these gifts to Mr. Mackay's
endeavor.  I think that he wants to announce one or more of these
gifts as a surprise when he visits us to celebrate Commencement.
It seems to me that he has planned rightly for these gifts to
come from men and women who are descendants of pioneers of this
State, who made their money in this State.

On my way home, I spent a day in Chicago and took dinner at my
brother's home.  I told him (confidentially) of what I had been
doing and the degree of success which had marked my efforts
along this line.  He was deeply interested and he said, "I am
not sure that Mrs. Collis P. Huntington would not give $250,000
for this Library and Administration building.  She is able to
do it.  The best to approach her will be through Mr. Archie
Huntington of New York, and I will arrange to get you admitted
to his library, which is a very celebrated one, and then prepare
the way for conversation with him, and, possibly, with her."

Upon my departure from New York, Mr. Mackay said that perhaps
he would like to see me in New York in April, and I said that
if it was desired I should certainly come.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                             J. E. Stubbs, President

No further business appearing, the meeting adjourned to meet at
the call of the Chairman.

                             A. A. Codd
                             Chairman

Geo. H. Taylor
Secretary