April 20-21, 1960
UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA
BOARD OF REGENTS
April 20, 1960
The Board of Regents met in special session in room 205, Morrill
Hall, University of Nevada, to open and consider bids for sale
of the Ladino Dairy Farm. Present: Regents Arnold, Crumley,
Elwell, Grant, Tyson; Engineer Rogers, Comptroller Hayden, Deputy
Attorney General Porter, and President Armstrong. Present also
were the following bidders: John Cavanaugh, Jack Douglas, Max
Fenmore, and James Nelson. Bob Laxalt covered the meeting for
The meeting was called to order at 10:00 A.M. by Chairman Grant
as per published bid notice (see pages 365, 366, 367). The
Secretary called the roll. A quorum being present, the bids
opened by Chairman Grant as follows:
(1) Bid of $247,600, accompanied by cashiers check in the
amount of $25,000, and signed by Maxwell Fenmore and
Carl N. Hicks.
(2) Bid of $148,000, accompanied by cashiers check in the
amount of $15,000, and signed by Rodney W. Boudwin,
Emery Branch, Courtney J. Catron, J. Brice Leggett,
Leslie A. Leggett, William Locke, Richard P. Record,
Vernon Segale, Cyrus B. Wyckoff, and William M. White.
(3) Bid of $308,400, accompanied by cashiers check in the
amount of $30,840, and signed by J. E. Cavanaugh and
Chairman Grant called on Mr. Crumley, who was in charge of ar-
rangements for the bidding. Mr. Crumley thanked the gentlemen
who had submitted bids and excused them until 2:00 P.M. in the
afternoon of this date at the same place, when the bidders would
be permitted to raise their bids by a minimum of 5% over the
highest bid submitted, provided the bids are found to meet all
requirements. The bidders left the meeting.
Mr. Porter examined the bids and determined that all are quali-
The Regents discussed the bids in relation to appraisals of the
Farm and the high bid was believed to be a reasonable one.
Motion by Mr. Arnold, seconded by Mr. Crumley, carried unani-
mously by roll call vote, that in case there is no increase over
the high bid of $308,400, that that bid be deemed acceptable and
submitted to the Governor for his approval.
Fish and Game Commission
President Armstrong reported that he had been approached by
Mr. Groves of the Fish and Game Commission about the possi-
bility of their placing a building on the University Campus
at Reno, with the idea that each agency could be of benefit
to the other. Authorization for such a building was made at
the last session of the Legislature, but to date a desirable
location of the right size has not been found. It was agreed
that a formal request should be made, if desired by Fish and
Game, setting forth details of their needs and stating the
advantages to the University of their being housed on Campus.
Salary Committee Report
Mr. Crumley distributed copies of the minutes of the meeting
of his Committee as follows:
The Regents' Special Salary Committee met on Thursday, April
7, 1960, in the President's Office at the University. Pres-
ent were Mr. Crumley, Chairman, and Dr. Anderson. Mr. Tyson
could not be present because of a Milk Commission meeting
in Las Vegas. President Armstrong was also present.
After considerable discussion, including an interview with
the Dean of the College of Arts and Science, Dr. Irwin, the
Committee decided as follows:
1) The salary recommendations for the fiscal year 1960-61,
as prepared by the Deans and the University President,
and submitted to the Board of Regents by the President,
are hereby approved.
2) The salary of the President of the University for the
ensuing year shall be $19,950.
3) The Committee concluded that in actuality the existing
salary structure and salary making policy for the Uni-
versity of Nevada fail to result in sufficient recogni-
tion of merit or "demerit", and that this structure and
policy should be revised to provide sufficient flexibil-
ity to result in an actual recognition of merit, as just
referred to. It is recommended to the Board that either
the existing Special Salary Committee be continued or
another committee appointed whose function it shall be
to work with President Armstrong and evolve sufficient
changes in the existing policy to achieve the desired
result as far as recognition of merit is concerned.
These policy changes, as evolved, would then be submit-
ted to the entire Board in the form of recommendations
for either approval or disapproval.
4) With respect to individual salary revisions, no devia-
tion was made from the recommendations herein before
referred to, as submitted to the Board by the University
President. It is the feeling of the Committee that it
is not the province of the Board of Regents to deal in
individual cases and that the Board of Regents, as a
policy making body, should be concerned only with the
broad salary schedule and salary making policy rather
than individual cases. In keeping with this concept,
no action was taken on individual recommendations with
respect to any individual salary revisions.
Mr. Crumley called attention to item numbered (3) since it
is a recommendation from the Committee to the Board.
President Armstrong suggested that a Regents' standing com-
mittee on salaries be appointed to work with the Administra-
tion in preparing the salary budget before it goes to the
Governor, and to work with the Administration throughout
the preparation of the salary budget recommendations. It
was agreed that such a committee be appointed at the Las
Vegas meeting on May 7 to begin working with the Administra-
tion during the coming Summer.
President Armstrong passed on to the Regents a request of
the Artemisia Business Manager that the University take an
ad in the Artemisia at a cost of $80. In view of the fact
that the public relations budget is inadequate, the Presi-
dent suggested that careful thought be given to expenditures
for this purpose, which must come from that fund.
Motion by Mr. Elwell, seconded by Mr. Arnold, carried by roll
call vote, with Mr. Tyson passing his vote and all others
voting "aye", that the University not pay for an ad in the
The meeting recessed at 12:00 noon for luncheon.
The recessed meeting was called to order at 2:00 P.M. with all
present who were at the morning session, except Vernon Segale.
Chairman Grant announced that the bids for the Farm were found
to be in order, and called on Mr. Crumley to handle the bid
auctions. Inquiry having been made as to whether the University
of Nevada would include a release of title provision in the
Contract of Sale covering the Experimental (Ladino) Dairy Farm,
after discussion and consideration of the matter, motion by Mr.
Crumley, seconded by Mr. Elwell, carried unanimously by roll call
vote that the following statement of policy be adopted:
That, in respect of the $100,000 initial deposit payment,
the University of Nevada, as and when necessary, would pro-
gressively release title to individual portions or parcels
of property up to a maximum of $50,000, based upon the
University's average selling price per acre to the success-
ful bidder and purchaser; and that, thereafter, as and when
necessary, the University of Nevada would progressively con-
tinue to release title to individual portions or parcels of
property on the basis of receipts by it of at least 130% of
the University's average selling price per acre to the suc-
cessful bidder and purchaser of the Experimental (Ladino)
Dairy Farm. The progressive releases of title from the
encumbrance of the Trust Deed to be executed in favor of the
University to secure payment of the balance of the purchase
price of the Dairy Farm, shall be made only as necessary
and as and when individual portions thereof are actually
resold by the purchaser of the Dairy Farm from the Univer-
sity, in connection with any subdivision development program.
Mr. Crumley then invited bidders to raise their bids.
Mr. Leslie Leggett raise the highest bid, $308,400.00, by 5%,
making the bid of himself and associates $323,820.00.
Mr. Fenmore raised that bid by 5%, making the bid for himself
and Mr. Hicks $340,011.00.
Mr. Douglas and Mr. Cavanaugh raised the bid by 5%, making their
Mr. Fenmore and Mr. Hicks raised the bid to $390,000.00 (more
Mr. Cavanaugh and Mr. Douglas raised the bid 5% above $390,000.00
making it $409,500.00
Mr. Fenmore and Mr. Hicks raised the bid to $430,000.00 (more
Mr. Crumley asked for further bids, and there were none.
Motion by Mr. Crumley, seconded by Mr. Arnold, carried unanimous-
ly by roll call vote, that Mr. Fenmore and Mr. Hicks be declared
the successful bidders and that the Regent's Committee, headed
by Mr. Crumley, be authorized to continue with negotiations with
the successful bidder.
The Comptroller was authorized to return the deposit money of
the unsuccessful bidders after the additional deposit in the
amount of $18,000.00 from Fenmore and Hicks had cleared the bank.
The meeting adjourned at 3:00 P.M.
The next meeting will be held in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 7,
A. C. Grant