September 3-4, 1981
BOARD OF REGENTS
UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA SYSTEM
Sepember 3, 1981
The Board of Regents met on the above date in a teleconference
meeting via the UNITE System with Board members present in the
Pine Auditorium at UNR, Room 399 of the Carlson Education build-
ing at UNLV, and the Library at Elko Junior High School.
Members present: Mr. Robert A. Cashell, Chairman
(Las Vegas) Mr. James L. Buchanan, II
Mr. Chris Karamanos
Mr. John R. Mc Bride
Mrs. June F. Whitley
(Reno) Ms. Frankie Sue Del Papa
Mr. John Tom Ross
(Elko) Mrs. Dorothy Gallagher
Members absent: Mrs. Lilly Fong
The meeting was called to order at 9:20 A.M. by Chairman Cashell
who, with the assistance of the UNITE operator, explained the
microphone system being used.
1. Phase IV, UNR School of Medicine
Final plans for Phase IV of the UNR School of Medicine had
been presented at the August 28 meeting with approval de-
layed for consideration at this meeting.
Mr. Mc Bride stated that he had been in contact with Mr.
Claude Howard, the donor of a large portion of the funding
for this building, and that Mr. Howard had indicated that
it had been his intention that the building be constructed
on the UNR Campus.
Mr. Mc Bride moved that the final plans for Phase IV of the
School of Medicine be approved for construction on the UNR
Campus and that the Board delegate authority to the Chan-
cellor to review construction bids and concur with the State
Public Works Board in the award of a contract, with a re-
port to be made to the October meeting of the Board. Motion
seconded by Mrs. Gallagher and carried without dissent by
roll call vote.
2. Consideration of Structural Concept of the UNR School of
Mr. Buchanan moved that the second two years, the clinical
part of the Medical School, be headquartered at the Uni-
versity of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Mr. Buchanan explained his motion by stating that it was
not his intention that the entire clinical school be moved
to Las Vegas, but that the headquarters would be in Las
Vegas and that a search for space had already begun.
Mr. Mc Bride stated that it was his understanding that Mr.
Buchanan was suggesting that the headquarters for the last
two years, including the Department Chairmen, would be lo-
cated in Las Vegas, almost the reverse as is presently the
Mr. Ross stated that he believed that action as proposed by
Mr. Buchanan's motion was premature and wished to amend the
motion that this proposal be submitted to a select committee
to determine whether the suggested changes should be made
and, if so, the best possible manner in which to accomplish
the changes and a report made to the Board for its consider-
ation and action.
Mrs. Gallagher agreed that this action was premature and
stated that since this issue had not been raised with the
Medical School Advisory Board, it should first be referred
to that group and then discussed at a regular meeting of the
Ms. Del Papa stated that it was her opinion that it would
be irresponsible to take action on Mr. Buchanan's motion at
this time and at this type of meeting, and seconded Mr.
Ross' motion for the appointment of a study committee.
President Crowley reminded the Board that during the last
few months there have been several suggestions concerning
the Medical School, including 1) relocating the Medical
School to the authority of the Chancellor's Office, 2)
moving the last two years of the School to Las Vegas, 3)
moving the entire School to Las Vegas, and 4) moving the
headquarters for the last two years to Las Vegas. Any one
of these decisions would have serious far-reaching effects
on the Medical School and should be very seriously and
deliberately considered prior to any action. He suggested
that an objective study be commissioned.
Mr. Mc Bride stated that he believed that there was a con-
sensus of the Board that a study should be done but that
the Board, by its previous action in accepting the Phase IV
building, had declared that the first two years of the
Medical School would remain in Reno and that this issue
should not come before the Board again.
He further stated that he would amend Mr. Ross' amendment
to include the funds necessary to conduct such a study and
to require the committee to report back to the Board on
two alternatives: 1) should the Medical School be under
the Chancellor's jurisdiction or remain organizationally
under UNR; and 2) should the last two years be moved to
Las Vegas. If the study should conclude that the School
should be split, the committee should provide the Board
with appropriate recommendations on how it should be done
and the timing necessary.
Mr. Buchanan disagreed stating that he believed a decision
should be reached at this meeting since the Board had known
that this question was coming for a long time and should be
in a position to address it. He agreed to a study on how
to implement the change but not for the committee to decide
if a change should be made.
Since there was no second to Mr. Buchanan's motion, Mr.
Ross moved that a study committee be appointed to study,
with all deliberate speed, the various issues previously
raised and to report back to the Board within 6 months or
sooner, if possible. Motion seconded by Ms. Del Papa,
carried with the following roll call vote:
Yes - Mr. Cashell, Ms. Del Papa, Mrs. Gallagher,
Mr. Karamanos, Mr. Mc Bride, Mr. Ross, Mrs.
No - Mr. Buchanan
3. UNR Special Events Pavilion
Final plans for this structure had been approved at the
August 28 Board meeting and bids opened on August 26, 1981.
President Crowley presented the results of the bid opening
(filed with permanent minutes) and requested that the Board
of Regents recommend to the State Public Works Board the
negotiation of a contract as follows:
The Law Co. (from Kansas) Proposition I
Base Bid $20,626,000 Building
Alternate 1-1A 180,000 Automatic System
Alternate 1-1B N/C CRT and Terminals
Alternate 1-A 681,000 Gridiron Construction
Alternate 1-B 279,000 Suspended Ceiling
Alternate 1-C 571,000 Athletic Offices
Herk Edwards Proposition II*
Base Bid $ 626,563 Seating
This is a total bid of $22,964,363 and is within the avail-
*This recommendation is conditioned on approval by the State
Public Works Board of the type of seat proposed by the bid-
der. In the event the seat is not approved, it is recom-
mended that the State Public Works Board negotiate a con-
tract with the next low bidder, Irwin Seating, whose bid
Mr. Ross moved that the State Public Works Board be re-
quested to negotiate a contract with the low bidder in the
amounts as stated by President Crowley. Motion seconded by
Mr. Karamanos indicated his concern with the $2 million
difference between the two low bidders and questioned wheth-
er or not the low bidder would be leaving out some part of
the project. Mr. William Hancock, Secretary/Manager of the
State Public Works Board, stated that it was not the intent
that anything be left out of the project and that the dif-
ference in cost was due in large part to subcontractors. He
agreed that his staff would do everything possible to insure
that nothing is left out of the project.
Motion carried without dissent by roll call vote.
It was announced that the October 2 meeting has been changed to
The meeting adjourned at 10:35 A.M.
Bonnie M. Smotony
Secretary of the Board