December 19-20, 1956
Volume 7 - Pages 290-291
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
December 19, 1956
The Executive Committee of the Board of Regents met for a lunch-
eon meeting at the Riverside Hotel on Wednesday, December 19,
1956. Present: Regents Hardy, Lombardi, Thompson, Ross; Comp-
troller Hayden and President Stout. Regent-Elect Anderson was
present as an observer. Mr. Poolman was present to discuss the
building program. Mr. Laxalt was present as News Editor. The
meeting was called to order at 12:30 P.M. by Chairman Ross.
William Parish and Sam Francovich, representing the Execu-
tive Committee of the Alumni Association, came into the
meeting to present the petition for financial assistance
in the University budget to employ a full-time Alumni
Secretary and to institute a student aid work program (see
minutes of December 13, 1956).
Recent newspaper articles indicated that the Nevada Tax-
payers Association believed that it should have received
a copy of the University budget prior to its presentation
to the Governor on October 1. Mr. Hayden explained that Mr.
Neil Humphrey, Executive Secretary, had visited the Univer-
sity soon after his appointment in the Fall, that he had
talked with Mr. Hayden and received information which had
been presented to the Regents concerning the budget. Mr.
Humphrey then talked with the President and was promised
a copy of the budget when copies were available. President
Stout pointed out that it is not the usual practice to
submit a budget to any group prior to its being submitted
to the Governor and the Budget Director, and that the
budgets were received from the State Printer during the
weekend just past. It was agreed that a meeting arranged
with the Executive Committee of the Nevada Taxpayers
Association to discuss these things and to answer any
questions that anybody might have in regard to the Uni-
versity budget. In the meantime, Mr. Humphrey will be
supplied with copies of the budget.
The Regents asked, also, that supplementary information be
supplied to the Governor and the State Budget Director as
follows: list of buildings indicating priority of need,
all salary items including new positions, breakdown in
increase in enrollment figures, breakdown of Las Vegas
budget separate from budget for Reno Campus.
University Building Program
Mr. Poolman read a letter he wrote on December 4, 1956 ad-
dressed to the State Planning Board in which request was
made for information concerning the specific type of equip-
ment which might be included in the legislative provision
of "erection, furnishing and equipping" the Classroom
building. Misunderstanding apparently existed on the part
of the State Planning Board as to the University's intent,
which was for an opinion from the Attorney General on the
Further discussion of the University Building Program
brought out the fact that the State Planning Board had not
followed the University's recommendation in its Building
Program, nor had the Planning Board consulted with the
University Administration concerning changes. At the same
time, Governor Russell had stated that he would recommend
only the items in capital outlay which the State Planning
It was agreed by consensus that a meeting be arranged
whereby the Board of Regents and the State Planning Board
might discuss these matters.
Alumni Petition (Continued)
Following general discussion, and agreement that careful
study should be given to the petition of the Alumni Associ-
Motion by Mr. Thompson carried unanimously that the Secre-
tary write to the President of the Alumni Association ac-
knowledging receipt of the petition, delivered in person,
and telling him that it is a matter which cannot be con-
sidered in an Executive Committee meeting, but that it will
be included on the agenda of the next regular meeting of
the Board of Regents, sometime in January.
The date for the January meeting was to be set early in January,
if possible, at a time when the members of the Executive Board
of the Nevada Taxpayers Association and the members of the State
Planning Board can meet with the Board of Regents.
The meeting adjourned at 2:00 P.M.