12/20/1930

  

UCCSN Board of Regents' Meeting Minutes
December 20-21, 1930
 



12-20-1930
Volume 5 - Pages 73-75

                       REGENTS MEETING
                      December 20, 1930

The Board of Regents met in the Office of President Clark at 10
o'clock Saturday morning, December 20th, all members, except Mr.
Pratt, being present.

Upon motion of Judge Brown, the minutes of the October 23rd meet-
ing were approved by the following vote:

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

List No. 13, Regents Checks Nos. 0177 to 0196 inclusive, for the
net sum of $54,521.50, and list No. 24, State Claims Nos. 281 to
289 inclusive, for the net sum of $9,806.46, were approved by the
following vote on motion of Mr. Williams:

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

Mr. Ingram appeared before the Board to ask their approval in re.
the incorporation of the English Mill Ditch in which the Regents
own certain rights.  After his presentation of the matter, Judge
Talbot moved that the University join in the incorporation and
that the Chairman, Judge Brown, be authorized to execute the con-
tract on behalf of the Board of Regents.  Vote:

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

On recommendation of Dean Hall, President Clark presented the
resignation of Miss Cornelia Williamson as Secretary of the
School of Education and the appointment of Miss Leah Jane Regan
in her place, resignation and appointment to be effective Decem-
ber 1, 1930, Miss Regan to receive $100 for the month of December
and $125 monthly from January 1, 1931.

Mr. Williams moved the acceptance by the Board of the resignation
of Miss Williamson and the appointment of Miss Regan at the sal-
ary stated.  Vote:

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

On the recommendation of Director Fulton, President Clark pre-
sented the request of R. M. Oliver of the Mackay School of Mines
and State Mining Bureau for an indefinite leave without pay as
from December 1, 1930 on account of ill health.

Mr. Wingfield moved that indefinite leave without pay be granted
to R. M. Oliver, Curator of the Mackay Museum, as from December
1, 1930.  Vote:

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

On the recommendation of Dr. Records, President Clark recommended
the salary of Martha Huber, Technician in the State Veterinary
Control Service, be advanced from $125 to $130 per month begin-
ning January 1, 1931.  Vote:

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

President Clark presented the summary with reference to Univer-
sity finances for the Biennial Report.

Judge Brown read the report from the Board of Regents to the
Governor and Mr. Wingfield moved that the Report of the Chairman
of the Board be accepted as read.  Vote:

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

Mr. Williamson moved that, if agreeable to the other members of
the Board, the next regular meeting should be held on Tuesday,
January 27, 1931.  Vote:

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

Mr. Williams stated that it had been rumored that a bill would be
introduced in the coming Legislature to permit wide open gambling
and that he would, at the January 27th meeting of the Board, of-
fer a resolution asking that the State Legislature should not
restore gambling.

Judge Talbot offered the following motion which the Secretary
read at his request:

    As the last Legislature recommended that the Board of Regents
    adjust salaries, and take into consideration the amounts paid
    to the President and faculty members of other similar insti-
    tutions, and the size of the University, the capabilities of
    men employed, and the ability of the State to pay and that
    reductions or increases be made;

    As I gave notice at the first meeting of this Board after the
    last Session of the Legislature, that when there would be a
    full meeting of the Regents, I would move this Board that
    salaries be adjusted in compliance with the demand of the
    Legislature;

    As there has been no full meeting, and this Board should now
    comply with, and should long ago have complied with the
    legislative will;

    As the President with $12,000 salary, $1000 paid him annually
    for entertaining whether extended by him or not, residence
    and extras, is receiving an annual compensation aggregating
    about $15,000 or $16,000, and twice as much as is paid by
    similar Universities or larger ones in the same class, and
    which are supported by far greater population and wealth and
    are better able to pay;

    As compliance with the legislative action demands a reduction
    of this compensation of at least 1/2;

    As a rule, followed on the advice of the President, limits
    the Heads of Departments to $3,600 a year, except in a few
    instances in which this rule promulgated by him has been
    broken by this Board and larger salaries paid to a few on the
    recommendation of the President, and except in those few in-
    stances salaries of faculty members are lower than generally
    paid at other Universities in the same class;

    As this State is the smallest in population and taxable
    wealth and is the least able to pay high salaries;

    As the University is now receiving, in addition to the amount
    allowed public schools, the maximum of taxation allowed by
    the Constitution for education;

    As the payment of high salary to the President has consumed
    the surplus and depleted the funds of the University to the
    verge of a deficit, so that unless his salary is reduced
    money will not be available for increasing other salaries
    which relatively are not half so high, nor for the payment
    of pensions for which the University is obligated, nor for
    necessary repair and upkeep of buildings;

    And, as, for half the compensation now paid the President,
    good Presidents can be obtained from among the faculty mem-
    bers, or by employing experienced and efficient men who are
    now serving as Presidents of other Universities for less;

    I move, firstly, that the salary of the President be reduced
    to $7,500 a year, the amount for which he first served as
    President at this University, and which with the emoluments
    will make an aggregate compensation of about $10,000 or
    $11,000 a year, or twice as much as the President, before
    coming here, received with his salary of $5,000 in New York
    City, where salaries and living expenses are exceptionally
    high;

    Secondly, that the Comptroller be directed to report to this
    Board his estimate of the amount, which after such reduction
    in the salary of the President, will, after payment of the
    usual cost of maintaining the University, be available an-
    nually for an increase in the salaries of members of the
    faculty which are too low.

Mr. Wingfield moved that the resolution or motion submitted by
Judge Talbot be put over to the next meeting for further consid-
eration.  Vote:

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

Judge Talbot intimated that Mr. W. R. Blackler, a Professor at
this University, was soliciting business in writing for some law
firm with which he is connected, which solicitation was repre-
hensible and which would cause suspension of a member by the Bar
Association and that Mr. Blackler was on a full-time job here at
the University and should be serving the University and not be
permitted to engage in private practice in the town.  Judge Brown
is to look into this matter so soon as Judge Talbot presents to
him the letter which Mr. Blackler had written and which was in
possession of some lawyer in Reno, who showed the letter to Judge
Talbot.

Mr. Williams moved that the Board adjourn and the motion was
carried unanimously.

                             George S. Brown
                             Chairman

Carolyn M. Beckwith
Secretary