Board of Regents

Board of Regents - Business, Finance, and Audit Committee Minutes - May, 2010

MINUTES

Business, Finance, and Audit Committee

May 6, 2010, Van Hise Hall

 Madison, Wisconsin

The Business, Finance, and Audit Committee convened at 8:35 a.m. in Room 1920 Van Hise Hall, Madison, Wisconsin.  Present were Regents Brent Smith, Michael Falbo, David Walsh, and Aaron Wingad.

a.  Approval of UW-Eau Claire Blugold Commitment Expenditure Plan.  UW-Eau Claire’s Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich, Provost Patricia Kleine, and Student Senate President Michael Umhoefer presented information regarding 2010-11 expenditure plans for the Blugold Commitment differential tuition.  The goals of the Blugold Commitment are:

  1. Assure affordable access for Wisconsin families;
  2. Enhance academic quality and student success; and
  3. Produce more globally competitive graduates.

The Board approved this differential tuition proposal in February 2010, but asked that the institution return with a more detailed expenditure plan at the May meeting.  Provost Kleine indicated that the $4.5 million campus expenditure plan includes $2.6 million for six key areas of high impact practices, $1.0 million for financial aid, and $0.9 million for three areas to enhance academic quality and student success.

Chancellor Levin-Stankevich indicated that the campus is striving to achieve a four-year graduation rate for the campus.  Regent Smith asked if the campus has a four-year graduation rate goal—to which Chancellor Levin Stankevich responded that the ultimate goal is moving from 23% to 42% over a 10-year period. 

The Committee felt the campus had come a long way to address the specificity desired, so upon the motion of Regent Wingad and the second of Regent Falbo, the Committee unanimously approved Resolution I.2.a.

[Resolution I.2.a.]

That, upon the recommendation of the Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Eau       Claire and the President of the University of Wisconsin System, the Board of Regents approves the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Commitment Expenditure Plan.

b.  UW System Trust Funds Request for Principal Expenditure, Benninger Bequest.  This item was delayed until the June 2010 meeting.

c.  Approval of UW-Whitewater Food Service Contract.  Chancellor Richard Telfer addressed the Committee.  He indicated that UW-Whitewater has contracted for dining services since the 1970’s, with its current contract expiring on May 31, 2010.  He reported that a Request for Proposal was developed in cooperation with the UW System procurement office, and that Chartwells, the incumbent, received the highest score.  Chancellor Telfer indicated that because Chartwells is retaining the account, there will not be a turnover of current union employees.  He reported that some of the contract highlights include:

  • The addition of full time staff members, including a Dietitian
  • Remodeling and refreshing dining units at all existing locations
  • The addition of healthier dining concepts for students
  • The addition of national brands such as Uno Chicago Grill and Freshens smoothies and frozen custard
  • The retention of regional brands such as Alterra Coffee (Milwaukee) and Berres Bros. Coffee (Watertown)
  • More effort put toward sustainability

Regent Falbo asked for clarification regarding the length of the contract.  Rich Lampe, Director of Procurement, responded that it is a one-year contract with the option of six additional renewals—resulting in seven one-year contracts.

Regent Wingad questioned how the System has changed the process for obtaining food service contracts.  Ruth Anderson, Assistant Vice President for Administrative Services, responded that there has been a change of language for future contracts regarding the transition of a new contractor.

Upon the motion of Regent Falbo and the second of Regent Wingad, the Committee unanimously approved Resolution I.2.c.1.

[Resolution I.2.c.1.]

That, upon recommendation of the Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and the President of the University of Wisconsin System, the Board of Regents approves the contract with Compass Group USA, by and through its Chartwells Division, to provide Dining Services at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater effective June 1, 2010 for a period of seven years.

d.  Minutes of the April 8, 2010 Meeting.  Upon the motion of Regent Falbo and the second of Regent Wingad, the minutes of the April 8, 2010 meeting of the Business, Finance, and Audit Committee were approved.

The meeting adjourned at 9:10 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Zayda R. Back
Recording Secretary