University of Houston-Victoria


President's Regional Advisory Board

June 5, 2018

Members Present: Sally Aman, Charlotte Baker, Bret Baldwin, Debra Baros, Lola Castro, David Hinds, Lane Keller, Gene Moreno, Vic Morgan, Omar Rachid, Mike Rivet, Terry Robinson, Amy Schwartz, John Shutt, Kay Kerr Walker, Roger Welder, Debra Williams and Keith Williams

Absent: Art Calvo, Daniel Cano, Lee Crews, Bea Espinosa, Zach Hodges, Robert Jaklich, Lance LaCour, Betty McCrohan, Morgan Dunn O’Connor and Jack Swanson

UHV Attendees: Matt Alexander, Wayne Beran, John Burke, Paula Cobler, David Cockrum, Kira Mudd, Jesse Pisors, Courtney Middleton-Sides, Ashley Strevel, Joseph Tran and Kathy Walton.

  1. Welcome & Introductions

    Chair Shutt called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone. Dr. Morgan introduced Dr. Robert Glenn, UHV’s incoming president and his wife Laurie.

  2. Organizational Business

    1. Approval of Minutes—John Shutt

      Omar Rachid moved and Debra Baros seconded to approve the minutes of March 6, 2018, as distributed.
      Motion Carried Unanimously

    2. Nomination of New Officers & Board Members for FY 2019

      On behalf of the nominating committee, the following names were submitted for officers:

      • Chair, Sally Aman
      • Vice Chair, Mike Rivet

      A three-year extended term for the following current members:

      • Debra Baros
      • Arturo Calvo
      • John Shutt
      • Debra Williams

      The nominee to replace Margery Loeb’s vacant position was Susannah Feux Porr.

      All new officers and board members were approved as submitted.

      Motion Carried Unanimously

    3. Proposed Meeting Dates for FY 2019

      The following PRAB meeting dates were approved, September 4, December 4, March 5 and June 4.

  3. Presentations

    • Academic Affairs Updates—Dr. David Cockrum

      “Academic Report”

      • Dr. Cockrum reviewed UHV’s current accreditations.

        • The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

        • The School of Business Administration is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

        • The Counseling Education programs in the School of Education, Health Professions and Human Development have been approved by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP)

        • The newest accreditation is the baccalaureate degree in Nursing accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

      • The difference between the old MBA program changes

        Old Degree Plans:

        • Strategic MBA - 48 semester credit hours (sch), GMAT yes
        • Global MBA - 30-54 sch, GMAT yes

        New Degree Plans:

        • Strategic MBA - 36-39 sch, GMAT no
        • Global MBA - 36-39 sch, GMAT no

      • Enrollment Race/Ethnicity

        African American – UHV 19.1%, Statewide Average 12.1%

        Hispanic –UHV 35.2%, Statewide Average 33.2%

        White – UHV 32.8%, Statewide Average 37.8%

        Other – UHV 10.0%, Statewide Average 10.6%

        International – UHV 2.9%, Statewide Average 6.2%

      • Selected Student Characteristics

        Applicants Accepted – UHV 86.8%, Statewide Average 70.5%, UHV

        Ranks 33 out of 35

        Students in Top 10% - UHV 3.9%, Statewide Average 25.1%, UHV Ranks 33 out of 35

        Full-time – UHV 53.4%, Statewide Average 77.6%, UHV Ranks 30 out of 35

        Pell Grant Recipients – UHV 48.8%, Statewide Average 40.4%, UHV Ranks 23 out of 35

      • Graduation Rates

        4-year – UHV 12.3%, Statewide Average 36.8%

        6-year – UHV 33.3%, Statewide Average 60.9%

        10-year – UHV N/A, Statewide Average 67.3%

      • Transfer Graduation Rates

        2-Year Transfer – UHV 53.7%, Statewide Average 55.8%

        30 sch at Community College – UHV 57.6%, Statewide Average 33.9%

      • Time to Graduation

        Average years to graduate – UHV 5.8, Statewide Average 4.8, UHV Ranks 29 out of 35

        Average sch attempted - UHV 144, Statewide Average 137, UHV Ranks 28 out of 35

        % degrees to at risk students – UHV 70.4%, Statewide Average 63.1%, UHV Ranks 14 out of 35

      There were additional comparisons shared by Dr. Cockrum; Baccalaureate Graduates Employed, Faculty (Fall 2016), Revenue per State-Funded FTE, Faculty Salaries (FY 2015) and Research Expenditures shared by Dr. Cockrum.

    • Administrative Updates

      Mr. Beran introduced Matt Alexander, Director of Capital Projects, who discussed construction updates. Mr. Alexander shared a PowerPoint presentation on UHV’s Capital Projects:

      • University Commons
        This $29.5 M building will house the Student Center and new Library. The 80,142 sq. ft. building will include a Chick-fil-A, Barnes & Noble, Asada and a Market Place. It is scheduled to open in January 2019.

      • Smith Hall

      The new Smith Hall will have 272 student beds, 2 classrooms, gaming and TV lounge, computer labs and kitchens under the roof of the 81,353 sq. ft. building. The $22.8 M building completion date is scheduled for August 2019.

      • STEM Building

      The new Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) building will consist of 60,288 sq. ft. in which labs for Robotics, Motion Capture, Gaming, Physics, Bio and Organic Chemistry will be located. It will host a 120-seat classroom, a 50-seat computer lab, and a visual theater. This $28 M facility is in the final stages of design and opening is planned for spring 2020.

      • Town Plaza Mall

      Renovations to the Town Plaza Mall (TPM) will cost $9.8 M, providing UHV with 27,000 sq. ft. of space. The Small Business Development Center, Regional Center for Economic Development, Kinesiology, Library Storage and parking will all be located at the TPM. UHV is still in the early designing phase of this site. Plans are scheduled for opening in spring 2020.

      Mr. Beran introduced John Burke, Director of Facilities Services, who briefed the PRAB members on an Energy Savings Performance Contract. This type of contract allows a university to complete energy-savings improvements within an existing budget by financing with the money saved through reduced utility expenditures. UHV has seven current buildings and three dormitories that will be associated with this energy saving performance contract. There are no risks associated with the contract; this is a design build contract with a guarantee of savings. The guaranteed cost savings over a 15-year term is $3,638,217. This is not a projected cost savings but guaranteed savings after municipal lease is paid at $296,154 a year. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has the final review of all required documentation and required approvals.

      Mr. Burke discussed the purpose of hiring an outside custodial service to cover all UHV buildings and residential halls in Victoria. The life of the contract is one-year, plus four one-year extensions at UHV’s discretion. The annual cost of savings for outsourcing versus in house custodial services will be $99,000. Current employees can choose to either stay on UHV’s payroll or the provider’s payroll but will report to the provider. After a six-month probationary period, the contractor will evaluate the staff members. The custodial employees with more than 10-years of service will stay employed by UHV.

    • University Advancement

      Mr. Pisors introduced Courtney Middleton-Sides, Senior Director for Corporate & Foundations Relations.

      Ms. Middleton-Sides discussed UHV’s year-to-date (YTD) donor reports.

      • Corporate Donors

        • 117 Corporate Donors
        • 2% above our FY 2018 goal
        • 52% increase from FY 2017
      • Corporate Donor Areas of Giving

        • Leadercast
        • Various Scholarships
        • International Programs
        • JP’s Market
        • Police Services
        • Math & Robotics Day
        • A Night for the Jaguars
        • Claud Jacobs Collegiate Invitational Golf Tournament
      • Foundation Funding

        • $509,775 received from foundations
        • 38 foundation grant proposals submitted
        • 15 proposals funded
      • Foundation Funding Areas of Giving

        • Math & Robotics Awareness Day
        • Scholarships
        • JP’s Market and Community Garden
        • Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
        • Alternative Spring Break Trip
        • Security Equipment
        • Health Studies Equipment
        • Summer Camps for STEM Programs
        • Unrestricted

      Mr. Pisors introduced Kira Mudd, Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving.

      Ms. Mudd shared an Annual Giving Report for FY 2018.

      • UHV Alumni and Friends

        • 2 mail solicitations; 2 email solicitations
        • Alumni donor YTD: 503 (1.4% increase from FY 2017 YTD)
        • Non-alumni individual donors YTD: 359 (18% increase from FY 2017)
      • One For All, All For One employee giving campaign

        • 193 employee donors YTD (46% of full-time employees); highest participation level in campaign history
        • $45,954.58 raised ($91,909.16 with matching)
      • 2nd Giving Tuesday event, November 28, 2017

        • 220 donors in 24 hours (UHV alumni, faculty, staff, students, community members and corporations)
        • $15,375.45 in gifts/commitments
        • 4 giving stations across campus
        • Scheduled email blasts and social media promotion across all platforms
      • Alumni Events in FY 2018

        • Family Weekend
        • Commencement
        • Homecoming 2018
        • Alumni Road Trips
        • Jaguar Ring Ceremony
  4. Remarks & Board Discussion

    1. PRAB Endowed Scholarship Fundraising Report—Sally Aman
      Ms. Aman reported that including all gifts, the total amount received for this fund as of June 4, 2018, is $49,076. The total given or pledged so far for the endowed scholarship, since September 1, 2017, is $16,515. UHV will award the first $1,000 scholarship from the endowment this fall.

    2. President’s Remarks

      • Board of Regents Meeting

        • Officially hired Dr. Robert Glenn as the President of UHV effective August 1, 2018
        • Approval of UHV’s Faculty Promotion and Tenure
        • Approval of the update to the UHV Master Plan
        • Authorization for chancellor to sign with Johnson Controls for the Energy Efficiency contract
        • Authorization for chancellor to contract for Campus Custodial Services
      • Commencement

        • Saw 471 students graduate
        • Introduced the new UHV Alma Mater, which will be an important tradition sung at formal ceremonies such as commencements and convocations in the future
      • Speaker issue with the Anti-Israel discrimination clause has been resolved

      • Athletics

        • Men’s soccer team conference champs for the first times-rings designed and purchased by student athletes
        • Men’s soccer team awarded the Champions of Character Award
        • Women’s softball team, conference champs into the playoffs
        • Soon to be announced the gift of 65 acres of land near the airport for development of athletics facilities
        • Possible addition of basketball in the next couple of years with an anonymous gift of $200,000—need about $50,000 more to actually begin the program
        • The Alcorn home donated to UHV for a president’s home needs a $1 M in renovations and will likely be rejected.
    3. Recognition

      In recognition of Dr. Morgan’s service to UHV and in honor of his last PRAB meeting, President Shutt presented Dr. Morgan with a PRAB Paver Award.

Meeting adjourned at 4:30 p.m.
Submitted by: Kathy Walton