[Note: The Board did not formally approve these minutes.]
Utah System of Higher Education
Thursday, August 26, 2021
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
Board Members Present Board Members Absent
Harris Simmons, Chair Aaron Osmond, Vice Chair
Nina Barnes, Vice Chair Wilford Clyde
Jesselie Anderson Alan Hall
Mike Angus Shawn Newell
Jera Bailey Valirie Serawop
Office of the Commissioner
Dave Woolstenhulme, Commissioner
Geoff Landward, Deputy Commissioner
Spencer Jenkins, Associate Commissioner for Government Relations
Malissa Jones, Office Manager
Institutional Presidents Present
Mindy Benson, Southern Utah University Jim Taggart, Ogden-Weber Technical College
Chad Campbell, Bridgerland Technical College Astrid Tuminez, Utah Valley University
Deneece Huftalin, Utah Valley University Richard Williams, Utah Tech University
Brad Mortensen, Weber State University Brennan Wood, Southwest Technical College
Michael Good, Sr. Vice President of Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine, University of Utah
Chair Simmons called the meeting to order at 7:30 a.m.
COVID-19 Response Options
Commissioner Woolstenhulme briefed the group on where the system currently stands with the COVID-19 response. Dr. Good provided an overview of what he has seen with the hospitalizations and healthcare. Geoff Landward reviewed the statute with the Board members and how it has changed over the last few days due to the vaccine. The system is allowed to require proof of vaccination as consideration of enrollment, provided students are given three different exemption options – 1. Medical, 2. Personal, and 3. Religious. The Commissioner asked the Board for more time to work with the legislature. Spencer Jenkins gave the Board an overview of what the institutions are doing with COVID-19 response. There was discussion amongst the group about a mask mandate, vaccination requirements and exemptions.
Motion to Adjourn
Vice Chair Barnes made a motion to adjourn; Board member Arthur Newell seconded the motion, and the motion passed.
The meeting adjourned at 8:30 a.m.
Date Approved:The Board did not formally approve these minutes.
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