Utah Board of Higher Education Virtual Meeting Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Board Members Present
Lisa-Michele Church, Chair
Jesselie B. Anderson, Vice Chair
Nina R. Barnes
Arthur E. Newell
Harris H. Simmons
Board Members Absent
Office of the Commissioner
Dave R. Woolstenhulme, Commissioner of Higher Education
Geoffrey Landward, Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel
Malin Francis, Director of Facilities & Planning
Brynn Fronk, Executive Assistant to the Utah Board of Higher Education
Juliette Tennert, Chief Financial Officer
Cathy Anderson, Chief Financial Officer, University of Utah
Dave Cowley, Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services, Utah State University
USU Land Deal
Dave Cowley addressed Utah State’s land deal with the city of Bedford, Massachusetts. Board members
suggested giving the city the chance to adjust its price. If they won’t, open it up to the best and final
offer. Dave agreed because this has been very public for the city. The town supports this location as a
place for the fire station the town needs. Board member Simmons moved to go back to them
and say you want to close by June 9, if you want to get your city council together and
approve a 1.7 million dollar offer by June 9, it’s yours. Otherwise, the state board has
directed us to take it to the other party. Board member Arthur Newell seconded the
motion and the motion passed.
UofU Lease Agreement
Juliette Tennert introduced the University of Utah’s student housing deal to Board members. Cathy
Anderson summarized the agreement. The University is proposing to enter into a sublease with
Westminster College to lease The Draw building. It is a five-year lease beginning July 1. It will give them
168 beds to combat the housing shortage and be used for upper-level students, not freshmen. Board member
Simmons asked about security in the building. Cathy explained that they are looking at putting
a security person at the bottom level 24/7 in addition to keycard access for the building. Board member Simmons moved to approve the University of Utah entering into this agreement with Westminster College. Board member Shawn Newell seconded the motion and the motion passed.
The meeting adjourned at 7:45 a.m.
Date Approved: July 14, 2022
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