Western’s Board of Trustees
adopted a resolution commending President
Al Goldfarb for his outstanding leadership at the conclusion of his annual
evaluation and established a $25,000 scholarship fund
in his honor with the proceeds to be used to award Goldfarb
scholarships to incoming freshman beginning in Fall
The Board’s action Nov.
14 was based on the input received from campus groups
and the evaluation of institutional goals outlined by
Goldfarb when the Board hired him in 2002. The evaluation
resolution also revised Goldfarb’s contract to
require he give one year notice to the Board if he wishes
to leave as president, rather than six months, and that
if the Board chooses to replace the President, the Board
will provide one year notice (rather than six months)
or payment in lieu unless the president chooses to join
At his request and with the Board’s
concurrence, Goldfarb’s annual salary will remain
at $210,000 per year. Trustees Carolyn
J. Michael Houston served as the two-member subcommittee that met with campus constituencies.
The Board heard first reading
on an intellectual property policy. The policy includes
a formula for revenue distribution, copyright and patent
determination and creation of an oversight committee.
The Board also participated in an open forum discussion
on the University’s strategic plan. President
Goldfarb initiated a strategic planning effort which
has resulted in the first draft of a plan under review
by University constituencies.
The Board approved a collective
bargaining agreement with University Professionals of
Illinois Local 4100 (Civil Service Unit B) which authorized
a 2.5 percent base wage increase for the current fiscal
year. The agreement covers 44 employees in technical
positions. The Board also approved the extension of
student health insurance premium options for Feb. 1
through July 31, 2004 at the rate of $6.69 per week
for 26 weeks.
A recommendation to award an honorary
doctorate of humane letters to Gary Comer, founder and
former chair of Land’s End Inc, was approved by
the Board. Comer turned a hobby of competitive sailing
into a mail-order operation that grew to employ more
than 6,000 people. He has been a philanthropist for
a new children’s hospital in Chicago and the Woods
Hole Oceanographic Institution, the world’s largest
independent ocean-research center. He will be honored
at the May 8, 2004 WIU Commencement Ceremony.
The next meeting of the Board
of Trustees will be March 5, 2004 on
the Macomb campus.