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COLLEGE STATION – The Board of Regents of The
Texas A&M University System will meet Thursday and Friday, May
25-26, in the Board meeting room and at the Texas Engineering Extension
Service (TEEX) Emergency Operations Training Center (EOTC) on the
campus of Texas A&M University in College Station. 

The Board will consider making changes to several System policies
related to recognizing and administering technology commercialization.
The proposed changes are in accordance with the System’s commitment to
placing a high priority on industry-university partnerships and
encouraging the commercialization of faculty research.

The Board will consider adding a sixth guideline for the granting of
faculty tenure to include patents or commercialization of research,
where applicable.

In addition, the Board will discuss revising policies to outline the
role and responsibility of the A&M System Office of Technology
Commercialization, which the Board established at its December 2005
meeting. The policy changes would simplify and restructure System
policy relating to ownership, management and commercialization of
intellectual property.

The Board will also consider revising a System policy that allows
for stopping the “tenure clock” to give faculty members additional time
in the tenure track due to special conditions or to pursue special

The Board will discuss naming the Children’s Center at Texas A&M
University the “Becky Gates Children’s Center.” Construction and real
estate issues to be discussed for Texas A&M University in College
Station include Reed Arena expansion and the sale of land for a
Municipal Cemetery and Aggie Field of Honor in Brazos County.

Personnel issues include taking possible actions leading to the
appointment of the general counsel of the Texas A&M University
System. The Board also will consider the appointment of the dean of
education and human development at Texas A&M University, the vice
president for business and administration at Texas A&M
University-Commerce, the deputy associate director of the Texas
Agricultural Experiment Station (TAES) and the deputy director of the
Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES).

The Board will consider the following academic curricula changes,
both of which would require later approval by The Texas Higher
Education Coordinating Board: a new BS degree in community development
at Texas A&M University, and a new BS degree in biology with
teacher certification in science grades 8-12 via distance education at
Texas A&M University-Texarkana.

A schedule follows. Each meeting will begin upon the recess or adjournment of the previous meeting.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

8:30 a.m. Meeting of the Committee on Audit (Board Meeting Room)
  • Approval of audit plan
9:00 a.m. Estimated Adjournment
9:15 a.m. Convene Board Meeting and immediately recess to Executive Session (Board Meeting Room, includes working lunch)
1:30 p.m. Estimated Recess
2:00 p.m. Reconvene Board Meeting in Open Session [Texas Engineering
Extension Service (TEEX) Emergency Operations Training Center (EOTC),
Room 112]
  • Chairman’s remarks, Mr. John White
  • Chancellor’s remarks, Dr. Bob McTeer
  • TEEX update, Mr. Robert (Lanny) Smith
3:00 p.m. Meeting of the Committee on Finance (TEEX EOTC, Room 112)
  • Presentation and committee action
3:30 p.m. Meeting of the Committee on Buildings and Physical Plant (TEEX EOTC, Room 112)
  • Presentation and committee action
4:00 p.m. Meeting of the Committee on Academic and Student Affairs (TEEX EOTC, Room 112)
  • Presentation and committee action
4:45 p.m. Meeting of the Ad Hoc Policy Review Committee (TEEX EOTC, Room 112)
  • Presentation and committee action
5:00 p.m. Estimated Adjournment

Friday, May 26, 2006

9:30 a.m. Demonstrations and activities scheduled for Regents and meeting attendees, media invited (TEEX EOTC)
  • Rappelling
  • Human Patient Simulator
  • Firefighting
  • Fire Truck Rides
  • Public Works Challenge
  • Incident Management
  • Search and Rescue Tours
  • Firearms Simulation
11:45 a.m. Lunch, media invited (Fire Station BBQ)
1:15 p.m. Reconvene Board Meeting (TEEX EOTC, Room 112)
  • Committee Reports and Board Action
  • Other agenda items
  • Reports from other special and ad hoc committees
  • Other business
  • Presentation of resolutions
1:45 p.m. Estimated Adjournment of Board Meeting

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