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Meeting of the Board of Regents | January 2009

Monday, January 12, 2009 - 11:00pm

Cultural Education Committee Minutes

Monday, January 12, 2009

9:15 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.  Location: Room 146 EB



Regent James C. Dawson, Chair of the Cultural Education Committee, submitted the following written report.


Your Committee on Cultural Education had its scheduled meeting on January 12, 2009.

In attendance were: Regents Dawson, Brooks Hopkins, Gardner, Phillips, Tilles, and Bowman



Chair’s Remarks:  Regent Dawson greeted everyone and opened the meeting with a brief report that included the opening of three new exhibits in the Museum.


Deputy’s Report: Deputy Commissioner Jeffrey Cannell greeted everyone and talked briefly about the Deputy’s Monthly Report that had been electronically distributed to the Board of Regents prior to the January meeting.  Hard copies of this report were provided for meeting attendees.


CE (A) 1         Amendment of Part 188 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, relating to State Government Archives and Records Management.

At the November 17, 2008 Cultural Education Committee meeting, Chris Ward, State Archivist and Assistant Commissioner for the Archives provided detailed information and specific provisions of the proposed amendments for discussion on this Regents Item.  On October 29, 2008, a Notice of Proposed Rule Making was published in the State Register. The public comment period ended with several comments received. The comments along with SED’s responses are detailed in the attachment to this Regents item.


Staff recommends adoption of amendment of Part 188 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, relating to State Government Archives and Records Management with a proposed effective date of February 5, 2009.

Motion by: Regent Dawson

Seconded by: Regent Phillips

Action:  Motion carried unanimously


CE (D) 1         Museum Gallery Renewal and Stewardship Collections Facility

Clifford Siegfried, Director and Assistant Commissioner for the Museum presented an update on the museum gallery renewal and highlighted some of the designs in an in-depth PowerPoint presentation.   Design of two new galleries, the Empire State and the Natural History, are nearly completed. The Natural History Gallery is now in construction document phase and 95% design completion for the Empire State Gallery.  Work continues on the Native Peoples Gallery.


Questions were raised that resulted in discussions concerning other possible means for financial support or funding options/strategies.


In addition, Regent Dawson answered questions related to the December 2008 Item pertaining to emergency regulation provisions regarding museum collection management that would apply to chartered museums and historical societies authorized to own and hold collections under Rule §3.27.


Meeting adjourned.