MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION, INC.
In Open Session
The Board of Directors of the University of Louisville Athletic Association, Inc. met on Monday, February 24, 2003 at 3:00 p.m. in the Jefferson Room in Grawemeyer Hall, with members present and absent as follows:
Dr. James Ramsey, Chairman, Presiding
Dr. Henry Enck, Vice Chairman
Mr. Robert P. Benson Jr., Treasurer
Mr. Joseph S. Beyel
Ms. Blanche Kitchen Brewer
Mr. Ulysses L. Bridgeman, Jr., ex officio
Dr. William Cheadle
Dr. Richard Feldhoff
Mr. Bill Forman
Mr. Thomas M. Jurich, ex officio
Dr. Richard L. Miller
Prof. Glenda S. Neely
Mr. Larry Owsley
Dr. William Pierce
Mr. Sam Rechter
Mr. T. W. Samuels, Jr.
Mr. Michael Seebert
Dr. Kenneth N. Schikler
Prof. Bob Stenger
Mr. Michael Sticklen
Prof. Paul J. Weber
Dr. Shirley Willihnganz
Prof. Elaine O. Wise
Mr. Richard Emmett
Mr. Owsley B. Frazier
Mr. Grant Helman
Mr. Wade Houston
Mr. Christopher J. Marlin
Judge Olga S. Peers
From the University:
Mr. Kevin Miller
Ms. Julie Hermann
Mr. Gary Friedman
Mr. Kenny Klein
Mr. John Carns
Ms. Rae Goldsmith
Ms. Angela Koshewa, University Counsel
Mr. Mike Curtin, Assistant Treasurer
Mr. David Barker, Director, Audit Services
Ms. Susan Magness, Controller’s Office
Mrs. Kathleen Smith, Assistant Secretary
Ms. Debbie Dougherty, Board Liaison, President’s Office
I. Convene Meeting
Having determined a quorum present, Vice Chair Enck called the meeting to order at 3:10 p.m.
II. Consent Agenda
Approval of Minutes
- Board of Directors, November 11, 2002
- Executive Committee, December 19, 2002
- Executive Committee, December 23, 2002
- Board of Directors Special Meeting, January 8, 2003
From the Finance & Budget Committee
- Action Item: Audited Financial Statements
- Information Item: Quarterly Financial Statements
Vice Chair Enck asked the Board members if any consent items required further discussion. Professor Wise asked to amend Section V. of the November 11, 2002 minutes to include, “Prof. Wise requested that consideration be given to long-time fans on fixed-retirement incomes, and that attempts be made to accommodate them.” Professor Wise then made a motion, which Mr. Samuels seconded, to include the additional statement in the November 11, 2002 minutes. The motion passed unanimously. Mr. Benson made a motion, which Mr. Beyel seconded, to approve the consent agenda as amended. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Benson called the Board’s attention to the change in the appearance of the financial statements, resulting from new GASB accounting regulations. Mr. Owsley stated that a major change is depreciation of capital assets reports as an operating expense.
III. Report of the Committee on Academic Performance
President Ramsey arrived at 3:12 p.m. and Vice Chair Enck relinquished the role as Chair pro tempore. Professor Wise gave the following report on behalf of the Committee on Academic Performance:
“To date the Committee has met five times this academic year: August 20, September 12, November 19, December 10, and February 11. Items on the agenda have included:
1. Planning and producing the Seventh Annual Red and Black Banquet for Scholar Athletes and their Mentors which took place Sunday, February 23, at 7:00 PM at the Brown and Williamson Club of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. 180 student-athletes, including spirit team members and trainers achieved the 3.25 or above cumulative GPA, for all semesters at U of L, that merits an invitation to the Banquet. Many of the student-athletes exercise their option to invite a faculty mentor: an instructor or professor whose teaching and advising have inspired the student to achieve academic excellence. Mentors are seated with the students who invite them. Both the student-athletes and the mentors are recognized individually. Receiving the Outstanding Graduating Senior Awards this year were Melisa San Martin, Women’s Tennis and Cindy Pasechnik, Women’s Golf. Recognized as the team which had the highest team GPA for 2001-2002 was Women’s Tennis. The speaker for the banquet was Pam Bustin, Head Coach of Field Hockey. Professor Wise acknowledged again this year, the banquet was a great success, thanks to the support of the Athletics Department and the good will of the President.
Evaluation of team GPAs and progress toward the degree for all student athletes.
3. Study of the impact of the Academic Reform Packages on our athletes.
5. Examination of the impact of missed class time on student-athlete academic performance.
6. Study of issues raised by the NCAA Certification Review in the area of academic integrity, including increased reporting to the Committee on Academic Performance, especially relating to information gleaned from exit interviews.
Professor Wise shared the following additional items of interest:
- Dr. Mary Hums has been awarded the C-USA Excellence Award for the University of Louisville for 2002-2003. Dr. Hums was nominated by the Baseball Team and was selected by the Committee. She has received a stipend of $500 and a plaque, as well as recognition at the U of L vs. Memphis Men’s Basketball game and the Red and Black Banquet.
- Professor Wise will attend the meetings of C-USA Faculty Athletics Representatives, to be held in conjunction with the C-USA Women’s Basketball Tournament, on March 6 and 7.
- Professor Wise has been appointed to the NCAA Association-Wide Core-Course Review Committee for a three year term.”
Chair Ramsey thanked Professor Wise for an excellent report.
IV. Information Item: Gender Equity
At the next board meeting, Mr. Miller and Ms. Hermann will bring forward information for the Board’s review. Now is the time to begin the review. Ms. Hermann also stated she would brief the Board about possible changes in Title IX legislation at that time.
V. Report of the Athletic Director
NCAA Certification Process
Mr. Jurich reported the University continues to work through the NCAA certification process, which is very detailed. He thanked everyone involved.
Mr. Jurich acknowledged Coach Petrino’s phenomenal work in recruitment. ESPN and CBS has rated it as a top 25 class. He also acknowledged the recent headline in USA Today about Michael Bush’s recruitment. Mr. Jurich reported the UofL vs. UK football game will be in Lexington on Labor Day Sunday. UofL’s first two games are away games. He reported some criticism about other Conference USA rescheduling issues, but the selections were made by a random computer procedure.
Mr. Jurich reported the Athletics Department is ahead of target for C-USA revenue. Ticket sales have been brisk, and the tournament could be one of the best ever. He reported that Athletics has sold 13,500 all-tournament passes; the remaining tickets will be packaged as 3-day passes and should sell out the tournament.
Mr. Jurich reported President Ramsey and Vice President Owsley have worked with Athletics to redesign the scope for the natatorium. He noted the new plan brings the cost down significantly and makes it a manageable project that they are ready to move forward with.
Red and Black Banquet
Mr. Jurich commended Professor Wise for the Red and Black banquet she organized. He acknowledged a growing bond between faculty, Athletics Staff and student-athletes. There are over 180 student-athletes with at least a 3.25 grade point average. Professor Weber observed a very positive change in students’ attitudes toward academics and thanked Mr. Jurich for his support of the Red and Black banquet.
VI. Report of the Chairman
President Ramsey acknowledged the excellent support of Mr. Jurich and Coach Petrino in their recent trip to Frankfort to meet with legislators. Their commitment to helping UofL through the legislative process had substantial impact on the House’s decision on important bills.
Conference USA Tournament
President Ramsey stated that during the Conference USA tournament, the President’s Suite on the first floor between ramps M and N will be open throughout the tournament. It will be a hospitality suite for board members and presidents of participating universities. Dr. Ramsey and his wife Jane will also host a pre-game event preceding each of the games that the Cards play. Although formal invitations will be forthcoming, he invited board members to stop by during the games they attend.
- Executive Session
Professor Wise made a motion, which Mr. Enck seconded, to go into Executive Session to discuss a student and personnel matter. The motion passed unanimously.
- Open Meeting Reconvenes
Dr. Ramsey reported that a student and a personnel matter was discussed in Executive Session. No action was taken.
Mr. Rechter made a motion, which Mr. Enck seconded, to adjourn the meeting at 3:37 p.m. The motion passed unanimously.