MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE
UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION, INC.
In Open Session
The University of Louisville Athletic Association Board of Directors met on Monday, June 5, 2007 at 12:15 p.m. in the Jefferson Room, Grawemeyer Hall, Belknap Campus, with members present and absent as follows:
Present: Dr. James Ramsey, Chair
Mr. Bob Benson
Mr. Zach Brooks
Prof. Tom Byers
Mr. Owsley B. Frazier
Mr. Brent Fryrear
Mr. Gordon Gahm
Prof. Brenda Hart
Mr. Wade Houston
Dr. J. Blaine Hudson
Mr. D. Harry Jones
Mr. Tom Jurich, ex offico
Prof. Melissa Laning
Mr. Larry Owsley
Prof. George Raque
Mr. Sam Rechter
Mr. Mike Seebert
Prof. Robert Stenger
Prof. Gerald Tolson
Prof. Elaine Wise
Absent: Mr. Burt Deutsch
Mr. Grant Helman
Dr. Henry Enck
Prof. Bruce Kemelgor
Mr. Darrell Messer
Prof. Craig Roberts
Ms. Annette Schnatter
Dr. Shirley Willihnganz
Also Attending: Mr. Bill Stone, Trustee
University: Ms. Angela D. Koshewa
Mr. Mike Curtin
Mr. Kevin Miller
Ms. Julie Hermann
Mr. Marvin Mitchell
Mr. Jeff Walz
Mr. Gary Friedman
Mr. Kenny Klein
Mr. Kyle Moats
Mr. Pete Cautilli
Ms. Susan Ingram
Ms. Terri Rutledge
Ms. Anne Rademaker
Ms. Kathleen Smith
Ms. Debbie Dougherty
I. Convene Meeting
Having determined a quorum present, Chair Ramsey called the meeting to order at 12:15 p.m.
II. Consent Agenda
Approval of Minutes
- Board of Directors, May 3, 2007
From the Finance & Budget Committee
- Action Item: Approval of Men’s Basketball Tickets for 2007
- Action Item: Approval of 2007-08 Operating Budget
Chairman Ramsey read the roll of consent agenda items. Hearing no objection, Prof. Hudson made a motion, which Mr. Jones seconded, to approve the consent agenda.
III. Report of the Personnel Committee
Mr. Seebert reported that earlier today, the Personnel Committee met to evaluate the 2006-07 performance of Athletic Director Thomas M. Jurich. The Committee discussed Mr. Jurich’s written self-assessment and the written evaluation of his performance as submitted by the Chairs of the Committees on Finance & Budget and Academic Performance. Subsequent to the Personnel Committee meeting, the Chair of the Personnel Committee and the Chair of the Board of Directors met with Mr. Jurich to review the results of his performance evaluation and to discuss Cardinal Athletics goals for 2007-08.
Mr. Jurich’s commitment to enhance all sports in Cardinal Athletics has allowed over 650 students to excel at the national level. His enthusiasm and confidence in all Cardinal teams have encouraged achievement in football as Orange Bowl Champions, in track & field as Olympic contenders, in golf, softball, tennis, basketball, and other sports in NCAA tournaments, and just yesterday in the outstanding accomplishment of our baseball team that takes us to the Super Regional. Tom Jurich’s leadership is one reason Cardinal Athletics is exciting and a national competitor. His recent honor as Athletic Director of the Year is a distinction he humbly shares with University of Louisville’s student-athletes and the team of professionals he has recruited to Cardinal Athletics. We applaud his dedication to creating opportunities for our students to achieve their academic and athletic ambitions.
The hallmark of a state university is public accountability throughout its units. Mr. Jurich has demonstrated Cardinal Athletics administers a structurally responsible budget that projects balanced revenues and expenses and meets its targets.
Mr. Jurich, his senior staff, and all the Cardinal Coaches represent the University and Athletics extremely well. Their commitment to academic accomplishment, athletic achievement, and accountability in all areas of operation demonstrates an image of quality throughout the University. This team effort is directly attributable to Mr. Jurich’s exemplary leadership.
The AD’s goals for 2007-08, as discussed with Mr. Jurich, follow:
- Continue to build on our success in winning Big East Conference championships and hosting events.
- Continue to support Marvin Mitchell and his staff in the Olga Peers Academic Center to build on the progress and success already being accomplished with our student-athletes.
- Continue to strengthen compliance and initiatives in that area.
- Continue to work with Lamar Daniel as part of our commitment to Title IX and Gender Equity.
- Continue planning and making progress on the expansion of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium so we can hopefully open by August, 2010.
- To open the Yum! Center in August, 2007, and successfully move our men’s basketball, women’s volleyball, and women’s lacrosse offices, coaches, and practices to that facility. In addition, other areas of the department will be reorganized as women’s basketball, sports information, and other units move to different offices in the SAC.
- Continue to work with the Louisville Arena Authority as plans and construction advance for this facility.
- To have the new pep band in place and ready to perform as needed at events.
- Continue to monitor our progress in areas recommended by the NCAA Certification Steering Committee.
- To implement Women’s Lacrosse and see that Kellie Young and her program get off to a great start.
- To complete the Marshall Center, the Field Hockey Expansion of Trager Stadium.
- Continue working toward the goal of 10,000 CAF members by 2010, which now stands at over 8,000.
- Continue work to keep Athletics as part of the “One University,” to include
finding ways to improve on-campus food services, availability of merchandise in the bookstore, etc. The food service is such an important part of the support and training of our student-athletes.
Mr. Jones commended Vice President Jurich for his accomplishments. Prof. Stenger stated the faculty members are very proud of Mr. Jurich’s commitment to academics. Prof. Byers observed a great strength of Mr. Jurich is his ability to hire people, noting this greatly contributed to the success of the athletics program. Chair Ramsey reiterated his support for Vice President Jurich and thanked Mr. Seebert for an excellent report.
IV. Action Item: Authorization to Proceed with Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium Expansion
Mr. Jurich briefed the Board on progress of the plan and design phase of the stadium expansion and will come back to the Board when ready to discuss the construction phase. The Construction Manager will work closely with the Stadium Architects in developing the planning and design phase. Mr. Jones made a motion, which Prof. Hudson seconded, to approve the
Athletic Director’s recommendation that the Board of Directors authorize the President or his designee to contract for Construction Management services related to the stadium expansion project and to take any future action required to complete the plan and design phase of this project; and
If necessary, the Athletic Director’s recommendation to liquidate Hickman-Camp Funds (Quasi-Endowment) to expedite the plan and design phase of the stadium expansion project to assure its completion. Fundraising, marketing, seat and suite sales will replenish the advances from the Hickman-Camp Endowment.
The motion passed unanimously.
IV. Report of the Committee on Academic Performance
Prof. Wise reported the Committee on Academic Performance, made up of the faculty members of the ULAA Board and chaired by the Faculty Athletics Representative, is charged with oversight of the eligibility and academic performance of our student-athletes. The Committee meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 11:30 AM, in the Bingham Humanities Building, Room 300. The Committee meets 10 to 12 times per year, including during the summer.
During AY 2006-2007, among its regular duties, the Committee received, discussed, and acted upon the following matters:
- U of L Cohort reports for Summer, Fall, and Spring, tracing student-athlete grade point averages and graduation rates for the last five years.
- Big East and NCAA Academic Performance Rate (APR) and Graduation Rate Reports.
- Student Appeals of the University 2.0 Rule.
The Committee planned, hosted, and re-evaluated its annual Red and Black Banquet for Scholar Athletes, held on February 24, 2007. This event continues to be a huge success.
The Committee conducted the following reviews:
- Annual Review of Athletic Academic Advising
- Annual Review of Compliance Operations, including Secondary Violation Reports
- Review of Student-Athlete Exit Interview Information
- Review of coaching staff commitment to academics.
The Committee also engaged in the following activities and took the following actions:
- Contributed to revision of the University Excused Absence Policy. The Committee helped rewrite the policy.
Proposed that the Provost create an ad hoc committee to consider adoption of a university policy on a waiver of 12 hours as full time for students with disabilities.
The ad hoc committee initially met June 3, 2007.
- Supported a proposal by Big East FAR Council to revise existing academic awards and to inaugurate new Big East Awards for student-athletes.
- Reviewed U of L’s action in regard to the move of the Pep Band to the Athletics Department and reviewed the renewal of the Student Athletics Fee. In both cases, the committee continues to monitor the results.
- Will review Title IX Issues and issues that have impact on women in athletics.
- Will review the impact of missed class time on student-athlete performance.
In light of the last activity, the Committee will revise the NCAA Certification Plan for review of academic impact statements in order to focus on the impact of missed-class-time on academic performance.
In addition to her role as FAR, chair of CAP, and a member of all ULAA committees, the Faculty Athletics Representative has been appointed by the Provost as Liaison to the Athletics Department. In the last capacity, she reports frequently to and confers with the Provost on matters pertinent to student-athlete performance and welfare.
As FAR, Prof. Wise:
- Met with the Student Athlete Advisory Committee to hear their concerns; Administered the Coaches Certification Exam to every coach, and discussed with them U of L academic procedures and policies in order to promote “One University;”
- Met with each team at its first Compliance meeting, to discuss with them the role of the FAR and strategies for achieving academic excellence;
- Reviewed and signed off on eligibility for every student athlete, every waiver appeal, and formal reports to the NCAA; reviewed all secondary violation reports;
- Participated in NCAA and Big East Compliance and Rules Seminars; attended the Faculty Athletic Representative Association Annual Meeting;
- Attended three Big East FAR meetings to review and vote on legislation; Attended at least one competition in every sport at U of L;
- Served on the Big East’s Academic Affairs Committee, a committee which selects recipients of Big East academic awards;
- Wrote nominations for student-athletes for NCAA postgraduate scholarships and met with seniors to discuss graduate and professional school opportunities;
- Met with the Provost’s Liaison for Athletics to review every student-athlete’s and every team’s performance for spring, summer, and fall semesters;
- Met with the Director of Student Services and his staff to facilitate good practices in the preparation of student-athlete data;
- Served on the Financial Aid Review Committee; Advised the President and Provost on matters related to athletics;
- Advised the Athletic Director on matters related to student athlete welfare and academic integrity;
- Reported monthly to the Faculty Senate; Served on the Big East Facilities Committee; Participated in Big East 4-Year Review of Complaince;
- Served on Advisory Committees to the AD in the appointment of new head coaches; Serves as the Chair Elect of the Big East FAR Council;
- Serves as a Big East Representative to the Division I Academics, Eligibility, and Compliance Cabinet (Financial Aid Sub-Committee and Transfer Student Task Force)
Prof. Wise welcomed to the Committee two returning members whose service has been exceptional: Brenda Hart, Speed, and Bruce Kemelgor, Business. They were reelected by the entire University faculty to new three year terms. She noted continuing faculty members were Thomas Byers, Arts and Sciences; Melissa Laning, University Libraries and Vice-Chair of Faculty Senate; George Raque, School of Medicine; Craig Roberts, School of Medicine; Robert Stenger, School of Law; Gerald Tolson, School of Music, and Elaine Wise, Arts and Sciences.
Chair Ramsey thanked Prof. Wise for her report. The Chair recognized Prof. Wise for her work with the faculty athletics representatives during the Big East meetings.
VI. Report of the Athletic Director
Mr. Jurich recognized being named as Athletic Director of the Year as a tremendous honor. He thanked President Ramsey for his support and for creating the atmosphere of “One University.”
Mr. Jurich introduced Jeff Walz, the Women's Basketball Head Coach. A Kentucky native, Coach Walz was an associate head coach at Maryland the last five years. Coach Walz is considered one of the top assistants in the nation after helping the University of Maryland to the 2006 National Championship. The Board welcomed Coach Walz to UofL.
Mr. Jurich reported the Tom Musselman Golf Center was dedicated on April 17. Construction continues on The Yum! Center which will open in August. Offices, locker rooms and training facilities for each of those sports and women's lacrosse are included in the project.
Mr. Jurich recognized the exceptional leadership Coach McDonnell is doing with the baseball team. UofL will host the NCAA Super Regional at Jim Patterson Stadium June 8-10. If the baseball team wins against Oklahoma State, then it will move on to the College World Series on Omaha June 15 – 19.
The men's basketball team will appear in the eighth annual John Wooden Tradition, which will be played on Dec. 15, 2007 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN. Progress with the new basketball arena is going smoothly; Mr. Host is doing a great job.
The women's golf team rallied for a Top 10 finish in their NCAA Championship debut. The Cardinals shot a 304 in the fourth and final round of action at the NCAA Women's Golf Championship on the Par 72, 6,351-yard layout Legends Course at the LPGA International. The Cardinals finished 10th with a score of 1214. UofL was the only team not ranked in the Top 12 to finish in the Top 10 of the NCAA Championship.
Mr. Jurich commended the Athletics staff for their dedication and hard work. Mr. Miller and Ms. Clark have done an excellent job with the budget. The staff is a great team.
Mr. Jurich reported the Cardinal Caravans will be going to Madison, Hubers, then on to Shelbyville. The Caravans experience overflow crowds. Gary Friedman’s Caravans idea has been well received.
VII. Report of the Chairman
Chair Ramsey invited board members to attend an appreciation cook-out for the athletics staff on July 25 at Amelia Place.
Chair Ramsey read the following resolution of appreciation for Darrel Messer, who has completed his term and served this board well. Prof. Stenger made a motion, which Prof. Hart seconded, to approve the following resolution
WHEREAS , Darrell Messer has served the University of Louisville Athletic Association with distinction as a member of the ULAA Board of Directors, and provided substantial service to the Board during his term;
WHEREAS , in his capacity as a member of the Board, he has served faithfully and well, including on all committee assignments;
WHEREAS, he represented the position of his constituencies with balance and conviction at all times, and served as an advocate for the welfare of university students;
WHEREAS , he provided invaluable advice to the President, shared his insight and experience with the University of Louisville leadership team, and always gave his loyal support to the University thereby winning the deep respect of his fellow Board members;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED , that the Board of Directors of the University of Louisville Athletic Association, Inc. hereby expresses its sincere admiration and deep appreciation to Darrell Messer for his many contributions and able performance as Director of the University of Louisville Athletic Association, Inc; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED , that personalized copies of this Resolution, appropriately signed, be presented to Mr. Messer.
The motion passed unanimously.
Chair Ramsey invited everyone to participate in the reception recognizing Tom Jurich, who was recently honored as the 2007 Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal/SportsBusiness Daily Athletic Director of the Year. Mr. Jurich received a round of applause.
Mr. Frazier made a motion, which Mr. Gahm seconded, to adjourn the meeting at 1:15 p.m.
The motion passed unanimously.