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Minutes -- Nov. 26, 2001 -- Board of Trustees -- University of Louisville

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Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees
of the University of Louisville

In Open Session
The regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the University of Louisville met on Monday, November 26, 2001, in the Ballroom of the University Club at 12:45 p.m. with members present and absent as follows:

Present: Ms. Jessica Loving, Chair
Mr. Ulysses L. Bridgeman, Jr., Treasurer
Mr. Carlton Brown
Ms. Linda Wallbaum Cauble
Mr. Kevin D. Cogan
Dr. Richard C. Feldhoff
Mr. Owsley B. Frazier
Mr. Nathaniel E. Green
Mr. Grant M. Helman
Mr. Milton M. Livingston
Mr. William P. Mulloy, Sr.
Mr. J. Chester Porter
Ms. Joyce Hagen Schifano
Ms. Annette Schnatter
Ms. Melissa Long Shuter
Ms. Sandra Metts Snowden
Ms. Mary A. Yarmuth
Absent: Ms. Marie K. Abrams
Mr. Darryl T. Owens
Ms. Elizabeth H. Worland
From the University:
Dr. John W. Shumaker, President
Dr. Carol Garrison, Provost
Mr. Joseph S. Beyel, Vice President for Development and     Alumni
Dr. Denise D. Gifford, Vice President for Student Affairs
Dr. Joel A. Kaplan, Vice President for Health Affairs
Dr. Nancy C. Martin, Vice President for Research
Mr. Larry L. Owsley, Vice President for Finance &     Administration
Dr. Gene Gilchrist, Vice President for New Ventures
Dr. Laura Schweitzer, Dean, Allied Health Sciences
Ms. Barbara Hartung
Mr. Terry Gossom, AVP, Health Affairs
Dr. Dave Howarth, Associate Provost and Dean of     Undergraduate Studies
Mr. David F. Barker, Director of Internal Audit
Mr. Michael J. Curtin, Director, Planning and Budget
Ms. Angela Koshewa, University Counsel
Mr. Ralph Fitzpatrick, Special Assistant for Minority Affairs
Ms. Terri Rutledge, Associate Vice President for Finance &     Administration
Ms. Rae Goldsmith, Associate V. P. for Communications &     Marketing
Mr. John Drees, Director of Public Information
Dr. Mary Korfhage, Office of Planning & Budget
Ms. Carolyn Cochran, Office of the Provost
Ms. Cheri Jones, Office of Audit Services
Ms. Kathleen M. Smith, Assistant Secretary, Board of Trustees
Ms. Debbie Dougherty, Board Liaison, President's Office

I. Call to Order

Having determined a quorum present, Chair Loving called the meeting to order at 12:45 p.m. Chair Loving altered the agenda to ask President Shumaker to report on the Challenge for Excellence.

II. Report of the President

Update on Challenge for Excellence

President Shumaker briefed the Board on the progress of the Challenge for Excellence. He presented information concerning 6-year graduation rates, updates on endowed chairs funded through the Research Challenge Trust Fund (Bucks for Brains) program, and new initiatives in biomedicine and cardiovascular research. President Shumaker stated the provost, deans and vice presidents have committed as a team to achieve the Challenge for Excellence goals on or before 2008. He thanked Mike Curtin, Rae Goldsmith, and their respective staffs for the effort behind this progress report. Chair Loving noted the Board received 5-year status report earlier in the month.

Cancer Center Campaign

Vice President Beyel presented information on the fundraising campaign for the cancer center: planning and managing the campaign; building and maintaining its momentum; planning and using effective communications and cultivation activities; and recognizing and understanding need for mid-course corrections. Vice President Beyel projected current commitments to the campaign at $18.5M, in addition to early Bucks for Brains commitments in the cancer fields, for a total of $23M. In response to Ms. Schifano's inquiry, Vice President Beyel noted the campaign would be very sensitive to the Center's relationship to its cancer patients. He stated that one of the early commitments is dedication of the Mint Jubilee Foundation to focus its support on cancer research.

III. Executive Session

Ms. Schifano made a motion which Ms. Snowden seconded to go into executive session to discuss a business proposal. The motion passed.

IV. Open Session

Chair Loving reported that a business proposal was discussed in executive session.

V. Consent Agenda

Chair Loving read the roll call of consent agenda items.

  • Approval of Minutes
    • Minutes from Annual Board Meeting, 9/24/01
    • Minutes from Executive Committee Meeting, 10/22/01
  • From the Personnel Committee
    • Approval of Monthly Personnel Recommendations
    • Approval of Honorary Degree
    • Approval of UMC Appointments
  • From Academic and Student Affairs Committee
    • Approval of Master of Science in Sports Administration Program
    • Approval of Master of Arts in Pan African Studies Program
  • From the Finance Committee
    • Approval of Houchens Building HVAC System Renovation
    • Approval of Research Handbook
  • Approval of Candidates for Degrees and Certificates, December 2001
  • From the Audit Committee
    • Approval of Audited Financial Statements by Deloitte and Touche for Year ended June 30, 2001

Mr. Helman made a motion, which Mr. Bridgeman seconded, to approve the consent agenda items. The motion passed.

VI. Action Item: Resolution of Appreciation for the Implementation Team Disestablishing the School of Allied Health Sciences

As a follow up to a recommendation made by Trustee Abrams at a previous Board meeting, President Shumaker read the following resolution, noting the skillful actions of Dr. Laura Schweitzer and Dr. Dave Weigman, working with Dr. Oppelt at Bellarmine University and Dr. Diane Calhoun-French at the Jefferson Community College have impressed the Board greatly.

DR. LAURA SCHWEITZER
DR. DAVID WIEGMAN
DR. JOHN OPPELT
DR. DIANE CALHOUN-FRENCH

WHEREAS , Dr. Laura Schweitzer and Dr. David Wiegman, representing the University of Louisville Health Sciences Center, have worked with Dr. John Oppelt, Provost of Bellarmine University and Dr. Diane Calhoun-French, Acting President of the Jefferson Community College, to transfer six of the seven programs in UofL's School of Allied Health Sciences to Bellarmine University and the Jefferson Community College;

WHEREAS , through open and sensitive discussions, the actions of these academic administrators allowed the amicable transition of faculty and students in the programs of: cytotechnology, radiologic technology, physical therapy, clinical laboratory sciences, nuclear medicine technology, and respiratory therapy to new home institutions;

WHEREAS , the insightful leadership of Drs. Schweitzer and Wiegman focused on assuring the quality of the curriculum and ease of opportunity for students to complete their degrees without disruption;

WHEREAS , the ingenuity of the UofL transition team insured the production of Allied Health professionals for our health care community and accredited instruction for students pursuing careers in the allied health disciplines;

WHEREAS , the collegiality of the consortium encouraged the constructive dissolution of the UofL School of Allied Health Sciences without obstacle or acrimony;

WHEREAS , the personal and professional investment of Drs. Schweitzer and Wiegman, from the University of Louisville, Provost Oppelt from Bellarmine University, and President Calhoun-French from JCC, reinforced collaboration among the three institutions and solidified the foundation for additional cooperation in the future should the occasion arise.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED , that the Board of Trustees of the University of Louisville expresses its sincere admiration and deep appreciation to Drs. Laura Schweitzer, David Wiegman, John Oppelt, and Diane Calhoun-French for their many contributions and outstanding performance as the implementation team that assured a smooth transition of six programs in the allied health sciences; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED , that a copy of this Resolution, appropriately signed, be presented to each member of the Implementation Team.

Ms. Snowden made a motion, which Ms. Shuter seconded, to approve the above resolution. The motion passed. Chair Loving requested that President Shumaker indicate the Board's gratitude to the team for its excellent work when he forwards the resolutions. Dr. Schweitzer, who attended the meeting on behalf of the Team, received a round of applause from the Board of Trustees.

VII. Report of the Chair

Chair Loving noted that Ms. Kathleen Smith, Assistant Secretary, will contact Board members concerning potential changes to the 2002 meeting schedule. If the Board concurs, the recommended changes will begin in January 2002.

Chair Loving reported the December Commencement ceremony is scheduled for December 16, 2001, at the Kentucky International Convention Center. President and Mrs. Shumaker will host a holiday party on December 19 at the Brown & Williamson Club.

VIII. Other Business

Trustee Green circulated a letter to the Chair (attached) regarding the November 14th student forum, citing that many alumni members approached him with concerns regarding the TKE incident. Chair Loving stated the University's investigation is still underway and has a completion deadline of December 4. She requested the Board's assistance to support administration, students, and faculty with the University process. Mr. Porter supported Mr. Green's concerns. Mr. Brown stated the Pan-African Studies department does not harbor a hostile environment, but encourages students to think for themselves and question policies as represented at the student forum. Mr. Bridgeman concurred the forum was a sign of students taking action, noting it was a part of the educational process. Mr. Green observed that the TKE students attending the forum to issue their apology was progress. President Shumaker stated that a good university is not always a very comfortable place. There are clashes of provocative ideas, backgrounds, histories, etc. that make the university alive and exciting, noting that confrontation is fine when it remains respectful of academic freedom.

IX. Executive Session

Chair Loving asked for a motion to go into a second executive session to discuss personnel matters. Mr. Livingston made a motion, which Ms. Shuter seconded, to go into executive session. The motion passed.

X. Open Meeting Reconvenes

Chair Loving reconvened the open session, reporting that personnel matters were discussed. Mr. Livingston made a motion, which Ms. Schifano seconded that the Board grant the Executive Committee authority to hear and render a decision on the Karen Hadley grievance before the next board meeting if her legal counsel accepts this proposal. The motion passed.

XI. Adjournment

There being no further business to discuss, Ms. Schifano made a motion, which Ms. Cauble seconded, to adjourn the meeting at 2:15 p.m. The motion passed.

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