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Minutes -- Special Meeting August 1, 2002 -- Board of Trustess -- University of Louisville

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MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL MEETING
OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
OF THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

The University of Louisville Board of Trustees met on Thursday, August 1, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. in the Jefferson Room of Grawemeyer Hall, Belknap Campus, with the members present and absent as follows:

Present: Ms. Jessica S. Loving, Chair
Mrs. Marie K. Abrams
Mr. Ulysses L. Bridgeman, Jr.
Ms. Virginia C. Brown
Mr. Kevin D. Cogan
Dr. Richard C. Feldhoff
Mr. Owsley B. Frazier
Ms. Joyce Hagen-Schifano
Mr. Grant M. Helman
Mr. Christopher J. Marlin
Mr. William P. Mulloy, Sr.
Mr. J. Chester Porter
Ms. Annette Schnatter
Ms. Sandra Metts Snowden
Ms. Elizabeth H. Worland
Ms. Mary A. Yarmuth
Absent: Mr. Tommie Burns, Jr.
Mr. Nathaniel E. Green
Conference Call Ms. Linda Wallbaum Cauble
Mr. Milton M. Livingston
From the University:
Dr. Carol Z. Garrison, Acting President
Ms. Angela Koshewa, University Counsel
Mr. Ronald Moore, Vice President for Information & Technology
Dr. Gene Gilchrist, Vice President for New Ventures
Dr. Nancy Martin, Vice President for Research
Professor David Ensign, Brandeis School of Law
Ms. Rae Goldsmith, Associate VP for University Relations
Mr. John Drees, Director, Communications & Marketing
Ms. Trisha Wolf, Board Liaison
Ms. Kathleen M. Smith, Assistant Secretary

I. Call to Order

Having determined a quorum present, Chair Loving called the meeting to order at 1:12 p.m.

II. Executive Session

In response to Chair Loving’s request, Mr. Porter made a motion, which Mr. Bridgeman seconded, to go into executive session to discuss a personnel matter.

III. Open Meeting Reconvenes

Mr. Porter made a motion to select James R. Ramsey as Acting President of the University of Louisville for a period commencing the second day of September until the Board selects a new president for the institution. Ms. Metts seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

IV. Report of the President

Dr. Garrison informed the committee that there are several pending issues of significant importance to the future of the University that she would like to bring to the Board during the next few weeks.

  • Cancer Hospital:
    Dr. Garrison stated that the proposed Cancer Hospital is a major strategic initiative that is fundamental to the Board’s long-term goal of establishing an NCI designated Comprehensive Cancer Care Center at UofL. Reaching this goal will distinguish UofL as a regional research center for cancer treatment and place it among institutions such as Vanderbilt University, Ohio State University, Mayo Clinic, Sloan Kettering and other select few universities across the nation that deliver leading edge cancer care to its patients. Dr. Garrison noted that she would like to bring this proposal to the board in August for approval. The University is ready to launch this crucial initiative to support the work proposed in the NCI Cancer Center Planning Grant application.
  • Budget Issues:
    Dr. Garrison reported that the Vice Presidents and Deans have begun planning for possible budget reductions growing out of a continuing decline in state revenues. The university has not received formal notice about any specific percentage, but has received indication from the Council to expect some type of additional reduction. There is a serious revenue shortfall that the state has begun to address, but it is complicated by the absence of a legislatively-approved state budget. Dr. Garrison has called a budget retreat for the Deans and Vice Presidents to be held in the upcoming months to plan for next year.

Dr. Garrison commended the strong administrative team at UofL for being creative, dedicated, and energetic. She was confident that the leadership team will continue to function very well as they have over the past few months so there is no loss of momentum as Dr. Ramsey takes over. Dr. Garrison pledged to work with Dr. Ramsey to assure a smooth transition.

Chair Loving expressed appreciation to Dr. Garrison for all she has done for the University of Louisville. She then introduced Dr. James Ramsey and thanked him for his willingness to serve the university as acting president.

Dr. Ramsey stated that he is extremely honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve as acting president of the University of Louisville. He appreciates the confidence the board has in him and he is committed to work as hard as he can to keep the university moving forward during the process of the search. The University of Louisville and the community have played a tremendous role in higher education reform within the state. He assured the board he will do all he can to keep the momentum going while it searches for a permanent leader for the institution.

V. Adjournment

There being no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 2:30 p.m.

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