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Minutes -- September 13, 2002 -- Board of Trustess -- University of Louisville

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SEPTEMBER 13, 2002

The Board of Trustees met on Friday, September 13, 2002, in Ballrooms A & B of the University Club, Belknap Campus with 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
Ms. Linda Wallbaum Cauble
Mr. Kevin D. Cogan
Professor David Ensign
Mr. Owsley B. Frazier
Mr. Nathaniel E. Green
Ms. Joyce Hagen-Schifano
Mr. Grant M. Helman
Mr. Milton M. Livingston
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.
From the University: Dr. James R. Ramsey, Acting President
Dr. Shirley Willihnganz, Acting Provost
Ms. Angela Koshewa, University Counsel
Mr. Larry L. Owsley, Vice President for Finance &    Administration
Dr. Joel Kaplan, Vice President for Health Affairs & Dean,    School of Medicine
Mr. Joseph Beyel, Vice President for Development & Alumni
Mr. Ronald Moore, Vice President for Information & Technology
Dr. Gene Gilchrist, Vice President for New Ventures
Dr. Denise Gifford, Vice President for Student Affairs
Dr. Richard Clover, Chairman and Professor, School of Public    Health
and Information Sciences
Mr. David Barker, Director of Audit Services
Mr. Mike Curtin, Director, Office of Planning & Budget
Dr. Linda Shapiro, Associate Provost
Ms. Cheri Hildreth Watts, Director, Environmental Health &    Safety
Dr. Pam Feldhoff, Professor, Biochemistry
Ms. Carolyn Cochran, Assistant to the Provost
Ms. Rae Goldsmith, Associate Vice President for University    Relations
Ms. Terri Rutledge, Asst. Vice President for Administration
Mr. John Drees, Director, Communications & Marketing
Ms. Haydee Canovas, Graduate Student, School of Nursing
Ms. Trisha Wolf, Board Liaison
Ms. Kathleen M. Smith, Assistant Secretary
Ms. Debbie Dougherty, Board Liaison

I. Call to Order

Having determined a quorum present, Chair Loving called the meeting to order at 1:30 p.m.

II. Consent Agenda

A. Approval of Minutes

  • Minutes from Regular Board Meeting, 6/24/02
  • Minutes from Executive Committee Meeting, 7/18/02
  • Minutes from Special Board Meeting, 8/01/02
  • Minutes from Special Board Meeting, 8/19/02

B. From the Academic and Student Affairs Committee

  • Action Item: Approval of Institute for Molecular Cardiology
  • Action Item: Approval of the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Teacher Development

C. From the Personnel Committee

  • Action Item: Appointment of UMC Board Member
  • Monthly Personnel Recommendations
  • Action Item: Approval of Honorary Degree Candidate, Condoleezza Rice
  • Action Item: Approval of Continuation of Employment,
    Dean, Speed Scientific School
  • Action Item: Approval of School of Public Health/
    Health Information Sciences Personnel Document
  • Action Item: Approval of School of Public Health/Health
    Information Sciences By-laws
  • Action Item: Increase in Compensation Cap for Vice President
    for Health Affairs

Chair Loving read the roll of consent agenda items. Hearing no objection, Chair Loving declared the consent agenda approved.

III. Recognition of Director, Environmental Safety program

President Ramsey reported that recently, Science magazine featured Ms. Cheri Hildreth Watts, UofL’s Director of Environmental Health and Safety for her leadership to the environmental health and safety field. Dr. Ramsey asked Larry Owsley to introduce Ms. Watts to the Board. Mr. Owsley noted the excellent job Director Watts and her staff do and the commitment they make regarding environmental and safety issues. Vice President Owlsey expressed gratitude for Director Watts’ work, noting her recent induction into the Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association’s Hall of Fame for establishing multi-regional director networks with an emphasis on problem solving and collegiality. The Board gave Ms. Watts a round of applause.

IV. Information Item: Introduction of Mary Mundt, Dean, School of Nursing, and Haydee Canovas, Recipient of Nurse of the Year Award from the National Association of Hispanic News

President Ramsey noted that at the Executive Committee’s July meeting, it approved the continuation of employment of Dean Mary Mundt, School of Nursing. At that time, the Executive Committee invited Dean Mundt to attend its next Board meeting to update the Trustees on the School of Nursing’s initiatives. Accompanying Dean Mundt was Ms. Haydee Canovas, a student in the School of Nursing who has completed her bachelor’s degree and is now working toward a master’s level degree. Dean Mundt thanked the Board and introduced Ms. Canovas, noting that Ms. Canovas, who is founder and president of the Kentucky Hispanic Nurse Society. Ms. Canovas thanked the board for recognizing her achievement as Nurse of the Year.

Dean Mundt highlighted the School of Nursing strategic themes:

  • Educational Experience
    • Increased enrollment for Fall 2002 at undergraduate (22%) and graduate (10.7%) level
    • Bachelor of Science options: Traditional, Accelerated, Second Degree, RN-BSN
    • Master of Science Options: Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Gerontologic Nurse Practitioner,Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinic Nurse Specialist
    • Educational experiences in the Standardized Patient and Patient Simulation Centers
    • Full accreditation (10 years) awarded by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) in 2001
    • Graduate program is ranked in top 35% of nursing programs by US News and World Report 2001 (70 out of 203)
  • Research, Creative and Scholarly Activities
    • Ranked 66 of 83 Schools of Nursing nationally who received NIH funding in 2001 UofL ranks 10 of 16 benchmark schools in NIH funding
    • Currently have four NIH funded studies in process and one American Cancer Society national study
    • Eleven faculty have participated in the external research mentor program
    • In 2004 the UofL School of Nursing will host the Southern Nursing Research Conference
    • Endowed Chair in Nursing Research established by Norton Healthcare and matched with Research Challenge Trust Funds
  • Accessibility, Diversity, Equity and Communication
    • Haydee Canovas National Hispanic Nurse Award
    • Focused advising to increase retention of minority students
    • African American Student Leadership Award
  • Partnerships and Collaborative Programs
    • Center for Nurse Practice has contracts for advanced practice nursing services with a variety of agencies
    • Partnership with UofL Hospital and the Presbyterian Community Center in Smoketown to establish a nurse practitioner run health clinic
    • Volunteer Caregivers Program is a partnership with churches and community groups to provide respite care, training and counseling for caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients
  • Institutional Effectiveness of Programs and Services
    • 95% success rate on certification exams taken by masters graduates
    • 95% success rate on NCLEX exams taken by baccalaureate graduates
    • Employers rate graduates high on QMS satisfaction surveys and Alumni provide ratings on their experience

The Board praised Dr. Mundt for her successful leadership.

V. Information Item: Report from Pam Feldhoff, Associate Professor, Biochemistry on Undergraduate Research Initiatives

President Ramsey introduced Dr. Pam Feldhoff. He reported that Dr. Feldhoff not only serves as associate professor in Biochemisty, she also assists Dr. Nancy Martin in directing special undergraduate research initiatives. Dr. Feldhoff’s leadership on the research initiative has enriched the learning experience for nearly 40 undergraduate students. He reported this program’s funding came from the UofL Foundation and the UofL Research Foundation. Vice President Martin shared her previous experiences in a research lab in England, noting that UofL is comparable because it offers hands-on experiences to students interested in research. She expressed her vision to make it easy for undergraduates to connect with faculty in research and scholarly activities. She noted Dr. Feldhoff leads this initiative. Dr. Feldhoff updated the Board on the program this past year. Mr. Green praised this initiative, along with the Kent School of Social Work program for utilizing research to enhance learning – a very promising and comcplementary approach for students. Provost Willihnganz stated that the University continues to augment these programs so that every undergraduate may experience research as part of the learning experience.

VI. Report of the Nominating Committee

Chairman Porter reported the committee members contacted all trustees to discuss criteria for its leaders and potential nominees. Further, the Committee invited all trustees to attend its recent meeting, where the nominees were recommended. Chairman Porter made a motion, which Mr. Livingston seconded, to adopt the following slate of nominees:

Chair : Jessica S. Loving
Vice Chair : Ulysses L. Bridgeman, Jr.
Treasurer : J. Chester Porter
Secretary : Nathaniel E. Green
At-Large : Owsley Brown Frazier
Constituency Representative : David J. Ensign
University Counsel : Angela D. Koshewa
Assistant Secretary : Kathleen M. Smith

The motion passed.

Chair Loving thanked the Nominating Committee and praised the trustees for their professional and effective work. Chair Loving asked any Board members who have not responded to Ms. Kathleen Smith’s recent communication requesting available dates for an upcoming Board retreat, to please do so immediately. Chair Loving further stated that she has asked Ms. Smith to distribute a matrix of potential committee functions for Board members to identify his/her interest in serving on a specific committee.

VII. Information Item: Trustee Bylaws Amendments

Chair Loving noted that several months ago the Ad Hoc Committee on Bylaws began looking at the Board’s bylaws to assure the document reflected the directions of the Board and it served as a useful instrument that facilitated the actions Trustees wanted to achieve. She thanked Co-Chairs Marie Abrams and Nathaniel Green for their hard work throughout the process. University Counsel reminded the Board that this amendment is provided as information only and the first reading. The revised bylaws will be voted on at the next Board meeting. Ms. Koshewa offered to respond to any questions and to share any comments with the co-chairs. Co-Chair Abrams noted that one issue arose, which was not a bylaws issue, concerning the Board meeting on the fourth Monday. She expressed that on several occasions this created a conflict with CPE meeting dates. She suggested the Board consider alternative meeting dates.

VIII. Action Item: Approval of Capital Construction Project Renovation of School of Medicine Labs, 14th Floor

President Ramsey reported this proposed research lab would be housed in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Dr. James Graham, a newly recruited faculty member brings with him a $1.75 million NIH grant. This capital project will use plant funds to retrofit lab space to accommodate special air handling requirements associated with the research grant. Mr. Porter made a motion, which Mr. Mulloy seconded, to approve the

President’s recommendation of the following project:

Project Research Lab, 14th Floor
Medical School Tower
Estimated Cost $229,000
Fund Source Plant Funds

The motion passed.

IX. Action Item: Approval of Endowment Match Program (EMP) Annual Report

President Ramsey reported that, beginning this year, the Council on Postsecondary Education has asked that all state institutions participating in the Research Challenge Trust Fund program submit by October 15 an annual report regarding their endowment match efforts, which will detail specific information related to all the endowed chairs and professorships matched with “Bucks for Brains” funding. He noted the report also recognizes the significant economic impact these endowed chairs have on the University, our community, and Kentucky.

Mr. Curtin reviewed the Endowment Match Program 2001-02 Annual Report Summary (copy attached). Mr. Curtin thanked Vice Presidents Beyel and Martin, Ms. Cathy Schaeffer, and the Controller’s Office staff for their work, along with Dr. Pam Feldhoff for supplying most of the programmatic information. Vice President Martin commented on the many entrepreneurial partnerships created through the Research Challenge Trust Fund. She shared several patents currently in the works, specifically referencing the current work of Dr. Don Miller, Dr. Suzanne Ildstad, and Dr. Richard Germain. Of the grants awarded to date, Dr. Germain’s program has brought in $50 million to the University. She noted the tremendous economic impact from the creation of high tech jobs, new tax revenue, improved standard of living, and spin off jobs. In response Ms. Abrams’ request for a summary of this information, Vice President Martin agreed to send it to the Board. Mr. Green shared the supportive results between the University and community since the creating of Our Highest Potential. Ms. Abrams made a motion, which Mr. Green seconded, to approve the

President’s recommendation that the Board of Trustees approve the Endowment Match Program Annual Report due to the Council on Postsecondary Education on October 15, 2002.

The motion passed.

X. Action Item: Approval of Biomedical Research Chair

President Ramsey reported that, beginning this year, the Council on Postsecondary Education has asked that each institution’s board approve each proposal that goes to the state for endowment match. The H. W. Stodghill Foundation has funded $1 million for a Biomedical Research Chair and has asked that the funding be matched as a “Bucks for Brains” initiative. He noted this chair has the potential to marry research in the engineering and medical fields, using highly-specialized technical applications to help solve complex medical problems. This endowed chair will further implement the directions established in the Challenge for Excellence and move the University closer toward its goal in the interdisciplinary field of biomedicine. Ms. Abrams made a motion, which Ms. Snowden seconded, to approve the

President’s recommendation that the Board of Trustees approve the establishment of a new endowed Biomedical Research Chair that will be funded from the Commonwealth’s Endowment Match Program.

The motion passed.

XI. Action Item: Approval of the Creation of the Center for the Deterrence of Biowarfare and Bioterrorism

President Ramsey reported that in October 2001 the Board received a presentation on this proposed center from Deans Ron Atlas and Rick Clover. The Faculty Senate endorsed the creation of the Center at its September 4, 2002 meeting. Dr. Ramsey noted with Board approval the Center can begin immediately to recruit funding from the Center for Disease Control and other public health agencies. He stated the Center’s mission will be to develop communication and epidemiological capabilities that facilitate detection and response to bioterrorism, that protect the public’s health, that provide effective education for health care providers and that conduct research to deter bioterrorism through enhanced medical and public health response capabilities. To follow up Ms. Worland’s inquiry about the University of Kentucky’s project, President Ramsey noted the distinction between the projects and stated they would not compete for funding. Vice President Martin observed that UK and UofL are not competitive for NIH facilities. Vice President Kaplan stated this project is funded through Center for Disease Control, and that UofL already has some federal funding for this initiative. Vice President Martin acknowledged Senator McConnell’s assistance with seed money to establish the center. Mr. Porter made a motion, which Mr. Bridgeman seconded, to approve the

President’s recommendation that the Board of Trustees approve the creation of the Center for the Deterrence of Biowarfare and Bioterrorism with co-directors assigned by and reporting to the Vice President for Health Affairs.

The motion passed.

XII. Report of the President

President Ramsey reported the student profile, with this year’s freshman class is very exciting. He noted UofL has the highest ACT average ever, the most students with ACT scores above 27, a record number of students with GPAs of 3.4 or better, while overall enrollment has exceeded targets. He acknowledged the Board’s support for improving quality at UofL has begun to transform the university into a school of choice. He asked Provost Willihnganz for a more detailed report. He asked Provost Willihnganz to expand the report with additional details. Provost Willihnganz shared preliminary data: enrollments are up, 2252 as of today; the goal for students with an ACT between 27 and 36 was 425—UofL has 474; the ACT mean (20.57) is up for African-American students, while retaining these students at a higher rate. She reported the number of honors eligible freshman is 410, an increase of 12%. She reported UofL has about 745 new freshman on scholarship, with the average scholarship award at $4762.

Vice President Martin provided an overview regarding research, noting total awards at $115 million. She stated UofL has filled four of the last five professorships funded by Bucks for Brains, and we are actively recruiting the rest of Round I chairs. She reported the number of patents and licenses issued: 1 issued; 31 new patents applied for; 5 licenses and options; and two business start ups. She acknowledged Minerva Ventures’ progress. Ms. Brown observed the staff’s excitement regarding Minerva Ventures and hoped the stock will go public.

Vice President Beyel provided an update on giving. He noted the grassroots plan to increase number of gifts at different levels, stating he was especially pleased with efforts by faculty and staff. He reported the cancer center campaign has received about $25 million in early stage gifts. He also reported that UofL will have its feasibility study (completed about two years ago) updated.

President Ramsey reported that faculty and staff will each receive a one-time performance recognition award of $1350. President Ramsey recognized the invaluable dedication and commitment of faculty and staff to the future goals of UofL and the importance of their continuing contributions to UofL’s momentum. President Ramsey asked the faculty and staff chairs to assist him with getting this decision communicated to their constituents. Vice President Owsley reported that a target date for check issuance is mid-October, possibly sooner. Ms. Brown thanked President Ramsey for his understanding of the situation and his timely decision.

President Ramsey acknowledged the orientation this morning for new trustees and the Trusteeship Conference scheduled for September 22-23. President Ramsey shared the news of Johnny Unitas’ death. He asked Ms. Kathleen Smith to consider some appropriate recognition of sympathy from the trustees to the Unitas family.

President Ramsey discussed the recent Alumni Fellows event, noting Brandeis School of Law’s honoring of Mr. Owsley Frazier as an alumni fellow.

XIII. Report of the Chair

Chair Loving thanked President Ramsey for his service as acting president and for his leadership in helping UofL move toward its short and long term goals.

Chair Loving reminded the Board to respond to Ms. Kathleen Smith regarding retreat date options.

XIV. Adjournment

Ms. Abrams made a motion, which Mr. Mulloy seconded, to adjourn the meeting at 3:00 p.m. The motion passed.

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