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Minutes -- January 9, 2003 -- Board of Trustess -- University of Louisville

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January 9, 2003

The Board of Trustees met onThursday, January 9, 2003 at 3:00 p.m., in the Jefferson Room of Grawemeyer Hall with members present and absent as follows:

Present: Ms. Jessica S. Loving, Chair
Mr. Ulysses L. Bridgeman, Jr., Vice Chair
Mrs. Marie K. Abrams
Ms. Virginia C. Brown
Mr. Tommie Burns
Mr. Kevin D. Cogan
Mr. David Ensign
Mr. Nathaniel E. Green
Mr. Grant M. Helman
Mr. Milton M. Livingston
Mr. Christopher Marlin
Mr. J. Chester Porter
Mrs. Sandra Metts Snowden
Absent: Ms. Linda Wallbaum Cauble
Mr. Owsley Brown Frazier
Ms. Joyce Hagen-Schifano
Mr. William Mulloy, Sr.
Ms. Beth Worland
Ms. Mary Yarmuth
From the University: Dr. James Ramsey, President
Dr. Shirley Willihnganz, Acting Provost
Ms. Angela Koshewa, University Counsel
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
Ms. Rae Goldsmith, Associate V. P. for University Relations
Mr. John Drees, Director, Communications & Marketing
Mrs. Kathleen M. Smith, Assistant Secretary, Board of Trustees
Ms. Trisha Wolf, Board Liaison, President’s Office
Ms. Debbie Dougherty, Board Liaison, President’s Office

I. Call to Order

Having determined a quorum present, Chair Loving called the special meeting to order at 3:20 p.m.

II. Action Item: Approval of President’s Contract

Chair Loving noted the Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Dr. James Ramsey as president on November 14, 2002, and approved the terms, compensation and benefit elements of that contract on December 10, 2002. Based upon those past actions, Chair Loving stated the contract today recognizes Dr. Ramsey as president of the University of Louisville through 2012. Chair Loving praised President Ramsey for his leadership. Ms. Abrams made a motion, which Ms. Snowden seconded, to approve the

Chair’s recommendation that the Board of Trustees approve the employment contract (attached) for Dr. James R. Ramsey, as President, through June 30, 2013.

The motion passed unanimously. The Chair, Secretary and President signed the contract officially. Dr. Ramsey received a round of applause. President Ramsey expressed his appreciation to of the Board for its confidence in his leadership.

II. Action Item: Construction of Cardinal Hall

President Ramsey briefed the Board concerning the progress of the Cardinal Hall construction. Mr. Helman made a motion, which Ms. Snowden seconded, to approve the

President’s recommendation that the University of Louisville enter into a land lease with ULH, Inc. for the purpose of developing a student housing project in conjunction with the University of Louisville Athletic Association. This action supersedes any previous actions.

The motion passed unanimously.

IV. President’s Report

President Ramsey noted today’s newspaper article about a potential the arena, recognizing a new arena would help the men’s basketball program just as Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium and the football complex have enhanced the football program. Dr. Ramsey observed that over the last 6 months, he has met with athletics staff and reviewed progress in terms of gender equity, academic support for student-athletes, NCAA compliance, sports competitiveness on the field and budget responsibility. Dr. Ramsey acknowledged Athletic Director Jurich’s efforts in hiring the University’s new football coach, Mr. Bobby Petrino. Coach Petrino reported this weekend as the first recruiting weekend, noting there will be about 14 recruits on campus. He shared the names of his coaching staff and acknowledged the hard work and great effort of his staff in the recruitment weekend. The Board welcomed Coach Petrino with a round of applause.

With that said, President Ramsey expressed the number one priority of House Bill 1 and the Challenge for Excellence was to shape UofL into a preeminent metropolitan research university. The Louisville Medical Center and our Health Sciences Center are key factors in that strategy to create a nationally recognized center of excellence allowing Kentuckians and citizens of the region to remain close to home while receiving leading edge medical treatments. He also observed that GLI’s priority was to build the regional economy around the medical/health niching strategic development.

V. Adjournment

Chair Loving encouraged the trustees to attend the Board of Overseers winter luncheon on Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at the Rudd Heart & Lung Center at Jewish Hospital. She noted that Governor Patton will be the key speaker at the luncheon. Mr. Helman made a motion, which Mr. Livingston seconded, to adjourn the meeting at 3:40 p.m. The motion passed unanimously.

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