Minutes -- June 24, 2004 -- Special Meeting of Board of Trustess -- University of Louisville
MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE
UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
In Open Session
The members of the Board of Trustees of the University of Louisville met on Thursday, June 24, 2004, at 1:45 p.m. in the Jefferson Room of Grawemeyer Hall, Belknap Campus, with members present and absent as follows:
Mr. Ulysses L. Bridgeman, Jr., Chairman
|Ms. Elizabeth Worland|
Ms. Marie Abrams
|From the University:||
Dr. James R. Ramsey, President
Representative Ron Crimm
I. Call to Order
Having determined a quorum present, Chairman Bridgeman called the meeting to order at 1:45 p.m. President Ramsey introduced Dr. Larry Cook, Interim Executive Vice President for Health Affairs. Dr. Cook also serves as UofL Medical School Fund president. President Ramsey noted that Dr. Cook has joined the leadership team on an interim basis to represent the health sciences.
II. Consent Agenda
A. Approval of Minutes
From the Special Board Meeting, May 13, 2004
B. From the Personnel Committee
Action Item: Approval of Monthly Personnel Actions (May, June)
Action Item: Approval of Continuation of Dean, Graduate School
Action Item: Approval of Continuation of Dean, School of Dentistry
C. From the Finance Committee
Action Item: Approval of Speed Museum Easement Agreement
Action Item: Approval of Capital Construction Projects
Eastern Parkway Infrastructure Improvements
* Infrastructure Improvements for Fourth Street, Cardinal Boulevard, Floyd
Street, Second and Third Streets
*Fields for Intramural and Recreational Sports at Parkway Field
*Office of Planning, Institutional Research and Data Management move to
Miller Information Technology Center
Action Item: Approval of Amendment to Article II of the Group Benefits Policy (definition of “Eligible Retiree”)
Action Item: Approval of Baseball Stadium Agreement
Action Item: Approval of the Postdoctoral Program Enhancement Fee for the School of Dentistry
Chairman Bridgeman read the roll of consent agenda items. Hearing no objection, Ms. Snowden made a motion, which Ms. Loving seconded, to approve the consent agenda. The motion passed unanimously.
III. Information Item: Presentation of Master Plan for the Shelby Business & Technology Park:
President Ramsey stated that for approximately 40 years Shelby Campus was an underperforming asset. After the Board approved the mission statement for the development of Shelby Campus, the University began to create a master plan that would convert this asset into a revenue-producing strategy to complement the University’s academic and research agenda. The University contracted with the Stubbins Group to craft a master plan. President Ramsey asked Ron Ostberg and Anita Morrison, consultants for the process, to discuss the plan with the Board. Mr. Ostberg and Ms. Morrison presented a Powerpoint briefing (copy available upon request). The presentation was based upon findings resulting from meetings with various community and university leaders, and a projected a 0-100 year timetable for the development of this land. Mr. Ostberg acknowledged the solid support of community representatives and explained he would return to the Board of Trustees with a more detailed plan.
President Ramsey thanked Representative Ron Crimm and Sandy Metts Snowden and Scott Brinkman (who could not attend the meeting) for co-chairing the executive/steering committee that has worked with the master planning consultants throughout the project. All the co-chairs were supportive of the plans presented. Dr. Ramsey also recognized Councilwoman Julie Raque Adams and Mayor of Bellemeade, Wes Amos, for their assistance with this process. Dr. Ramsey acknowledged with gratitude their continuing commitment to the process.
At the request of Dr. Ramsey, Mr. Crimm spoke about the plan to date. He appreciated Dr. Ramsey’s invitation to serve as co-chair of the committee and the inclusive manner in conducting the meetings. The University has kept the whole community involved in this process. He applauded the positive approach in moving the traffic off Shelbyville Road. [Ms. Worland departed from the telephone connection at 2:30 p.m.] Councilwoman Raque-Adams stated her support for this plan. Her perspective was not only respect for UofL’s success with the development but also the impact on the neighborhood. She expressed positive encouragement and her intent to remain involved. Mayor Amos thanked the University for the cooperative and inclusive effort to involve community leaders especially from his city. He noted that Bellemeade was formed in 1956 as a residential city. He thought the majority of Bellemeade’s residents would be pleased with the proposal. The citizens appreciate the current athletic facilities on the campus but understand change is in imminent. The new plan includes a small, park-like area off Shelbyville Road. He expressed his pride in the University’s consideration for his neighborhood. The University’s proposal includes 100 feet of green space as a buffer between the neighborhood and the developed campus. He urged the moving of the Shelbyville Road entrance to where the red light exists (Whittington Parkway) which would control the traffic pattern better. He said the Bellemeade citizens would appreciate University’s intent to move the new main entrance to Hurstbourne Parkway. He stated the designs presented today were the best. He thanked President Ramsey and all involved for incorporating the concerns of his neighborhood into the proposal.
Ms. Snowden noted her involvement with the project spanned a period of four years. She appreciated the neighborhood’s endorsement of the plan and praised the University for its extensive approach to the sensitivity of the neighborhoods while pursuing the goals and objectives of the University.
President Ramsey thanked Vice President Owsley and Mr. Ken Dietz for their leadership in this process. Mr. Owsley reiterated the University’s continuing commitment to listen and respond to community concerns and thanked Mr. Dietz for his efforts in the coordination of this process.
In response to President Ramsey’s encouragement for comment, Ms. Loving complimented the Committee for its work and the consultants on an excellent presentation. Ms. Denny commended the committee for its commitment to cooperation. Ms. Denny moved, and Mr. Porter seconded,
The Board of Trustees approves the master plan for Shelby Business & Technology Park as conceptually discussed on June 24, 2004 and that the Board strongly endorses the directions presented in the Plan.
The motion passed unanimously.
IV. Action Item: Authorization for the Executive committee to Act for the Board
Chairman Bridgeman noted this action authorizes the Executive committee to act for the Board. Ms. Loving made a motion, which Ms. Hagen seconded, to approve the
Chairman’s recommendation that the Board authorize the Executive committee to approve the following:
Candidates for degrees and certificates for conferral on August 6, 2004;
The authority for the Provost to approve the awarding of degrees to others who have been certified by the unit faculties as having completed the appropriate courses of study but missed the deadline for Executive Committee action;
Monthly personnel actions;
Naming of dedicatory rooms and facilities;
Other matters of routine nature
The motion passed unanimously.
V. Action Item: Approval of Operating Budget for 2004-05
President Ramsey noted the Finance Committee held a workshop and committee meeting to review the 2004-05 operating budget and then asked Vice President Curtin to present the budget proposal. Vice President Curtin thanked Finance Committee Chair Green for his support in conducting the workshop. Highlights of Mr. Curtin’s Powerpoint presentation include:
The proposed general fund Operating Budget for the University of Louisville is $343,164,500 for the 2004-05 fiscal year. This is an increase of approximately $17.5 million from last year and represents a 5.4 percent overall increase in the budget, including debt service and contractual obligations. This budget closely follows the preliminary budget presented at the Board of Trustees’ Finance Committee budget workshop in May. In comparison, this budget includes some minor refinements, most involving expenditure items that are directly offset by specific revenue items.
Budget decisions were made after extensive consultation with the Vice Presidents, Deans, Faculty and Staff Senates, Student Government Association, and the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees.
The mandated state budget reduction and the need for increased tuition revenue are the driving forces behind the development of the 2004-05 operating budget. Institutional priorities for this year’s Operating Budget are drawn directly from the University strategic plan, the Challenge for Excellence , at both the unit and institutional level. After covering fixed costs and other commitments, the proposed budget includes an overall salary increase pool of 2.7 percent, of which 2 percent was allocated for performance-based increases and .7 percent for staff market adjustments. Beyond fixed costs and additional faculty and staff compensation, the proposed budget includes other strategic initiatives totaling $8.3 million. These strategic initiatives are in the following areas:
Enhancing the Student Experience - $1.4 million
Student Financial Aid - $3.5
Academic Program Improvement - $3.4
Mr. Curtin thanked Ms. Ingram and her staff for their excellent work in this process. President Ramsey expressed appreciation to Mr. Curtin and his entire budget staff. Mr. Green made a motion, which Ms. Hagen seconded, to approve the
President’s recommendation that the Board of Trustees approve the proposed University operating budget for fiscal year 2004-05, as attached.
The motion passed unanimously.
VI. Report of the President
Recognition of Virginia C. Brown and William P. Mulloy, Sr.
President Ramsey acknowledged the leadership of two outstanding trustees whose terms expire June 30, 2004. He read the following resolutions in their honor.
VIRGINIA C. BROWN
WHEREAS, Virginia C. Brown has served the University with distinction as the representative of the staff to the Board of Trustees since 2002;
WHEREAS, in her capacity as a member of the Board, she committed her energy and experience to various standing committees of the Board, including the Academic and Student Affairs Committee, Trustees Award Committee and Personnel Committee, leading the Committee as its vice chair for 2002-04;
WHEREAS, because of her many talents, she also served on various special University and Board Committees, including the 2004 Provost Search Committee;
WHEREAS, she willingly served on the Board of Directors of university affiliated corporations, including the University of Louisville Research Foundation, Inc.; and
WHEREAS, she demonstrated her full and loyal support to the University, thereby winning the admiration, affection, and respect of her fellow Trustees.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of the University of Louisville hereby expresses its sincere admiration and deep appreciation to Virginia C. Brown for her hard work and outstanding performance as a member of the Board of Trustees from July 2002 through June 2004; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this Resolution, appropriately signed, be presented to Ms. Virginia C. Brown.
Dr. Ramsey read the following resolution in recognition of Mr. Mulloy’s service to the University.
WILLIAM P. MULLOY, SR.
WHEREAS, William P. Mulloy, Sr. has served the University with distinction as a member of the Board of Trustees since his appointment by Governor Patton in 1998;
WHEREAS, in his capacity as a member of the Board, he served faithfully and well on various standing committees of the Board, including the Finance Committee (serving as chair 1999-2000; vice chair 2000-02), the Academic Affairs Committee, the Trustees Award Committee (serving as chair 2001), the Personnel Committee, the Audit Committee (serving as vice chair 2002-04), and the Nominating Committee (serving as chair 2003-04);
WHEREAS, he willingly served on the Board of Directors of University affiliated corporations, including the Intellectual Property Committee, the University of Louisville Research Foundation, Inc., the Quality and Charity Care Trust Board of Directors, and ULH, Inc.;
WHEREAS, he has given his full and loyal support to the University, thereby winning the admiration, affection, and respect of his fellow Trustees.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of the University of Louisville hereby express its sincere admiration and deep appreciation to William P. Mulloy, Sr. for his hard work and outstanding performance as a member of the Board of Trustees from July 1998 through June 2004; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this Resolution, appropriately signed, be presented to Mr. William P Mulloy, Sr.
President Ramsey thanked Ms. Brown and Mr. Mulloy for their dedicated service to the Board. Mr. Green made a motion, which Judge Bisig seconded, to approve the above resolutions. The motion passed unanimously. Ms. Brown introduced Ms. Bev Daly as the new vice chair of the Staff Senate. Mr. Bill Forman, the incoming Staff Senate chair, recently had hip replacement and could not attend the meeting today. Ms. Brown thanked the Board for its support of the staff. Mr. Mulloy said it was his pleasure to serve on the Board of Trustees.
President Ramsey acknowledged the Kosair Charities leadership that helped shape the University of Louisville as a national cutting edge institution in promoting children’s health and the eradication of childhood diseases. Kosair Charities has been UofL’s partner in the pediatrics department for decades, and has invested more than $108 million in the children of the Louisville community and state of Kentucky. Kosair’s most recent gift of $5 million to the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute is the largest single gift in the organization’s history. It displays a tremendous vote of confidence in the University. Representing Kosair Charities were, Mr. Larry Hamfeldt, Chair of the Kosair Board, and Mr. Randy Coe, Executive Director. Dr. Ramsey asked Dr. Cook to comment. Interim Executive Vice President Larry Cook expressed appreciation to Kosair for its support in research and faculty positions, as well as pediatric oncology initiatives. He observed Kosair’s impact has been broad, spanning the Home of the Innocents, Frazier Rehabilitation Program and other areas. He recognized Dr. Laman Gray’s pioneering efforts to include children in the ongoing research in cardiovascular surgery. Dr. Gray is chief of the division of cardiovascular surgery and completed the first heart transplant in Kentucky. Dr. Cook acknowledged deep appreciation to Dr. Erle Austen, a pediatric cardiovascular surgeon on Dr. Gray’s team.
Mr. Hamfeldt stated Kosair’s intent was that no child should face life with a broken heart. Kosair has enjoyed its 81-year partnership with UofL. He noted that gifts were based on relationships and dreams. The partnership’s mission was to provide medical care for children whose families could not afford to pay. Mr. Hamfeldt complimented the Board for choosing Dr. Ramsey as the University’s president, commending Dr. Ramsey’s character and integrity. With Drs. Gray and Austen, researchers and engineers, patients and parents participating in clinical trials, success is assured. As partners, Kosair and UofL will be successful in a total victory against congenital heart disease. Mr. Hamfeldt thanked the Board for its support. Mr. Hamfeldt received a round of applause.
Mr. Coe echoed Mr. Hamfeldt’ sentiments and thanked the Board for its continued support of this partnership.
Dr. Gray thanked Kosair for its vision and dedication to create the first pediatric cardiovascular surgery center in the country.
President Ramsey read the following:
RESOLUTION OF APPRECIATION TO KOSAIR CHARITIES
FOR ITS PARTNERSHIP WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE TO IMPROVE CHILDREN’S HEALTH
June 24, 2004
WHEREAS, for more than 80 years, the mission to provide medical care for children whose families couldn’t afford to pay has been the impetus for Kosair Charities to invest more than $108 million in the children of our community and state; and
WHEREAS, the University of Louisville deeply appreciates its long and rewarding partnership with Kosair Charities in achieving our combined goals to improve the health of the children of our state and to eradicate life-threatening childhood illness; and
WHEREAS, the partnership between Kosair Charities and the University of Louisville has focused for decades on treating children suffering from polio, cerebral palsy, congenital heart disease, psychological and emotional abnormality, and other serious health threats; and
WHEREAS, Kosair Charities has been critical to advancement of the University of Louisville pediatric program as a national centerpiece in providing health care to the most vulnerable of children; and
WHEREAS, Kosair Charities’ unselfish and dedicated philanthropy has provided hope for the children whose potential was limited by health constraints and has offered a new opportunity for them to achieve miracles;
NOW BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that the University of Louisville Board of Trustees recognize Kosair Charities, its Board of Directors, and its leadership as outstanding citizens and valued partners in this most crucial mission to help the children of Kentucky lead normal lives; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the University of Louisville gratefully acknowledges the generous contribution of $5 million to the University’s Cardiovascular Innovation Institute for the treatment of children’s heart diseases; and
BE IT ALSO RESOLVED, that the University of Louisville expresses its deep appreciation for Kosair’s past support and UofL’s strong desire to continue its partnership with Kosair Charities for many more years in the future and to expand this relationship even further for the benefit of all Kentucky’s children.
Ms. Hagen made a motion, which Mr. Green seconded, to approve the above resolution. The motion passed unanimously. Kosair representatives received a round of applause. Mr. Coe recognized Trustee Bill Mulloy for his membership with Kosair Charities. Chairman Bridgeman thanked President Ramsey and Kosair Charities representatives for a great partnership. President Ramsey invited everyone to remain following the conclusion of the meeting for a reception to commemorate the occasion.
VII. Report of the Chairman
The Chair had no report.
Ms. Loving made a motion, which Mr. Mulloy seconded, to adjourn the meeting at 3:15 p.m. The motion passed unanimously.