Minutes -- April 8, 2004 -- Board of Trustess -- University of Louisville
MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE
UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
November 11, 2004
In Open Session
The members of the Board of Trustees of the University of Louisville met on Thursday, November 11, 2004, at 2:40 p.m. in the Jefferson Room of Grawemeyer Hall, Belknap Campus, with members present and absent as follows:
Mr. Ulysses L. Bridgeman, Jr., Chair
Mr. Tommie Burns
|From the University:||
Dr. James R. Ramsey, President
|Guests:||Mr. Jim Carpenter, Deloitte & Touche|
I. Call to Order
Having determined a quorum present, Chairman Bridgeman called the meeting to order at 2:40 p.m.
II. Consent Agenda
A. Approval of Minutes
Minutes from Annual Board Meeting, 9/23/04
B. From the Personnel Committee
Approval of Amendment to Redbook Regarding Library faculty
and Change in Title of Librarian
Approval of Monthly Personnel Recommendations
Approval of Appointment of Sandy Metts Snowden to the
Quality and Charity Care Trust Board
Approval of Appointment and Reappointments of
UMC Board of Directors
C. From the Finance Committee
Approval of Audited Financial Statements for Year Ending June 30, 2004
D. From the Ad Hoc Committee on Bylaws and Policies Committee
Approval of Philanthropy Policy
E. Approval of Candidates for Degrees, December 2004
Chairman Bridgeman read the roll of consent agenda items. Ms. Loving recused herself from voting. Hearing no objection, Mr. Green made a motion, which Judge Bisig seconded, to approve the consent agenda. The motion passed with Ms. Loving abstaining. Chair Bridgeman thanked the Bylaws Committee for thoughtfully crafting a board policy that clarifies the Board’s expectations regarding personal philanthropy of board members. As Chair, Mr. Bridgeman will execute this policy and all other policies the board approves.
III. Action Item: Approval of Ph.D. in Nursing
Dr. Willihnganz reported the School of Nursing faculty recommends the creation of a Ph.D. in Nursing. The program will prepare nurse scientists to generate knowledge, test interventions and evaluate outcomes to reduce risks of illness/disability and promote quality of life; collaborate with other disciplines to improve the delivery of health care; assume research, leadership, executive, public policy and/or teaching roles; and affect health policy through the application of scientific knowledge. Dr. Willihnganz introduced Dr. Mary Mundt, Dean of the School of Nursing. Dr. Mundt reported the development of a nursing doctoral program was a strategic goal and essential to the School’s continued growth in an academic health science center. The addition of a Ph.D. in Nursing will complete the School’s program array and allow the School to offer the same selection of degrees as its benchmark schools of nursing. Dr. Mundt observed the Health Sciences Center is a rapidly growing and expanding center of research, education and practice, making significant contributions to the Louisville community, the Commonwealth and the nation. Nursing is an essential interdisciplinary partner in these initiatives to generate knowledge and improve health care.
Faculty research programs present a research-intensive environment with mentoring networks available to support faculty. She marked the School’s success by its growing number of funded research grants and contracts, as well as the school’s increased stature in national rankings.
The doctoral program will offer two progression tracks, a BSN to Ph.D. and MSN to Ph.D. The curriculum consists of at least 62 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree or 45 credit hours beyond the master’s degree plus 12 dissertation hours. She reported since the program falls outside the University’s program bands, approval by the Council on Postsecondary Education is required.
Dr. Willihnganz reported that as the program request passed the internal approval process with great support. Dr. Cook commended Dr. Mundt on the tremendous job she has done and concurred this was an exceptional program to offer to students. In response to Mr. McKinley’s inquiry, Dr. Mundt confirmed that classes would begin Fall 2005. Ms. Abrams made a motion, which Mr. Helman seconded, to approve the
President’s recommendation that the Board of Trustees approve the creation of a Ph.D. in Nursing.
The motion passed unanimously.
IV. Action Item: Approval of Security Clearance and Managerial Group
Dr. Ramsey reported this resolution updates the “Managerial Group” of the University of Louisville with full authority and responsibility for administering contracts involving access to classified material. The persons designated in the managerial group will be required to undergo government security clearance if they have not already done so. Due to the high cost of these clearances to the government—both in terms of money and tying up personnel—the Federal Government would prefer to avoid processing security clearances for every director. To carry out the purposes of this delegation and to meet federal regulations, the Board takes formal action waiving access to classified information for all directors not designated in the managerial group and must take action waiving access to classified information for each new director. Ms. Abrams made a motion, which Ms. Loving seconded, to approve the
President’s recommendation that the Board of Trustees adopt the attached Resolution revising the Managerial Group of the Board of Trustees of the University of Louisville and waiving of security clearance for directors not a part of the managerial group; and
that the President be authorized to take any other steps necessary with regard to agreements or assurances to the Defense Security Service to effect the facility security clearance of the University of Louisville and clearance of its personnel including compliance with the provisions of the National Industrial Security Operating Manual or other Federal government policy relating to safeguarding of classified information.
The motion passed unanimously.
V. Action Item: Approval to Ratify the Amended and Restated Bylaws of the
University of Louisville Research Foundation, Inc.
President Ramsey reported this amendment adds the Vice President for Finance, as chief financial officer of the University of Louisville, as a voting member of the Board of Directors of ULRF. Prior to the reorganization of the University administration in 2003, the chief business officer and chief financial officer were one in the same. Ms. Denny made a motion, which Mr. Poe seconded, to approve the
President’s recommendation that the Board of Trustees ratify the amended and restated By-Laws of the University of Louisville Research Foundation, Inc., in the form attached.
The motion passed unanimously.
VI. Report of the President
Progress Update on University Libraries
President Ramsey requested Dr. Hannelore Rader update the Board on the expansion of the University library. Dr. Rader distributed an information update (copy available upon request). With great enthusiasm, she thanked everyone for their support of the expansion. The expansion will create a state-of-the art auditorium, a café, and close to 1000 DVDs. She thanked student government for donating DVDs to the Library. The new facility will boast a McConnell Center and allow the University tremendous national and international speakers. She reported the Library was used by students, as well as community and state residents. She noted in April the Library will celebrate holding 2 million volumes of materials. President Ramsey thanked Dean Rader for an excellent report.
Big East Update
President Ramsey asked Vice President Jurich to provide an update on the University’s move to the Big East Conference. Vice President Jurich reported on his recent meeting with Big East athletic directors, noting President Ramsey attended meetings with Big East presidents concurrent with the athletic directors meetings. Mr. Jurich acknowledged these meetings allowed for open communication. In response to Mr. Green’s inquiry, Mr. Jurich noted the University is contractually bound to Conference USA through June 30, 2004. The contract with Big East begins July 1, 2004 and is for a six-year period. President Ramsey discussed the importance academically and athletically, and the need to develop an operational plan and facilities plan. Mr. Jurich discussed with the UL Athletic Association board of directors the possible need to expand women’s sports and facilities.
Chairman Bridgeman reported candidates for elected offices discussed possibilities about a new basketball arena. With the Big East transition underway, Chair Bridgeman requested President Ramsey appoint a steering committee focusing on facilities Cardinal Athletics must consider as it moves into the new conference. Chair Bridgeman noted the importance that priorities for these high profile facilities, e.g., new basketball arena and expanded football stadium, evolve from the Board’s goals, promote the best interests of the University, and lead future discussions within the community and state. President Ramsey will proceed as directed.
President Ramsey reported University administrators met with mayors and town leaders of the communities adjacent to the Shelby Campus. Following the presentation in October, the University began pursuing an application strategy for a biosafety laboratory to be built on the Shelby Campus. This proposal, if funded, would fit nicely within the University’s strategy for the overall development of Shelby Campus as a business and technology park. President Ramsey noted if the proposal request is approved, he will return to the Board with a request to approve up to $10 million in matching funds. He noted the request to NIH will be $25 million for the facility. Dr. Ramsey asked Dr. Larry Cook to provide an overview of his presentation to community residents.
Dr. Cook walked through the presentation. He noted the NIH proposal covered the development of a biosafety laboratory and a program in predictive medicine. Upon reviewing many sites, Shelby Campus proved the best option with recessed property, heavily wooded areas, and ideally met federal setback requirements. Dr. Cook commended Vice President Owsley and his team of consultants.
Senior Vice President Martin noted the review process usually takes six months to nine months. President Ramsey departed at 3:30 p.m.
VII. Executive Session
Mr. Forman made a motion, which Mr. Green seconded, to go into executive session at 3:30 p.m. to discuss litigation matters. The motion passed unanimously.
VIII. Open Meeting Reconvenes
Chair Bridgeman reconvened the open session at 3:46 p.m. He noted the Board
discussed Grawemeyer Awards and received an update on litigation.
IX. Action Item: Authorization for Executive Committee to Act on the Request to
Approve the 2005 Grawemeyer Award Winners, the University’s Mission Statement and a Banking Resolution
Provost Willihnganz noted because there is no regularly scheduled board meeting in December, the President asked the Board to authorize the Executive Committee to approve the Grawemeyer Awards for 2005, revision to the University’s mission statement after Faculty Senate approves it, and a routine banking resolution resulting from moving the University’s banking services form Republic Bank & Trust to National City. After carrying out a competitive procedure, National City was the successful responder to the University’s request for banking services proposals. Final details of the change were not completed in time for the Board to take action at this meeting. Ms. Abrams made a motion, which Mr. Green seconded, to approve the
Chair’s recommendation that the Board authorize the Executive Committee to take action on the following items:
To act on the request for approval of the
* Grawemeyer Awards for 2005,
* University’s mission statement, and
* Banking Resolution
The motion passed, with Ms. Denny abstaining.
X. Report of the Chairman
Chair Bridgeman wished everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday.
Provost Willihnganz reported the Ku Klux Klan has expressed an interest in coming to campus Friday, February 4. The Klan’s request has followed the University’s guidelines. The University has granted the Klan’s request. She observed security measures in place. Mr. Stone made a motion, which Mr. Helman seconded, to adjourn the meeting at 4:00 p.m. The motion passed unanimously.