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Minutes -- April 8, 2004 -- Board of Trustess -- University of Louisville

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

In Open Session

The members of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees met on Thursday, April 8, 2004, in the Jefferson Room of Grawemeyer Hall on Belknap Campus, with members present and absent as follows:

 

Present: Mr. Ulysses L. Bridgeman, Jr., Chairman
Ms. Marie Abrams
Judge Angela McCormick Bisig
Ms. Virginia C. Brown
Ms. Linda Wallbaum Cauble
Mr. Kevin D. Cogan
Ms. Donna Tinsley Denny
Prof. David Ensign
Mr. Nathaniel Green
Ms. Joyce Hagen
Mr. Grant Helman
Mr. Milton Livingston
Ms. Jessica Loving
Mr. William Mulloy, Sr.
Mr. J. Chester Porter
Ms. Sandra Metts Snowden
Mr. Michael Sticklen
Ms. Elizabeth Worland
Absent: Mr. Tommie Burns
Mr. Owsley Brown Frazier
From the University: Dr. James R. Ramsey, President
Dr. Shirley Willihnganz, Acting Executive Vice President and Provost
Dr. Joel A. Kaplan, Executive Vice President Chancellor for HSC
Ms. Angela D. Koshewa, University Counsel
Mr. Larry Owsley, Vice President for Business Affairs
Mr. Joseph S. Beyel, Vice President for University Advancement
Dr. Denise D. Gifford, Vice President for Student Affairs
Mr. Daniel Hall, Vice President for External Affairs
Dr. Nancy C. Martin, Vice President for Research
Mr. Ronald L. Moore, Vice President for Information & Technology
Dr. David Howarth, Associate University Provost
Mr. David F. Barker, Director of Internal Audit
Mr. Michael J. Curtin, Vice President for Finance
Mrs. Terri Rutledge, Associate Vice President for Finance & Administration
Ms. Rae Goldsmith, Associate V. P. for University Relations
Ms. Cheri Jones, Associate Director of Audit Services
Dr. Rhonda Buchanan, Professor, A&S Modern Languages
Dr Patricia Condon, Associate Director, Honors Program
Mr. John Drees, Director of Public Information
Ms. Carolyn Cochran, Assistant to the Provost
Mrs. Kathleen M. Smith, Assistant Secretary, Board of Trustees
Ms. Debbie Dougherty, Board Liaison, President’s Office
Guests: Dr. Charlie Moyer
Mr. Chuck Denny
Dr. Karen Bearden

I. Call to Order

Having determined a quorum present, Chair Bridgeman called the meeting to order at 1:10 p.m. Prof. Ensign introduced Prof. William Pierce. Prof. Pierce currently serves the Faculty Senate as Vice Chair and will most likely succeed Prof. Ensign as Chair.

II. Consent Agenda

A. Approval of Minutes

  • Minutes from Board Meeting, 2/12/04

  • Minutes from Executive Committee Meeting, 3/11/04

B. From the Executive Committee

  • Information Item: Consolidated Statements of Net Assets
    as of December 31, 2003 and 2002

  • Action Item: Approval of Housing Fees for 2004-05

  • Action Item: Approval of the Creation of a Master

  • of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies

  • Action Item: Approval of Monthly Personnel Actions

C. From the Personnel Committee

  • Action Item: Approval of Monthly Personnel Actions
    and Addendum

  • Action Item: Approval of Personnel Documents in the
    College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Business and
    Public Administration

  • Action Item: Approval of Alumni Fellows Awards

D. Action Item: Approval of Candidates for Degrees May, 2004

Chairman Bridgeman read the consent agenda items. Hearing no objection, Mr. Livingston made a motion, which Mr. Cogan seconded, to approve the consent agenda. The motion passed unanimously.

III. Report of the Trustees Award Committee

Chair Worland reported the Committee reviewed 22 applications. The pool of applicants was outstanding. Before announcing the Committee’s recommendation, Ms. Worland shared nomination information about the recommended choice—Dr. Rhonda Buchanan. Ms. Worland cited several nominators’ comments regarding Dr. Buchanan’s innovative teaching techniques, her availability outside the classroom and her enthusiasm and passion for teaching. Her achievements as an outstanding teacher were recognized when she won UofL’s Distinguished Teaching Professor Award in 2000. She has made an extraordinary impact on students in teaching, advising, student research, support services, extracurricular activities, and other aspects of student life. Dr. Buchanan creates an unusually positive learning environment for students inside and outside the classroom. Ms. Worland made a motion, which Ms. Abrams seconded, to approve the

Trustees Award Committee’s recommendation to name Dr. Rhonda Buchanan as the 2004 Trustees Award recipient.

The motion passed unanimously. Dr. Buchanan said she was excited to be nominated and thrilled to accept the award. In her interaction with students, she hopes to make UofL a special place for her students.

IV. Report of the President

Faculty Awards Dinner

President Ramsey noted the faculty awards dinner was last evening. He expressed appreciation to the Board members who attended.

Recognition of Michael Sticklen

President Ramsey recognized the outstanding achievements of Michael Sticklen, Student Trustee. Mr. Sticklen has represented the student body at UofL with forceful leadership. Chair Bridgeman thanked Mr. Sticklen for his time and thoughtful participation in board matters. President Ramsey read the following resolution and recommended its approval:

Michael Sticklen

WHEREAS, Michael Sticklen served the University of Louisville faithfully, energetically, and effectively as a student member of the Board of Trustees;

WHEREAS, in his capacity as a member of the Board, he distinguished himself as a hard-working and cooperative participant in a wide range of board activities, winning the respect and affection of his fellow trustees;

WHEREAS, he served as the vice chair of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee, as well as a member of the Provost Search Committee, Executive Committee of the Board, and the 2003-04 Trustees Award Committee;

WHEREAS, he served diligently and capably as a member of the Boards of Directors of the University of Louisville Athletic Association, Inc. and the University of Louisville Research Foundation, Inc.;

WHEREAS, he is widely regarded by his university colleagues as a staunch advocate for the welfare of the university’s students and has very ably and forcefully expressed the views of students to the University Administration and the Board of Trustees;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of the University hereby expresses its sincere admiration and deep appreciation to Mr. Michael Sticklen for his exceptional performance as a member of the Board of Trustees from May 2003 to May 2004; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this Resolution, appropriately signed, be presented to Mr. Sticklen.

Ms. Cauble made a motion, which Ms. Loving seconded, to approve the above resolution. The motion passed unanimously. President Ramsey introduced the incoming president of SGA, Ryan McKinley. Chair Bridgeman welcomed Mr. McKinley to the Board and stated he looked forward to serving with him in May.

Introduction of Dr. and Mrs. Charlie Moyer

President Ramsey recognized the efforts of the search committee, and the Overseers who looked at the CBPA in their visiting committee. Acting Provost Willihnganz assembled an excellent search committee which included Bill Brundage, Chuck Denny, Jim McCabe, John Williams and faculty and campus representation. President Ramsey recognized the tenacious efforts of Mr. Denny in recruiting the best candidate. President Ramsey also acknowledged the extraordinary efforts of Ed Glasscock who could not attend the meeting. President Ramsey introduced Dr. Charlie and Mrs. Sarah Moyer. The Board’s personnel action today authorizes the hiring of Dr. Moyer, effective January 1, 2005, as the next dean of the College of Business and Public Administration. President Ramsey expressed appreciation for the excellent support of the search committee members. Dr. Moyer strongly stated his enthusiasm for coming to the University of Louisville.

Campus Climate

President Ramsey showed a Powerpoint about 1) campus climate, 2) remarkable happenings on campus, and 3) honors the student have received. He then introduced Dr. Pat Condon, Associate Director of the Honors Program. Dr. Condon reported the University produced three honorable mentions for the National Science Foundation this year: two students who had graduated and one that will graduate in May 2004. She also noted UofL produced three Fulbright winners. She reported on a graduate student in political science who is an alternate for studying in Germany as a recipient of the Rotary World Peace Scholarship. Dr. Condon noted that the Udall Scholarship is renewable so the UofL’s student who received the scholarship last year may win again this year. In response to President Ramsey’s inquiry, Vice President Gifford observed that Fall 2004 applications are up this year, and indicating a better pool of candidates.

President Ramsey praised the debate team for its competition in the national debate tournament in Washington, D.C. UofL’s team has gained national recognition for its innovative approach to debate. Dr. Warner was recently named national coach of the year at the Cross Examination Debate Association National Championship Tournament. Students Elizabeth Jones and Tonia Green were named the top speakers at the tournament, the first African-American women ever to place that high.

President Ramsey recognized the cheerleading squads for sweeping the national competitions, the second consecutive year to do so, another record.

President Ramsey observed the collaborative efforts of UofL and the J. Graham Brown Cancer Center in providing care to the Taylor County Regional Hospital. President Ramsey noted another partnership with Owensboro and asked Executive Vice President Kaplan to comment. Dr. Kaplan recognized the excellent efforts of Dr. Don Miller and Billy Joe Miles regarding the use of tobacco plants. Dr. Miller is researching the possibility of developing a research satellite business in biotech agents production. He will travel to California to visit other plants. Dr. Kaplan indicated this could become a very successful partnership.

President Ramsey noted the many successful partnerships and collaborations in existence, including the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute. Dr. Kaplan remarked the CII partnership with Dr. John Watson serving as its consultant was going well.

President Ramsey asked Acting Provost Willihnganz to discuss collaborations with the Office of the Mayor. Dr. Willihnganz stated several partnerships allow UofL to work effectively with the City to utilize resources in a collaborative way. Vice President Hall observed the success and positive responses of the series of outreach efforts.

President Ramsey reported there are significant commitments for cancer philanthropy.

President Ramsey discussed the status of the dean searches underway.

He also announced the groundbreaking for the library expansion is scheduled for Monday, April 12.

President Ramsey recognized Prof. David Ensign for his many contributions to the board and the University. Prof. Ensign will receive the 2004 Distinguished Service Award.

V. Action Item: Authorization for the Executive Committee

President Ramsey noted that a formal recommendation on 2004-05 tuition will come forward which will accommodate the Council on Postsecondary Education’s directive to share with students approved information about tuition before the end of the Spring semester. President Ramsey said this request allows the Board to wait until the legislative session is competed. This action also authorizes the Executive Committee to approve two honorary degrees, and a personnel recommendation to hire an Executive Vice President and Provost. Mr. Cogan made a motion, which Ms. Loving seconded, to approve the

Chair’s recommendation that the Board authorize the Executive Committee to take the following actions if necessary:
Approve a tuition and fees schedule for 2004-05 and any policy changes needed;
Approve honorary degree nominations; and
Approve the hiring of a provost.


The motion passed unanimously. Ms. Abrams observed the very difficult financial situation facing the universities. She expressed her confidence in the leadership at UofL to do the very best under grim financial circumstances. Ms. Loving commended the leadership at UofL for its responsible management. Mr. Green echoed both sentiments, noting his special concern about the impact on African-American students.

VI. Report of the Chair

Chairman Bridgeman encouraged trustees to attend the Humana sponsored reception welcoming Dr. and Mrs. Charlie Moyer this evening at 6:00 p.m. at the Humana Building, 25th Floor. Chair Bridgeman reported that Ms. Abrams was named chairwoman of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, one of the nation’s largest Jewish advocacy organizations. The Board recognized Ms. Abrams with a round of applause.

VII. Executive Session

Pursuant to KRS 61.810(1)(c), Ms. Loving made a motion, which Ms. Abrams seconded, to go into executive session to discuss pending litigation. Judge Bisig departed at 2:00 p.m. The motion passed unanimously.

VIII. Open Meeting Reconvenes

Chair Bridgeman reconvened the open session at 2:28 p.m. and reported that during the Executive Session, the Board discussed pending litigation. No action was required.

IX. Adjournment

Mr. Mulloy made a motion, which Ms. Abrams seconded, to adjourn the meeting at 2:30 p.m. The motion passed unanimously.

 

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