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Minutes -- Feb. 10,2005 -- Board of Trustess -- University of Louisville

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

February 10, 2005

In Open Session

The University of Louisville Board of Trustees met on Thursday, February 10, 2005 in the Jefferson Room of Grawemeyer Hall, Belknap Campus, with members present and absent as follows:

Present:

Judge Angela McCormick Bisig
Mr. Kevin Cogan
Ms. Donna Tinsley Denny
Mr. Bill Forman
Ms. Margaret Handmaker
Ms. Jessica Loving
Prof. William Pierce
Mr. Stephen Poe
Ms. Sandra Metts Snowden
Mr. William A. Stone
Ms. Elizabeth Worland

Absent:

Ms. Marie Abrams
Ulysses L. Bridgeman, Jr.
Mr. Tommie Burns
Mr. Owsley B. Frazier
Mr. Nathaniel Green
Mr. Grant Helman
Mr. Milton Livingston
Mr. Ryan McKinley
Mr. J. Chester Porter

From the University:

Dr. James R. Ramsey, President
Dr. Shirley Willihnganz, Executive Vice President and Provost
Dr. Larry Cook Interim Executive Vice President Health Affairs
Ms. Angela D. Koshewa, University Counsel
Mr. Larry Owsley, Vice President for Business Affairs
Mr. Joseph S. Beyel, Vice President for University Advancement
Mr. Daniel Hall, Vice President for External Affairs
Mr. Michael J. Curtin, Vice President for Finance
Dr. David Howarth, Associate Provost
Ms. Rae Goldsmith, Associate V. P. for University Relations
Ms. Terri Rutledge, Assistant VP for Business Affairs
Mr. Larry Zink, Controller
Ms. Susan Magness, Assistant Controller
Ms. Susan Ingram, Director of Budget
Ms. Anne Rademaker, Controller’s Office
Mr. John Drees, Director of Public Information
Ms. Anne Rademaker, Controller’s Office
Ms. Cheri Jones, Associate Director, Audit Services
Ms. Carolyn Cochran, Office of the Provost
Mrs. Kathleen M. Smith, Assistant Secretary, Board of Trustees
Ms. Debbie Dougherty, Board Liaison, President’s Office

I. Call to Order

Having determined a quorum present, Secretary Snowden called the meeting to

order at 1:10 p.m.

II. Consent Agenda

Approval of Minutes

  • Minutes from Board Meeting, 11/11/04

  • Minutes from Executive Committee Meeting, 12/08/04

From the Audit Committee

  • Approval of Personal Services Contract for Auditing and Consulting Services, BKD

  • Approval of Personal Services Contract for Deloitte & Touche for Consulting Services

From the Ad Hoc Committee on Bylaws and Policies

  • Approval of Ethics Statement

  • Approval of Notice of Meetings

  • Approval of Policies Statements and Operational Guidelines Format and Approval of Operational Guidelines 2.1 and 2.2

From the Finance Committee

  • Approval of Continuation of Phased Retirement Program for Faculty

  • Approval of 2005-06 Housing Rates

  • Information Item: Interim Financial Statements for Period Ending September 30, 2004 and 2003

  • Approval of Resolution for Gheens Foundation

From the Personnel Committee

  • Approval of Monthly Personnel Recommendations from 1/13/05 Meeting

  • Approval of Monthly Personnel Recommendations from 2/10/05 Meeting

  • Approval of Designation of 3 rd Floor Multidisciplinary Clinic for Humana

From the Academic & Student Affairs Committee

  • Approval of the Creation of Graduate Certificate Programs in

* Latin American Studies

* Health Professions, Education

  • Approval of Resolution for Vice President Jurich

  • Approval of Resolution for the Marching Band

Secretary Snowden read the roll of consent agenda items. Hearing no objection, Judge Bisig made a motion, which Mr. Forman seconded, to approve the consent agenda. The motion passed unanimously.

III. Action Item: Approval of Capital Construction Projects

President Ramsey presented two proposals. The first proposal will renovate facilities on the Shelby Campus for the creation of a Computer Forensics Laboratory. The project will be funded through federal funds. The second proposal will renovate facilities for the Office of Technology Development to relocate to space near the Health Sciences Center, in the MedCenter III building. He noted the scope for both projects exceeded $100,000 and required board approval. Ms. Loving made a motion, which Ms. Worland seconded, to approve the

President's recommendation to approve the following projects:

Project

Estimated Cost

Fund Source

Computer Forensics Lab Implementation

$2,968,432

Federal Grant

Office of Technology Development Relocations

$ 130,000

Research Funds

 

The motion passed unanimously.

IV. Report of the President

Black History Month

Dr. Ramsey reported February is Black History Month. In order to highlight the month, he introduced Ms. Fannie Cox, a member of the Black Faculty and Staff Association, member of the Libraries faculty, and co-chair of the implementation and development of the Brown v. Board of Education Celebration exhibit entitled, “Faculty Reflections.” Ms. Cox explained the exhibit features the triumphs, achievements and lessons learned by faculty of color. The exhibit supports the development and achievement of scholarship by African American faculty and celebrates significant issues related to the struggle and successes of African Americans at all levels. She encouraged Board members to view the exhibit while it was in Grawemeyer Hall.

Mid Year Report on Goals

President Ramsey updated the Board on the status of 2004-05 goals. He discussed the collaborative efforts of UofL and the University of Kentucky for the cigarette tax’s one cent earmarked for both colleges’ cancer programs. President Ramsey noted an increased competition for National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants, while funding has remained constant. Dr. Martin commended UofL faculty with its increase of NIH funding by over 270%. Dr. Ramsey will travel to Washington, D.C. next week to continue aggressive lobbying for federal funds. He expressed his appreciation to Senator McConnell in his efforts for the $38 million earmarked in the last budget cycle.

With respect to the five shared goals, freshman to sophomore retention did not meet its goal. Provost Willihnganz reported the 1.3% decrease represents a decrease in Nursing, CBPA and African American students. She reported the University has called the African American students to encourage their return to the University, and the University continues to look at ways to be more responsive to all these students. As soon as a student withdraws from all classes, the Provost’s Office is notified. Currently, this is a fall-to-fall measure, but the University is looking into examining the data at various times in the semester if the computer system will allow it. President Ramsey further noted that an early warning system where faculty identify potential students in trouble had been initiated. He also hoped the expansion of the advising center and its renewed focus on identifying causes for dropping enrollment would impact the rates in the future.

President Ramsey thanked Mary Stone for co-chairing the mini-campaign to support a Master of Fine Arts in glass (sculpture).

Dr. Ramsey introduced Dr. Russ Vandenbroucke, chair of the Theater Arts program. Dr. Vanderbroucke said the performing company of the Theater Arts Department has just concluded A Mid Summer Night’s Dream. A group of performers from the Department would reprise a portion of the play. After the presentation, Dr. Vandenbroucke introduced the student performers and Professor Rynda Frye, the director for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and coordinator of the theatrical production component of the department. The African American theater is another component of the certificate in theater arts in addition to the Master of Fine Arts. The Department currently is applying for National Association of Schools of Theater accreditation. Dr. Vandenbroucke also acknowledged Zhanna Goldentul for her excellent work in costume design.

Ms. Snowden reminded the Board of the reception scheduled on Monday, February 14 at the Frazier Museum, 5:30 -6:30 p.m. to welcome and honor Dr. Robert Ballard. Dr. Ballard has explored for National Geographic sunken ships such as the Titanic, Bismark, and the Britannic. Dr. Ballard is visiting UofL to give a lecture and master’s level class to our students on February 15.

VII. Adjournment

Ms. Loving made a motion, which Judge Bisig seconded, to adjourn the meetingat 2:30 p.m. The motion passed unanimously.

 

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