Executive Committee Minutes -- March 18, 2002 -- Board of Trustees -- University of Louisville
MINUTES OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING OF THE
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
OF THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
The Executive Committee of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees met on Monday, March 18, 2002, at 3:00 p.m. in the Club Board Room of the University Club, Belknap Campus, with members present and absent as follows:
Ms. Jessica Loving, Chair
Mr. Ulysses L. Bridgeman, Jr., Vice Chair
Mr. J. Chester Porter, Treasurer
Mr. Nathaniel Green, Secretary
Ms. Joyce Hagen Schifano
Ms. Melissa Long Shuter
Ms. Linda Wallbaum Cauble
Dr. Rick Feldhoff
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Dr. John W. Shumaker, President
Dr. Gene Gilchrist, Vice President for New Ventures
Dr. Ron Moore, Vice President for Information Technology
Mr. Joe Beyel, Vice President for Development and Alumni
Ms. Angela Koshewa, University Counsel
Ms. Terri Rutledge, Associate Vice President for Finance & Administration
Ms. Rae Goldsmith, Associate V.P. for Marketing & Communications
Mr. John Drees, Director of Public Information
Dr. Dave Howarth, Associate University Provost
Ms. Kathleen Smith, Assistant Secretary
Ms. Trisha Wolf, Board Liaison
Ms. Debbie Dougherty, Board Liaison
I. Call to Order
Having determined a quorum present, Chair Loving called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.
II. Action Item: Approval of the Capital Construction Project Kornhauser Auditorium Upgrade
Ms. Schifano reported that this renovation project, which the Finance Committee approved on March 13, will upgrade and modernize the Kornhauser auditorium used by various departments at the HSC. The project will replace worn seats, carpeting, and wall covering and will add new acoustical wall panels, curtains and other refurbishing items. Ms. Schifano made a motion, which Mr. Green seconded, to approve the
President's recommendation that the following project be approved:
Project Estimated Cost Fund Source Kornhauser Auditorium Upgrade $192,000 HSC Funds
The motion passed.
III. Other Business
Report of the President
President Shumaker informed the Executive Committee that he has contracted with the Wm. E. Mercer, Inc. to review executive-level (vice presidents) compensation as compared to benchmark institutions. He will complete this review this month. Dr. Shumaker also noted that contract negotiations for the Athletic Director are nearly complete. Contract provisions are very similar to those reviewed with the Board of Trustees in January and propose to retain the Athletic Director through 2016. The ULAA board will meet in April to take final action.
President Shumaker briefed the Executive Committee on an initiative to establish the "Bridgeman Fellowship" for former student-athletes whose NCAA six-year eligibility has expired before completion of their degrees. The University will partner with local businesses to create an educational and employment package for these athletes to return to UofL to finish their degree. UofL will provide full tuition support to these former student-athletes. Dr. Shumaker recognized the excellent leadership of Junior Bridgeman and Wade Houston for their invaluable assistance with this initiative. In response to Dr. Feldhoff's question regarding NCAA regulations, Mr. Bridgeman reported that Neil Brooks, Associate Athletic Director for Compliance, reviewed the NCAA rules and determined the Fellowship presents no violations. Mr. Bridgeman explained the goal of this fellowship will be to create a program allowing student-athletes to complete their degree and financially support themselves. The student-athletes' interests and degree programs will be matched with appropriate companies, which ultimately could lead to permanent employment. In response to Ms. Cauble's inquiry, President Shumaker stated the program would include all eligible student?athletes who played varsity sports, including non-scholarship students. Once approved by the Board, the University would launch the program immediately. Mr. Green made a motion, which was seconded by Ms. Schifano to recommend the adoption of the Bridgeman Fellowship to the full Board of Trustees at its April 2, 2002 meeting.
Report of the Chair
Chair Loving noted an amendment to her charge to the Presidential Search Committee. She will appoint a community advisory committee to include members of "Our Highest Potential" campaign and others in the community. Chair Loving will ask Bishop Michael Ford, Chair of "Our Highest Potential" Steering Committee, to co-chair this community advisory committee.
Mr. Porter briefed the Executive Committee regarding a meeting of the Presidential Search Committee (PSC) earlier in the day. The firm of Stites & Harbison will serve as independent counsel to the Search Committee. He will take a Resolution that authorizes the Foundation to fund the costs of the Presidential search to the Foundation Board. Ms. Kathleen Smith, Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees, along with Debbie Dougherty and Trisha Wolf will provide staff support for the Committee. Dr. Feldhoff will contact Ms. Smith about changes to the draft timeline for the Search. The Committee agreed to meet regularly on the 4th Monday of each month, immediately following the Board of Trustees meetings. As additional meetings become necessary, they will be scheduled at noon on Mondays. The tentative next meeting of the Committee is scheduled for Monday, April 8th at noon. Chair Loving noted the advisory committee chairs will serve as non-voting committee members and may be present for the finalists' interviews.
Dr. Shumaker announced his last day at UofL will most likely be around June 15th and noted he and Provost Garrison will work out a timetable and issues to complete during the transition. Dr. Shumaker promised to update the Board at its next meeting.
President Shumaker informed the trustees the Greece trip will proceed as originally scheduled. The Executive Committee indicated its strong support for Dr. Shumaker to accompany them on the trip and welcomed the President's offer to teach a class to those interested in learning more about ancient Greece. Kathleen Smith will make the arrangements and notify the Board. In response to Ms. Schifano's concern, Ms. Cauble and Ms. Shuter confirmed the educational components of this trip, and the opportunity to interact with the Greek students.
In response to an inquiry regarding additional compensation for Dr. Garrison, it was determined that the Trustees Compensation Committee should review and make a recommendation to the Board. Ms. Schifano suggested the consideration of a two-stage package; one for the current term while Dr. Garrison assumes an increased load, and a second stage that takes effect when she actually takes over as acting president. Dr. Shumaker stated that Provost Garrison will appoint an acting provost when she returns from her trip. In response to Ms. Cauble's inquiry, Ms. Smith noted the Personnel Committee could review Dr. Garrison's recommendation for acting provost, which would then go to the Board for approval.
There being no further business to discuss, Mr. Porter made a motion, which Mr. Green seconded, to adjourn the meeting at 3:25 p.m.