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Executive Committee Minutes -- July 18, 2002 -- Board of Trustees -- University of Louisville

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July 18, 2002

In Open Session
The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees met on Thursday, July 18, 2002 in the Jefferson Room, Grawemeyer Hall, at 4:00 p.m. with members present and absent as follows:

Present: Mr. Ulysses L. Bridgeman, Jr., Vice Chair, Presiding
Mr. J. Chester Porter, Treasurer
Ms. Joyce Hagen-Schifano, At-large
Ms. Virginia C. Brown, Constituency Representative
Absent: Ms. Jessica S. Loving, Chair
Mr. Nathaniel E. Green, Secretary
Other Trustees Present:
Ms. Linda Wallbaum Cauble
Mr. Kevin Cogan
Mr. Milton M. Livingston
Mr. Christopher J. Marlin
Ms. Martha Annette Schnatter
Ms. Sandra Metts Snowden
From the University:
Dr. Carol Garrison, Acting President
Dr. Shirley Willihnganz, Acting Provost
Ms. Angela D. Koshewa, University Counsel
Dr. Nancy Martin, Vice President for Research
Mr. Larry Owsley, Vice President for Finance and    Administration
Mr. Dan Hall, Vice President for University Relations
Dr. Ron Moore, Vice President for Information Technology
Dr. Gene Gilchrist, Vice President for New Ventures
Mr. Mike Curtin, Director, Office of Planning & Budget
Ms. Rae Goldsmith, Associate VP, News and Public    Information
Mr. John Drees, Assistant Director, News and Public    Information
Dr. David Howarth, Office of the Provost
Ms. Teresa Rutledge, Assistant VP for Administration
Ms. Kathleen M. Smith, Assistant Secretary
Ms. Trisha Wolf, Board Liaison
Ms. Debbie Dougherty, Board Liaison

I. Call to Order

Having determined a quorum present, Vice Chair Bridgeman called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m. Vice Chair Bridgeman welcomed Virginia C. Brown to the Board of Trustees.

II. Consent Agenda

  • From Academic and Student Affairs
    • Approval of Graduate Certificate in African-American Theater
    • >
    • Approval of a Master of Public Health
  • From Personnel Committee
    • Approval of Continuation of Dean, School of Nursing
    • Approval of Monthly Personnel Recommendations
    • Approval of Honorary Degree, Dr. Richard Green
  • Approval of Candidates for Certificates and Degrees, August 2002

Vice Chair Bridgeman read the roll of consent agenda items. Hearing no objection, Vice Chair Bridgeman declared the consent agenda approved.

III. Action Item: Approval of Capital Construction Projects

President Garrison summarized the two capital construction projects listed—HVAC replacement for the Houchens Building and parking improvement at the Health Sciences Center—and explained these projects will further implement the University’s facilities plans to improve the services provided to students, patients, and employees. She reported the Houchens Building’s HVAC system is 30 years old and issues associated with that heating and cooling system have negatively impacted the environment. Budgeted plant funds will be used for this proposal. She stated the Health Sciences Center parking improvement will generate 200 additional parking spaces. The University Medical Center, Inc. will fund the project and UMC employees will use this new surface lot. Vice President Owsley, who has worked closely with both of these projects, provided additional information concerning the air handler quality issues in the Houchens Building. He reported the source of funding for this project is an unexpended plant fund account. In response to Trustee Marlin’s question regarding the HSC parking construction project, Vice President Owsley reported that the University will pave the east side of campus, work on the garage on Chestnut Street, and will phase the parking improvements. Mr. Porter made a motion, which Ms. Schifano seconded, to approve the

President’s recommendation that the following projects be approved:

Project Estimated Cost Funds Source
Houchens Building HVAC Replacement $1,217,000 Plant Funds
HSC Parking Improvement 334,000 UMC, Inc. Funds

The motion passed.

IV. Update on Bylaws Committee

Vice Chairman Bridgeman noted that Ms. Abrams and Mr. Green could not attend this meeting; therefore, deferred the report until the next board meeting.

V. Report of President

President Garrison reported that during the last couple of weeks, she has met with legislative leaders, representatives from the Courier Journal and the Lexington Herald, and has conveyed the message that although UofL is in a transitional period, it is not slowing down—the University’s outstanding leadership team remains focused with a clear vision. She stated the faculty and staff have maintained their motivation and energy. She also noted the importance of conveying this message throughout the state.

Dr. Garrison praised the excellent undergraduate program and new plans to expand the honors program. Dr. Garrison acknowledged the incoming class of students as the best prepared since the University entered the state system. She noted the positive impact on student retention through adding residence halls and the work of the international outreach program led by Dr. Martin. She noted there are many positive reasons for students to attend the University of Louisville. Dr. Garrison mentioned that the state has not yet passed a budget for the current fiscal year but expressed a positive outlook and assurance from the Governor for the Bonds for Brains program. She noted the potential need for all schools in the state to begin looking at their budgets for next year for potential cuts. She also acknowledged that Kentucky institutions of higher education have fared well compared to schools in other states and shared her appreciation for the leadership in the state to shelter higher education.

Ms. Cauble expressed her gratitude for receiving advance notice of the upcoming Courier-Journal article. She recommended placing the “op ed” piece on UofL’s website and sending to high school counselors. Dr. Garrison reported originally that article was expected in the Courier last Sunday, but is expected to run this weekend. She thanked Ms.Cauble for the recommendations and noted to pursue them.

VI. Report of Chair

Vice Chair Bridgeman acknowledged the leadership of Dr. Richard Feldhoff, whose terms expires at the end of August. President Garrison read the following resolution in his honor:


WHEREAS , Richard C. Feldhoff has served the University with distinction as the faculty representative on the Board of Trustees for the past two years and as Chair of the Faculty Senate from 2000-2002;

WHEREAS , in his capacity as a member of the Board, he served faithfully and well on various standing committees of the Board, including the Trustees Award Committee, Finance Committee and Academic and Student Affairs Committee;

WHEREAS , because of his many talents, he also served on various special University and Board Committees, including the 2002-03 Presidential Search Committee; Trustees Ad Hoc Committee on Bylaws Review, the University-wide Budget Advisory Committee, and various other groups that benefited greatly from his leadership;

WHEREAS , he willingly served on the Board of Directors of University affiliated corporations, including the University of Louisville Research Foundation, Inc., and ULH, Inc.; and

WHEREAS , he has demonstrated 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 expresses its sincere admiration and deep appreciation to Richard C. Feldhoff for his distinguished contributions and outstanding performance as a member of the Board of Trustees from September 2000 through August 2002; and

, that a copy of this Resolution, appropriately signed, be presented to Dr. Richard C. Feldhoff.

Dr. Feldhoff received a round of applause. He thanked his fellow Board members, noting that serving on the Board has been both a pleasure and an honor. Mr. Porter made a motion, which Ms. Schifano seconded, to approve the above resolution. The motion passed.

  • Presidential Search Committee Update

Co-Chair Porter briefed the Board regarding the current and upcoming work, which will begin before the Search Committee’s next meeting. He noted that Bill Funk, the Committee’s consultant from Korn-Ferry, has drafted a generic advertisement describing the minimum qualifications for the UofL presidency and plans to submit to the following media:

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Black Issues in Higher Education
Hispanic New Outlook
Women in Higher Education
Courier-Journal (state-wide)

He reported that Korn-Ferry plans to distribute, over the next three weeks, more than 500 letters inviting nominations and applications, to leading educational associations, presidents and provosts around the country that have worked with the firm and have good relationships with Bill or the firm, and to a network of associates that have contributed credible nominations for past searches. Mr. Porter further noted that Mr. Funk plans to use this opportunity to communicate the change in leadership at UofL. Mr. Porter reported that in late July, Mr. Funk will attend the national meeting of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities as the guest of the Association President Dino Curris, and use this opportunity to expand the pool of potential candidates for the UofL presidency.

Mr. Porter conveyed the Presidential Search Committee’s respect for the requests of the students, faculty and staff to avoid too much substantive activity during the vacation months of July and August. He stated the Presidential Search Committee’s plan to meet again August 19-20 with Mr. Funk to develop screening criteria for discussion with the Advisory Committees and to accelerate the pace of the search process so that a candidate pool can be considered in early Fall.

Mr. Porter promised to keep the Board apprised through progress reports, updates to the search committee’s web site, and phone calls as needed.

VII. Executive Session

Mr. Porter made a motion, which Ms. Schifano seconded, to go into executive session to discuss a personnel matter. The motion passed.

VIII. Open Meeting Reconvenes

Vice Chairman Bridgeman reconvened the open meting at 6:05 and reported that a personnel matter was discussed during the executive session. No action was taken.

IX. Other Business

Vice Chairman Bridgeman reminded the Board of the reception at Amelia Place beginning at 6:30 p.m.

X. Adjournment

There being no further business, Mr. Porter made a motion, which Ms. Schifano seconded, to adjourn the meeting at 6:06 p.m.

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