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Executive Committee Minutes -- July 10, 2003 -- Board of Trustees -- University of Louisville

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In Open Session

The Executive Committee of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees met on Thursday, July 10, 2003 in the Jefferson Room, Grawemeyer Hall with members present and absent as follows:

Present: Ms. Jessica S. Loving, Chair
Mr. Ulysses L. Bridgeman, Jr., Vice Chair
Mr. Nathaniel E. Green, Secretary
Prof. David Ensign, Constituency Representative
Mr. Owsley Brown Frazier, At-large
Absent: Mr. J. Chester Porter, Treasurer
Other Trustees Present: Ms. Marie K. Abrams
Ms. Virginia C. Brown
Ms. Linda Wallbaum Cauble
Mr. Kevin D. Cogan
Ms. Donna Tinsley Denny
Mr. Michael Sticklen
Ms. Sandra Metts Snowden
Mr. Michael Sticklen
Ms. Elizabeth H. Worland
From the University: Dr. James Ramsey, President
Ms. Angela Koshewa, University Counsel
Dr. Joel A. Kaplan, Executive Vice President and Chancellor for HSC
Dr. Denise D. Gifford, Vice President for Student Affairs
Dr. Nancy C. Martin, Senior Vice President for Research
Mr. Mike Curtin, Vice President for Finance
Mr. Larry L. Owsley, Vice President for Business Affairs
Dr. Robert Felner, Dean, College of Education and Human Development
Dr. David Howarth, Associate Provost
Ms. Denise Fitzpatrick, Director of Communications
Ms. Terri Rutledge, Asst. VP for Business Affairs
Ms. Debbie Dougherty, Board Liaison, President's Office
Ms. Rae Goldsmith, Associate V. P. for University Advancement
Ms. Kathleen M. Smith, Assistant Secretary, Board of Trustees

I. Call to Order

Chair Loving stated the Committee would review information items first because the Committee meeting was ahead of the announced time. With a quorum present, she called the meeting to order when 2:30 p.m. arrived.

II. Report of the President

President Ramsey reported that the University wa s off to a great start in the 2003-04 fiscal year. He introduced Dr. Robert Felner as the new dean of the College of Education and Human Development. Dr. Felner expressed his enthusiasm for UofL and discussed his hopes for current activities.

President Ramsey reported another important hire for the University was Dr. Toni Miles in Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Miles is an African American physician who was heavily recruited. Dr. Ramsey indicated the University has two major searches underway for the position of Provost, and the other for the Dean of the College of Business and Public Administration.

President Ramsey presented the progress evolving from prior discussions on the Vision - Focus - Action plan, noting the time for the University to move forward with implementation has arrived. Two of the elements the University is very focused on are the graduation and retention rates. The goal the University set for its six-year graduation rate for 2008 is 45%.

President Ramsey talked about the campus wide diversity planning process, indicating that every unit now has a plan, and the next step is implementation.

President Ramsey reported that Kentucky experienced a state revenue shortfall for the year ended June 30, 2003 of approximately $76M, which is below the estimate of six months earlier. In an effort to prepare for the possibility of future budget cuts, the Provost has created five committees to analyze processes and efficiencies and to identify savings. A review is currently underway to review the whole budget process.

President Ramsey reported on current fundraising efforts, noting the University is positioning itself to move forward on the cancer campaign. He also stated the University is hard at work on Bucks for Brains third round matching funds and the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute fundraising.

President Ramsey said the University is moving forward on its communications campaign as the next legislative session begins. He briefed the Board on the presidential trips planned for July 14-18 with Drs. Laman Gray and Donald Miller in the following areas: Glasgow, Bowling Green, Paducah and Madisonville so that they could meet with legislative leaders, alumni, newspapers' editorial boards and community leaders to promote UofL. President Ramsey thanked Mr. Livingston for his assistance in organizing the Paducah receptions.

In the next two months, President Ramsey plans trips to Elizabethtown, Bardstown, Owensboro and Northern Kentucky. With regard to the gubernatorial election, Mr. Owsley Frazier has agreed to host an event for Ernie Fletcher and Mr. Chester Porter has agreed to host an event for Ben Chandler. The Board of Overseers will consider breakfast forums also with each of the candidates. Dr. Ramsey thanked Mr. Frazier for his willingness to host the function for Dr. Fletcher and Mr. Porter for hosting Mr. Chandler. Mr. Frazier requested the President provide a statement of needs and issues prior to the function.

President Ramsey asked Vice President Owsley for an update of several projects. Mr. Owsley provided the following updates.

Shelby Business & Technology Park

Mr. Owsley presented aerial and concept drawings of Shelby Campus. The recently appointed presidential advisory committee, comprised of community, civic and government leaders, meets on a regular basis to address planning issues. The advisory committee recommended completing the master plan with all specifications prior to applying for zoning. The University is working with Louisville Metro Properties to help with drainage, environmental studies, and other infrastructure issues. The University has developed a preliminary cost estimate to develop the roads and hopes to have it ready for the next session of the general assembly.

Beautification of South Central Louisville

Vice President Owsley observed during his 20-year tenure at the University, a lot of changes have occurred. He distributed a handout outlining the framework for action and discussed each major project and task on the list (copy attached). In response to Mr. Green's inquiry regarding the impact of I-65 on these improvements. Vice President Owsley said the road work will create direct access to the campus and provide much safer on and off ramps. He acknowledged the University's, Metro City of Louisville's, and the State of Kentucky's support of the road work. In response to Ms. Cauble's question regarding the Master Plan's last revision, Mr. Owsley said it was last updated in 1993. He commented the next phase in master planning was reaffirmation of property acquisition and determination of the university's interest in the parcel of land on Central Avenue.

Freedom Park
As a part of the overall discussion of beautification opportunities, Vice President Owsley discussed the development of Freedom Park.

Parkway Intramurals

Vice President Owsley discussed the old Parkway field improvements for intramural space. His office is working with Vice President Gifford's office to develop a well-lighted recreational space on the old Parkway field site.

President Ramsey acknowledged that improvements do take time and effort; one of the very significant efforts has been the development of Cardinal Park. Dr. Ramsey thanked Mr. Owsley Frazier for his leadership in the development of Cardinal Park.

President Ramsey said the Program Review Committee of the Legislative Research Commission will receive a staff report which will criticize the Council on Postsecondary Education. The report will state that since the enactment of House Bill 1, the state has made significant progress with reform, but the Council has not adequately monitored that reform or developed the appropriate accountability measures to communicate the successes. He shared his concern for potential fallout from this criticism of the Council. He hoped to convey around the state the positive impact of the Bucks for Brains program. In a very short period of time, the University's Bucks for Brains professors have generated $75M in new funding to this University and the community. (Chair Loving called the meeting to order at 2:30 p.m.)

III. Consent Agenda
From the Finance Committee

  • Action Item: Approval of Amendment for Restated Flexible Benefits Plan

  • Action: Approval of Capital Construction Projects

    • Renovation of Medical School Facility

    • Chemistry Building Roof Replacement

  • Action Item: Approval of New Project: HSC Research Building III

  • Action Item: Approval of Purchase of Real Estate Property

From the Personnel Committee

  • Action Item: Approval of Personnel Recommendation

Approval of Candidates for Degrees, August 2003

Chair Loving read the roll of consent agenda items and asked the Board members if there were any objections. Hearing no requests, Prof. Ensign made a motion, which Mr. Bridgeman seconded, to approve the consent agenda. The motion passed unanimously.

IV. Report of the Chair

Chair Loving congratulated Mr. Bridgeman as the recent recipient of the Whitney Young Award for Community Excellence. Mr. Bridgeman received a round of applause.

V. Other Business

There was no other business.

VI. Adjournment

Prof. Ensign made a motion, which Mr. Green seconded, to adjourn the meeting at 2:55 p.m.


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