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Executive Committee Minutes -- July 8, 2004 -- Board of Trustees -- University of Louisville

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MINUTES OF THE
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

IN OPEN SESSION

The Executive Committee of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees met on Thursday, July 8, 2004, at 1:00 p.m. in the Jefferson Room of Grawemeyer Hall, Belknap Campus, with members present and absent as follows:

Present:

Mr. Ulysses L. Bridgeman, Jr., Chairman
Mr. Owsley B. Frazier
Mr. Nathaniel Green
Mr. Ryan McKinley

Absent:

Mr. J. Chester Porter

Other Trustees Present:

Ms. Marie Abrams
Mr. Kevin Cogan
Ms. Donna Tinsley Denny
Prof. David Ensign
Mr. Bill Forman
Ms. Margaret Handmaker
Mr. Grant Helman
Mr. Steve Poe
Ms. Sandra Metts Snowden
Mr. Bill Stone
Ms. Elizabeth Worland

From the University:

Dr. James R. Ramsey, President
Dr. Shirley Willihnganz, Executive Vice President and Provost
Dr. Larry Cook, Interim Executive Vice President Chancellor for HSC
Ms. Angela D. Koshewa, University Counsel
Mr. Joseph S. Beyel, Vice President for University Advancement
Mr. Daniel Hall, Vice President for External Affairs
Dr. Nancy C. Martin, Vice President for Research
Dr. Denise Gifford, Vice President for Student Affairs
Mr. Ronald L. Moore, Vice President for Information & Technology
Mr. Michael J. Curtin, Vice President for Finance
Dr. John Trent, Assistant Professor, Oncology
Prof. William Pierce
Dr. David Howarth, Associate University Provost
Mrs. Terri Rutledge, Associate Vice President for Finance & Administration
Mr. John Drees, Director of Public Information
Ms. Carolyn Cochran, Asst to 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, Chairman Bridgeman called the meeting to order at 1:05 p.m. Chair Bridgeman welcomed new trustees Bill Stone, Bill Forman, Margaret Handmaker, and Steve Poe.

II. Information Item: Presentation by Dr. John Trent

President Ramsey introduced Dr. John Trent, co-founder of Aptamera and DataSeam. Both projects directly evolved from the University’s cancer research and Dr. Don Miller’s leadership.

Dr. Trent shared a Powerpoint presentation regarding innovative drug discovery of anticancer agents (copy available upon request). He noted that DataSeam’s initiative is a not-for-profit entity working with K-12 schools to use uncommitted computer resources for scanning compounds. In April, DataSeam implemented a grid of 70 PC’s in the Caldwell County School District and has been running background screening of research materials on these machines. Kentucky DataSeam’s initiative allows scientists at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center to link with these school computers when students aren’t using them. He noted that approximately 80% of a computer’s life-span sits unused; this initiative is a value to the taxpayer because the partnership puts the machines to greater use. The relationship allows the computers to compare the effects of drug compounds against a database of thousands of molecules. This may eventually lead to a drug specifically targeted at proteins found only on the surface of cancer cells and result in cancer treatment without side effects. Dr. Trent noted that at Aptamera, the researchers are performing clinical trials.

President Ramsey thanked Dr. Trent for the excellent presentation and observed the exciting work involving the partnerships in several county school districts.

Dr. Martin also recognized the exceptional information technology support provided by

Vice President Moore’s staff.

III. Action Item: Approval of Endowment Match Requests

Chairman Bridgeman reported the requests for matching funds from the Commonwealth Endowment Match Program establish chairs and professorships. Mr. McKinley made a motion, which Mr. Frazier seconded, to approve the

President’s recommendation to establish the Woodrow M. Strickler Chair Fund, which will be funded from the Commonwealth’s Endowment Match Program and a gift from the Florence G. Strickler Trust, and authorizes the Chair of the Board of Trustees to execute any documents required to complete the establishment of this endowment fund.

The motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Green made a motion, which Mr. McKinley seconded, to approve the

President’s recommendation that the Board of Trustees approve the establishment of the Smith and Lucille Gibson Fund, which will be funded from the Commonwealth’s Endowment Match Program and a gift from Smith and Lucille Gibson, and authorizes the Chair of the Board of Trustees to execute any documents required to complete the establishment of this endowment fund.

The motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Frazier made a motion, which Mr. McKinley seconded, to approve the

President’s recommendation to approve the establishment of the Barnstable Brown Endowment for the Advancement of Diabetes Research, which will be funded from the Commonwealth’s Endowment Match Program and the Barnstable Brown Foundation, and authorizes the Chair of the Board of Trustees to execute any documents required to complete the establishment of this endowment fund.

The motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Green made a motion, which Mr. Frazier seconded, to approve the

President’s recommendation to approve the establishment of a Professorship in the College of Arts and Sciences, which will be funded by the matching dollars from the Commonwealth’s Endowment Match Program to a gift from David A. Jones, Sr., to the McConnell Center for Political Leadership, and authorizes the Chair of the Board of Trustees to execute any documents required to complete the establishment of this endowment fund.

The motion passed unanimously.

Mr. McKinley made a motion, which Mr. Frazier seconded, to approve the

President’s recommendation to approve the establishment of a Professorship in Engineering, which will be funded by the matching dollars from the Commonwealth’s Endowment Match Program to gifts from the Winnia Estate and Schwarzwalder Estate, and authorizes the Chair of the Board of Trustees to execute any documents required to complete the establishment of this endowment fund.

The motion passed unanimously.

Mr. McKinley made a motion, which Mr. Green seconded, to approve the

President’s recommendation to approve the establishment of the Robert W. Rounsavall, Jr., and Gretchen C. Rounsavall Endowed Chair in Ocular Molecular Biology, which will be funded from the Commonwealth’s Endowment Match Program and a gift from Mr. Robert W. Rounsavall, III, and authorizes the Chair of the Board of Trustees to execute any documents required to complete the establishment of this endowment fund.

The motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Green made a motion, which Mr. McKinley seconded, to approve the

President’s recommendation that the Board of Trustees approves the establishment of the University Medical Associates, LLC Chair in Pulmonary Medicine, which will be funded from the Commonwealth’s Endowment Match Program and a gift from the University Medical Associates, LLC, and authorizes the Chair of the Board of Trustees to execute any documents required to complete the establishment of this endowment fund.

The motion passed unanimously.

In response to Mr. Stone’s inquiry, Senior Vice President Martin explained that p ursuant to guidelines approved by the Council on Postsecondary Education, the University of Louisville Board of Trustees has a primary responsibility for the implementation of the Endowment Match Program. Specifically, the Board of Trustees is responsible for implementing of all endowment funds in accordance with the Council guidelines and procedures. By approving these requests, the Board of Trustees notifies the Council of the receipt of gifts and pledges to be endowed and of the university’s intention to submit a request for matching state funds.

IV. Action Item: Approval of August Degrees and Candidates

Chairman Bridgeman reported this recommendation approves the conferring of degrees and candidates on August 6, 2004, and authorizes the Provost to award degrees to others who have been certified by the unit faculties but have missed the deadline for this meeting. Mr. Green made a motion, which Mr. Frazier seconded, to approve the

President’s recommendation that the Board of Trustees approve the Candidates for Degrees and Certificates (copy available upon request) to be conferred by the University of Louisville on August 6, 2004, and that the Board authorize the Provost to approve the awarding of degrees to others who have been certified by the unit faculties as having completed the appropriate courses of study, but missed the deadline for Board action.

The motion passed unanimously.

V. Executive Session

Pursuant to KRS 61.810(1)(f), Mr. Green made a motion, which Mr. Frazier seconded, to go into executive session at 1:40 p.m. The motion passed unanimously.

VI. Open Meeting Reconvenes

Chair Bridgeman reconvened the open session at 1:45 p.m. and reported that the Committee discussed personnel recommendations. Mr. McKinley made a motion, which Mr. Green seconded, to approve the

President’s recommendation that the following personnel recommendation be approved by the Board of Trustees:

SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Ruth B. Greenberg, Ph.D., University of Louisville; change of appointment from Director, HSC Academic Programs and Curriculum Development (Professional/Administrative Staff) to Assistant Dean for Medical Education (Administrator), October 1, 2004. The appointment as Assistant Dean is at the pleasure of the Board of Trustees.

The motion passed unanimously.

VI. Adjournment

Mr. Green made a motion, which Mr. McKinley seconded, to adjourn the meeting at 1:48p.m. The motion passed unanimously.



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