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Personnel Committee Minutes -- March 26, 2001 -- Board of Trustees -- University of Louisville

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Minutes of the Academic and Student Affairs and
Personnel Committees
Of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees
March 26, 2001

The Academic and Student Affairs and the Personnel Committees of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees met together on Monday, March 26, 2001 at 2:10 p.m. in the Mary Bingham Room of the University Club with members present and absent as follows:

Personnel Committee Present:

Ms. Linda Wallbaum Cauble, Chair, Presiding
Ms. Melissa Long Shuter, Vice Chair
Mr. Darryl Owens
Ms. Elizabeth Worland
Absent: Mr. Grant Helman
Mr. J. Chester Porter
Academic and
Student Affairs
Committee Present:



Mr. Milton M. Livingston, Chair
Ms. Angela M. Richie, Vice Chair
Mrs. Ann F. Cobb
Dr. Richard C. Feldhoff
Mrs. Sandra Metts Snowden
Absent: Mrs. Marie Abrams
Mrs. Mary Yarmuth
Other Trustees Present:
Mr. T. W. Samuels, Jr.
Mrs. Joyce Hagen Schifano
From the University:
Dr. John W. Shumaker, President
Dr. Carol Z. Garrison, Provost
Mr. Thomas H. Lyons, University Counsel
Mr. Larry Owsley, Vice President for Finance & Administration
Mr. Joseph Beyel, Vice President for Alumni & Development
Mr. Daniel Hall, Vice President for University Relations
Dr. Denise Gifford, Vice President for Student Affairs
Dr. David Howarth, Associate University Provost
Ms. Carolyn Cochran, Assistant to the Provost
Ms. Rae Goldsmith, Associate V. P. for Communications and     Marketing
Mr. John Drees, Assistant Director, News and Public     Information
Dr. Dan Sessler, Acting Chairman, Department of     Anesthesiology
Dr. Scott Whittemore, Professor and Endowed Chair,     Neurological Surgery
Mrs. Kathleen M. Smith, Assistant Secretary, Board of Trustees
Ms. Trisha Wolf, Board Liaison, Office of the President
Ms. Debbie Dougherty, Board Liaison, Office of the President

I. Call to Order

After determining a quorum present, Ms. Cauble presiding on behalf of the combined committees called the meeting to order.

  • Minutes of the Academic & Student Affairs Committee for January 22, 2001

    Ms. Metts made a motion to approve the minutes, seconded by Mrs. Cobb, and the motion passed unanimously.


  • Minutes of the Personnel Committee for January 22, 2001

    Dr. Feldhoff noted a correction to the Executive Session of the Personnel Committee minutes. The minutes should reflect the Personnel Committee discussed "personnel" not student disciplinary matters. Mr. Owens made a motion, which Mrs. Cobb seconded, that the minutes be approved with this correction. The motion passed unanimously.

II. Action Item: Approval of Proposal to Establish an Outcomes Research Institute

Vice President Kaplan introduced Dr. Dan Sessler, Acting Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. Sessler presented the Outcomes Research Institute as an initiative that would involve more clinicians in the emerging research of the Health Sciences Center. The Institute would have a strong focus on patients and the development of an outreach effort to practicing physicians. Responding to a question from Ms. Metts, Dr. Sessler indicated there was a staff of 10 to support the Institute. Dr. Feldhoff made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Cobb, to approve the

President's recommendation that the Board of Trustees approve the creation of the Outcomes Research Institute with a Director assigned by and reporting to the Vice President for Health Affairs/Dean, School of Medicine.

The motion passed unanimously.

III. Action Item: Approval of Proposal to Establish Spinal Cord Injury Research Center

Vice President Kaplan asked Dr. Scott Whittemore, Professor of Neurological Surgery and Endowed Chair in Spinal Cord Injury Research, to present this proposal. Dr. Whittemore indicated the mission of the Center would be to bring scientists from different disciplines together to focus on spinal cord injury and to advance research from the laboratory to the patient more quickly. Vice President Kaplan noted that Dr. Whittemore competed successfully for the largest research grant in UofL's history. He is a Bucks for Brains endowed chair, and an example of the remarkable difference this program has provided to the University. Ms. Metts made a motion, which Mrs. Cobb seconded, to approve the

President's recommendation to approve the creation of the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center with a Director assigned by and reporting to the Vice President for Health Affairs/Dean, School of Medicine.

The motion passed unanimously.

IV. Review of Diversity Initiatives

  • Action Item: Approval of Diversity Vision Statement
  • Progress Report on CPE Diversity Objectives
  • CPE/EEO Recruitment and Retention Goals
  • Progress Report on Search for Vice Provost for Diversity

President Shumaker reported to the Committee that, in the absence of a concise institutional vision statement, he had asked the Commission on Diversity and Racial Equality (CODRE) to work with him in defining a Diversity Vision. The University would publish the proposed statement, once approved by the Board, in all its official documents. Further, President Shumaker stated that he would disseminate the vision document as broadly as possible to demonstrate UofL's example. Trustees Cobb and Cauble praised the President for this bold and powerful vision. Mrs. Worland made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Cobb, to approve the

President's recommendation regarding the vision statement on diversity

The University of Louisville strives to foster and sustain an environment of inclusiveness that empowers us all to achieve our highest potential without fear of prejudice or bias. We commit our- selves to building an exemplary educational community that offers a nurturing and challenging intellectual climate, a respect for the spec- trum of human diversity, and a genuine understanding of the many differences-including race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, and religion-that enrich a vibrant metropolitan research university.

We expect every member of our academic family to embrace the underlying values of this vision and to demonstrate a strong commit- ment to attracting, retaining, and supporting students, faculty, and staff who reflect the diversity of our larger society.

Dr. Shumaker proudly reported that the University of Louisville was the only state university to achieve all of its CPE mandated statewide goals for diversity. Trustee Owens complimented the President on reaching all eight of these ambitious goals.

The President then provided a brief overview of the changing demographics for the Louisville area and how the community's diversity will impact UofL. Immigrant populations are the fastest growing segment of the community. The vision the Board approved positions UofL to demonstrate its respect for the spectrum of human diversity and to develop a genuine understanding of differing cultures while at the same time it offers a nurturing and challenging intellectual climate to its faculty, students, staff, alumni, and friends. Vice President Gifford noted the recent retention success with African American students comes from a strategy to get more African Americans to live on campus. Additional financial aid, 44% of the new scholarship funds, made available by the President has gone to African American students.

Vice President Dan Hall briefed the Committee on the search for the Vice Provost for Diversity. Ayers & Associates has conducted the search, with advertising placements in the Chronicle of Higher Education and other national publications. Vice President Hall projected that the position would be filled by Fall 2001.

V. Executive Session

Chair Cauble asked for a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss personnel matters. Mrs. Cobb made the motion, which Mr. Owens seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.


VI. Open Meeting Reconvenes

Chair Cauble reconvened the Open Session of the Academic and Student Affairs and the Personnel Committees at 3:22 p.m. She reported that the Committees discussed the monthly personnel actions and the nominees for the 2001 Alumni Fellow Awards. Ms. Worland made a motion, which Mr. Owens seconded, to approve the

President's recommendation regarding the monthly personnel actions.

The motion passed unanimously.

Mrs. Cobb made a motion, seconded by Ms. Metts, to approve the

President's recommendation regarding the 2001 Alumni Fellow Awards as follows:

Dr. Carl Hausman Arts & Sciences
Ms. Greta E. Marshall Business and Public Administration
Dr. Walter F. "Jack" Turbyfill Dentistry
Dr. Lynn Columba Education and Human Development
Ms. Gail Huecker Kent School of Social Work
Senator Christopher Dodd Brandeis School of Law
Dr. Samuel Adunyah Medicine
Ms. Carol Hague Music
Ms. Teresa B. Parker Nursing
Mr. James A. Clishem Speed Scientific School

The motion passed unanimously.

VII. Other Business

There was no other business.

VII. Adjournment

Mr. Owens made a motion that Ms. Metts seconded, which passed unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 3:25 p.m.

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