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Board of Trustees Sept. 2 meeting summary

by UofL Today last modified Sep 03, 2010 11:15 AM

At a Sept. 2 meeting, the University of Louisville Board of Trustees approved an energy-savings program for the Health Sciences Center and Shelby Campus.

The program-already under way on the Belknap Campus-will include 17 buildings and be implemented by Siemens Industry Inc.'s Building Technologies Division. By retrofitting equipment and energy systems, UofL expects to save more than $2 million per year in energy costs.

Board members also voted to name the College of Education and Human Development building in honor of Woodford and Harriett Porter for their support of education, UofL and the community. Woodford Porter was the first African-American to serve on the university's board, which he chaired four times. Harriett Porter was a teacher and was active in the community.

UofL President James Ramsey said the Porters "were a very special couple."

Provost Shirley Willihnganz shared some preliminary numbers for the fall 2010 semester reporting that there are 21,863 students (full-time and part-time) including 2,567 freshmen who are first-time, full-time degree seekers. She also said 3,829 students are living in university-affiliated housing, which is at-near capacity at 97 percent.

Other business and discussions during the meeting included:

  • Approval of a new slate of officers for 2010-2011 with Owsley Frazier as chair and Salem George as vice chair.
  • Acceptance of new goals for the 2010-2011 academic year. The goals include specific targets in key areas such as academic excellence, research, community engagement, diversity and stewardship.
  • An update from the UofL Foundation on the Kentucky Trailer property, behind the university's Speed School of Engineering. The foundation will take possession of the Kentucky Trailer property in November-much earlier than expected. Future plans for the property  include development under a Tax Increment Financing plan.
  • News that the UofL Foundation's investment performance for the fiscal year ended June 30, was 15.2 percent, placing it among top-performing university endowments in the nation.
  • Passage of three resolutions: Melissa Laning, outgoing faculty representative to the board, was honored for her leadership and service to the board. Monica Marks, a UofL alumna and recent Rhodes Scholar, was honored. Marks and her father will be recognized Sept. 11 during the UofL and Eastern Kentucky University football game. Robert Sexton, a founder of the Governor's Scholars Program, advocate for the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990 and executive director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence since 1983, who died in August, was honored for his contributions and service.


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