Mr. John Barnes, Ms. Toni Crawford, Mr. Wilfredo Gonzalez, Mr. Hugh Greene, Ms. Ann Hicks, Ms. Wanyonyi Kendrick, Ms. Joy Korman, Dr. Katherine Robinson, Dr. Bruce Taylor, Mr. Kevin Twomey
Dr. Edythe Abdullah, Mr. Luther Coggin, Ms. Joannie Newton
Chair Taylor called the workshop to order.
Chair Taylor introduced Mr. Lee Moon as UNF’s new Athletic Director. He stated that the university community was optimistic about Coach Moon’s upcoming involvement with Osprey athletics. He offered an opportunity for Coach Moon to address the Board.
Coach Moon stated that he was excited to be at UNF and hoped that his presence would create an athletic department that the university and the community would be proud of.
President Delaney welcomed Coach Moon and stated that the university was excited to have him.
President Delaney provided an update on the budget situation, stating that the university should be able to get through this year. He spoke about the economic stimulus package and the possibilities this might offer for the State University System.
Chair Taylor asked for a MOTION for approval of the minutes from the November 13, 2008 workshop. The MOTION was offered by Trustee Korman and seconded by Trustee Hicks. Chair Taylor asked for further discussion and then called for the vote. The MOTION was approved as presented.
Chair Taylor asked Vice President Owen to provide this report.
Vice President Owen updated trustees on the gender equity issues identified by the NCAA D-I Athletic Certification Committee in their Analysis Report. She clarified these issues as (1) the need for locker room space for women’s swimming and diving, and (2) office space for softball coaches. Vice President Owen reported that the university had submitted a plan to the NCAA to address these issues.
Chair Taylor introduced Dr. MacTaggart and welcomed him back to the university.
Dr. MacTaggart stated that the focus of this conversation was (1) how to sustain excellent leadership in difficult economic times, and (2) strategic financing. He posed considerations for schools that might emerge from the financial crisis as stronger institutions.
Dr. MacTaggart spoke about the university’s vision and drew comparisons from other institutions of national and international recognition. He talked about board of trustees’ engagement and active partnership with the president.
Dr. MacTaggart highlighted the university’s strength in handling the recent budget cuts and asked trustees to comment on their perception of this process. Trustees discussed previous and anticipated budget cuts and talked about a strategic perspective on academic programs, enrollment, athletics and philanthropy.
Trustees discussed the strategic plan and asked the administration to elaborate on resource restrictions and the alignment of resources with the strategic plan. Ideas were explored for accommodating socially and economically disadvantaged students. Also considered was funding for the transformational learning opportunities.
Trustees talked about the strategic goals and a need to adjust to the current economic circumstances. This conversation addressed the framework and clarity of the strategic goals and the mission statement, confirming that it was essential in these economic times to create transparency in the strategic plan. Also, discussed was the importance of articulating the strategic plan to those who would make decisions about the future of the university.
Trustees discussed the differences in a state university system and a state college system.
The administration agreed to present a crisper interpretation of the strategic plan at an upcoming meeting. They clarified that the plan should be as compelling in setting strategy during economic downturns as it was in better economic times, with goals different in degree but not in kind. The administration stated that efforts were underway to present, for consideration, benchmarks from other institutions worthy of emulation.
Trustees asked for clarification on plans to accommodate upcoming budget shortfalls. The administration responded that efforts were being made to define what supported the core of the institution and what was peripheral. Also, discussions were underway to prioritize long term investments. The administration acknowledged that the intent was to sustain the trajectory without compromising the integrity of the institution.
Trustees stated that, in order to be champions of the university, they needed to have a good understanding of the strategic plan. It was noted that UNF should emerge from the current financial climate as an institution in a good position to move forward with the strategic plan.
Chair Taylor adjourned the workshop.
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