Mr. Luther Coggin, Ms. Toni Crawford, Mr. Tom Foran, Mr. Wilfredo Gonzalez, Mr. Steven Halverson, Ms. Ann Hicks, Ms. Joan Newton, Dr. Bruce Taylor
Dr. Edythe Abdullah, Ms. Wanyonyi Kendrick, Dr. Judith Solano, Ms. Carol Thompson
Chair Taylor called the meeting to order, stating that the purpose of this meeting was to discuss two gifts, both of which had been passed through the Finance and Audit Committee with recommendations to bring to the full board for consideration.
Chair Taylor asked for a motion to approve the minutes. A motion was offered, seconded and approved unanimously.
Vice President Allaire asked the board to approve naming the Multi-Purpose Classroom Building #46 as “Hodges Stadium.” This request was in accordance with the policy proposed for naming opportunities and approval was received from the President and the Finance and Audit Committee. If approved, this request would be forwarded to the Florida Legislature for final approval as currently required by Florida law.
Vice President Allaire spoke about the Hodges’ commitment, stating that they sold and donated land used to create the original UNF campus. He also told the board that they had donated $2 million to the university which would be matched by the State and used for completion of the stadium.
Trustee Halverson asked if this request was in compliance with the existing policy for naming opportunities. Vice President Allaire stated that this request was in compliance with the existing policy.
Trustee Hicks asked if arrangements were made for this gift to be matched by the State. Vice President Allaire stated that this request would be forwarded to the Board of Governors for consideration, according to the Cortelis gift program.
Chair Taylor stated that if there were no other questions and/or comments, he would ask for a motion to approve. The motion was offered by Trustee Halverson, seconded and approved unanimously.
Vice President Allaire stated that approval was being sought to name the College of Health the “Brooks College of Health.” The president approved this request and it was vetted through the Finance and Audit Committee, with a recommendation to forward to the full board. Vice President Allaire stated that this request did not require approval from the Florida Legislature.
Vice President Allaire spoke about Brooks Rehabilitation System and its founder, Dr. J. Brooks Brown, and his active involvement with the university. He stated that Dr. Brown had a long standing and steadfast commitment to UNF.
Trustee Coggin offered his support for this initiative, stating that it was extremely appropriate.
Trustee Halverson asked for clarification regarding this request and its compliance with the earlier established naming policy. Vice President Allaire stated that this request was in compliance with that policy.
Chair Taylor asked for a motion to approve this request. The motion was offered by Trustee Coggin, seconded and approved unanimously.
Vice President Allaire asked the record to acknowledge those who were instrumental in achieving these gifts – Director of Athletics, Dr. Richard Gropper; Dean of the College of Health, Dr. Pam Chally; Foundation Board Members, Mr. Howard Serkin and Mrs. Karen Burdette.
Chair Taylor stated that the next meeting was scheduled for March 15 th. This would be a conference call for the full board to discuss ratifying the UNF/UFF contract.
The meeting was adjourned.
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