Dr. Edythe M. Abdullah, Mr. Luther W. Coggin, Mr. Wilfredo J. Gonzalez, Mr. Steven T. Halverson, Ms. Wanyonyi J. Kendrick, Mrs. Joan Newton, Dr. Judy Solano, Dr. R. Bruce Taylor, Mrs. Carol C. Thompson, Mr. Kevin M. Twomey
Mrs. Toni Crawford, Mr. Tom Foran, Ms. Ann Hicks
Chair Taylor offered appreciation to everyone present. He asked Trustee Thompson for remarks as the exiting Board chair.
Chair Thompson provided an update on the recent SUS Board chair’s meeting. She stated that no single issue was most important – each university had their own specific issues. The University of Florida and Florida State University had great interest in gaining more tuition flexibility.
President Delaney stated Chancellor Rosenberg communicated at a recent meeting that he intended to provide a cogent approach to higher education within the State University System (SUS). He planned to provide the Governor with a singular plan, including input from all universities within the SUS.
President Delaney asked Vice President Workman to introduce Dr. Imeh Ebong, the new Assistant Vice President for Research.
All trustees agreed to maintain the once-a-month (1/3, 1/3, 1/3) schedule. The proposed meeting dates for the upcoming year were also approved.
Chair Taylor stated that he would like to consider constituting an Executive Committee. All meetings of the committee would be noticed and anyone could attend, including all trustees.
Trustee Solano suggested that a chair from each of the major committees be included in the proposed Executive Committee. Trustee Kendrick stated that it was intended that this committee be small and the discussions distributed to others in an alternate way.
Trustee Halverson asked if this committee would act on behalf of the Board or serve in a consultative capacity only. Trustee Twomey stated that this committee would serve mostly in a consultative capacity but could go both ways.
The committee would serve as an ad hoc committee and be reviewed after one year of operation.
Trustee Gonzalez suggested that a facilities committee could address such issues as community awareness of campus activities and services, facilities growth, road construction, student amenities and efficient facilities use.
Chair Taylor suggested that this item be addressed in one of two ways – as a subcommittee falling under the Finance and Audit Committee, or as a task committee with a one-year review period.
Trustee Twomey stated that it was not the Board’s responsibility to know about campus activities – that was the institution’s responsibility. He cautioned that the Board should not move from oversight to meddling. He stated that facility use was a secondary consequence of strategy, not a strategy. Trustee Twomey stated that there was great danger in establishing this committee – this was not a board’s responsibility. He had no objection to a short exploratory committee.
Trustee Halverson stated that he concurred with Trustee Twomey, articulating that his experience was exactly as stated.
Chair Taylor stated that the Board’s duty was for governance and not policy – management of operations was not the Board’s responsibility.
Trustee Kendrick stated that UNF and Jacksonville were growing by leaps and bounds and that she would like to think the Board could get to a point of knowing the balance of governance and oversight.
Trustee Coggin stated that when decisions could not be made in operations because of restrictions on the President, then these decisions could be brought before the Board – the Board should not be an implementer.
Chair Taylor recommended that this item be moved forward as a task committee with a one-year review period.
President Delaney stated that he would meet with Trustee Gonzalez and determine the task committee membership and structure.
Trustee Twomey spoke on the presidential evaluation process, stating that this process deserved more attention. He would like to appoint a task committee to review the presidential performance and evaluation process. He suggested that Trustee Halverson chair this committee and membership include the past chair and vice chair.
Vice President Allaire asked that the UNF Foundation Board be kept informed because they would be funding a portion of this.
The Board agreed to move forward with this item as discussed.
Vice President Owen referred to the meeting materials. She outlined the 2006 Board of Governors and Governor’s recommended budgets, including funding for new space, tuition, enrollment growth, tuition increases, targeted degrees, salary increases, technology, and health insurance.
Vice President Owen stated that the 2005 General Appropriations Act granted tuition flexibility to each university board – one year only – for all out-of-state, graduate and doctoral programs. The Legislature did not devolve resident undergraduate tuition. The proposal would allow UNF to exercise Board discretion for out-of-state tuition for one year.
Vice President Owen stated that the current recommendation of the Board of Governors (BOG) for 2006 and beyond is for the Legislature to grant tuition authority to the BOG, with the BOG delegating the authority to the university boards for resident graduate, all levels of out-of-state tuition and fees. This was the framework for the proposal for the 2006 legislative session.
Chair Taylor asked if there was anything that could be done to be more proactive with tuition devolution. President Delaney stated that the university system needed to focus on informing the next governor about the value of higher education as a unified voice.
Chair Taylor stated that the Board needed to be informed about statewide governance issues and the political process. He suggested that everyone think about ways to accomplish this and offer their suggestions at a later meeting.
President Delaney stated that currently, the State Board of Education has authority to approve baccalaureate degrees through community colleges. The Board of Governors is not in this equation. President Delaney stated that this was more of an opportunity than a deterrent but that there needed to be a defined process for approving baccalaureate degrees.
Trustee Abdullah stated that a number of legislators were moving toward providing more financial aid to for-profit educational institutions. If this trend continues, the for-profit institutions will have equal amounts of financial aid; thus, drawing from public institutions. She stated that financial aid for public institutions in the State of Florida was not fully funded – The State of Florida currently ranked between 47 and 49.
Trustee Abdullah stated that in the State of Florida, 77 percent of students were in public institutions and consumed 31 percent of available financial aid. In comparison, 17 percent of students were in for-profit institutions received a disproportionate percent of available financial aid.
Trustee Abdullah suggested that this Board might take a proactive role, addressing for-profit institutions and financial aid. President Delaney stated that this Board should support the community college initiative on this issue.
Vice President Owen reviewed the 2006 substantive legislation filed, referring to the meeting materials as a guide.
Chair Taylor spoke about creating values and the importance of student character. He said this would create a positive identity for students. Vice President Gonzalez stated that a plan had been put together and presented to the President. Chair Taylor asked for clarification on how the institution would move forward with this – he requested a report in the future.
Chair Taylor reminded the Board about the upcoming conference calls – one scheduled for February 27th to discuss naming opportunities and one scheduled for March 15th to discuss the UNF/UFF contract.
The meeting was adjourned.
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