University of North Florida
Board of Trustees

Workshop
November 5, 2009
University Center at 8:30 a.m.

Minutes

Trustees in Attendance

Dr. Edythe Abdullah, Mr. Luther Coggin, Ms. Toni Crawford, Mr. Wilfredo Gonzalez, Mr. Hugh Greene, Ms. Joy Korman, Dr. Katherine Robinson, Dr. Bruce Taylor

Trustees Absent

Mr. John Barnes, Ms. Ann Hicks, Ms. Wanyonyi Kendrick, Ms. Joannie Newton, Mr. Kevin Twomey

Item 1 Call to Order

Chair Taylor called the workshop to order.

Item 2 Chair’s Remarks

Chair Taylor stated that the purpose of this workshop was for the administration to bring trustees up to date on the strategic plan. Also, Dr. Terry MacTaggart would discuss taking the Board to the next level.

Item 3 President’s Report

President Delaney provided remarks about the evolution of the Board, stating that the continuing premise was to have a great institution. He offered details on the metrics for the strategic plan, noting this discussion would include a series of benchmarks with ideas on how to move the university along.

Item 4 Approval of the Minutes

Chair Taylor asked for a MOTION for approval of the minutes from the February 5 workshop. A MOTION was offered by Trustee Gonzalez and seconded by Trustee Korman. The minutes were approved as presented.

Item 5 Discussion of the Key Goals and Metrics for the Strategic Plan

The administration narrated a presentation that provided measures related to the strategic plan, including tracking graduation and data on student-faculty ratios, class size, SAT scores, the Graduate School, faculty salaries, and the endowment.

 

The administration presented data to show trends and comparisons of UNF to peer aspirants and the State University System (SUS). Trustees discussed priorities and initiatives to achieve targets for each comparison.

 

The administration presented data on faculty salaries and trustees centered this discussion on comparisons to peer aspirants including the SUS.

 

Chair Taylor concluded this part of the workshop stating that the metrics presented were indicators of where the institution might be headed and how this might translate into a reality of the educational environment at UNF. He spoke about how the Board of Trustees might support the university and its goals.

Item 6 Discussion on Taking the Board of Trustees to the Next Level

Chair Taylor introduced Dr. MacTaggart as the host of this discussion.

 

Dr. MacTaggart stated that he would focus on activities that might strengthen the Board’s role and support for the university.  He proposed that trustees consider what they could individually do to improve the university.

 

Dr. MacTaggart shifted the discussion regarding metrics and trend lines to people. He spoke about indicators that separated good boards from great ones, indicating that primary indicators were boards that worked closely with the president and boards with a personal commitment to the university. Dr. MacTaggart spoke about operationalizing UNF’s visions and involving trustees in this process.

 

Dr. MacTaggart finalized his discussion by offering comments on the next step to implement this discussion, noting that a task committee might be created to move these thoughts along.

Item 7 Adjournment

Chair Taylor commented on Dr. MacTaggart’s remarks and suggested that the Board consider new ideas for future meetings. Chair Taylor adjourned the workshop.