University of North Florida
Board of Trustees

  • Plenary Session
October 18, 2011
University Center at 3:45 p.m.

Minutes

Members Present 

Mr. Fred Franklin, Mr. Hugh Greene, Ms. Joy Korman, Mr. Rad Lovett, Mr. Oscar Munoz, Ms. Joannie Newton, Ms. Lynn Pappas, Mr. Myron Pincomb, Dr. Patrick Plumlee, Mr. Lanny Russell, Dr. Bruce Taylor, Ms. Sharon Wamble-King 

Members Absent 

Mr. Matthew Brockelman 

Item 1 Call to Order 

Chair Taylor documented a quorum and called the meeting to order.  

Item 2 Chair’s Report 

Chair Taylor stated that the administration had provided each trustee with a copy of Dr. Terrence MacTaggart’s book, Leading Change. He noted that the University of North Florida was listed as one of the case studies, with highlights on the Board’s role with change. 

Item 3 President’s Report 

Chair Taylor asked President Delaney to present the President’s Report.  

 

President Delaney stated that his report would reflect issues going on in Tallahassee and how these related to UNF. He spoke about low-enrollment programs and the need to be responsible to the economic requirements of the area and the state. He mentioned Tallahassee’s idea to regulate universities to shift resources to better serve these needs, specifically to shift resources to STEM majors. President Delaney clarified that one of Tallahassee’s primary concerns is job placement for specific degrees. 

Item 4 Open Comments 

Chair Taylor offered opportunity for open comments. There were no comments from the public. 

Item 5 Consent Agenda 

Chair Taylor addressed the consent agenda noting that it included the following: 

  •  Minutes from the June 21 Plenary Session 
  • Four Action Items from the Finance and Audit Committee 
    • Schedule of Tuition and Fees Regulation 
    • 2011-2012 Audit Plan for the Office of Internal Auditing 
    • Audit Charter for the Office of Internal Auditing 
    • Audit Charter for the Finance and Audit Committee 
     
  • One Action Item from the Academic Affairs Committee 
    • Termination of the Masters of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling 
     
  • One Action Item from the Student Life and Facilities Committee 
    • Honoring Individuals by Naming Elements at the University in Their Honor Policy 
     

 

Chair Taylor noted that the charters for the Finance and Audit Committee and the Office of Internal Auditing would be deferred, for additional review, to the January meeting. Otherwise, all action items were recommended, by their respective committees, for approval by the full Board. 

 

Chair Taylor asked for a MOTION for approval for the consent agenda, not including the charters for the Finance and Audit Committee and the Office of Internal Auditing. A MOTION was offered and seconded. The MOTION was carried as presented. 

 Item 6 Listing of Reports from the Finance and Audit Committee 

Chair Taylor stated that these six report – (1) Direct Support Organizations Audits, (2) 2010-2011 Office of Internal Auditing Annual Report, (3) Office of Internal Auditing Annual Report and Status Update, (4) Accounts Receivable Write-Offs, (5) Quarterly Budget Report, and (6) Treasurer’s Report – had all been discussed with this committee and no recommendations were made for additional discussion by the full Board. He asked if any trustee would like to pull one of these reports for additional conversation. Trustees were satisfied with discussions at the committee level. 

Item 7 Listing of Reports from the Academic Affairs Committee 

Chair Taylor stated that these two reports -- (1) Update on the College of Arts and Sciences and the STEM Areas, and (2) Update on the College of Computing, Engineering & Construction and the STEM Areas – had all been discussed with this committee and no recommendations were made for additional discussion by the full Board. He asked if any trustee would like to pull one of these reports for additional conversation. Trustees were satisfied with discussions at the committee level. 

Item 8 Listing of Reports from the Student Life and Facilities Committee 

Chair Taylor stated that these four reports – (1) Capital Projects Quarterly Report and Change Orders, (2) U.S. News and World Report College and University Rankings, (3) Fall 2011 Student Profile, and (4) Military and Veterans Resource Center – had all been discussed with this committee and no recommendations were made for additional discussion by the full Board. He asked if any trustee would like to pull one of these reports for additional conversation. Trustees were satisfied with discussions at the committee level. 

Item 9 Action Items for the Board of Trustees 

Item 9A Ratification of the United Faculty of Florida (UFF) Contract 

Chair Taylor introduced Mr. Leonard Carson, special labor counsel to the university, and asked him to speak about this item. 

 

Mr. Carson stated that the meeting materials provided a summary of the 2010-2013 collective bargaining agreement. He offered highlights from the summary, noting that the agreement was consistent with guidance given by the Board in previous shade meetings. He clarified that the agreement was ratified by the UFF, by an overwhelming vote of approval. 

 

Chair Taylor asked for a MOTION for approval of the UFF’s 2010-2013 collective bargaining agreement. A MOTION was made by Trustee Newton and seconded by Trustee Plumlee. The MOTION was carried as presented. 

 Item 9B New Fee or Increase to a Statutorily Capped Fee 

Chair Taylor asked Vice President Serwatka to speak about this item. 

 

Vice President Serwatka stated that universities within the State University System of Florida were given authority to request up to 10 percent for a fee. He noted that the current request was to submit, to the BOG, a placeholder for an academic enhancement fee. He clarified that the actual fee, along with details, would be presented at the January 2012 meeting. 

 

Chair Taylor asked trustees for additional discussion. A MOTION for approval was made by Trustee Greene and seconded by Trustee Korman. The MOTION was carried as presented. 

Item 10 Report to the Board of Trustees 

Item 10A Litigation Update 

Chair Taylor asked Vice President Stone to present this item. 

 

Vice President Stone stated that this update would be provided to trustees twice each year and would include an update on the university’s pending significant litigation. She reported that there was a lawsuit pending against UNF related to students having weapons in cars while on campus. She clarified that the university’s practices, which were longstanding, were consistent with all State University System institutions. Vice President Stone ended this discussion, stating that there was no other significant litigation at this time. 

 

This item was provided for information only. No action was required. 

Item 11 Adjournment 

Chair Taylor thanked trustees for a productive day, noting that the Board was energized by its new members. He welcomed them to the UNF Board of Trustees. Chair Taylor adjourned the meeting.