University of North Florida
Board of Trustees

  • Meeting
January 17, 2012
University Center at 2:30 p.m.

Minutes

Members Present 

Mr. Matthew Brockelman, 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 

None

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 he no additional remarks, beyond what had been said at the earlier workshop.

Item 3 President’s Report 

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

 

President Delaney passed on his report, stating the same as Chair Taylor.

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:

 

Item 5 Consent Agenda

Item 5A Minutes (October 18, 2011 and December 12, 2011)

Item 5B Items from the Finance and Audit Committee

Item 5Bi Employee Debt Collection Regulation

Item 5Bii Audit Charter for the Office of Internal Auditing

Item 5Biii Audit Charter for the Finance and Audit Committee

Item 5C Items from the Academic Affairs Committee

Item 5Ci Update to the Multi-Year University Work Plan

Item 5Cii Termination of the Master of Science in Applied Sociology

Item 5D Items from the Student Life and Facilities Committee

Item 5Di Naming of the University Center

Item 5Dii Naming of UNF Hall

Item 5Diii Student Conduct Code

Item 5Div Parking Permit Fees, Styles, Display Requirements, Replacements and Refunds Regulation

Item 5Dv Activity and Service Fees, Athletics Fees, and Health Fees

Item 5Dvi Transportation Access Fee

Item 5Dvii Parking Permit and Citation Rates for 2012-2013

Item 5Dviii Approval of a Modification of the UNF Wetland Mitigation

                       

Chair Taylor asked trustees if they would like to pull any item on the consent agenda for further discussion. Trustees stated that they were satisfied with discussions at the committee level.

 

Chair Taylor asked for a MOTION for approval for the consent agenda. A MOTION was offered and seconded. The MOTION was approved as presented.

Item 6Listing of Reports from the Finance and Audit Committee 

Chair Taylor stated that these six report – (1) University of North Florida Operational Audit, (2) Independent Accountant’s Report on Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures – Intercollegiate Athletics Program, (3) Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax, Form 990: (a) UNF Training and Services Institute, Inc., (b) UNF Financing Corporation, (c) UNF Foundation, Inc., and (d) MOCA, Jacksonville, (4) Office of Internal Auditing – Quarterly Report, (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 this one report -- (1) Report on Flagship Programs in the Brooks College of Health and the Coggin College of Business – 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 two reports – (1) Capital Projects Quarterly Report and Change Orders, (2) Career Services Presentation – had 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 Report to the Board of Trustees.  

Item 9A Update on WJCT and OneJax 

Chair Taylor asked President Delaney to speak about this report.

 

President Delaney reported that WJCT was still in the planning stages and not significantly further than the last report to trustees. He stated that issues being discussed were fundraising and maintenance on the facility. He indicated that optimism was good.

 

President Delaney reported on OneJax, stating that the university had worked through several models, in terms of relationship, before it was decided the OneJax would become a UNF institute. He noted that OneJax would collaborate with UNF’s InterFaith Center and the Intercultural Center for PEACE, both in Student Affairs.

 

Trustees asked for clarification on why UNF choose OneJax. President Delaney responded that OneJax was consistent in its community outreach, and there was synergy and a fit with what the university was doing. Vice President Serwatka responded that two of OneJax’s major projects either have or need UNF’s involvement to grow and become successful.

 

This item was for discussion only. No further action was required.

Item 10 Action Items for the Board of Trustees 

Item 10A Academic Enhancement Fee 

Chair Taylor asked Provost Workman to speak about this item.

 

Provost Workman asked Jeff Coker, dean of Undergraduate Studies to speak about the content of this proposed fee.

 

Dean Coker stated that the administration was proposing a 5 percent fee on tuition for academic enhancement. He noted that the intent of the proposed fee was to add value to the broadest base of students possible, including academic advisors for undergraduate students and academic advisors for particularly challenging areas, additional resources for STEM programs, additional tutoring and reduced class size.

 

President Delaney stated that the Board of Governors would be looking at the enhancements to academics. He asked Trustee Brockelman to comment.

 

Trustee Brockelman stated that his constituency would support initiatives that would affect a broad base of the student body. He stated that he had confidence that enough students would take advantage of the initiatives of the proposed fee to make a measurable difference.

 

Trustee Brockelman asked that the Board consider this and other proposed fees without making a quick decision. He noted that the administration did discuss this proposed fee with him and his colleagues as the proposed fee developed.

 

Trustees asked if the proposed fee could be diverted in hard economic times. The administration responded that the proposed fee could not be diverted or switched around. Trustees asked about the legality of the fee. The administration clarified that the Legislature had approved new fees up to 10 percent for specific purposes. UNF student activities and services fee was the first 5 percent fee under this category. The academic enhancement fee would be the last such fee.

 

Chair Taylor asked for a MOTION for approval for the academic enhancement fee. A MOTION was offered and seconded. The MOTION was carried as presented.

Item 10B Discussion on Annual Election of New Officers 

President Delaney led this discussion.

 

President Delaney asked for nominations for chair of the UNF Board of Trustees. Trustee Hugh Greene nominated Trustee Bruce Taylor. President Delaney clarified that, based on UNF’s own Board of Trustees bylaws, a fourth term for Trustee Taylor, as chair of the Board, would require a MOTION to suspend the two-term limit. A MOTION to suspend the two-term limit for chair of the UNF Board of Trustees was made and seconded. This MOTION was approved by a super majority of trustees. The MOTION was then seconded for approval of Trustee Taylor as chair of the UNF Board of Trustees. The MOTION was carried by a unanimous vote.

 

President Delaney asked for nominations for vice chair of the UNF Board of Trustees. Trustee Greene was nominated and the nomination was seconded. President Delaney asked for other nominations and/or a discussion. A MOTION was made to approve the nomination of Trustee Greene as the vice chair of the UNF Board of Trustees. The MOTION was passed as presented.

 

Chair Taylor stated that it was a great honor to be on the UNF Board of Trustees, let alone to serve as chair. He assured trustees and the administration that he would be giving his best effort to do the right thing for UNF.

Item 11 Presidential Medallion for Outstanding Service – Trustee Joannie Newton 

Chair Taylor stated that Trustee Newton was a recipient of the prestigious Presidential Medallion, an honor given to community leaders who helped guide UNF. He noted that the university was very fortunate to have Trustee Newton.

Item 12 Adjournment 

Chair Taylor thanked trustees for a productive day. He adjourned the plenary session.