University of North Florida
Board of Trustees

  • Meeting
January 29, 2010
University Center at 2:30 p.m.

Minutes

Members Present:   Dr. Edythe Abdullah, Mr. John Barnes, Mrs. Toni Crawford, Mr. Wilfredo Gonzalez, Mr. Hugh Greene, Mr. Oscar Munoz, Mrs. Joannie Newton, Mrs. Wanyonyi Kendrick, Dr. Katherine Robinson, Dr. Bruce Taylor, Mr. Kevin Twomey 

 

Members Absent:  Mrs. Joy Korman, Mrs. Ann Hicks 

 

Item 1a: Introduction of Ms. Jadhon Kerr and Ms. Jadhken Kerr, Two UNF Women’s Basketball Players who Received the Congressional Award Gold Medal from Congress. Chair Taylor welcomed trustees to the meeting and recognized two scholar athletes as distinguished guests. He asked Mr. Lee Moon, Athletics Director, to speak about these students. 

 

Mr. Moon introduced the students and provided highlights of their careers, including that they were recipients of the Congressional Award Gold Medal from Congress. Mr. Moon elaborated on this award, noting that this was the highest Congressional award bestowed by the United States Congress to civilian youth under the age of 23.  He stated that this institution was privileged and honored to have these students represent UNF. 

 

Item 1b: Introduction of Dr. Peter Braza as UNF’s Interim Dean of the College of Computing, Engineering, and Construction. Chair Taylor asked Provost Workman to make this introduction. 

 

Provost Workman introduced Dr. Braza, noting that he came to the university in 1988 at the age of 27 and since then moved to full professor. Also, Dr. Braza served as associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences from 2002 until 2009. Provost Workman elaborated that Dr. Braza was appointed as interim dean, for two years, to the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction in July 2009 following an unsuccessful search for a permanent dean. 

 

Item 1: Call to Order. Chair Taylor recognized a quorum and called the meeting to order.  

 

Item 2: Chair’s Report. Chair Taylor recognized Mr. Luther Coggin as a distinguished former member of the Board of Trustees. Chair Taylor expressed the Board’s sentiments regarding Mr. Coggin’s tenure on the Board, noting that his contribution had been significant and his absence would be considerable. Chair Taylor invited Mr. Coggin to make a parting statement. 

 

Mr. Coggin talked of his years of service on the Board, noting that it had been extremely enlightening and enjoyable. He spoke about his and Blanche’s commitment to education, noting that this commitment would be ongoing. 

 

Item 3: President’s Report. President Delaney spoke about recent changes on campus, including the Student Union and the athletic program. He mentioned that we would continue to focus on student life. 

 

President Delaney discussed the New Florida Initiative mentioning possible funding for universities and the Legislature’s mindset for the program. 

 

Item 4: Open Comments. Chair Taylor offered opportunity to those in attendance for open comments. There were no comments from the public. 

 

Item 5: Consent Agenda. Chair Taylor asked for a MOTION to approve the consent agenda. Trustee Barnes asked that Item 5Bi, Athletics, Health and Activity and Service Fees, be pulled from the agenda, pending further discussion. A MOTION was made for approval of the modified consent agenda. The MOTION was seconded and carried. 

 

Item 6: 2009-2010 Board of Governors (BOG) Annual Report. Chair Taylor asked Provost Workman to speak about this item. 

 

Provost Workman stated that the purpose of this item was to approve UNF’s submission of the 2009-2010 BOG Annual Report. He noted that this was part of the BOG’s system-wide strategic planning initiative. 

 

Provost Workman explained that this report would occur on an annual basis and would have a number of stages. He noted that this information was being provided to the BOG in an effort to identify each institution’s contributions to state-wide initiatives and to identify goals and institutional aspirations to support each university’s unique mission. He clarified that additional reports would be submitted to the BOG giving an account of progress on state-wide and institutional goals. 

 

Provost Workman mentioned to trustees that, as is true for other fellow SUS institutions, UNF was submitting this report for approval by the Board after it was submitted to the BOG. He clarified that trustees would have the opportunity to review future reports prior to submission to the BOG. 

 

Provost Workman emphasized that the strategic planning process would give institutions the ability to express their own unique aspirations and indicate what contributions they would make to the state-wide goals. 

 

Chair Taylor invited questions from trustees. Questions were asked regarding distance learning, technology and collaborative efforts with other SUS institutions. Provost Workman replied that students had expressed a strong interest in distance learning and faculty, on their own, had begun to propose more distance learning. He noted that a committee was convened to anticipate technology needs, specifically linked to distance learning. He also noted that, in regards to collaboration, some might be initiated by UNF but some would depend on the BOG to help facilitate.  

 

Chair Taylor asked for a MOTION for approval for the 2009-2010 Board of Governors annual report. A MOTION was offered by Trustee Barnes and seconded by Trustee Abdullah. The MOTION was carried as presented. 

 

Item 7: Reports from the Finance and Audit Committee.  Chair Taylor asked Trustee Kendrick to present these reports. 

 

Item 7A: Update on MOCA Jacksonville. Trustee Kendrick asked Vice President Shuman to speak about this item. 

 

Vice President Shuman stated that this accounting was as of October 31. She reported that MOCA Jacksonville was meeting their budgeting targets. She mentioned that the university had not added additional dollars to their budget and admissions were up considerably. She stated that the museum was working on sponsorship goals and had set a fundraising goal of $295,000. 

 

Vice President Shuman reported that, of the six academic classes scheduled, four were full, and additional workshops and lectures were planned by faculty. She concluded her report, noting that MOCA Jacksonville would be reassessed in the spring. 

 

This report was provided for information only. No further action was required. 

 

Item 7B: Capital Projects Quarterly Report and Change Orders. Trustee Kendrick asked Vice President Shuman to speak about this item. 

 

Vice President Shuman reported that the Student Union and Osprey Fountains were both competed and fully occupied, with minor outstanding issues. She also reported that all four phases of UNF Hall were completed with no remaining issues. 

 

Vice President Shuman talked about Founders Hall renovations, noting that construction started in June 2009 and completion was anticipated in March 2010. She reported on the student wellness and sports education center, mentioning that programming was completed and the project was now in the design development phase. 

 

Vice President Shuman provided details regarding change orders and clarified that these were all within the confines of the Board’s delegation to the President. 

 

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

 

Item 7C: Update on the Campus Mater Plan Assessment. Trustee Kendrick asked Vice President Shuman to speak about this item. Vice President Shuman turned this discussion over to Mr. Zak Ovadia, director of Facilities Planning.  

 

Mr. Ovadia narrated a presentation, highlighting aspects of the master plan. He clarified that this plan was revisited every five years and the current plan would be presented to the Board of Trustees in June. 

 

Trustees recommended that the administration provide an opportunity to further discuss the master plan. 

 

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

 

Item 7D: Quarterly Budget Report. Trustee Kendrick asked Vice President Shuman to present this item. 

 

Vice President Shuman stated that targets were being reached and there were no call backs this year, thus putting the university in a good position for next year. She mentioned that funds were put aside for call backs and for the replacement of stimulus dollars.  

 

Vice President Shuman clarified that there were no budgetary issues for E&G. She reported on the auxiliary report, noting all units were holding except for the Fine Arts Center, which continued to have economic difficulty. 

 

This report was provided for information only. No further action as required. 

 

Item 7E: Treasurer’s Report. Trustee Kendrick asked Vice President Shuman to speak about this report. 

 

Vice President Shuman reported, that as of September 30, more cash was invested than in the bank. She provided highlights on investment rates, listing RBC at 9.4 percent, which was good. She talked about interest rates, clarifying that the university was still doing better than the money market. 

 

This report was provided for information only. No further action was required. 

 

Item 8: Report from the Educational Policy Committee. Chair Taylor asked Trustee Crawford to present this report. Trustee Crawford asked Vice President Serwatka to present the report on graduation rates. 

 

Item 8A: Report on Graduation Rates. Vice President Serwatka clarified that this topic was discussed at the last workshop, with a follow-up discussion at the last Educational Policy Committee meeting. He provided a summary presenting benchmarking for peer aspirants and Florida’s public universities. 

 

Vice President Serwatka reported that, at the national level, UNF was ahead but not where the institution wanted to be. He spoke about predictors of graduation rates, noting that some were more obvious than others. He spoke about academic preparation and motivation, clarifying that admitting students based on these measures would be the surest way to increase the number of graduates. 

 

Vice President Serwatka stated that a UNF cohort was studied which provided information on students who were not graduating from UNF – when they left and where they were going. He reported that freshmen were most likely to leave but that junior and seniors did not experience heavy losses. He noted that UNF would be considering options for freshman retention and would develop a plan and report success back to the Board by the end of the year. 

 

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

 

Item 9: Ongoing Negotiations on the Possible Purchase of the ADT Building. Chair Taylor asked Vice President Shuman to speak about this item. 

 

Vice President Shuman provided details on negotiations, noting that there was an agreement on the purchase price, however discussions were ongoing regarding details of the sale. She discussed financing, noting that the university was on track to close within the next two months, pending Board of Trustees approval. 

 

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

 

Item 10: Discussion on Annual Election of New Officers. Chair Taylor asked President Delaney to lead this item. 

 

President Delaney asked for nominations for chair of the UNF Board of Trustees. Trustee Twomey nominated Trustee Bruce Taylor. President Delaney made clear that based on UNF’s own Board of Trustees bylaws a third 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 by Trustee Barnes and seconded by Trustee Newton. This MOTION was approved by a super majority of trustees. Trustee Munoz then seconded the MOTION 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 Newton nominated Trustee Hugh Greene and this nomination was seconded by Trustee Abdullah. President Delaney asked for other nominations and/or a discussion. A MOTION was made to approve the nomination of Trustee Hugh Greene as the vice chair of the UNF Board of Trustees. The MOTION was carried as presented. 

 

Chair Taylor stated that it was his pleasure to serve a third term as chair and asserted that he would act on behalf of his fellow trustees. He clarified that he had neither sought nor campaigned for this position but appreciated the privilege to serve. 

 

Item 11: Adjournment. Chair Taylor asked for additional comments and then adjourned the meeting.