University of North Florida
Board of Trustees

  • Retreat
November 30, 2011
Ponte Vedra Inn and Club at 8:30 a.m.

Members Present 

Dr. Bruce Taylor, Mr. Hugh Greene, Mr. Matthew Brockelman, Mr. Fred Franklin, Ms. Joy Korman, Mr. Rad Lovett, Mr. Oscar Munoz, Ms. Lynn Pappas, Mr. Myron Pincomb, Dr. Patrick Plumlee, Mr. Lanny Russell 

Members Absent 

Ms. Joannie Newton, Ms. Sharon Wamble-King 

Item 1 Call to Order 

Chair Taylor welcomed everyone to the retreat, stating that he was looking forward to a robust discussion with functional results. 


Chair Taylor asked for approval of the minutes from the September 13, 2011 meeting. A MOTION was offered and seconded. The minutes were approved as presented. 


Trustees participated in a small group exercise answering questions about their expectations for UNF. Additional discussion was scheduled for later in the retreat. 


President Delaney spoke about UNF’s past accomplishments and the university’s vision for the future. He spoke about the university’s four guiding principles, along with the recent economic downturn. 


President Delaney introduced Dr. Terry MacTaggart as the facilitator for the next phase of the retreat. 


Dr. MacTaggart facilitated a discussion with trustees on (1) how boards of trustees contribute to positive change and (2) high functioning boards in today’s environment. The first discussion addressed intellectual capital, perspective and good judgment, as well as governing authority and pitfalls of the engaged board. The second discussion addressed differences between performing boards and high performing boards. Dr. MacTaggart’s final discussion was about the board’s relationship with the president. 


Dr. Kristine Webb, professor and director of the Disability Resource Center, and three UNF students: Danika Dodd, Jessica Hawk and Ernest Davis, presented the Disability Resource Center’s mission and history. These students also spoke about who the center served, and characteristics and accommodations for these students. The students concluded their presentation by sharing their unique experience with the center. 


After lunch, trustees reported on their small group exercise, discussing their expectations for UNF, specifically what identity and characteristics trustees would like for UNF to be known for. All trustees agreed that the academic reputation was first, followed by student life and employability. 


The administration brought two items to the retreat for discussion: (1) potential naming of buildings, and (2) a possible line of credit for the UNF Foundation, Inc. Trustees agreed to schedule a conference call to continue discussions on the line of credit and to add the potential naming of buildings to the agenda for the upcoming Board meeting. 


President Delaney and Vice President Owen prefaced a discussion about the Texas higher education plan and the evolving Florida plan. Vice President Owen stated that the Texas plan was directed at closing educational gaps in student participation, student success, excellence and research. She noted that Governor Scott was advocating for Texas-like reforms for the State University System. President Delaney narrated a presentation on this discussion and trustees asked that this item be added to the agenda for an upcoming meeting. 


Due to the lack of time, Chair Taylor tabled the last item – issues, program and metrics for discussion in the upcoming calendar year. 


Chair Taylor offered appreciation to all of those who participated and commented on the value of these retreats. He adjourned the retreat.