University of North Florida
Board of Trustees

  • Plenary Session
March 18, 2014
Osprey Commons, Talon Room at 11:15 a.m.

Members Present

Bruce Taylor, Hugh Greene, Carlo Fassi, Fred Franklin, Joy Korman, Rad Lovett, Lynn Pappas, Myron Pincomb, Gordon Rakita, Lanny Russell, Sharon Wamble-King

Members Absent

Oscar Munoz, Joannie Newton

Item 1 Call to Order

Chair Greene called the plenary session to order at 11:25 a.m.

Item 2 Chair’s Report

Chair Greene announced that this would be Trustee Fassi’s last meeting as a member of the Board. Chair Greene presented Trustee Fassi with a gift from the Board and offered appreciation for his incredible role. Chair Greene asked Chair Taylor to comment.

Chair Taylor stated that Trustee Fassi had provided insightful, valuable and decisive input. Chair Taylor acknowledged Trustee Fassi’s service as a member of the Board of Governors, mentioning that he fit well in that group.

President Delaney stated that Trustee Fassi had done a remarkable job with the UNF Board of Trustees and with the Board of Governors.

Item 3 President’s Report

President Delaney stated that the earlier workshop discussion would suffice as his report.

Item 4 Student Government President’s Report

Trustee Fassi updated the Board on legislation governing the Florida GI Bill. He clarified that this bill, if signed by the Governor, would waive out-of-state fees for veterans.

Trustee Fassi then reported on a bill that would grant in-state tuition for undocumented students. He stated that this pending legislation was received favorably by the House but the Senate was a bit more focused on tuition issues.

Trustee Fassi updated the Board on pending legislation regarding the CITF fee. He stated that, although the State University System was not involved in last year’s legislation, they were asking for the capability to bond the CITF fee this year. He clarified that the fee would be allocated to critical preferred maintenance and PECO projects.

Trustee Fassi showed Board a video on YouTube, Hard Hats for Higher Education – UNF, He clarified that this production, by UNF Student Government, was focused on getting funds to renovate buildings.

Trustee Fassi asked the Board to recognize Trustee Rakita as a valuable role model, as a trustee and as a member of the UNF faculty. Trustee Fassi also asked that Dr. Mauricio Gonzalez, vice president, Student and International Affairs, be recognized as a strong advocate for students.

Item 5 Open Comments

Chair Greene addressed those in attendance and asked if anyone wanted to comment on items on this agenda. There were no comments.

Item 6 Consent Agenda

Chair Greene stated that the consent agenda included minutes from the January 7, 2014 plenary session. He asked committee chairs to report on actions taken by their respective committee.

Trustee Russell conveyed that the Student Life and Facilities Committee met as a whole; thus, one action item was discussed by the full Board – approval of the activity and services fees, athletics fees, and health fees for 2014-2015, with an increase of $1.09 or a total of $43.55.

Trustee Korman reported that the Academic Affairs Committee approved an impressive list of candidates for tenure by the standard review process. She stated that the committee also approved the Florida Equity Report, which was interesting, in terms of gains and diversity.

Trustee Lovett reported that the Finance and Audit Committee approved a lower market-rate tuition for the Special Education on-line degree program, to be set at $368 per credit hour. He clarified that this was a result of continued analysis showing that UNF’s rate would be higher than six other State University System institutions.

Trustee Franklin offered a MOTION for approval of the consent agenda. Trustee Korman seconded. The MOTION carried unanimously so the consent agenda was approved as presented.

Item 7, 8 and 9 Reports from the Committees

Chair Greene asked committee chairs to update the Board on reports from their respective committees.

Student Life and Facilities Committee

Trustee Russell stated that, again, this committee met as a whole and the reports discussed were (1) capital projects and change orders, (2) update from the Retention and Graduation Committee, (3) a presentation on faculty composition, and (4) a presentation on university research.

Academic Affairs Committee

Trustee Korman stated that the committee felt unanimously that presentation on Working Memory was fabulous.

Finance and Audit Committee

Trustee Lovett reported that the Finance and Audit Committee discussed a minor finding in the Federal Awards Audit, noting that the university was in the process of resolving the finding; there was nothing to add to the Office of Internal Auditing’s report; the quarterly budget report showed the university was within budget; and the treasurer’s report showed investment activity was in line with expectations.

Trustee Lovett stated that the committee discussed the possibility of a policy governing social responsibility, specifically for fossil fuel. The committee recommended that the Board select a subcommittee to consider a policy, and to make a recommendation at the June 10, 2014 meeting.

Item 10 Auditor General’s Report on UNF’s Financial Audit

Chair Greene asked Vice President Shuman to speak about this item.

Vice President Shuman clarified that the finding resulted from the university providing a line of credit and cash payments to MOCA, a university direct-support organization, without a formal repayment plan.

Vice President Shuman reported that the UNF informed both boards of the repayment requirements and included payments in the budgets. Also, the UNF Board of Trustees’ authority ensures that the university’s representation and control exceeds both the statutory requirement and customary practice for direct support organizations.

Vice President Shuman stated that the university was working to eliminate the recurrence of this finding.

Chair Greene asked for comments from the Board. Trustees asked for clarification on MOCA’s endowment campaign. The administration responded that there were some very good prospects which should be more visible within six months. 

Item 11 Adjournment

Chair Greene adjourned the meeting at 11:50 a.m.