University of North Florida
Board of Trustees
Finance and Audit Committee
June 16, 2004
University Center at 8:30 a.m.
Committee Members Present
O’Neal Douglas, Wilfredo Gonzalez, Steve Halverson, Wanyonyi Kendrick, Judith Solano, Kevin Twomey
No committee members were absent.
Other Trustees Present
Edythe Abdullah, Luther Coggin, Bruce Taylor, Carol Thompson
Chair Twomey called the meeting to order and asked for a motion to approve the minutes. The motion was proffered by Trustee Douglas, seconded by Trustee Gonzalez, and approved.
Vice President Shuman spoke on the PECO list. She said that each year a capital improvement plan must be submitted to the State; this plan was also known as the PECO list. Every four years universities submitted a plan for expending CITF fees as well. She said she expected $5.2 million in CITF funds. She said university administration was in agreement with the student body and student body president that CITF funds should be put toward the student union. The amount was larger than expected due to a one year delay in the receipt of the funds.
Ms. Shuman went over the priorities in the PECO list, which, she said, were based on the priorities of the Board of Governors and the State and on the needs of the University. The first priority was the utility infrastructure, followed by the education building, and land acquisition for the technology park. The completion of the stadium was the next item, which would free up space in the college of health as parts of the athletic training and physical therapy programs would move over to the stadium facility. Item 5 was classroom renovations, the University was requesting $29 million in 2005-06 and would ask for second phases of these projects and an addition to the Coggin College of Business to relieve overcrowding in 2006-07. The seventh item was an addition to the computer science building; currently computer sciences was sharing space with information technologies. Number 8 had to do with road improvements through 2007-08. The ninth item was for a classroom/office/lab building and the tenth item was an administrative building. The final item was phase 2 of the arts and sciences building.
President Delaney said the totals were significantly higher than what had been requested in the past. He said that Janet Owen would estimate that the University was unlikely to get more than a third of the request but university administration had determined to try for the full amount anyway. He said the toughest decision had been item 3, the land acquisition for the technology park. He said that money would flow into the Foundation, allowing UNF to do whatever was needed with it.
Trustee Twomey asked for questions or comments. Trustee Solano said that, as chair of the Computing Sciences Department, she would be remiss if she didn’t take the opportunity to observe that the addition to that building kept being shifted further and further back on the list. She said Computing Sciences now had two lab spaces temporarily installed in building 11, which was about to be demolished, and still needed a third lab to realize the effort with FCCJ. She remarked that she was a little disappointed at where the addition now fell in the PECO list.
Trustee Abdullah asked if there were any plans to match funds and if fundraising was a possibility. President Delaney replied that it was possible, the University planned on fundraising in any case. In answer to Trustee Solano’s remarks, he said the decision to move the addition farther down on the list was due to low enrollments, which Trustee Solano said she understood. President Delaney continued, stating that there were plans to replace portable 832 to provide some space. Another possibility was giving all of building 15 to Computing Sciences. He said there were a number of different scenarios in the works that would meet the needs of both Computing Sciences and the University.
Trustee Kendrick said that from a community perspective she was disappointed to see that enrollment numbers in the Computing Sciences had dwindled. She said she believed there was a gap in meeting community needs for omputing science majors. She said that often her own company had to hire outside of the University. She said she looked forward to ensuring that buildings on campus were able to meet the needs of the Computing Sciences programs. Trustee Douglas agreed that the University must be responsive to community needs, and considered it part of the responsibilities of the Board. President Delaney noted that the priorities high on the Governor’s agenda right now were education and health. In order to increase the likeliness of funding, it made sense to request monies for items related to those priorities. Had technology been high on the Governor’s priority list, the University would have been able to list the addition higher on the PECO request.
Chair Twomey asked for a motion to recommend the PECO list. Trustee Halverson offered the motion. It was seconded by Trustee Gonzalez and approved unanimously.
Vice President Shuman said two other motions were required but could not be made until after the workshop discussion. After the workshop, Chair Twomey asked for a motion to recommend the Board authorize promulgation of the 2004-05 tuition and fees rule reflecting the mandated increases and foregoing the optional 2.5% increase for out-of-state tuition. The committee passed the motion unanimously.
Chair Twomey requested a motion to support the proposed budget. Trustee Douglas so moved and the motion was seconded by Trustee Kendrick and passed unanimously.