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University of North Florida
Board of Trustees

  • Retreat
September 17, 2007
UNF Hall at 9:00 a.m.

What it Takes to Build a Great Public University in North Florida (Attachments 1, 2,3, 4, 5)  

“Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will die. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a great initiative will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever growing insistency. Remember that our children and grandchildren are going to do things that would stagger us. Think big.” Daniel Burnham (1864-1912)


In addition the trustees and President Delaney, Tom Serwatka, Mark Workman and Pierre Allaire will participate in the discussion through early afternoon.


Item 1 Welcome and Introduction

Item 2 The High Performing Board

Item 2A Partnership with the President

Item 2B Institutional Aspirations

Item 2C Board Leadership 

Item 3 Purposes

Item 3A Discuss critical success factors in transforming the university

Item 3B Outline ways to engage the academic community and the greater Jacksonville community in this transformation process

Item 3C Identify sources of resources for planning and implementing this change

Item 3D Discuss the Board’s leadership role

Item 4 Ground Rules for Discussion

Item 4A “The Magic of Dialogue”

Item 4B Democratic Discussion

Item 4C Candor and Confidentiality

Item 4D Parking Lot

Item 5 Parables from High Aspiration Universities

Item 5A Right Leaders & Vision

Item 5B Right Models for Excellence

Item 5C Right Faculty and Academic Culture

Item 5D Right Governance System

Item 5E Right Resources

Item 6 The UNF Way

Item 6A Our Vision and First Step

Item 6B State Policy and Politics

Item 6C Focusing Academic Culture

Item 6D Resources

Item 7 Board Discussion

Item 7A What are our special strengths?

Item 7B What do we need to address or improve?

Item 8 TLO in China: Research on Conflict Resolution – Dr. Dan Richard, Dr. Debbie Wang and Students

Item 9 Discussion: What It Means to Become a Great Public University in North Florida

Item 10 Matching Trustee Work to University Aspirations

Item 11 Agenda Setting

Item 11A Meetings

Item 11B Committees

Item 11C Participation

Item 12 “Mutual Expectations for Success”

Item 12A President

Item 12B Trustees

Item 13 Return to the High Performing Board Model

Item 14 Next Steps for Trustee Action

Item 15 Adjournment