University of North Florida
Board of Trustees

  • Meeting
March 12, 2009
University Center at 10:00 a.m.

Trustees in Attendance

Dr. Edythe Abdullah, Mr. John Barnes, Mr. Luther Coggin, Ms. Toni Crawford, Mr. Wilfredo Gonzalez, Ms. Wanyonyi Kendrick, Ms. Joy Korman, Ms. Joannie Newton, Dr. Katherine Robinson, Dr. Bruce Taylor (via conference), Mr. Kevin Twomey

Trustees Absent

Mr. Hugh Greene, Ms. Ann Hicks

Item 1 Call to Order

Chair Taylor convened the meeting and recognized a quorum.

Item 2 Chair’s Report

Chair Taylor shared that he, Provost Workman and Vice President Serwatka had participated in an Association of Governing Boards (AGB) workshop, along with five other universities. He mentioned that all universities were committed to elevating their institutions, in terms of excellence in their missions. He noted that the workshop was informative and gratifying and that UNF had demonstrated progress over the last two years.

Item 3 Open Comments

Chair Taylor addressed those in attendance and offered opportunity for open comments. No one asked to address the Board.

Item 4 Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Ratification

Chair Taylor stated that the purpose of this item was to consider a proposed FOP contract for 2007-2008. He asked Vice President Stone to speak about this item.


Vice President Stone recognized Mr. Leonard Carson (via conference) as the legal counsel acting on behalf of the university and asked him to speak about this item.


Mr. Carson stated that, according to statutes, the Board of Trustees had convened for a legislative body hearing to discuss the impasse between the UNF bargaining team and the FOP. Following this meeting, a tentative agreement was reached on a new collective bargaining agreement, which was ratified by the FOP on February 27-28, 2009.


Mr. Carson stated that, consistent with the legislative body hearing and discussions at other meetings, the proposed contract between the UNF bargaining team and the FOP was being presented to the Board of Trustees for ratification.


Chair Taylor asked for a MOTION to ratify the FOP contract for 2007-2008. The MOTION was offered by Trustee Coggin and seconded by Trustee Gonzalez. The MOTION was approved as presented.

Item 5 Adjournment

Chair Taylor adjourned the meeting.