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University of North Florida
Board of Trustees

  • Meeting
April 29, 2010
University Center at 3:30 p.m.

Members Present

Dr. Edythe Abdullah, Mr. Sitou Byll-Cataria, Mrs. Toni Crawford, Mr. Wilfredo Gonzalez, Mr. Hugh Greene, Mrs. Ann Hicks, Mrs. Wanyonyi Kendrick, Mrs. Joy Korman, Mr. Oscar Munoz, Dr. Katherine Robinson, Dr. Bruce Taylor, Mr. Kevin Twomey

Members Absent

Mrs. Joannie Newton

Item 1a Terry Presidential Professorship

Chair Taylor recognized two distinguished faculty members: (1) Dr. David Fenner as the recipient of the Distinguished Professor Award, noting that Dr. Fenner had a record of distinction in teaching, scholarship and service; and (2) Dr. Thomas Pekarek as the recipient of the Terry Presidential Professorship, acknowledging that Dr. Pekarek was the second recipient of this award and that he showed a sustained record in physics research.

Item 1 Call to Order

Chair Taylor documented a quorum and called the meeting to order. 

Item 2 Chair’s Report

Chair Taylor recognized Mr. John Barnes as a distinguished former member of the Board of Trustees. Chair Taylor expressed the Board’s gratitude for Mr. Barnes’ tenure on the Board, noting that his contributions as a leader had been significant. Chair Taylor invited Mr. Barnes to make a parting statement.


Mr. Barnes thanked the Board for the opportunity to serve and noted that it had been an incredible experience. He introduced Mr. Sitou Byll-Cataria as his successor, noting that he was leaving student leadership in good hands. Mr. Barnes offered appreciation to President Delaney and all that he had done to improve student life in the previous two years.

Item 3 President’s Report

President Delaney spoke about recent changes on campus, including the Student Union and the athletic program. He mentioned that we would continue to focus on student-life.


President Delaney discussed the New Florida Initiative mentioning possible funding for universities and the Legislature’s support for the program.

 Item 4 Open Comments

Chair Taylor offered opportunity to those in attendance for open comments. There were no comments from the public.

Item 5 Consent Agenda

Chair Taylor asked for a MOTION to approve the consent agenda. Trustee Barnes asked that Item 5Bi, Athletics, Health and Activity and Service Fees, be pulled from the agenda, pending further discussion. A MOTION was made by Trustee Gonzalez and seconded by Trustee Greene for approval of the modified consent agenda. The MOTION carried.

Item 5Bi Athletics, Health and Activity and Service Fees

Chair Taylor offered opportunity for further discussion on Item 5Bi. Trustees discussed the $3.00 per credit hour health fee, noting that students did support this fee to help cover the cost of the Student Wellness Center. Trustees brought into question the athletic fee, specifically if this fee might be offset by fundraising. The administration responded that there were fundraising efforts underway in Athletics.


After no additional discussion, Chair Taylor asked for a MOTION for approval of the Athletics, Health and Activity and Service fees. A MOTION was made by Trustee Gonzalez and seconded by Trustee Greene. Trustee Byll-Cataria asked the record to reflect that he was not voting in favor of this fee. The MOTION was carried with one dissenting vote.

Item 6 Listing of Reports from the Finance and Audit Committee

Chair Taylor announced a change in the way of conducting business at full Board meetings. He mentioned that a new item would be included on the full Board agenda providing a listing of reports discussed at the committee meeting level. And individual reports could be discussed as deemed appropriate by the committee chair or an individual Board member.


Chair Taylor asked Trustee Kendrick to speak about the Finance and Audit Committee reports.


Trustee Kendrick stated that the Finance and Audit Committee had reviewed all related reports with detail. She asked trustees if they had questions regarding any individual report.


Trustees asked for a better understanding on the operational audit – specifically the findings regarding construction. Vice President Shuman responded that five findings were related to construction. She clarified that this auditing period included a large number of construction projects. She provided highlights of each finding, noting that Finding No. 5 regarding insurance coverages presented the biggest risks. Vice President Shuman stated that the university responded to this finding by hiring an independent consultant. Chair Taylor stated that he was comfortable with the university’s response to the audit.


After no further requests were made regarding reports from the Finance and Audit Committee, Trustee Kendrick yielded to Chair Taylor for additional business.

Item 7 Listing of Reports from the Educational Policy Committee

Chair Taylor stated that there were no reports on the agenda from the Educational Policy Committee. He asked Trustee Hicks to bring the next two items to the Board for consideration.

Item 8 Tenure

Trustee Hicks stated that the administration was recommending approval of 21 tenure nominees based on a traditional review and one nominee based on tenure by reason of appointment. Trustees asked if all were all vetted through the in-place process for approval of tenure. The administration verified that all nominees were vetted through the existing process and had received across-the-board approval.


Chair Taylor asked for a MOTION for approval for tenure for the 22 nominees. Trustee Robinson offered the MOTION and Trustee Korman seconded. The MOTION was carried as presented.

Item 9 Termination of the Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MACP) Program

Trustee Hicks asked Provost Workman to speak about this item.


Provost Workman assured trustees that this recommendation came as a result of a long process of deliberation and review. He explained that the process began in response to budget reductions two years ago when an apparent redundancy between the MACP and the Mental Health Counseling (MHC) programs was brought to Academic Affairs attention. He noted that the program’s academic viability was also brought into question – specifically that its graduates were not eligible for licensure as professional counselors as readily as graduates of CACREP-accredited programs.


Provost Workman reported that the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences had recommended termination of the MACP program which was affirmed by the Faculty Association – and subsequently endorsed by himself and the President.  Provost Workman recognized faculty from the Psychology Department and provided opportunity for them to speak.


Dr. Michael Toglia, chair of the Department of Psychology, spoke on behalf of his colleagues and stated that the program should be retained. He argued that the program was viable based on community need alone. Dr. Toglia argued that a compromise for termination should be considered. A request was made to list the program as being deactivated.


Trustees asked for clarification regarding CACREP accreditation and the MACP program. The administration responded that graduates from this program were not eligible for licensure as professional counselors on as broad or as immediate a basis as graduates from the already CACREP-accredited MHC program. Trustees also asked for clarification on which program had more students. The administration stated that both programs produced about the same FTE.


Trustees discussed APA accreditation, specifically regarding the MACP program. The administration clarified that this program was not eligible for APA accreditation.


Chair Taylor stated that the options on the table were to terminate, not to terminate, deactivate or table for further discussion the MACP program. Trustee Robinson stated that the faculty vote came after hearing representatives from both sides. She noted that she did not think sending the program back for discussion would yield any different decision.


Provost Workman stated that all students currently enrolled in the MACP program were invited to the MHC program; however, they would be allowed to finish the MACP program if they choose. (The administration clarified that there were about 20 students who would complete the MACP program within the year.) He noted that two faculty member had elected to transfer to the MHC program.


Chair Taylor discussed the MACP program and how termination would affect the strategic plan – specifically accreditation and/or a future Ph.D. program. The administration responded that a Ph.D. program would be costly and require Board of Governors approval.


Trustees asked if additional time and information would add clarity to the discussion. The consensus was that new data would not bring additional clarity to the decision.


Chair Taylor asked for a MOTION for approval to terminate the MACP program. Trustee Abdullah offered the MOTION. Trustee Gonzalez seconded. The MOTION passed with a vote of six in favor and four dissents.

Item 10 Reports from the Finance and Audit Committee

Chair Taylor asked Vice President Shuman to discuss Item 10A.

Item 10A Capital Projects Quarterly Report and Change Orders

Vice President Shuman provided highlights from campus planning, design and construction, and capital projects. She reported that two additional change orders were added but otherwise all change orders were represented in the published report.

Item 11 First Year Review of the University’s Commitment to MOCA Jacksonville

Chair Taylor asked President Delaney to speak about this item.


President Delaney stated that this report would include three pieces – academic, fundraising and operations. He informed trustees that the university had given over 30 lectures drawing over 1,000 people and several successful workshops and exhibits – all benefiting students and the community.


Vice President Allaire reported on fundraising, notifying trustees that MOCA’s endowment goal was to raise $300,000. He noted that plans were to grow their board of trustees with the intent of increasing private funding. Also, plans were to include MOCA in the capital campaign for the upcoming year.


Vice President Shuman reported on operations, noting that currently MOCA had spent $320,000 of the $500,000 line of credit from the university.  She clarified that the $320,000 was placed temporarily into the museum’s endowment in an effort to meet the requirement from an existing state grant. She stated that the university did believe MOCA would reach $600,000 in their endowment before June. She stated that plans were to have university funds available for next year in the amount of $180,000.


Vice President Shuman talked about MOCA’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year, noting that there would be PO&M dollars. She noted that plans were to add additional maintenance staff and do some necessary renovations.


President Delaney stated that the most important point to consider is whether the academic relationship between the university and MOCA was worth it. He advised that the administration strongly recommended a continuation with the relationship with MOCA for an additional year. Trustees stated that this relationship was consistent with the educational mission as well as what was set forth with the role of UNF in terms of outreach.


This item was included for information only. No additional action was required.

Item 12 Report from the Special Ad Hoc Committee on Meeting Structure and Board Involvement

Chair Taylor asked Trustee Korman to speak about this item.


Trustee Korman stated that this special an ad hoc committee was formed to discuss the Board of Trustees organizational structure, in terms of meetings – specifically full Board meetings and workshops. She related that the committee decided that the overriding principle of the Board meetings and workshops should be issue-oriented more than managerial.


Chair Taylor asked the administration to consider scheduling a workshop for late summer to continue this discussion.

Item 13 Adjournment

With no further business to discuss, Chair Taylor adjourned the meeting.