University of North Florida
Board of Trustees

  • Workshop
January 15, 2013
Osprey Commons at 9:00 a.m.

Members Present 

Hugh Greene, Fred Franklin, Joy Korman, Rad Lovett, Joannie Newton, Myron Pincomb, Gordon Rakita, Lanny Russell, Sharon Wamble-King

Members Absent 

Carlo Fassi, Oscar Munoz, Bruce Taylor

Item 1 Call to Order 

Chair Greene called the workshop to order at 9:00 a.m.

Item 2 Minutes (October 16, 2012) 

Chair Greene asked for approval of the minutes from the October 16 workshop. The minutes were unanimously approved as submitted.

Item 3 Introduction of John Yancey as the Interim Assistant Vice President, Enrollment Services 

Chair Greene asked Provost Workman to introduce John Yancey to the Board.


Provost Workman clarified that Deb Kaye, associate vice president, Enrollment Services, had recently retired which led to John Yancey’s appointment to that position, on an interim basis. Provost Workman stated that John Yancey had been with the university since 1997, and had served in several capacities within Enrollment Services. Provost Workman stated that this was a very positive appointment for the university.

Items 4 and 5 A Discussion on UNF’s Peers and Peer Aspirants and UNF’s Vision and Mission 

Chair Greene asked President Delaney to preface this discussion.


President Delaney stated that the university had been reviewing the vision and mission, with consideration to the current list of peer aspirants. Vice President Serwatka and Provost Workman provided metrics for 24 institutions selected through a process that included U.S.News and World Report’s top 50 regional institutions.


Trustees discussed metrics for these 24 institutions and asked that additional metrics on distance learning and post-graduate employment be added. The administration clarified that there were no national databases with these two measures but that there would be efforts made to follow these measures at the state level.


Trustees discussed selectivity measures and how these measures affect graduation rates. This discussion included high school GPA’s and college entrance exams. Another discussion regarding college graduation rates was student-to-campus bonding, including time spent on campus and/or time in residence halls. Trustees asked that future peer aspirants be considered based on comparable selectivity measures.


Trustees discussed retention and asked that the administration consider including peer aspirants that had solutions to similar retention issues. The administration agreed to re-aggregate the data to include information on UNF’s top priorities.

Item 6 Learning Experience – NovusAGENDA 

This item was tabled due to time constraints.

Item 7 Adjournment 

Chair Greene adjourned the workshop at 10:30 a.m.