University of North Florida
Board of Trustees

  • Meeting
October 15, 2013
Presidential Evaluation at 8:30 a.m.

Members Present

Bruce Taylor, Hugh Greene, Carlo Fassi, Fred Franklin, Rad Lovett, Oscar Munoz, Joannie Newton, Lynn Pappas, Myron Pincomb, Gordon Rakita, Lanny Russell, Sharon Wamble-King

Members Absent

Joy Korman

Item 1 Call to Order

Chair Taylor documented a quorum and called the meeting to order at 8:40 a.m.

Item 2 Open Comments

Chair Taylor offered opportunity for comments to those in attendance, regarding items on this agenda. No comments were made.

Item 3 Presidential Evaluation

Chair Taylor then led a discussion on President Delaney’s performance for 2012-2013. Chair Taylor stated that the President had done an outstanding job in all respects and noted the outstanding accomplishments of the President and the university as outlined in the President’s self-evaluation. Chair Taylor highlighted the outstanding credentials of faculty who had joined the university this past year, as well as progress in the areas of student retention, student integration into the university community, and diversity.

Board members expressed their strong support of President Delaney’s leadership and their unanimous belief that President Delaney’s performance was outstanding again this year. Trustees commended President Delaney for the excellent relationship he has maintained with students, faculty and staff while still remaining highly visible in the community. They noted that President Delaney is still held in the highest regard at the state level but also remains a person of great humility. The Board believes he is a mature and poised leader who does not shy away from addressing areas where the university has room to improve. The Board is extremely supportive of President Delaney’s continued leadership and delighted that he has entered into a contract extension for an additional term.

A MOTION was made by Trustee Greene to award the maximum performance compensation allowable under President Delaney’s contract, as amended. Trustee Russell seconded the MOTION. The MOTION was approved by acclimation.

President Delaney then joined the Board of Trustees for a discussion on goals. President Delaney presented the Board with a list of proposed goals for the coming year and then invited Board comment.

The Board was supportive of the proposed goals and offered feedback on additional areas of possible focus. These include:

  • Graduation rates
  • How UNF targets/selects graduate programs
  • Post graduate employment
  • Learning outcomes
  • Distance learning

The Board also discussed the University’s process of engaging in institutional research and the Board agreed that it would be beneficial to bring in a data expert to a Board workshop to have a focused discussion on how the university collects data, how the university determines what metrics are important, and the manner in which, and extent to which institutional research has an awareness of the context and framework prior to engaging in data analysis.

Item 4 Adjournment

Chair Taylor concluded the meeting by stating that the overall feeling was that, in terms of the President’s evaluation, he had another outstanding year of leadership – transparent and not afraid to talk about challenges. He stated that performance pay was approved by acclimation, showing a united Board.

Chair Taylor adjourned the meeting at 9:50 a.m.