The Florida State University Board of Trustees Meeting
Union Ballroom - Oglesby Student Union
October 29, 2001
Members Present: Ford, Furlow, Garcia, Hinkle, Johnson III, Knowles, Marshall, McGee, Sundberg, Thrasher, Uhlfelder
Members Excused: Bloch, Duda
Chairman Thrasher convened the meeting of The Florida State University Board of Trustees at 9 a.m., on October 29, 2001.
The Chairman welcomed the trustees to the campus and introduced Dr. Bill Proctor, a member of the Florida Board of Education. Following the Chairman's remarks, President D'Alemberte introduced university personnel.
The minutes from the September 24, 2001, meeting of the Board of Trustees were approved on a motion from Hinkle and a second from Johnson.
The Chair recognized Dr. Karen Laughlin for comments. Dr. Laughlin indicated that she was pleased to be included as part of the agenda and stated that she looked forward to working with members of the Board. She indicated that the faculty senate bylaws were included in the material provided to the trustees. These bylaws outlined the committee structure of the Faculty Senate.
The chair recognized Trustee Johnson for his comments. Mr. Johnson indicated that he had provided a copy of the Torch publication and also the Constitution and Statutes of Student Government Association. He provided a historical overview of the student government association, an explanation of the organizational structure of the organization, and the responsibilities of SGA as it relates to the Activity and Service fee.
The chair recognized Professor Chuck Ehrhardt for his comments regarding the purpose and composition of the athletic board. Professor Ehrhardt indicated that the final authority for intercollegiate athletics was with the university president. Professor Ehrhardt introduced Dave Hart who was recognized for comments.
The chair recognized Trustee Hinkle for her comments as chair of both the legislative and procedural committees. Ms. Hinkle explained the provisions of the internal operating procedures. A conceptual amendment offered by Trustee Uhlfelder and seconded by Hinkle was adopted to clarify the meaning of circulation as it relates to meeting notices and to clarify that the election of the chairman and vice chairman occurred at the first regular meeting in September. Trustee Hinkle moved the adoption of the internal operating procedures and Trustee Garcia seconded the motion. The adoption of the internal operating procedures, as amended, passed unanimously.
Trustee Hinkle briefed the board members on the legislative session and outlined the differences between the House and Senate reduction bills. She clarified that the Senate bill included a 3.7% reduction to the universities with no flexibility provided in the manner in which the cuts were to be taken. In addition, the Senate bill contemplated using revenues from the intangibles tax. The House bill included a 4.76% reduction with flexibility to the Board in terms of how to allocate the cuts. She indicated that the House plan contemplated using the Budget Stabilization Fund. Several questions were raised regarding the implications of the fee waiver policy.
Chairman Thrasher indicated that the meeting dates for December needed to be amended to exclude meetings on December 10 and December 24 since these dates conflicted with holidays. Trustee Hinkle moved that the conference calls scheduled for November 26, 2001, December 10, 2001, and December 24, 2001, be deleted and that conference calls be scheduled on December 3, 2001, and January 14, 2002. Trustee Johnson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
The chairman recognized Richard McFarlain, the university general counsel, for an overview of the powers and duties of the Board of Trustees. Mr. McFarlain outlined the major provisions of SB 1162, the educational reorganization bill. In response to a question about criteria to be used to measure presidential performance, President D'Alemberte indicated that it might be helpful for the trustees to know how the Chancellor and the Board of Regents evaluated performance and suggested that this material be sent to trustees for their review. In part of the ensuing discussion, Trustee McGee suggested reviewing the community college statutes; Trustee Marshall suggested the publications of the Association of Governing Boards (AGB); and Dr. Bill Proctor suggested reviewing material developed by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
Mr. Mike Cramer, the associate general counsel for the university, provided an overview of relevant state laws, including the open meetings and public records laws. Trustee Hinkle indicated that it would be helpful to have the deadlines for the submission of forms to the Commission on Ethics.
President D'Alemberte provided an overview of the university, including its history, mission, and characteristics; the role of instruction, research, and service; financial resources; fundraising; and challenges.
Provost Abele provided an overview of the university's accountability process.
The Chairman indicated that the following items be deferred to the November 15-16 meeting: the proposed ethics policy, update on legislative budget request/fixed capital outlay, audit process and response, and enrollment management and One Florida.
The Chair adjourned the meeting at 3:00 p.m.