Board of Trustees > Meeting Archives > May 9-10, 2002 Minutes

The Florida State University Board of Trustees Meeting
Tallahassee, Florida
May 9-10, 2002

MINUTES


Members Present: Bloch, Ford, Furlow, Garcia, Haggard, Hinkle, Knowles, Marshall, Pletch, McGee, Thrasher, Uhlfelder

Members Excused: Duda


Chairman Thrasher convened the meeting of The Florida State University Board of Trustees at 8:30 a.m., on May 10, 2002.

The minutes from both the April 15, 2002, and the March 18, 2002, meeting of the Board of Trustees were approved on a motion from Trustee Hinkle and a second from Trustee Ford.

The Chair commented that the Florida Legislature passed the School Code Rewrite that provides additional responsibilities to university boards of trustees. The Chair thanked the trustees on the Legislative Committee for their efforts in lobbying the legislature on behalf of the university.

The Chair remarked that Professor Kirby Kemper, chair of the physics department, has been named FSU's Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor for 2002-03 for excellence in teaching, research, and service.

The Chair indicated that the university is hosting the 2002 ACC Women's Softball Championship from May 10-12.

The Chair indicated that the number of students who applied for spring graduation was 4,100, the largest number in the history of the university.

The Chair commented that Trustee Marshall was recovering from knee replacement surgery. The Chair also indicated that Trustee Marshall was attending the Friedman Award Ceremony in Washington, D.C., and will be inducted into his high school's hall of fame.

The Chair recognized President D'Alemberte for his comments. President D'Alemberte remarked that the National Science Board honored Trustee Bloch with its highest award for scientific achievement and statesmanship. In addition, President D'Alemberte indicated that the FSU Career Center launched the Career Portfolio, a web-based career development tool to help graduates and current students record their educational and professional skills.

President D'Alemberte also indicated that the Liaison Committee on Medical Education has offered to work with the university on an accelerated schedule for initial provisional accreditation. President D'Alemberte distributed the letter to Carol Griffiths relating to our students' ability to obtain federal financial aid and also the letter to Dr. Frank Simon dated April 15, 2002.

President D'Alemberte mentioned that Dr. Jack Crow had announced that he was stepping down from the daily oversight of the National High Magnetic Laboratory, but that Dr. Crow would continue to serve the university as a faculty member. A search committee has been organized to determine his replacement.

President D'Alemberte also commented that the Pensacola Street bridge was officially closed earlier this week as part of the final phase of a road building project that will bring areas of the campus closer together.

The Chair recognized Dr. Karen Laughlin for an introduction to the next faculty senate president. Dr. Laughlin introduced Dr. Vall Richard Auzenne who is the current faculty senate president. Dr. Auzenne commented that the faculty continued to be interested in the education governance reorganization and thanked the Board for allowing faculty participation in the committee process.

The Chair recognized Trustee Ford for a report on the activities of the Finance and Administration Committee. Trustee Ford indicated that the committee was recommending to the Board a tentative operating budget for 2002-03 and related releases. John Carnaghi and Ralph Alvarez provided an overview of the budget process. Trustee Ford moved that the Board of Trustees approve a tentative 2002-03 operating budget for the July 1, 2002, to June 30, 2003, fiscal year for appropriated and nonappropriated funds and approve the President to make subsequent changes to the budget, as needed, including the changes between the tentative budget and the budget to be submitted to the Florida Board of Education by August 15, 2002, and other changes during the fiscal year. Trustee McGee seconded the motion. The Board adopted the motion unanimously.

Trustee Ford commented that the Finance and Administration Committee was also recommending to the Board an item relating to the sublease of Lake Bradford Road property to the City of Tallahassee. Trustee Ford moved that the Board of Trustees authorize the President to inform the Florida Board of Education that the FSU Board of Trustees approve of the subleasing of the property on Lake Bradford Road known as the Regional Stormwater Facility to the City of Tallahassee. Trustee Haggard seconded the motion. The Board adopted the motion unanimously.

Trustee Ford indicated that the Finance and Administration Committee also recommended to the Board an item relating to the sublease of Ocala Road Property. Trustee Ford moved that the Board authorize the President to inform the Florida Board of Education that the FSU Board of Trustees approves of the subleasing of 37.5 acres on Ocala Road to the Leon County Educational Facilities Authority for the purpose of constructing and operating a student housing complex for FSU students. Trustee Haggard seconded the motion. Trustee Knowles disclosed that he did work with bond finance in his professional capacity. The Board adopted the motion unanimously.

Trustee Ford indicated that an item was brought to the attention of the Finance and Administration Committee that related to a local mitigation strategy grant application. The committee was recommending the approval of the grant application to the full Board of Trustees. Trustee Ford moved that the item be included on the full Board agenda for consideration. Trustee Hinkle seconded the motion. The Board adopted the motion unanimously. Trustee Ford moved that the Board approve the local mitigation strategy grant application and request that the President forward the application to the Florida Department of Community Affairs for their consideration. Trustee Hinkle seconded the motion. The Board adopted the motion unanimously.

The Chair recognized Trustee Knowles for his report of the Audit Committee. Trustee Knowles indicated that the committee discussed two legislative audits, including one relating to over awards of financial assistance to students and one item relating internal controls concerning minor construction projects. In addition, the committee discussed the NCAA Audit. Trustee Knowles commented that the structure of the committee was such that those who were being audited were participants on the committee. The Chair indicated that he would have further conversations with Trustee Knowles and President D'Alemberte regarding the structure of the committee.

Trustee Hinkle reported on the work of the Legislative Committee and the Florida Legislature, including the progress on the school code rewrite passed last week and the state budget which was currently being discussed. Trustee Hinkle provided a summary of the major components of the school code rewrite and the major differences between the House and Senate budget bills.

The Chair recognized Trustee Marshall for some comments on the committee's work. Trustee Marshall indicated that the committee met via conference call on May 8 and also on May 9 to continue their discussions. Trustee Marshall also indicated that the members of the Planning Committee were interested in the feasibility of a self-evaluation of the Board.

The Chair recognized Trustee McGee for a report on the activities of the Planning Committee. Trustee McGee explained that the Planning Committee voted to delay their recommendations regarding a BOT Planning Schedule that delineated items to be forwarded to the Board for their information and approval. In addition, the Planning Committee decided to slow their work on the university strategic plan until the developments at the state level were clearer. Trustee McGee indicated that the Planning Committee was recommending to the full Board the presidential evaluation criteria. Trustee Uhlfelder asked whether quantitative measures such as the effectiveness of student learning, results of licensure examinations, graduation rates, and faculty and student evaluation should be included in the criteria. Trustee McGee moved the adoption of the presidential evaluation criteria and schedule as recommended by the Planning Committee. Trustee Hinkle seconded the motion. The Board adopted the motion unanimously.

The Chair recognized Trustee Uhlfelder for a report of the Student Judicial Process Committee. Trustee Uhlfelder commented that his committee discussed the current process and honor court violations. Trustee Uhlfelder remarked that the committee had input from students and faculty.

The Chair reported on the progress of the Engineering Committee. The Chair remarked that there was a meeting with some of the FAMU trustees on March 20, and that the current Memorandum of Agreement was being revised. He indicated that the Joint Management Council composed of the two presidents, two provosts, and two vice presidents for administration are scheduled to meet on May 29 to discuss the proposed revisions. The Chair indicated that the JMC will forward their recommendations to the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Task Force for review and approval. He also commented that President Lewis has advised that FAMU has hired a consultant to advise the university.

The Chair recognized Provost Abele for an updated related to the College-Level Placement Examination and the current status of legislative discussions regarding the issue.

The Chair recognized Provost Abele for a discussion of tenure nominations. Provost Abele explained the university tenure process. Trustee McGee moved that the Board approve granting tenure to the nominees identified in the meeting material and request that the President forward the names to the Florida Board of Education. Trustee Hinkle seconded the motion. The Board adopted the motion unanimously.

The Chair recognized President D'Alemberte for an update regarding medical school accreditation. President D'Alemberte commented on the expedited review and asked Dr. Myra Hurt to address the Board. The Chair recognized Dr. Hurt for an explanation of the progress on the standards relating to curricular management and the sufficiency of the faculty.

The Chair recognized Mike Cramer for an update on the review of the Chancellor's Memoranda and the rule making process. Mr. Cramer explained the internal review of the Chancellor's Memoranda and the general process used to promulgate rules.

The Chair recognized Mr. Carey Drayton, Chief of Police, for a discussion of campus security and accreditation.

The Chair recognized Dr. Ray Bye, Vice President for Research, for a presentation concerning university research activities.

The Chair deferred Captain Winston Scott's presentation relating to student affairs until the next meeting of the Board.

The Chair adjourned the meeting at 12:15 p.m.