Board of Trustees > Meeting Archives > October 9, 2002 Minutes

The Florida State University Board of Trustees Meeting
Room 201 Westcott Building & Conference Call
October 9, 2002
9:00 AM

MINUTES


 

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

Members Excused: Uhlfelder


Chairman Thrasher convened the meeting of The Florida State University Board of Trustees at 9:00 a.m., on October 9, 2002. A call of the roll indicated the presence of a quorum.

The Chair on a motion from Trustee McGee with a second by Trustee Pletch received unanimous approval to suspend FSU BOT Internal Operating Procedure Section 203(b) to take up the Presidential Transition Committee Report and the minutes of the September 20, 2002, meeting of the Board of Trustees.

The Chair asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the September 20, 2002, Board of Trustees meeting. Trustee Pletch moved and Trustee Marshall seconded the motion. The minutes were unanimously approved.

The Chair recognized Trustee Hinkle for an explanation of the recommendations of the Presidential Transition Committee. Trustee Hinkle indicated that the qualifications for the next president were outlined in the meeting material and included twelve items. Trustee Hinkle moved the recommendations of the Presidential Transition Committee, seconded by Trustee Haggard. Trustee Bloch indicated that the Presidential Transition Committee did a great job with the list of qualifications but thought that experience with research should be emphasized in the qualifications. Trustee Bloch suggested that the qualifications include a statement that "the president must possess knowledge and experience with state and federal research-granting activities and agencies." Trustees Ford and Duda questioned whether the language was too limiting. Trustee Haggard commented that the language could include that knowledge and experience with state and federal research-granting activities and agencies was preferred. Trustee Marshall questioned why experience with private entities relating to research was not included. On a motion from Trustee Marshall and a second from Trustee Bloch, the language relating to the qualifications for the next president was amended to include that "knowledge and experience with state, federal, and private research-granting activities and agencies preferred." The motion passed unanimously. Trustee Hinkle moved that the Board adopt the qualifications, as amended. Trustee Duda seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Trustee Hinkle explained the position description and the advertising sites. She indicated that the committee recommended that ads be placed in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Hispanic Outlook, and Black Issues in Higher Education. Trustee Bloch suggested that the ad be placed in Science Magazine. The Chair indicated that staff would inquire into the feasibility of advertising in Science Magazine. On a motion from Hinkle, seconded by McGee, the Board approved the position description and the advertising sites unanimously.

Trustee Hinkle explained the Presidential Transition Committee's recommendation regarding the use of an executive search firm. She indicated that the committee supported Korn/Ferry International. She cited their experience with presidential searches and their experience recruiting minority and female candidates. Trustees Knowles, McGee, and Bloch indicated their support for Korn/Ferry. The Chair indicated that he had interviewed Bill Funk of Korn/Ferry and Jan Greenwood of A.T. Kearney the previous day. The Chair commented that the executive search firm would work closely with the chair. The Chair also indicated that his preference was A.T. Kearney based on the responses to his questions concerning the search process. Trustee Haggard commented that he supported the selection of A.T. Kearney. The Chair further indicated that he felt that either search firm would do an outstanding job assisting the university with the presidential search. A discussion followed. On a motion from Trustee Hinkle, seconded by Trustee Pletch, the Board selected Korn/Ferry International to assist with the presidential search. The motion passed unanimously.

Trustee Hinkle was recognized to explain the committee's recommendation relating to the Board of Trustees Search Committee. Trustee Hinkle reported that the committee's recommendation was to reconstitute the Presidential Transition Committee as the BOT Search Committee and allow the chair to appoint additional members, as indicated in the operating procedures. The Chair indicated that he would prefer to defer the matter. On a motion from Trustee Hinkle, seconded by Trustee Knowles, the composition of the BOT Search Committee was deferred. The motion passed unanimously.

Trustee Hinkle explained that the recommendation of the Presidential Transition Committee (PTC) was to have a 27-member Presidential Search Advisory Committee (PSAC) that represented the faculty, students, administrators, staff, donors, alumni, athletics, research, and the community. Trustee Hinkle indicated that, in addition to the entities submitting and forwarding nominees to serve on the PSAC that were outlined in the meeting material, each trustee had the ability to nominate individuals for consideration. From the names submitted by individual trustees and those submitted and forwarded from the various entities, the Chair will select 27 names for the Presidential Search Advisory Committee. Consistent with the Internal Operating Procedures of the Board of Trustees, the Chair's appointments shall be submitted to the full Board for ratification. Trustee Hinkle indicated that the recommendation of the PTC was that the BOT Chair appoint the chair of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee. Nominations are due October 18, 2002. The Chair indicated that a conference call would be held on October 25, 2002, to ratify the appointments to the PSAC. On a motion from Trustee Hinkle, seconded by Trustee McGee, the composition of the PSAC was approved unanimously.

Trustee Hinkle was recognized to explain the timeline for the presidential search, as recommended by the Presidential Transition Committee. Trustee Hinkle indicated that a trustee could add a candidate to the pool at any time. Trustee Knowles asked about the nomination deadline. Trustee McGee commented that her experience was that a rolling deadline with a "soft closing" for nominations was necessary for presidential searches. The Chair indicated that the search consultants commented that soft closings were necessary, as well. Trustee Hinkle moved the timeline for the search, as recommended by the committee and amended to include a rolling deadline for nominations, seconded by Trustee McGee. The motion passed unanimously.

The Chair recognized Frank Murphy, President, University Communications Group, for an explanation of the communications plan for the presidential search process. The Chair indicated that it was important to speak with one voice and to remember the candidate's point of view.

Trustee Hinkle moved that the Board authorize the Chair to negotiate with Korn/Ferry International to execute a contract based upon the recommendations of the Board of Trustees and consistent with the Florida Board of Education guidelines. Trustee Duda seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

The Chair thanked the members of the Presidential Transition Committee for their hard work.

The Chair adjourned the meeting at 10:10 a.m.


Approved by the Florida State University Board of Trustees on October 25, 2002: