The Florida State University Board of Trustees Meeting
March 28, 2003
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Members Present: Dr. Auzenne, Mr. Brooks, Mrs. Duda, Mr. Garcia, Mr. Knowles, Dr. Marshall, Dr, McGee, Mr. Sullivan, Mr. Smith, Mr. Haggard, and Mr. Thrasher
Members Excused: Mr. Ford and Dr. Furlow
Call to Order and Roll Call
Chairman Thrasher convened the conference call meeting of the Florida State University Board of Trustees in 211 Westcott Building on the FSU campus in Tallahassee, Florida, at 11:00 a.m., March 28, 2003. The following members were on the call: Dr. Auzenne, Mr. Brooks, Mrs. Duda, Mr. Garcia, Mr. Knowles, Dr. Marshall, Dr, McGee, Mr. Sullivan, Mr. Smith, Mr. Haggard, and Mr. Thrasher. Mr. Ford, Dr. Furlow had excused absences.
Chairman Thrasher welcomed two new Trustees, Derrick Brooks and Patrick Sullivan. Derrick earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from FSU and is a member of the World Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Patrick is the new Student Government Association President. He reported that FSU has 49 students and 8 staff that have been called to active duty this semester and that we are proud of their service to our country and need to keep them in our thoughts and prayers. Finally, Chairman Thrasher reminded everyone that Wednesday, April 2, is FSU Day at the Capitol.
1. Approval of a Procedure for Considering Consent Items.
President Wetherell discussed a procedure for consideration of consent items on Board of Trustees’ meeting agendas. The procedure is to provide information on all consent items to Board members seven days in advance in accordance with Board Operating Procedures. If any member has an objection to a consent item it will be removed from the consent items and placed on the agenda for discussion. The Board will consider consent items in one motion. Mr. Smith made a motion to approve the Procedure for Consent Items on the Agenda. Mr. Sullivan seconded the motion that passed unanimously.
2. Rental Rates for Student Housing, Fall 2003.
Dr. Mary Coburn, Vice President for Student Affairs, provided an overview of the proposed rental rates for student housing for Fall 2003. Dr. McGee made a motion to approve of rental rates for student housing and Dr. Auzenne seconded the motion. It passed unanimously.
3. Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Compliance.
Gregg Gleason, Associate General Counsel, indicated that the Board of Trustees needed to declare Florida State University a “hybrid entity” and delegate to President Wetherell the authority to take actions necessary to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Mr. Smith made a motion to approve the declaration and delegation to ensure HIPAA compliance. Dr. McGee seconded the motion that passed unanimously.
4. Special Pay Plan.
John Carnaghi, Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration, asked the Board of Trustees to approve special pay plans, a form of qualified employer-provided deferred compensation available under Internal Revenue Service Code Sections 401(a), 403(b), and 457. Dr. Marshall moved to approve the plan and Dr. Auzenne seconded the motion. It passed unanimously.
5. Executive Service— Movement of Certain Positions to Executive Service Classification.
John Carnaghi explained the proposal to move certain senior positions to the Executive Service classification. Mr. Smith made a motion to approve the movement of certain positions to executive service classification. Dr. McGee seconded the motion that passed unanimously.
6. Creation of an M.S. in Management Information Systems in the College of Business.
Dr. Lawrence G. Abele, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, described the proposal to create an M.S. in Management Information Systems (replacing the M.S. in Management) in the College of Business. Dr. Auzenne moved to approve the creation of the M.S. in Management Information Systems and Dr. McGee seconded the motion. It passed unanimously.
7. Report on Tenure.
Dr. Abele reported on the promotion and tenure process for 2002-2003. Effective Fall 2003, 35 faculty members and 16 newly hired senior faculty members will be granted tenure. Dr. McGee made a motion to approve the Report on Tenure. Mr. Smith seconded the motion that passed unanimously.
8. Report on Equity Accountability Program.
Dr. Abele said that the Equity Accountability Program and Budgetary Incentive Plan denotes the progress made to improve diversity during 2001-2002 and specifies future benchmarks or goals. These documents are used to comply with State Board of Education requirements and as a human resource management tool for administrators and managers. Dr. McGee made a motion to approve the Report on Equity Accountability Program Report. Mr. Smith seconded the motion that passed unanimously.
Dr. T.K. Wetherell provided an update on several issues. First, he said that for commencement on May 3rd and 4th Congressman Young and Congressman Boyd will be the graduation speakers. Second, Dr. Wetherell said that in the following week that FSU and the University of Florida will unveil the contract proposal to the Legislature. Third, an agreement between the College of Medicine and Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare has been signed. Fourth, he discussed FSU Day at the Capitol. Fifth, arrangements are being made for a football game halftime to honor our troops.
Chairman Thrasher adjourned the meeting at 11:30 p.m.
Approved by the Florida State University Board of Trustees on June 13, 2003.