Members Present: Trustees Susie Busch-Transou, James Cobbe, June Duda, Christopher Evans, Manny Garcia, Harold Knowles, Richard McFarlain, Ann McGee, Leslie Pantín and Jim Smith were present. Trustees Brooks participated by phone and Trustee Ford had an excused absence.
- Call to Order and Welcome
Chairman Jim Smith called the meeting to order. He presented a plaque and thanked former trustee Andrew Haggard for his service on the Board of Trustees. Chairman Smith also mentioned two remarkable University accomplishments. First, the University moved forward with its academic cluster hiring. In the next five to eight years 200 academic stars will be hired as part of the Pathways of Excellence initiative. Second, the FSU faculty earned a record $190 million in research grants during fiscal year 2005-06, a nearly 18% increase over the previous year.
Trustee Pantín made a motion to suspend the Board of Trustees’ Operating Procedure Section 203(b) to take up the items listed on the agenda and any supplemental materials passed out. Trustee McGee seconded the motion, which pass unanimously.
- Approval of Minutes
Trustee McGee made a motion to approve the minutes of the June 9, 2006 meeting and July 26, 2006 Conference Call. Trustee Busch-Transou seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.
- Comments, Faculty Senate
Dr. Jayne Standley made comments on behalf of the Florida State University Faculty Senate. First, she indicated that the Faculty Senate Steering Committee thanked the University administration and the BOT for their timely efforts in finalizing the faculty contract for this academic year. Additionally, she said that the faculty enthusiastically support the President’s goal of achieving greater excellence and increased visibility as a public university. Dr. Standley closed by saying that the Faculty Senate is excited about the new academic year and look forward to a productive relationship with the administration and the Board of Trustees.
- Comments, Student Government Association
Mr. Kourtney Hahn presented remarks on behalf of the Student Government Association (SGA). He said that the night safe bus service, Night Nole, has been very successful. The first week there were about 800 students, the next there were about 1050 students, and the past week there were 1500 students riding the evening bus. Mr. Hahn thanked the Board for their support.
- Legal Update Ms. Betty Steffens, University General Counsel, provided a legal update. She said the United Faculty of Florida (UFF) has a legal issue with whether or not the Board of Trustees can serve as the legislative body on impasses and they filed a lawsuit in the Circuit Court. Ms. Steffens said that the second case involved MDS foundation and the University regarding the new Chemistry Building. Circuit Judge, Judge Ferris ruled on August 28, 2006 ruled that the gifts that were returned in January should in fact have been returned and she rescinded the two gift agreements.
- Consent Items—One Motion
Trustee McFarlain made a motion to approve the consent items. Trustee Knowles seconded the motion, which passed unanimously. The following items were approved:
- The 2006 – 2007 Work Plan for the Office of Audit Services
- The Naming of the Louise R. Goldhagen Regional Multidisciplinary Evaluation and Consulting Center
- Student Government Bills for Summer 2006
- ACC Certification Form
- Deletion of the Comprehensive Vocational Education Degree Program in the College of Education
- B.S. in Exercise Science in the College of Human Sciences
- University Relations Update
Ms. Lee Hinkle, Vice President for University Relations, presented an update on University Relations. First, she indicated that the University Update is revised every two weeks and located on the University Relations website. Second, she introduced the new FSU Foundation President, Charles Rasberry. Third, planning for the next Capital Campaign, which will be a $1 billion campaign, has begun. Fourth, the Seminole Boosters are also engaged in a Capital Campaign for the last year in the silent phase of a $175 to $200 million campaign to endow athletic scholarships. Fifth, the FSU Alumni Association will begin construction on the West wing of the alumni hall. Sixth, the President’s house is going to be ready sometime next Spring. Ms. Hinkle concluded by discussing FSU’s USO show.
- Committee Reports:
Creation of The Florida State University Performing Arts Center Foundation
Dr. Robert Bradley, Vice President for Programs & Planning, discussed the need for the creation of a new direct support organization (DSO) for the Florida State University Performing Arts Center in Sarasota. He said the DSO would raise money for building maintenance and improvement, and they would make recommendations on the use of those monies that the Legislature gave us several years ago. Trustee Busch-Transou made a motion to approve the creation of The Florida State University Performing Arts Center Foundation, Incorporated. Trustee Cobbe seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.
Collective Bargaining Update
Ms. Joyce Ingram, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, provided a Collective Bargaining update. She said that the 2005-2006 FSU/UFF impasse process was completed. The 2006-2007 FSU/UFF negotiations were also complete. Some key accomplishments include: paid parental leave for faculty; support for the University’s ability to attract and retain key faculty; wage increases within fiscal responsibility including monies appropriated from the Legislature; and adoption of the broad banding concept by for nurses and law enforcement officers.
Dr. Mary Coburn, Vice President for Student Affairs, presented an update on Student Affairs. She said that the Fall semester was one of the smoothest school openings ever. Over 1300 students and their families attended the second annual convocation. That was followed by Seminole Sensation week activities. This year there were over 20,000 students at all of the various events over the eleven days. Dr. Coburn said that the Night Nole project that the Student Government Association has spearheaded has been very successful. She also discussed the upcoming building dedications Landis Hall, the Reubin O’D. Askew Student Life Center, Ragans Hall and the new residence halls.
Finance and Business
Mr. John Carnaghi, Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration, presented the Action Items from the Finance and Business Committee.
Report on Purchase Orders over $1 million and 5 year + Service Contracts for Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006
Mr. Carnaghi presented the report on purchase orders over $1 million and contracts that exceed five years. Trustee McGee made a motion to approve the Report on Purchase Orders over $1 million and 5 year + Service Contracts for Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006. Trustee Pantín seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.
Report on Construction Projects over $1 million for Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006
Mr. Carnaghi presented the report on Construction Projects over $1 million for Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006. Trustee Knowles made a motion to approve the Report on Construction Projects over $1 million for Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006. Trustee McFarlain seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.
Approval of the Campus Master Plan Update
Mr. Carnaghi discussed the need for updating the Campus Master Plan. He said that if areas such as the intramural fields are not in the Campus Master Plan then the University must go through an extensive permitting process because they are being treated as a private developer. The University must pay directly for such projects rather than being able to access a statewide trust fund.
Mr. Mark Bertolami, Director of Campus Planning, presented the conceptual Master Plan ideas. He introduced the consultants who have been assisting the University in revising the Campus Master Plan. The master plan primarily covers the main campus and the Panama City campus. Mr. Bertolami described the addition of the property southwest of the main campus to create the southwest FSU campus. These areas will be included in a new plan to be brought back to the Board in the Spring. Trustee McFarlain made a motion to approve the development of the Campus Master Plan update. Trustee Cobbe seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.
Final Approval of FY 2006-2007 Tuition Policy and Rule Authorization
Mr. Ralph Alvarez, Associate Vice Pres. Finance & Administration, presented the tuition policy. He said that it is necessary, for rule-making purposes, to reaffirm the 2006-2007 tuition policy. Trustee Cobbe made a motion to approve the final FY 2006-2007 Tuition Policy and Rule Authorization. Trustee McGee seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.
Final Approval of 2007-2008 Fixed Capital Outlay Budget
Mr. Alvarez presented the 2007-2008 Fixed Capital Outlay budget for approval by the Board. Trustee Knowles made a motion to approve the final 2007-2008 Fixed Capital Outlay Budget. Trustee McGee seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.
Final Approval of 2006-2007 Operating Budget
Mr. Alvarez asked the Board to approve the final 2006-2007 operating budget. Trustee Knowles made a motion to approve the final 2006-2007 Operating Budget with delegated authority to the President or his designee to make changes within available resources. The motion was seconded by Trustee Cobbe and passed unanimously.
Final Approval of DSO Budgets
Mr. Alvarez presented the final 2006-2007 Direct Service Organization budgets to the Board. Trustee Duda made a motion to approve the final DSO budgets. Trustee Garcia seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.
- President Wetherell’s Evaluation
Chairman Smith discussed the results of President Wetherell’s annual evaluation. He indicated that the Board of Trustees ranked Dr. Wetherell as an outstanding President. Chairman Smith said that there were two items concerning President Wetherell’s employment contract that would be addressed. One issue was Dr. Wetherell’s performance on the goals and the bonuses that were available. And the second was the term of the employment contract. He said that the President set some lofty goals this year, especially the Pathways of Excellence program, and the Board was very proud of the work that he has done, and intended to express appreciation. The President’s contract provides for an annual performance bonus based on meeting these goals. The contract also provides for a three-year performance bonus. Trustee Smith said that since this was year three of his employment contract and therefore the President was, in addition to the annual bonus, eligible for the three-year bonus amount, that he recommended that total amount be authorized. Trustee Duda made a motion to approve the performance bonuses for President Wetherell. Trustee Garcia seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.
Chairman Smith thanked the President and commended the Board for the restraint that has demonstrated on salaries and bonuses. He addressed the term of the President’s contract. Chairman Smith said that the FSU Board of Trustees hired President Wetherell on January 6, 2003. The existing employment contract ends June 30, 2008 with a desired extension of three years or more, to be mutually discussed at the December 2006 meeting. He said that since the Board was not scheduled to meet in December that he wanted the Board to discuss the contract extension. Chairman Smith said that the three-year extension of the president’s contract was warranted. He recommended that the Board extend the President’s contract to June 30, 2011. In order to effectuate the Board’s decision to extend the President’s contract, Chairman Smith requested the Board to authorize him to execute an amendment to the existing employment contract, dated July 1, 2004, to reflect the change in the term of the contract and any other housekeeping items that are required. He said that he did not expect an increase in salary, but the President remained eligible for the usual across-the-board state and university pay raises. Trustee Busch-Transou made a motion to extend President Wetherell’s contract to June 30, 2011. Trustee Duda seconded the motion, which passed unanimously. Trustee Garcia made a motion to authorize Chairman Smith to execute an amendment to the existing employment contract. Trustee Busch-Transou seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.
- Open Forum for Board Member Discussion
Chairman Smith asked the members to feel free to make comments during the open forum for Board member comments. Trustee Pantín thanked the President for not participating in the escalating salary race occurring between University presidents. Trustee Evans affirmed the support of students for the job that President Wetherell is doing at Florida State. Trustee Knowles stated his appreciation for the collegial nature of the Board. Trustee Cobbe personally thanked the Board members and indicated that the faculty appreciated the time and effort that they invest in serving the University. Chairman Smith thanked President Wetherell for his leadership not only on Pathways to Excellence but also inviting staff, faculty and students to the President’s Box for football games. Trustee Busch-Transou discussed the University’s support and fundraising participation in the United Way of the Big Bend and asked for support from the Board of Trustees in this noble endeavor.
- President's Report
President Wetherell began his report to the Board by thanking them for their support and confidence and gave credit to the work of the University staff in helping him to reach his performance goals. He discussed the plan for more faculty cluster hires for the Pathways to Excellence program. Dr. Wetherell said the expansion plan for the Southwest Campus was important for providing additional facilities for new faculty members. He said that the University’s goal is to be the second largest donor to the United Way of the Big Bend.
The meeting adjourned at 10:27 a.m.
The Florida State University Board of Trustees approved the minutes on January 26, 2007.