Board of Trustees > Meeting Archives > November 15-16, 2001 Minutes

The Florida State University Board of Trustees Meeting
Union Ballroom - Oglesby Student Union
Tallahassee, Florida
November 15-16, 2001
1:00 PM


Members Present: Duda, Ford, Furlow, Garcia, Hinkle, Johnson III, Knowles, Marshall, McGee, Sundberg, Thrasher, Uhlfelder

Members Excused: Bloch

Chairman Thrasher convened the meeting of The Florida State University Board of Trustees at 1:10 p.m., on November 15, 2001.

The Chairman welcomed the trustees to the campus and introduced Dr. Linda Eads, a member of the Florida Board of Education.

The minutes from the October 29, 2001, meeting of the Board of Trustees were approved on a motion from Trustee Uhlfelder and a second from Trustee Hinkle.

The Chair recognized President D'Alemberte for his comments. President D'Alemberte indicated that the issue of tenure as a condition of employment was to be discussed at the next Florida Board of Education meeting. The university had forwarded several names to the FBOE for their approval. President D'Alemberte explained the university process and indicated that the vita of the faculty to be considered for tenure as a condition of employment was availability for the trustees' review. President D'Alemberte also reported that the gender equity report had been submitted to the Division of Colleges and Universities and that a copy was able for review. He also commented that the Liaison Committee for Medical Education was scheduled for a site visit in December, and that the Southern Association for Colleges and Universities accreditation process is scheduled to begin in January. President D'Alemberte congratulated Trustee Uhlfelder on his appointment as a Fullbright and provided a status update regarding the Challenger Center.

Trustee Hinkle provided a legislative update. She indicated that Special Session C is scheduled for November 27 through December 6. She indicated that the Regular Session is scheduled from January 22, 2002, to March 22, 2002, and that the focus of the regular session would be reapportionment and the budget. In addition, she noted that the Governor's recommended budget was due on December 7 (45 days prior to the regular session). She indicated that the Legislative Committee was planning conference calls to update committee members during the regular session. Trustee Sundberg asked whether the graduate waiver policy adopted in Special Session C was likely to be the consistent with the policy adopted in Special Session B. Kathleen Daly, director of governmental relations, said that the graduate waiver policy will probably be the same.

The Chair recognized Trustee Sundberg to address the proposed ethics policy. Trustee Sundberg proposed a technical amendment that the second sentence under "conflicting interest be amended to read "The Board of Trustees has the legal authority to give direction to only one employee- the President of The Florida State University." He added that the purpose of the proposed ethics policy was to provide a roadmap, to provide more specific direction to the trustees, and to enact a "no meddling" policy with regard to relationships between trustees and students, faculty, and staff. Trustee Hinkle moved the adoption of the proposed ethics policy, as amended, and the motion was seconded by Johnson. The proposal was enacted with a unanimous vote.

The Chair recognized Trustee Johnson for his comments. Trustee Johnson mentioned the Homecoming activities, the forthcoming football game with the University of Florida, and the challenge between the student government associations at both of the universities.

The Chair recognized Dr. Dan Kimel, president of the FSU chapter of the United Faculty of Florida, for his comments. Dr. Kimel indicated that the mission of UFF was to represent members of the unit with regard to the conditions of employment. He said that the contract was an important document and that the administration and enforcement of the contract assists in attracting world-class faculty. Dr. Kimel stressed that academic freedom was an important part of the agreement. Trustee Sundberg asked Dr. Kimel to clarify the number of dues paying members. Dr. Kimel said that there are approximately 300 dues paying members. Trustee Marshall asked whether UFF was affiliated with National Education Association (NEA), and Dr. Kimel indicated that a portion of the member dues goes to NEA.

The Chair recognized Dr. Karen Laughlin for comments. She said that the faculty were interested in participating in the planning and accountability process, the campus master plan, and in addressing the needs of the institution. Trustee Marshall asked who is contacted as the voice of the faculty. Dr. Laughlin commented that the union and the Faculty Senate have distinct purposes. The UFF monitors terms of employment and conditions of employment, and that the Faculty Senate is involved with academic programs and curriculum. On some issues, such as tenure and promotion, there may be overlap, but each entity has distinct purposes. Trustee Knowles asked who represents career employees. Mr. John Carnaghi, senior vice president of finance and administration, indicated that American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) represented these employees.

The Chair recognized Provost Abele for an update on the Legislative Budget Request, including requests for fixed capital outlay. Provost Abele explained that the request for the next fiscal year included funds for cost to continue, workload, and special issues. He also explained the enrollment allocation process and the request for authority to assess an admissions deposit. Mr. John Carnaghi provided an update on the request for fixed capital outlay. He indicated that Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) was the primary source of revenue for building needs and described the development of both the 5-year and the 3-year PECO priority list.

The Chair recognized Provost Abele for an update on the status of the budget reduction plan.

The Chair recognized Dr. Pat Hayward for an explanation of the enrollment process.

The Chair recognized Provost Abele for an explanation of the requests for increases in the activity and service, health, and child care fees. Trustee Johnson moved the approval of the increase in activity and service fees from $7.41 per credit hour to $7.50, seconded by Trustee Ford. The vote carried unanimously. Trustee Johnson moved the approval of the increase in the health fee from $5.95 per student credit hour to $6.60, seconded by Ford. Trustee Hinkle moved the increase in child care fees, as presented, seconded by Duda. On a unanimous vote, these fee increases are effective fall term 2002.

The Chair indicated that the appointments to the following committees were as follows: Finance and Administration (standing)- Ford, chair; Duda, Marshall, and Garcia; Audit - Knowles (as liaison to internal committee); Planning (ad hoc) - Sundberg, chair; McGee, Ford, Furlow; Student Judicial Process (ad hoc) - Uhlfelder, chair; Johnson, McGee; and Legislative (ad hoc) - Hinkle, chair; Uhlfelder, Knowles, and Thrasher. Trustee Johnson asked whether an engineering committee would be appointed. The chair indicated that a committee would be formed at the appropriate time.

The Chair was turned over to Trustee Hinkle for the remainder of the meeting. The chair recognized John Carnaghi, Beverly Spencer, and David Coury for presentations regarding their areas of responsibility.

The Chair extended the floor to Mike Cramer, the associate general counsel, for an update on the school code rewrite.

The Chair recognized Dr. Robert Bradley, associate vice president for academic affairs, for an overview of the planning process. Discussion and action relating to the Planning Schedule included in Tab 14 was referred to the Planning Committee chaired by Trustee Sundberg.

The Chair recognized trustees for closing comments. Trustee Marshall commented that the quality of the publications were outstanding. Trustee McGee indicated that she was pleased with the quality of administrative operations at the university. Trustee Johnson introduced one of the leaders of the student senate, Alex Mullineaux.

The Chair recognized President D'Alemberte for closing comments. He announced that the capital campaign goal was $600 million. In addition, he reminded members that the next conference call was scheduled for December 3 at 4:00 p.m.

The Chair adjourned the meeting at 11:55 a.m.

Approved by the Florida State University Board of Trustees on February 15, 2002.