Board of Trustees > Meeting Archives > February 14-15, 2002 Minutes

The Florida State University Board of Trustees Meeting
Tallahassee, Florida
February 14-15, 2002


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

Members Excused: Bloch

Chairman Thrasher convened the meeting of The Florida State University Board of Trustees at 8:30 a.m., on February 15, 2002.

The minutes from both the January 14, 2002, and the November 15-16, 2001, meeting of the Board of Trustees were approved on a motion from Trustee Johnson and a second from Trustee Duda.

The Chair commented that he was saddened to hear the news of Justice Sundberg's passing in late January and indicated that Justice Sundberg served the state and the university with distinction and that the university community will miss him. The Chair asked President D'Alemberte to recommend an appropriate way to honor Justice Sundberg's service to the institution.

The Chair introduced Trustee William A. Haggard, as the Governor's newest appointment to The Florida State University Board of Trustees, and welcomed him to his first Board of Trustees' meeting. The Chair recognized Trustee Haggard for comments. Trustee Haggard indicated that it was an honor to serve on the Board of Trustees. He indicated that, while he was appointed to serve the duration of Justice Sundberg's term, no one could replace Justice Sundberg. In further remarks, the Chair commented that he was confident that the university would be successful in its appeal of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education's decision regarding provisional accreditation. The Chair noted that recently the Florida Student Association recognized Florida Board of Education Secretary Jim Horne with its Distinguished Service Award for his support of students and higher education and also presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to the Honorable Reubin O'D. Askew, a current faculty member.

The Chair indicated that Secretary Horne has invited President D'Alemberte to serve on the Higher Education Funding Advisory Workgroup and that Trustee Uhlfelder and Provost Abele were asked to serve on the Accountability Workgroup. The Chair mentioned that the Governor's Supplemental Budget Recommendations included $100 million for his technology development initiative and $5 million to address the current nursing shortage. The Chair remarked that the Senate Education Committee invited both President D'Alemberte and Provost Abele to participate in conversations relating to enrollment needs and adequate funding for higher education in Florida. The Chair thanked the President for his assistance in advancing the interests of all of the universities to the Florida Legislature.

The Chair recognized President D'Alemberte for his comments. President D'Alemberte indicated that the Eppes statue was unveiled on January 24, 2002, as part of the Sesquicentennial celebration. President D'Alemberte commented that the university was currently working on the appeal of LCME's decision. President D'Alemberte indicated that he was confident that, given full and current information, the LCME would provide a positive assessment and accreditation. President D'Alemberte reported that the symposium on complementary and alterative medicine held on January 15-16 went well and that the symposium drew eminent presenters and researchers from around the country. The President reported that the university had hired Steven Wallace from the University of Oklahoma to be the new dean of theatre. President D'Alemberte indicated that in May 2001, the Board of Regents approved a bond issue by FSU Finance Assistance, Inc., a direct support organization of the university, to finance an upgrade of the Howser Baseball Stadium, improvements to Moore Athletic Center at the north end zone of the football stadium, and a basketball practice facility for both the men's and women's teams. The President announced that the bonds have been sold for $34,885,000 and that the closing would occur next week. The President commented that a copy of the FSView and faculty senate report concerning licensing apparel had been distributed to the trustees. The President spoke of the history of these human rights organizations and his reluctance to expend university funds for advocacy organizations. The President hoped that the Board could hear from these students about their position on the issue.

The Chair recognized Trustee Hinkle for a resolution to honor Justice Sundberg. Trustee Hinkle read the resolution in its entirety and moved for the approval of the resolution. Trustee Uhlfelder seconded the motion. Trustee Uhlfelder suggested that perhaps the Board ethics policy could be named for Justice Sundberg. The Chair commented that Justice Sundberg would be remembered by the Board for his service to the Board and the state. The Board of Trustees adopted the resolution unanimously. A copy of the resolution is attached.

The Chair recognized Mr. Jim Apthorp, Chair of the Florida State University Foundation Board of Trustees, and Mr. Bill Smith, Chair of the Executive Committee of the FSU Connect Campaign, for an overview of the Foundation and the FSU Connect Campaign. Bill Smith explained that the FSU Connect campaign was announced on October 26,2001, with a goal of raising $600 million by December 31, 2005. The $600 million university goal were set consistent with the needs identified to satisfy the vision outlined in the Commission for the Future. Trustee Marshall made a motion to endorse the capital campaign. Trustee Hinkle seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

The Chair recognized each of the committee chairs for an update on the committee's work on the previous day. Trustee Knowles provided an update on the internal audit committee and indicated that the group discussed the charge of the committee and the responsibilities. The internal group also discussed their concern with the litigation issues being discussed in their committee. Trustee Ford reported on the Finance and Administration Committee's discussion of their purpose and the charge of his committee.

Trustee Hinkle provided a legislative update and discussed the progress of the school code rewrite and the devolution of responsibilities to the university boards of trustees. The Chair recognized Kathleen Daly, director of governmental affairs, to brief the trustees on the current status of the trustee confirmation process and FSU Day at the Capitol. Trustee Marshall indicated that the Planning Committee met to discuss their charge, previous planning efforts, and the committee's future efforts. Trustee Uhlfelder provided an update of the work of the Student Judicial Process, including a discussion of the university's alcohol policy, the issue of an attendance policy, and the issue of an orientation for student athletes. Trustee Thrasher indicated that the Engineering Committee met to discuss the issues associated with the Joint FSU/FAMU College of Engineering and that the committee planned to meet again to discuss the issues prior to a joint meeting with FAMU.

The Chair recognized Dr. Karen Laughlin for comments. She indicated that the faculty was saddened with the news of Justice Sundberg's passing and that the Faculty Senate has dedicated funds for the law school library in his honor. Dr. Laughlin encouraged continued involvement of the Faculty Senate with the Board of Trustees and the committees. She also hoped that the Board would approve academic degree programs and respect the faculty committee process used to advance issues to the Board. She also hoped that the Board would advocate for funding for personnel on campus and support academic freedom on campus. She also commented that the Faculty Senate has issued a report relating to the apparel licensing issue.

The Chair recognized Provost Abele for an update on the Governor's Budget Recommendations.

The Chair recognized Mr. John Carnaghi, Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration, to discuss the ways in which support and service personnel are incorporated into the university community.

The Chair recognized Dr. Dianne Harrison, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Interim Dean of Graduate Studies, for a discussion on the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' (SACS) accreditation process. Dr. Harrison explained the process, its importance, and timelines.

The Chair recognized Dr. Joseph Scherger, Dean of the College of Medicine, for an overview of the medical school and the current status of accreditation, hiring, facilities, and the community campuses. Dean Scherger also indicated that he was confident that the university would be successful with regarding to the LCME appeal.

The Chair recognized Mr. Tony Williams, representing the students involved in the licensing apparel issue, for his comments and received letters in support of the students' position. The Chair indicated that a committee of the Board would be appointed to set guidelines to assist the President on issues relating to university involvement with these types of groups.

The Chair explained that the meeting schedule needed to be amended to include conference calls at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 18, 2002, and Monday, April 15, 2002. Trustee Ford moved the amended meeting schedule with a second by Trustee Uhlfelder. The Board unanimously approved the motion.

The Chair commended Trustee Johnson for his service on the Board of Trustees and presented him a plaque in honor of this service to the university.

The Chair deferred the agenda items relating to the orientation to support areas, rules and procedures, and security arrangements on campus to the meeting of the Board of Trustees in May.

The Chair adjourned the meeting at 12:30 p.m.

Approved by The Florida State University Board of Trustees on March 18, 2002: