Board of Trustees > Meeting Archives > May 26, 2005 Minutes

The Florida State University Board of Trustees Meeting
FSU Broadcast Center
May 26, 2005
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM


Members Present: Mr.Derrick Brooks, Dr. Jim Cobbe, Mrs. June Duda, Mr. David Ford, Mr. Manny Garcia, Mr. Andrew Haggard, Mr. Harold Knowles, Mr. Richard McFarlain, Dr. E. Ann McGee, Mr. Christopher Schoonover, Dr. Jessie Furlow, and Mr. Jim Smith

Members Absent: John Thrasher had an excused absence.


1. Call to Order and Welcome

Chairman Jim Smith convened the meeting of the Florida State University Board of Trustees at the FSU Broadcast Center at 3:00 p.m., May 26, 2005. The Chairman welcomed two new Board members: Faculty Senate President Dr. Jim Cobbe and Student Body President Chris Schoonover. Dr. Valliere Auzenne and Dr. Stanley Marshall were also recognized for their service on the Board.

Trustee McFarlain made a motion to suspend the Board of Trustees Operating Procedures Section 203(b) to take up the items listed on the agenda and any supplemental materials passed out on May 26, 2005. Trustee Schoonover seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

2. Approval of Minutes

Trustee Duda made a motion to approve the minutes of January 14, 2005 and the March 28, 2005 Conference Call. Trustee Schoonover seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

3. Comments, Faculty Senate

Dr. Jayne M. Standley addressed the Board of Trustees on behalf of the Faculty Senate. She expressed the Faculty Senate’s strong support for the new University Goal and Mission Statement, which will be presented to the Board prior to submission to the Board of Governors. She said the Faculty Senate Steering Committee carefully reviewed and wholly endorsed the statement. Dr. Standley said that the FSU faculty joins the administration in a mutual desire to improve educational research and service offerings while seeking status as a top-notch public university. She said that this aspiration resonates with the faculty and they are ready to help the University achieve these goals. Moreover, since there is no timeline delineated, it is hoped that the Board will consider this a five-year, not 20-year goal. Chairman Smith congratulated Dr. Standley on being named the Lawton Professor for the 2005-2006 year.

4. Comments-Student Government Association

Mr. Louis Dilbert, the Student Senate President, spoke on behalf of the Student Government Association (SGA). Student Government’s executive branch is in the process of selecting cabinet members and the Senate is preparing to conduct hearings and approve the budget for the 2006-2007 fiscal year. He urged the Board to listen to several student government leaders who were present before voting on the mandatory student health insurance proposal. Finally, Mr. Dilbert said that FSU’s Student Body President, Chris Schoonover, was recently elected Chair of the Florida Student Government Association at a conference in Fort Myers, Florida. Therefore, Trustee Schoonover will serve on the Board of Governors. Mr. Ahmad Abuznaid, the Student Body Vice President for the 2005-2006 year, introduced himself and expressed his excitement about working with the Board over the next year.

5. Consent Items

Trustee Ford made a motion to approve the consent items. Trustee Schoonover seconded the motion, which passed unanimously. The following items were approved in this motion:

  • Renaming of Colleges and Schools
  • From School of Criminology to the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Repeal of Rule on Committees
  • Creation of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Degree
  • BOG Accountability Measures
  • Student Government Bills for Spring 2005

6. University Relations Update

Ms. Lee Hinkle, Vice President for University Relations, provided an update of activities including FSU Foundation gifts received, the FSU Foundation’s Capital Campaign, the Legislative budget, and the University endowment matching gifts legislation, and the status of higher education legislation. She said that as of April 30, 2005, the University has raised $51.1 million during the year for the capitol campaign. The total funds raised total $507 million. The ultimate goal is to reach $600 million by December 31, 2005.

7. Legislative Update

Vice President Hinkle also gave an update on specific aspects of the Appropriations Act and other legislation affecting the University from the 2005 Legislative Session.

8. Legal Update

Ms. Betty Steffens, University General Counsel, provided a brief update concerning the E. T. York Lawsuit vs. The Board of Governors. No rulings have been made yet on the first motion.

9. Committee Reports

Academic Affairs Committee

Dr. Lawrence G. Abele, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, explained the Florida Board of Governors mandate concerning Academic Learning Compacts. Student outcomes must be listed under three different areas:

  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Content Knowledge

Dr. Abele requested that the Board approve the timeline provided, which began in February 2005 and should be completed by the Fall. Trustee Cobbe made a motion to approve the Academic Learning Compacts. The motion was seconded by Trustee Duda and passed unanimously.

Ms. Joyce Ingram, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, gave a presentation concerning the five Bargaining Units on campus. These include:

  1. United Faculty of Florida
  2. FSU faculty at the Developmental Research School
  3. Florida Police Benevolent Association
  5. Florida Nurses Association

Contracts have been ratified with FPBA and FNA. UFF has declared an impasse on two of the 32 articles and the impasse process has begun. Ms. Ingram informed the Board that there is no legal deadline for these negotiations.

Dr. Abele updated the Board on the University dean searches. New deans have been appointed in College of Music and the College of Education. Several dean positions including Dean of the Panama City Campus, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Dean of the College of Business remain to be filled.


Student Affairs Committee

Dr. Mary Coburn, Vice President of Student Affairs, addressed the Board concerning student activities, accomplishments, and performance. She discussed facility planning, campus recreation, the CARE program, changes in the Student Union, and community service performed by FSU students.

Dr. Coburn explained the Student Health Insurance proposal. She said that if a student is not healthy, then they are not able to perform academically. In developing the proposal, a committee was appointed and a series of four meetings were held to educate students, faculty, and staff about student health insurance. One goal of the policy is to stabilize student health insurance prices. Dr. Coburn said that over the last five years there has been a 142% increase in the cost of student health insurance. She indicated that if more students had a policy the insurance companies would not have to raise their prices. Dr. Coburn explained that 80% of the AAU institutions provide supplements for insurance to graduate students, teaching assistants, and research assistants. FSU is falling behind and is unable to be competitive without that supplement. The administration has pledged to explore options to provide funds to start supplementing student health insurance for the Fall. It has been suggested that this policy be applied only to new, full time students starting Summer 2006.

Mr. Louis Dilbert expressed his opinion about student health insurance on behalf of the Student Senate. He said that he is a proponent for the policy and believes that forcing students to take care of themselves is a positive thing. Mr. Dilbert urged the Board to consider a student’s point of view before voting on the proposal.

Trustee McFarlain asked if there had been a poll of the student body concerning whether they were in favor of mandatory health insurance. Dr. Coburn said that there had not been a poll but that the committee process was well advertised.

Trustee Knowles asked about the cost and how students would bear the added expense. He said that he was very concerned about how this would affect students who are least able to afford an added cost and college expense. Dr. Coburn said the student health insurance cost would be added to the student’s regular tuition bill, unless there was proof of comparable insurance. Approximately $1,200.00 is estimated as the rate for an annual premium per student. If a student is unable to pay this amount, he or she could work out a payment plan or simply attend the university part time.

Trustee Cobbe asked whether the definition of full time was nine hours or 12 hours. Dr. Coburn indicated that it was nine hours for health insurance purposes only.

Trustee Haggard indicated that the Student Affairs Committee endorsed this policy.

Trustee Duda made a motion to approve the Student Health Insurance Proposal. Trustee Haggard seconded the motion. Trustee Knowles and Trustee McFarlain objected. The proposal passed with two objections.


Finance and Business Committee

Mr. John Carnaghi, Vice President for Finance & Administration, explained that the final budget plan was not complete, so he needed the Board’s permission to continue working on the budget passed July 1, 2005. Mr. Carnaghi and Mr. Ralph Alvarez spoke about four different budget aspects:

  1. Tuition for the next year
  2. Tentative 2005-2006 operating budget
  3. 2006-2007 legislative budget request
  4. 2006-2007 fixed capital outlay budget

Mr. Alvarez told the Board that the 5% undergraduate matriculation fee is mandatory, but the other fees (up to 5%) were being left up to the Board. The other tuition increases up to 5% are left to the Board of Trustees. The administration’s proposal is full usage of that 5% except for the out-of-state fee for law students. A new category called graduate professional was put into place by the Legislature. The University is proposing an additional $35 per credit hour for new law students under this category. He referred to a handout containing present fees for 2004-2005 and proposed fees for 2005-2006 and their differences in dollars and percent.

President Wetherell pointed out that out of state tuition is actually much worse in other states and Florida is at the national average.

Mr. Alvarez explained that although tuition and fees are increasing it is at a lower rate than previous years. Trustee McGee made a motion to approve the FY 2005-2006 Tuition Policy and authorize the promulgation of the corresponding Rule. Trustee Schoonover seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

The actual budget for 2005-2006 was not yet prepared, so Mr. Alvarez asked the Board to approve a tentative budget at the 2004-2005 level, which was $919,000,000. The actual budget will be ready in September. Trustee Haggard made a motion to approve the FY 2005-2006 Operating Budget with delegation of authority of the President or his designee to make any necessary changes to the budget. Trustee Ford seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

Mr. Alvarez pointed out that the most important aspect of the 2006-2007 budget request concerns faculty and staff salary increases. Trustee Schoonover made a motion to approve the 2006-2007 Legislative Budget Request Issues. The motion was seconded by Trustee Duda and passed unanimously.

Mr. Carnaghi discussed a Fixed Capitol Outlay request handout concerning items that passed and failed to pass during the 2005 Legislative Session. He said the Governor’s veto of $2.5 million for a building at the Panama City campus would affect the list of priority items. Mr. Carnaghi said that in September the new list would be finalized and brought back to the Board for approval. Trustee Ford made a motion to approve the 2006-2007 Fixed Capital Outlay Budget Request. Trustee Schoonover seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

Mr. Carnaghi informed the Board two new parking garages are being planned, and with the Board’s approval, the plans will go to the Board of Governors. Trustee Schoonover made a motion to approve the projects and financing plans for parking garages #4 and #5. Trustee Cobbe seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

Ms. Cheryl Gonzalez gave an Equity Accountability Program Report. She said the University is in compliance with the requirements as prescribed by the State Board of Education and according to the law. Ms. Gonzalez said recruitment and retention efforts have been effective, but the University hopes to continue to move forward in that area. Diversity among the staff and faculty is not as balanced as that of the students. Ms. Gonzalez said the key area that the University wants to improve concerns recruiting Hispanics at all levels. Trustee McFarlain made a motion to approve the Equity Accountability Program Report. Trustee Duda seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

10. President Wetherell’s Evaluation Materials

Chairman Smith reminded the Board that the Presidential Evaluation was coming up and evaluation forms needed to be submitted by June 15, 2005.

11. Discussion of Board Organization & Planning

Chairman Smith informed the Board that committees had been appointed and committee members were chosen according to their expertise. The Chairman discussed a Board Retreat, which was in the planning process. Trustee Haggard would be in charge of the Board Retreat.

12. President’s Report

President Wetherell addressed the Board. The President expressed his satisfaction with the new mission statement, but pointed out that the Board of Governors may consolidate the statement into about two sentences. The Student Learning Outcomes Project is proceeding successfully thanks to the hard work from the Office of the Provost. Dr. Wetherell said that during the Fall he would focus on the benefit of the economic impact of FSU on the community and the State of Florida. Finally, he said that the Seminole Tribe has reaffirmed their desire to have a relationship with Florida State University despite all recent articles and rumors.

13. Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 5:30 p.m.


The Florida State University Board of Trustees approved the minutes on September 19, 2005.