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									                              KENT STATE UNIVERSITY
                            BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
                                      April 5, 2006
                            Urban Conference Room – 1:00 p.m.


Board Members Present                                      KSU Executive Officers Present
James M. Biggar                                            Carol A. Cartwright, President
R. Douglas Cowan, Chair                                    Paul L. Gaston, Provost
Sandra W. Harbrecht, Vice Chair                            Patricia A. Book
Patrick S. Mullin                                          David K. Creamer
Jane Murphy Timken                                         Harold D. Goldsmith
Brian D. Tucker                                            Edward G. Mahon
Jacqueline F. Woods                                        Carolyn D. Pizzuto
Erin E. Kleman                                             Kathy L. Stafford
Kimberly L. Thompson
                                                           Charlene K. Reed, Secretary


The Board of Trustees of Kent State University convened in regular session in the Urban
Conference Room on Wednesday, April 5, 2006, the date duly established for said meeting.

CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL

Chairperson R. Douglas Cowan called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. Board Secretary
Charlene Reed called the roll. A quorum was present. Mr. Cowan welcomed James M. Biggar,
who was reappointed to the Board replacing the late James Schubert.

PROOF OF NOTICE

Mr. Cowan announced that public notification of the meeting had been accomplished pursuant to
provisions of Chapter 121.22(F) of the Ohio Revised Code and of the Kent State University
Constitution and Bylaws.

ACADEMIC PRESENTATION

Provost Gaston introduced Athletic Director Laing Kennedy and invited him to speak about the
educational mission of intercollegiate athletics at Kent State. The department’s mission is to
provide an environment for recruited men and women to reach their full potential as students and
as athletes in the good name of Kent State, Mr. Kennedy stressed. He noted the generosity of
Trustee George Jenkins, which has resulted in a state-of-art academic resource center providing
academic “one-stop services” in the form of learning specialists, tutors and other support
services.

Mr. Kennedy introduced Will Vasquez, who is a student in Arts and Sciences with a major in
history and minor in Philosophy and a member of Kent State’s MAC-Eastern Division leading
baseball program. Mr. Vasquez has achieved great success in the classroom and the playing
field, earning a 3.6 GPA and becoming a three-year starter with a batting average of .343.
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Mr. Kennedy also introduced standout women’s basketball player and student Lindsay Shearer,
who holds a 3.9 GPA with a major in Finance and Sports Management. Ms. Shearer started 112
of 118 games in four years and has played in every game of her four-year career at Kent State.
She is the 2006 MAC Player of the Year; All MAC First Team in 2004, 2005 and 2006;
Academic All MAC 2004, 2005, 2006, Academic All District First Team 2004, 2005 and 2006;
Academic All American in 2004, 2005, and 2006; and First Team in 2005 and 2006. For the
first time in Kent State history, Ms. Shearer was named the 2006 Academic All American
Women’s Basketball Player of the Year. She has been the team captain since 2005.
Academically, she has been on the President’s list or Dean’s list every term that she has been
enrolled at Kent State.

Both student-athletes discussed their experiences at Kent State. Mr. Vasquez noted that he
considers it to be a source of great pride and privilege to be a student-athlete at the University.
The experience has allowed him to learn life’s lessons as well as grow as a person. Both
described how student-athletes face tremendous demands on their time, juggling games,
practices and classes. Ms. Shearer briefly talked about some of the challenges she has faced both
academically and athletically, and she commended her faculty and the athletics staff for their
assistance and for working with her to achieve success at all levels.

APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA

Hearing no changes, the agenda was approved by general consent.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE JANUARY 31, 2006 BOARD OF TRUSTEES
MEETING AND THE SPECIAL MEETINGS OF JANUARY 30, 2006 AND MARCH 4,
2006

Hearing no corrections or additions, the minutes were approved by general consent.

REPORT OF THE CHAIRPERSON

Chair Cowan commended the University administration for launching the innovative “Complete
to Compete” initiative with Ohio University. It is another perfect example of how our
universities can take the lead in forging Ohio’s future through collaboration, he said. Ohio
University, with its six-campus network, is a perfect partner for this effort and the Board looks
forward to seeing the program’s impact across Eastern Ohio.

Mr. Cowan also observed a significant milestone in the leadership of Carol Cartwright, which
occurred since the Board’s last meeting. On March 16, 2006, Dr. Cartwright reached her 15th
anniversary as the university’s president. He encouraged everyone to attend a community-wide
reception in her honor on April 25, from 4-6 p.m. in the Student Wellness and Recreation Center.
Many events in her honor are planned at all eight campuses of Kent State and by many
constituencies as part of their year-end rituals. In honor of her legacy, she will deliver the
Commencement address at each of the University’s spring graduation ceremonies.
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Trustee Cowan also congratulated the men’s basketball team for another exciting season,
culminating in the team’s return to the NCAA tournament. As reflected in the academic
presentation that will be given later today, Kent State’s student-athletes are among the very best
in its conference and the country.

Mr. Cowan also commented on several items of business on the day’s agenda including
consideration of planning for a second major capital campaign. He thanked the Foundation
Board of Directors and the development staff for reaching this important stage in preparations.
The Board also looks forward to several academic affairs recommendations that will strengthen
Kent State’s competitive position and service to the broader community.

On behalf of the Board, he commended the administration for taking into account the financial
challenges for students and families in the recommendations for 2006 room and board rates. For
the second straight year, thanks to prudent management, the University will be able to enact a
rate increase smaller than originally envisioned in the residence hall master renovation plan. The
Board is satisfied that the need for this rate increase has been well established and that the
university administration is doing everything possible to keep the cost of education as affordable
as possible for Kent State families.

He also reported that the Board is studying the potential impact of the proposed TEL (Tax
Expenditure Limitation) amendment that is expected to go before Ohio voters in the fall. Mr.
Cowan stated that he believes that higher education is absolutely critical to Ohio’s future and that
this legislation would literally tie the state’s hands in terms of making vital investments in its
future.

REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT

Dr. Cartwright commended Chairman Cowan for his outstanding presentation at the recent
Bowman Breakfast, which was the 44th annual spring gathering for the University and Kent
communities. He told the impressive story of how the home-grown Davey Tree Company has
become North America’s top horticultural services firm and one of the nation’s best employee-
owned companies, and also how the company’s deep partnerships with Kent State are advancing
the industry and its bottom line.

Dr. Cartwright commented that Kent State’s leadership in the business world is evident in other
recent highlights. On the global stage, the College of Business Administration hosted the 16th
annual Asia-Pacific Futures Research Symposium in Bangkok, Thailand March 23-24. Dr.
Cartwright said she was delighted to once again have the opportunity to welcome the sold-out
crowd. The forum was a resounding success and the Chicago Board of Trade is extremely
pleased about Kent State’s leadership of the symposium for the past four years.

Since the Board’s last meeting, the Kent State community has participated in two university-
wide conferences on a topic that is the top priority of every member of this Board: student
success. Both of the well-attended programs on student success have provided a great deal of
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food for thought in continuing discussions about how to effect transformational change in the
University’s learning environments. One of the highlights of the March 23 forum featuring Dr.
Diana Oblinger, vice president of EDUCAUSE, was the engagement of students in a panel
discussion and in a video prepared by students from the College of Communication and
Information. Students talked about the kinds of learning experiences they value most and shared
their best and worst experiences at Kent State. It was a very candid and enlightening discussion
and reminded everyone that while technology and space are critical components of the learning
environment, it still comes down to how well we help our students make connections, not only
with the content but also with their professors and peers. Examples of how universities today are
creating flexible and supportive learning spaces were shared.

Dr. Cartwright stated that another example of success and of Kent State students making their
presence felt occurred during spring break, when 400 Kent State students, faculty, staff and
others helped victims of Hurricane Katrina in Biloxi, Mississippi. Instead of working on their
tans, these Kent State volunteers, which included Student Trustee Kim Thompson whose diary of
the experience you may have read in the Beacon Journal, worked on rebuilding homes with local
Habitat of Humanity groups, and helped with other needs from providing first aid to providing
child care. This remarkable undertaking reflected the best of Kent State’s commitment to
serving the public good, she said.

Dr. Cartwright also commented on a new university-wide initiative called “One Well University
– Wellness for a Lifetime.” OneWellU is a comprehensive program designed to help employees
and their families get well and stay well in areas from physical fitness to financial fitness. As an
incentive to get started, the University is offering a one-time, $50 incentive to all full-time
employees who complete an online health-assessment survey. In-person health screenings are
being offered regularly. More than 950 faculty, staff, and family members attended the rollout of
“OneWellU” at Kent State’s annual BeneFest.

In an effort to improve the University’s financial health, the annual Faculty and Staff Campaign
has begun, she reported, adding that the Ashtabula Campus can already boast 100-percent
participation in this effort supporting university priorities such as raising scholarships.

She commended Dr. Leslie Heaphy, associate professor of history at the Stark Campus, for her
pioneering efforts resulting in the selection of Effa Manley, co-owner of a Negro League team,
as the first woman inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

Dr. Cartwright thanked Chairman Cowan for acknowledging how Kent State recently made
history of another kind, when it forged the “Complete to Compete” initiative with Ohio
University. “Complete to Compete” will allow Ohio residents who have some college education
to pursue degrees by taking Kent State and Ohio University courses in a variety of formats,
including distance learning. The two universities have committed to a five-year plan, with a
shared goal of having 5,000 new enrollments in Ohio’s baccalaureate pipeline by the fall term of
the fourth year. Toward that goal, Kent State and Ohio University will offer 12 degree programs
on our 14 campuses, and will jointly develop other market-driven programs from certificate
programs to master’s degrees
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Dr. Cartwright reported that further evidence of the University’s leadership in working in
partnership with other Ohio institutions came last month with the announcement that researchers
at Kent State and the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM) have
developed liquid-crystal technology that rapidly detects bioterror agents and pathogens. Kent
State recently signed two new licensing agreements that will bring research and development,
production, sales and other jobs to Kent and surrounding areas around this ground-breaking
technology.

She encouraged trustees to attend the Seventh Annual Symposium on Democracy, which focuses
on the topic of “Irreconcilable Differences: Democratic Policy Deliberations in Science,
Religion, and Politics.” She thanked co-chairs, John West, vice president for research, and Jim
Gaudino, dean of Communication and Information, for their impressive leadership.

Student Trustee Kim Thompson briefly highlighted some of her experiences in Pass Christian,
Mississippi, during Spring Break.

PERSONNEL ACTIONS

President Cartwright invited Provost Gaston to present the Academic Personnel Actions and
Vice President Pizzuto to present the Non-Academic Personnel Actions.

ACADEMIC PERSONNEL

Provost Gaston reported that actions were routine.

NON-ACADEMIC PERSONNEL

Vice President Pizzuto noted that the non-academic actions were routine.

ACTION: There were no objections to placing the personnel actions on the consent
agenda.

REPORT OF THE INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT COMMITTEE

         ENDORSEMENT OF THE CENTENNIAL CAMPAIGN

Committee Chair Jacqueline Woods reported that the Institutional Advancement Committee
reviewed planning to date for a major fundraising initiative. Trustees were briefed on results of a
feasibility study conducted by the consulting firm of Alexander, Haas, Martin and Partners last
fall. The firm interviewed 56 individuals around the country and assessed the university’s case
for support, potential leadership for the campaign, and potential to attain a goal significantly
higher than the $122 million raised in the institution’s first major capital campaign. Results of
the study were very encouraging, she said. The consulting firm believes Kent State has the
capability to attain a goal significantly higher than the first campaign, suggesting that the goal be
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established in late 2007 and offering some ideas to enhance the university’s efforts leading up to
that decision. Trustees discussed these proposals and how the staff has been making progress in
many areas.

In February, the Kent State University Foundation Board of Directors reviewed the feasibility
study and formally endorsed a new campaign. The Foundation Board is ready to play a
significant role in its successful completion, she said. The Institutional Advancement Committee
would like to add its wholehearted support to the new fundraising effort and recommends Board
approval of a resolution endorsing continued planning for what will be called the Centennial
Campaign.

                                        Resolution 2006-18

                      ENDORSEMENT OF THE CENTENNIAL CAMPAIGN


         WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees has in the past acknowledged the importance
         of private fundraising and heartily endorsed the first major effort called the
         Campaign for Kent State University, which successfully concluded on June 30,
         2003; and

         WHEREAS, continued private investment in the people and programs of Kent
         State University will be crucial to the university’s long-term financial well-being
         and ability to reach desired levels of academic excellence; and

         WHEREAS, the Kent State University Foundation Board of Directors is
         committed to actively seeking private support and has fully endorsed the planning
         of a major resource development campaign; and

         WHEREAS, an independently conducted feasibility study has indicated
         significant opportunity for continued major fundraising success; now therefore,

         BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees, in accordance with university
         policy, acknowledges and endorses continued planning for a second major
         fundraising initiative to be known as The Centennial Campaign.

Trustee Woods reported that fundraising results for the month ending February are ahead of the
same time period last year by more than $1 million. Of particular note is the number of alumni
donors, which continues to increase steadily. The number of $100,000-plus donors also is
increasing and the total donor count has more than doubled over the same time period last year,
she said. Even better news is that the preliminary numbers for the end of March show attainment
at $9.9 million, as compared to $7.4 million at the end of February.
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Trustee Woods commented that Lori Randorf, who is serving as interim executive director for
the Alumni Association, provided an update on Alumni Association membership. Membership
continues to grow, with more than 10,900 dues paid members as of February 2006.

She noted that the committee also heard an update on the work of the Higher Education Funding
Study Council (HEFSC), a group appointed by the State Legislature. A capital reappropriation
bill was approved recently that included $28 million for Kent State. Some $60 million over two
years has been allocated for a college student aid for the program called the Ohio College
Opportunity Grant, which replaces the Ohio Instructional Grant program.

ACTION: There were no objections to placing Institutional Advancement Committee
decision item on the consent agenda.


REPORT OF THE STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

Committee Chair Brian Tucker reported that the Student Affairs Committee heard a
comprehensive report on career services provided by the University. Remarks of the
director of career services center, Ann Motayar, focused on four key areas: trends in the
workplace, skills employers are seeking, job outlook, and the center’s efforts to support
student success.

Trustee Tucker commented that recent workplace trends have included organizational
flattening and downsizing as well as the outsourcing of jobs. An era of digitalization
within a global economy has, to a large degree, supplanted the era of industrialization.
Today’s employers seek strong communication teamwork skills in their new employees,
as well as honesty, integrity and a strong work ethic, among other characteristics, he said.
Trustees learned of the fastest growing jobs in Ohio projected for the next several years,
with the fields most prominently represented in health care and technology.

Mr. Tucker stated that Kent State’s staff provides a range of services to students, alumni,
employers, faculty, staff, and family members including career employment, career
education, student employment, and academic testing. Among the center’s distinctive
features are student employment workflow, the Flash Forward job board, annual graduate
survey, virtual reading room, and customized career presentations.

The Student Affairs Committee also reviewed a progress report from Residence Services
and the rationale for proposed increases in room and board rates for 2006-07. The
proposed fiscal year 2007 budget reflects fall and spring semester occupancy rates of 90.1
percent and 84.8 percent, respectively. Total departmental revenues are budgeted at
$31.98 million, with total expenditures at $32.94 million. Despite extensive use of its
contingency fund, the department forecasts that it will be able to meet its financial
obligations for fiscal year 2007.
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Highlights for fiscal year 2007 will include the opening of the Stopher-Johnson living-
learning complex for the Fall 2006 semester and the establishment of two new learning
communities. The department’s renewal and replacement plan will continue with a
number of renovation projects scheduled for Summer 2006.

REPORT OF THE ACADEMIC AFFAIRS AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT
COMMITTEE

On behalf of Committee Chair Andrew Banks, Trustee Jane Murphy Timken provided the report
of the Academic Affairs and Regional Development Committee. Trustee Timken reported that
Provost Gaston provided a brief update on recent personnel actions in academic affairs and
presented two management decision items for Board approval.

         REVISION OF EXISTING COLLEGE NAME FROM COLLEGE OF FINE AND
         PROFESSIONAL ARTS TO THE COLLEGE OF THE ARTS

The committee recommended Board approval of a name change for the College of Fine and
Professional Arts to the College of the Arts, effective July 1, 2006. This new name more
accurately reflects the disciplines housed in the college after a series of reorganizations in recent
years, she explained.

                                        Resolution 2006-19

             REVISION OF EXISTING COLLEGE NAME FROM COLLEGE OF
              FINE AND PROFESSIONAL ARTS TO COLLEGE OF THE ARTS


         WHEREAS, the College of Fine and Professional Arts seeks to change its name
         to the College of the Arts; and

         WHEREAS, over the past four years, the College of Fine and Professional Arts
         has undergone significant organizational changes; and

         WHEREAS, the name College of the Arts more closely reflects the units in the
         College, which include the School of Art, the School of Fashion Design and
         Merchandising, the School of Music, the School of Theatre and Dance, and the
         Kent State Museum; and

         WHEREAS, the College’s revised mission statement clearly defines its dedication
         to the understanding, practice, interpretation, and advancement of the arts; and

         WHEREAS, the name change will have minimal impact on programs, course
         offerings, existing faculty and staff, or administrative structures; now therefore,
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         BE IT RESOLVED that the Kent State University Board of Trustees hereby
         approves the revision to changing the name of the College of Fine and
         Professional Arts to the College of the Arts effective July 1, 2006.

ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND BUSINESS
INNOVATION

The second action item, the establishment of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business
Innovation, will become effective immediately on approval, according to Trustee Timken. Three
major components for the proposed center include entrepreneurial labs, entrepreneurial faculty,
and entrepreneurial education. The establishment of the Center for Entrepreneurship and
Business Innovation aligns well with the priorities of the College of Business Administration, the
University’s strategic principles, and Kent State’s regional mission serving business and industry
across Northeast Ohio.

                                       Resolution 2006-20

                          ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CENTER
                  FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND BUSINESS INNOVATION


         WHEREAS, the current economic growth in Ohio increasingly is driven by
         business innovation and successful entrepreneurship; and

         WHEREAS, entrepreneurial centers in colleges and universities throughout the
         United States are preparing students for careers involving business innovation and
         as future entrepreneurs; and

         WHEREAS, the College of Business Administration recognizes these needs and
         has designated entrepreneurship and business innovation as one of its strategic
         centers of excellence; and

         WHEREAS, the three major components for the Center include entrepreneurial
         labs, entrepreneurial faculty, and entrepreneurial education; and

         WHEREAS, the establishment of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business
         Innovation aligns with the University’s strategic direction for Kent State’s
         regional development business partnerships in Northeast Ohio; and

         WHEREAS, the new created Entrepreneurship minor will generate strong interest
         among students from all disciplines and complement the student’s major area of
         study, as it creates a unique learning environment and experiential opportunities
         for students; and
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         WHEREAS, all required business components have been carefully researched
         and planned, including budget, operating policies and procedures, administrative
         and reporting structures, and evaluation procedures; now, therefore,

         BE IT RESOLVED, that the Kent State University Board of Trustees hereby
         approves the establishment of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business
         Innovation, effective immediately.

Trustee Timken reported that the committee heard six information item reports. A report on the
new Carnegie Classification System was presented by Provost Gaston. Changes include the
classification of research institutions into three, rather than two, categories. Kent State
University is one of 77 public research universities that maintain “high research activity.” She
observed that the new system does not accommodate regional campus systems. The regional
campuses are classified individually, but the university’s distinctive status as an eight-campus
university is not acknowledged.

The second information item pertained to the establishment of a new minimum admission
standard of a 2.5 grade-point average for admission to the College of Education, Health and
Human Services. This change is needed to establish a common GPA requirement for the newly
reconfigured department, and will not guarantee admission to a major and/or admission to
professional coursework for a selective admission program. To be admitted directly into a
teacher education program, for example, new freshmen will still be required have a 2.75 GPA,
she said. The college also approved a series of changes in GPA requirements for the Educational
Studies (EDST) major within the Bachelor of Science in Education degree program, transfer, and
graduation, and revised its policies pertaining to field experience and clinical practice to reflect
current expectations of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Trustees also learned that the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) has revised
its admissions requirements to align with new English Composition requirements approved by
the Board in April 2006.

Vice President Patricia Book also highlighted the new “Complete to Compete” partnership with
Ohio University. Kent State and Ohio University became the first public universities in Ohio to
link outreach in regional campuses and partnerships in order to increase educational levels and
support Eastern Ohio’s ability to compete in the global economy. Together, Kent State and Ohio
University have 14 campuses, 12 of which are regional campuses. There is a significant target
population to be served by this initiative, as an estimated 450,000 people in the 33 counties
served by the two institutions have completed some college but do not hold a bachelor’s degree,
she reported.

ACTION: There were no objections to placing the Academic Affairs and Regional
Development Committee decision items on the consent agenda.
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REPORT OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE

Committee Chair Patrick Mullin reported that the Audit Committee received three reports.
Trustees met with the University’s external auditors for the purpose of a routine planning
meeting for the annual audit. The meeting was informative, and there were no unusual activities
to report. A progress report on the audit is expected in the late summer.

Vice President David Creamer reported on the financial ratios for last year that all state-assisted
universities in Ohio are required to report in compliance with legislative and Ohio Board of
Regents requirements. Kent State’s overall score was the second highest for the second
consecutive year, he noted.

In response to a request by the Audit Committee, Dr. Creamer provided an overview of the
University’s property and casualty insurance coverages. Kent State participates with other Ohio
public universities in a consortial arrangement for the procurement of these coverages. The
consortium is somewhat complex to administer but offers access to coverages not otherwise
available to a single university and at much improved pricing. He noted, however, that the
insurance world has changed dramatically since 2001 and all coverages today include more
exclusions and are more costly. Vice President Creamer discussed how the consortium is
addressing these problems and some of its recent changes.

REPORT OF THE FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE

Committee Chair Patrick Mullin reported that the Finance and Administration Committee
considered five management decision items, all of which are recommended for inclusion on the
consent agenda.

         ROOM AND BOARD FEES

Trustee Mullin recommended Board approval of proposed room and board fees, effective Fall
2006. While charges vary according to student choices in housing facilities and board levels, an
overall increase of 3.6% is recommended to fund cost increases such as higher energy costs. He
noted that due to prudent management the University is proposing a rate increase lower than
initially projected in the Residence Services master plan. The committee carefully reviewed the
rationale for the rate increases as well as the planned rates for other Ohio universities. Kent
State’s fees will continue to be among the lowest of public residential campuses in Ohio, he said.
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                                         Resolution 2006-21

                            APPROVAL OF ROOM AND BOARD FEES
                                  EFFECTIVE FALL 2006


         WHEREAS, it is the intent of the University to operate its Residence and Dining
         programs on a self-sufficient basis including the cost of repaying debt incurred for
         the construction and renovation of residence and dining facilities; and

         WHEREAS, it is the desire of the Kent State University Board of Trustees to limit
         increases in room and board fees to the lowest amount required to meet operating
         and facility needs; and

         WHEREAS, in keeping with the long-term financial plan developed as a part of
         the facility renewal program, but in an effort to slow the rising costs for students,
         it is recommended that the standard double room be increased by 4% and board
         rates be increased by 3%, resulting in a blended increase in the standard room and
         board rate of 3.6%; now, therefore,

         BE IT RESOLVED, that the Kent State University Board of Trustees hereby
         approves the attached Schedule of Residence Hall Room and Board rates effective
         for Fall 2006.

         NEW INVESTMENT POLICY

The committee endorsed a new investment policy proposed by the University’s investment
advisor, Smith Barney. The firm has been working with the committee and the university
administration to increase investment earnings through changes in asset allocation and other
measures. Discussion included an explanation of the benefits of the new asset allocation and
how the policy changes are intended to provide guidelines for the investment managers to follow
in making their investment decisions without constraining their ability to construct a high
performing portfolio, he said. Approval of the new policy concludes many months of
incremental changes in the university’s investment strategy.

                                         Resolution 2006-22

                            APPROVAL OF NEW INVESTMENT POLICY

         WHEREAS, Section 3345.05 (C) of the Ohio Revised Code assigns the oversight
         for investments made by public universities to the board of trustees of each state-
         supported university; and
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         WHEREAS, Section 3345.05 (C) also requires that such investments be made in
         accordance with an investment policy adopted by the board of trustees consistent
         with all provisions contained in Section 3345.05; and

         WHEREAS, the University’s investment consultant, Smith Barney Consulting
         Group, has revised the University’s investment policy to better align it with the
         investment strategies currently in use; and

         WHEREAS, the revised policy is also more reflective of best practices in the
         industry and remains in compliance with all requirements of Section 3345.05 of
         the Ohio Revised Code; now, therefore,

         BE IT RESOLVED, that the Kent State University Board of Trustees adopts
         University Policy 3342-7-21 “University Policy Regarding Investments” as
         recommended.


RENOVATION OF ICE ARENA LOCKER ROOMS

The Committee also considered the resolution authorizing the Renovation of Ice Arena Locker
Rooms which is located behind tab 19. The project includes the construction of two additional
locker rooms and the replacement of aging bleachers that have been in use since the facility was
constructed in 1970. The cost of the project is estimated at $750,000.

                                       Resolution 2006-23

                            ICE ARENA LOCKER ROOM EXPANSION

         WHEREAS, local funds in the amount of $750,000 have been set aside for the Ice
         Arena Locker Room Expansion project; and

         WHEREAS, the project will address limitations in the capacity of the existing
         locker room and replace the fire alarm system and bleachers; and

         WHEREAS, the design, bidding, and construction of this project will follow all
         state laws and regulations; now, therefore,

         BE IT RESOLVED, that the Kent State University Board of Trustees hereby
         authorizes the Vice President for Administration to proceed with this project in
         accordance with University Policy 3342-7-23.


AMENDMENT OF UNCLASSIFIED SALARY STRUCTURES

AMENDMENT OF UNREPRESENTED CLASSIFIED PAY STRUCTURES
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The committee also recommends amendments to salary and pay structures for unclassified and
unrepresented classified employees. These routine changes to the salary and pay structures are
necessary to enable employees to move through the structure as a result of the annual salary and
wage increases for next year, he explained.

                                        Resolution 2006-24

                      AMENDMENT OF SALARY STRUCTURES
              FOR UNCLASSIFIED ADMINISTRATIVE AND PROFESSIONAL
             EXEMPT STAFF AND UNCLASSIFIED NONEXEMPT STAFF NOT
                      REPRESENTED IN A BARGAINING UNIT


         WHEREAS, Section 3345.31 of the Ohio Revised Code authorizes the Board of
         Trustees of Kent State University to establish compensation plans, including pay
         structures for all employees not represented in a bargaining unit, and to establish
         rules or policies for the administration of the compensation plans; and

         WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees authorized the establishment of an
         Administrative and Professional pay structure for unclassified exempt
         administrative and professional staff with continuing appointments, effective
         August 1, 1999; and

         WHEREAS, the pay structures associated with the plan are reviewed and
         amended periodically to reflect changes in economic and market conditions; and

         WHEREAS, the attached pay structures have been recommended by the Vice
         President for Human Resources and approved by the Executive Officers and the
         President; now therefore,

         BE IT RESOLVED, that the Kent State University Board of Trustees hereby
         approves the adjustment to the 12-Month Salary Structure for Unclassified
         Administrative and Professional Exempt Staff; to the Salary Structure for
         Unclassified Nonexempt Staff, and to the structure for Intercollegiate Athletics
         (Band A - Athletics Professional Support) and (Band B – Athletics Leadership) by
         2.0% effective September 1, 2006
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                                        Resolution 2006-25

                       AMENDMENT OF PAY STRUCTURE
            FOR UNREPRESENTED CLASSIFIED CIVIL SERVICE STAFF AND
                        UNCLASSIFIED HOURLY STAFF

         WHEREAS, Section 3345.31 of the Ohio Revised Code authorizes the Board of
         Trustees of Kent State University to establish compensation plans, including pay
         structures for all employees not represented in a bargaining unit, and to establish
         rules or policies for the administration of the compensation plans; and

         WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees authorized a compensation plan for classified
         civil service staff, who are not in a recognized bargaining unit, effective June 30,
         1991; and

         WHEREAS, the pay structure associated with the plan is reviewed and amended
         periodically to reflect changes in economic and market conditions; and

         WHEREAS, the attached pay structure has been recommended by the Vice
         President for Human Resources and approved by the Executive Officers and the
         President; and

         WHEREAS, Policy 3342-6-61 Administrative policy regarding the compensation
         plan for classified civil service staff who are not in a recognized bargaining unit
         requires that the Board of Trustees of Kent State University authorize this
         amendment to the pay structure for Unrepresented Classified Civil Service Staff,
         on behalf of the University; and

         WHEREAS, Policy 3342-6-67 Administrative policy regarding unclassified
         hourly employees requires unclassified hourly employees be paid in accordance
         with the same administrative policies as classified employees; now therefore,

         BE IT RESOLVED, that the Kent State University Board of Trustees hereby
         approves the attached Pay Structures for Unrepresented Classified Civil Services
         Staff and Unclassified Hourly Staff effective with the pay period inclusive of
         September 1, 2006, and the Classified Unrepresented Civil Service Pay Structure
         Addendum Market Adjusted Hiring Rates effective the same date.

Trustee Mullin noted that the committee received several regular information reports, the annual
Affirmative Action report, and an update on the ERP project.

Vice President Carolyn Pizzuto discussed progress toward the Affirmative Action Plan including
the hiring of minority faculty and women in leadership positions. While there are several
success stories to report, she also noted the continuing challenge of retaining minority faculty
and staff, which offsets the hiring progress made in many areas. Her report included a discussion
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of some of the actions that are being taken and recommendations for improvement, he said,
adding that the hiring and retention of a diverse workforce continues to be one of the
University’s highest priorities. The committee strongly encouraged Vice President Pizzuto in
her efforts and wants to continue to receive periodic updates on progress toward the
recommendations.

Vice President Ed Mahon reviewed progress to date in implementation of the ERP project and
gave another update on computer security. Both are very important initiatives that the Finance
and Administration Committee will continue to monitor, Trustee Mullin said.

ACTION: There were no objections to placing the Finance and Administration
management decision items on the consent agenda.

ACTION: Mr. Mullin moved, seconded by Ms. Harbrecht that the consent agenda be
approved. There were no objections. The motion passed.


REPORT ON THE PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH

Board Chair Doug Cowan publicly thanked Presidential Search Committee Chair Sandra
Harbrecht for the outstanding job she has done in leading this critical effort. Trustee Harbrecht
commented that the entire committee has been very committed and involved in the process,
along with the university’s search consultant, Jerry Baker. She also acknowledged President
Cartwright, whose outstanding leadership and national stature have contributed greatly to the
success of the talent search process. She reported that the search committee is in the process of
evaluating candidates and is still accepting applications. The search process is progressing on
schedule, with the expectation that Kent State’s 11th president will be selected prior to the start of
the next school year, she reported..


NEW BUSINESS

Chair Cowan noted that the first item of new business is to appoint a nominating
committee to recommend Board officers for 2006-07. He has asked Trustee Jenkins to
act as a chair, and Trustees Timken and Woods to serve on the committee.

         APPOINTMENT TO NEOUCOM BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Trustee Harbrecht recommended that R. Douglas Cowan be appointed to the to the
Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine Board of Trustees, replacing the late
James Schubert. His term will run through May 1, 2008.
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                                      Resolution 2006-26

            APPOINTMENT OF R. DOUGLAS COWAN AS TRUSTEE MEMBER
                  TO THE NORTHEASTERN OHIO UNIVERSITIES
                  COLLEGE OF MEDICINE BOARD OF TRUSTEES


         WHEREAS, the Kent State University Board of Trustees has the responsibility to
         appoint a member to the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
         Board of Trustees; and

         WHEREAS, the Board has a need to fill the unexpired term of James R. Schubert,
         who served superbly in this capacity from May 1999 until his death in December
         2005; and

         WHEREAS, Trustee R. Douglas Cowan has expressed a desire to assume this role
         through the balance of his term as a University Trustee; now therefore,

         BE IT RESOLVED, by the Kent State University Board of Trustees that R.
         Douglas Cowan be appointed as Kent State University Board of Trustees’
         member of the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine Board of
         Trustees effective immediately and ending May 1, 2008.

ACTION: Ms. Harbrecht moved, seconded by Mr. Tucker that the resolution of
reappointment to NEOUCOM be approved. There were no objections. The motion
passed.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Mr. Cowan announced that the Board had a need to meet in Executive Session for the purposes
of discussion of personnel and legal matters, in accordance with Chapter 121.22, Section G of
the Ohio Revised Code. By virtue of a unanimous roll call vote, the Board adjourned into
Executive Session at 2:15 p.m.

The Board reconvened into regular session at 3:20 p.m.

ADJOURNMENT

On motion duly made and approved, the meeting was adjourned at 3:20 p.m.

								
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