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KENT STATE UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING April 20, 2005 Columbus, OH Board Members Present KSU Executive Officers Present Andrew J. Banks Carol A. Cartwright, President R. Douglas Cowan, Chair Paul L. Gaston, Provost Lynne S. Dragomier, Vice Chair Patricia A. Book Sandra W. Harbrecht, Board Secretary David K. Creamer George L. Jenkins Harold D. Goldsmith Patrick S. Mullin Edward G. Mahon James R. Schubert Carolyn D. Pizzuto Brian D. Tucker Kathy L. Stafford Jacqueline F. Woods Jennifer L. Nobles Charlene K. Reed, Secretary Kimberly L. Thompson Other KSU Personnel Present David A. England Matthew M. Fajack The Board of Trustees of Kent State University convened in regular session in the Executive Boardroom at The Columbus, A Renaissance Hotel, in Columbus on Wednesday, April 20, 2005, the date duly established for said meeting. CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL Chairperson R. Douglas Cowan called the meeting to order at 8:00 a.m. 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. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA Hearing no changes, the agenda was approved by general consent. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF JANUARY 26, 2005, BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING Hearing no corrections or additions, the minutes were approved by general consent. REPORT OF THE CHAIRPERSON Mr. Cowan welcomed members to the meeting and thanked them for giving their time to make this trip. He stated that he is pleased to continue the tradition of hosting the Board’s spring Kent State University Board of Trustees Meeting April 20, 2005 Page 2 meeting in Columbus, every other year. This event is important in terms of emphasizing the critical partnership between boards and policy makers in providing educational opportunities for all Ohioans. Mr. Cowan commented that yesterday, the Kent State Board joined the trustees of Cleveland State University in hosting a legislative luncheon and a reception including legislators, Kent State alumni association members, and alumni of the Columbus Program. During lunch, the trustees, presidents and government relations staff from both institutions met with House Speaker Jon Husted and Senate President Bill Harris, and participated in a lively discussion about Ohio’s future. Attendance at the reception was very strong and a positive reflection of the deep commitment to and high regard for Kent State University. Mr. Cowan also thanked Lieutenant Governor Bruce Johnson, for making time to meet with the Board and executive officers in the midst of this hectic budget season. Mr. Cowan noted that the business agenda includes several items that reflect Kent State University’s pace-setting leadership in keeping a college education affordable and accessible. The Board will consider the creation of a unique “last dollar” loan program, designed to help good students with the greatest financial need stay in school. Through this program, Kent State is demonstrating its creativity and commitment to helping students meet their educational goals. Reflecting good attention to the cumulative effects of the University’s financial decisions on students and families, Vice President Creamer will recommend approval of a modest increase in room and board rates—with the overall increase almost half the rate included in long-range capital planning for the residence halls. This very conservative increase is possible due to the excellent fiscal management at Kent State University, and is necessary to help curb the impact of cost increases on families, he said. In keeping with the themes of accountability and productivity explored at the Board’s January meeting and retreat, the meeting agenda includes another example of how the University is continually re-examining itself to identify the best ways of doing business. The Board will be asked to approve a major academic reorganization of programs in education, health and human services that was developed with strong faculty support. The Board will also be asked to approve a new center that will increase the synergy and visibility of various programs in international business, which is especially important in today’s global economy, he said. Mr. Cowan stated that as a final note on today’s agenda, trustees are delighted to recognize Sandra Pianalto, president, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Congressman Ralph Regula, and his wife Mary, who founded the National First Ladies’ Library in Canton, Ohio. These three leaders from Northeast Ohio have achieved eminence in their chosen fields and have made invaluable contributions to the region, state, and nation. Mr. Cowan observed a remarkable milestone, one rarely experienced across the world of higher education, that occurred since the Board’s last meeting. March 16, 2005, marked the beginning of the 15th year of Carol Cartwright’s tenure as President of Kent State. He cited a recent editorial in the Record Courier, which praised Dr. Cartwright’s tenure as one that has been Kent State University Board of Trustees Meeting April 20, 2005 Page 3 incredible, not only in its duration, but in its accomplishment. Mr. Cowan thanked Dr. Cartwright for her leadership. Finally, Mr. Cowan encouraged trustees to participate in some of the many festivities that occur at this time of year. He urged each trustee to attend one or more of the University’s spring Commencement ceremonies on May 14 and 15. The Commencement speakers will be Sandra Pianalto, Congressman Ralph Regula, and Robert Woods, President of Telarc, Inc., a 12-time Grammy winning producer of classical music, and Kent State alumnus. Mr. Cowan also encouraged trustees to attend the events of the sixth annual Symposium on Democracy, which was launched in 2000 as an enduring part of annual observances of the events of May 4, 1970. This year’s theme is “Democracy and the Arts: Voices and Choices” and features an eclectic program of presentations, performances, and exhibits. The keynote speaker will be Jehmu Green, president of the Rock the Vote Foundation. In closing, Mr. Cowan recognized the student trustees and asked them to give brief comments about statewide collaborations of the student trustees, and to describe their learning from the trustee experience. Ms. Nobles commented that both she and Ms.Thompson attended a statewide student trustee conference at Bowling Green University on January 31, 2005. The conference centered around how students on campus viewed the roles of the student trustees. Among the many topics explored by participants was how student trustees might increase outreach to parents of university students. She noted that the 2006 conference will be held at The University of Akron. REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT Dr. Cartwright also expressed appreciation to trustees for making time in their schedules for these two days of meetings in which the University leadership can interact with policy makers about issues of mutual concern. She stated that a major component of higher education’s advocacy agenda this year is a far- reaching partnership with business, governmental, and education leaders designed to bolster Ohio’s economy. The plan, titled Ohio’s Return on Educational Investment plan or (ROEI), responds to the Governor’s Commission on Higher Education and the Economy (CHEE) challenge that the state’s population of college graduates must be increased significantly. The advocacy approach has three parts—tax and Medicaid reform, growing the talent pool, and creating and maintaining jobs and business opportunities. She explained the approach as compared to a three-legged stool: its focus on building Ohio’s future will not occur without all three legs in place. The University is encouraged that policy makers thus far have been receptive to the message and seem to grasp its gravity in terms of improving Ohio’s economic future. Kent State University Board of Trustees Meeting April 20, 2005 Page 4 The University appreciates the difficulty of the state’s task this year in developing a balanced budget, and noted efforts to at least maintain flat funding for higher education. Statewide, it appears the cost of attendance is impacting students’ college choices as well as their ability to stay in school. Over the long run, however, more funding will be necessary if the University is to reach the ambitious levels of participation in associate and baccalaureate programs envisioned by CHEE and ROEI, she said. Just like the State of Ohio, Kent State University is addressing difficult fiscal realities, she noted. On April 11, an internal planning conference was held for the academic and administrative leadership. She and Provost Gaston discussed some critical steps necessary for navigating in the current environment and Vice President Creamer provided an update on state policy and the budget. Much of the retreat focused upon student enrollment and retention, she said. Vice President Goldsmith presented highlights of the strategic enrollment plan, developed in consultation with the academic departments, which he will bring to the Student Affairs Committee in May. In addition to outlining the steps in a quality recruitment plan, Dr. Goldsmith challenged the leadership team assembled to think in new ways about how everyone can influence student retention. Vice President Book also shared highlights of a newly unveiled business plan for regional development at the planning conference. Dr. Cartwright noted several academic year-end events. The annual “Celebration of Scholarship” was held April 4 and focused on the theme of “The Joy of Discovery.” She congratulated Kathleen Browne, professor of art; Per Enflo, university professor of mathematics; and Marvin Troutt, professor in management and information systems, for receiving distinguished scholar awards this year. The University also reveled in the spectacular achievement of alumna Connie Schultz, who recently won the coveted Pulitzer Prize for commentary. Connie is the first Plain Dealer staff member to win journalism’s highest honor in more than 50 years. Dr. Cartwright cited several highlights for the arts at Kent State, including the highly competitive Fashion School Portfolio shows, showcasing the designs of selected senior students, and an engaging symposium entitled, “Acquiring Its Own History: A Symposium on Smithson’s Partially Buried Woodshed After 35 Years.” In January 1970 sculptor Robert Smithson created the Partially Buried Woodshed on the Kent Campus to demonstrate human arrangements of material objects as they face the challenges of natural systems and the mysteries of time. The week’s events included a residency by sculptor Steven Siegel, who worked with students and faculty to create a new outdoor sculpture, in the spirit of Smithson, for the Art Building. Dr. Cartwright thanked Chairperson Cowan for noting the sixth annual Democracy Symposium that will occur May 2 and 3. This is a very important and respected forum in which some of the most timely and vexing issues in our democratic society can be explored. Evidencing the high level of recognition the symposium is receiving, an excerpt from one of the annual monographs was reprinted and featured in an academic conference marking the opening of the Clinton presidential library last fall, she said. Kent State University Board of Trustees Meeting April 20, 2005 Page 5 On April 22, the University will celebrate the 40th anniversary of liquid crystal research at Kent State, a milestone that also is being observed by the Kent State University Press. On April 23, the University will hold the annual “Celebration of Diversity and Awards Program,” this time in a luncheon format to expand participation. A university-wide memorial service will be held on April 26 to acknowledge the lives and contributions of Kent State students, faculty and staff who died during the year. Throughout what has been an extraordinary number of tragic losses, faculty, staff and students have demonstrated compassion and sensitivity to those directly affected through acts of kindness and support, demonstrating the culture of caring that is so characteristic of Kent State University, she commented. 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. He made note of one transition: the return of American Council of Education Fellow Awilda Hamilton, who has spent her fellowship year at The University of Central Florida. Dr. Hamilton will be returning to the College and Graduate School of Education in the fall. 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. ACADEMIC ITEMS APPROVAL OF PLUS/MINUS GRADING Dr. Gaston presented the first item of business—the proposed revision of the University’s grading system policies and procedures to include plus/minus grading. He noted that this change was first proposed in 2002 and approved by the Senate’s Educational Policies Committee in 2003. The proposal now is ready for Board approval given that all of the ancillary institutional and unit policies have been reviewed and revised accordingly. He presented two recommendations to university policy that are needed at this time: revision to the grading system policies and procedures and approval of revisions to the Freshman Rule for Recalculation of Grade Point Average. Kent State University Board of Trustees Meeting April 20, 2005 Page 6 Resolution 2005-7 REVISION TO THE UNIVERSITY’S GRADING SYSTEM POLICIES AND PROCEDURES WHEREAS, the current University grading system does not provide for plus (+) and minus (-) grades; and WHEREAS, a petition was presented to the Faculty Senate, signed by the requisite “one hundred faculty members,” in accord with Faculty Senate procedures, in March 2002, requesting Faculty Senate to consider changes to the current University grading system to one that provides for plus and minus grading; and WHEREAS, the Faculty Senate forwarded the petition to the Provost Office for review by the Educational Policies Council (EPC) in May 2002; and WHEREAS, the EPC established a sub-committee in September 2002 to study the proposal and forward recommendations to the Council for its review by the end of the 2002-2003 academic year; and WHEREAS, the sub-committee’s recommendation in April 2003 was to amend the current grading system to provide plus and minus grades; and WHEREAS, the subcommittee’s recommendation was reviewed and discussed at the August 2003 Educational Policies Council meeting and the EPC approved the recommendation to provide for plus and minus grades; and WHEREAS, the Faculty Senate reviewed the proposal as transmitted from the EPC, the Faculty Senate amended and approved plus and minus grading with the following grades and quality points: A = 4 C+ = 2.3 A- = 3.7 C = 2 B+ = 3.3 C- = 1.7 B = 3 D+ = 1.3 B- = 2.7 D = 1 F = 0 WHEREAS, the proposed changes to the University’s grading system policies and procedures has been approved by the EPC, and the Faculty Senate, and also has the endorsement of the Provost and the President; and, Kent State University Board of Trustees Meeting April 20, 2005 Page 7 WHEREAS, it was deemed impractical to present the revisions for Board approval prior to the development of ancillary implementation policies; now, therefore, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Kent State University Board of Trustees hereby approves the revision to grading system policies and procedures. Resolution 2005-8 REVISION OF THE FRESHMAN RULE FOR RECALCULATION OF GRADE POINT AVERAGE WHEREAS, the Freshman Rule for the Recalculation of Grade Point Average is being revised in order to include the new grades of Not Attending-Fail (NF) and Stopped Attending-Fail (SF) and to include the grades of C- and D+ under the Plus/Minus grading system; and WHEREAS, eligibility for recalculation will be based on attempted hours rather than completed hours; and WHEREAS, the rule will also be renamed the Rule for Recalculation of First Year Grade Point Average; and WHEREAS, the revision to the Freshman Rule for Recalculation of Grade Point Average at Kent State University has been reviewed and approved through the appropriate governance bodies, including the Associate and Assistant Deans Committee, the Educational Policies Council, and the Faculty Senate, and has the approval of the Provost and the President; now, therefore, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Kent State University Board of Trustees hereby approves the revision of the Freshman Rule for Recalculation of Grade Point Average, effective beginning of Fall Semester 2005. APPROVAL OF ESTABLISHMENT OF THE GLOBAL MANAGEMENT CENTER Dr. Gaston presented the next item of business—the proposed creation of a Global Management Center within the university’s College of Business and Graduate School of Management, effective fall semester 2005. This new center will build on established Kent State strengths in international business and global management, he said, enhancing the capacity of the College of Business Administration to prepare students to understand and meet the challenges of careers in global business. For example, the center will provide innovative, international learning experiences for business students and promote research and teaching across academic departments, he said. Kent State University Board of Trustees Meeting April 20, 2005 Page 8 Trustees noted that the center will be able to coordinate the research and teaching of complex, multidisciplinary global-management issues and global-business problem-solving with much greater efficiency than is possible through the traditional, segmented departmental structure of a business school. The proposal for the center was reviewed and approved by the appropriate College of Business governance bodies as well as the university’s Educational Policies Council and Faculty Senate. It comes before the Board with the endorsement of the president and provost. Resolution 2005-9 ESTABLISHMENT OF THE GLOBAL MANAGEMENT CENTER WHEREAS, global markets, customers, suppliers, and competitors are a fact of everyday business life no matter how large or small the enterprise; and WHEREAS, the systematic study of the global complexity, and the preparedness of management graduates to realize the opportunities and meet the challenges of globalization, are crucial to the mission of the College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Management; and WHEREAS, the traditional departmental structure of a business school does not sufficiently encourage or effectively coordinate the research and teaching of global management issues and problem-solving; and WHEREAS, establishing a Global Management Center will help the College of Business and Graduate School of Management prepare students to perform successfully in a globally competitive working environment; increase awareness and understanding of the new challenges, opportunities and concerns in global business through the coordination and encouragement of multidisciplinary scholarly research and teaching; and provide innovative learning experiences for students of business at KSU; WHEREAS, this Center is part of the College’s ongoing commitment to the KSU Strategic Plan initiative to engage with the world beyond our campuses; and WHEREAS, establishment of the Global Management Center at Kent State University has been reviewed and approved through the appropriate governance bodies in the College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Management, the Educational Policies Council, and the Faculty Senate, and has the approval of the Provost and the President; now, therefore, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Kent State University Board of Trustees hereby approves the establishment of the Global Management Center in the College of Kent State University Board of Trustees Meeting April 20, 2005 Page 9 Business Administration and Graduate School of Management, effective beginning of Fall Semester 2005. APPROVAL OF REALIGNMENT OF SEVERAL PROGRAMS IN THE COLLEGE OF FINE AND PROFESSIONAL ARTS WITH THE COLLEGE AND GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION Provost Gaston presented a proposed realignment of several programs within the College and Graduate School of Education and the College of Fine and Professional Arts. From nationally respected teacher-education programs to cutting-edge research about the use of technology to help children with disabilities to membership in a unique consortium that produces critically needed public-health professionals, Kent State is home to a wide range of programs and initiatives devoted to education, health sciences, human services and human development. To maximize the human, physical and knowledge resources of these and other related programs, the Board is being asked to approve the creation of a new College and Graduate School of Education, Health and Human Services, effective July 1, 2005, he said. Under the proposal, the College and Graduate School of Education will be joined by three schools in the College of Fine and Professional Arts (Family and Consumer Studies; Exercise, Leisure and Sport; and Speech Pathology and Audiology); and two independent programs (the master of public health degree program and the bachelor of science in integrated health studies and public health major). These units provide programs and services in areas including family studies, literacy, gerontology, hospitality, nutrition and dietetics, exercise and leisure studies, counseling, special education, speech pathology and audiology, rehabilitation counseling and athletic training. In recognition of this expanded focus, the college’s name will be changed to the College and Graduate School of Education, Health and Human Services. The administrative reorganization will provide a comprehensive, integrated academic unit that will "advance research and evidence-based best practices in education, health sciences, human services and human development across the lifespan," the Board said in its resolution. "This alignment will enable opportunities for a more coordinated focus on health and well-being; a broadened capacity to serve diverse populations; and a more holistic approach to education and enhancing the lives and dignity of individuals." Trustees also noted that the new college reflects the stakeholder-based focus of Kent State’s new strategic plan, which directs all university units to encourage innovation in learning, focus on service, engage with the world beyond the campus and to nurture relationships that foster success. The restructuring and creation of the new college was previously approved by the appropriate college governance bodies, the university’s Educational Policies Council and the Faculty Senate, and is endorsed by the president and the provost. Kent State University Board of Trustees Meeting April 20, 2005 Page 10 Resolution 2005-10 APPROVAL OF REALIGNMENT OF SEVERAL PROGRAMS IN THE COLLEGE OF FINE AND PROFESSIONAL ARTS WITH THE COLLEGE AND GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION WHEREAS, faculty in three schools in the College of Fine and Professional Arts [Family and Consumer Studies; Exercise, Leisure and Sport; Speech Pathology and Audiology] and two independent programs, the Bachelor of Science in Integrated Health Studies (IHS) and the Public Health major (PH) in the Master of Public Health degree program, and the three departments of the College and Graduate School of Education [Adult, Counseling, Health and Vocational Education; Education Foundations and Special Services; and Teaching, Leadership, and Curriculum Studies] seek the creation of a new College and Graduate School of Education, Health and Human Services (EHS); and WHEREAS, the mission statement would guide a comprehensive and integrated college would advance research and evidence-based best practices in education, health sciences, human services, and human development across the lifespan; and WHEREAS, this alignment will enable opportunities for a more coordinated focus on health and well-being; a broadened capacity to serve diverse populations; and a more holistic approach to education and enhancing the lives and dignity of individuals; and WHEREAS, a strong College and Graduate School of Education, Health and Human Services would provide the University with an increased ability to fulfill its strategic goals of encouraging innovation in learning, focusing on those we serve, engaging with the world beyond the campus, and building and sustaining relationships that foster success; and WHEREAS, the driving motives for this realignment are academic in that the objective is to better serve the University through an improved and more rational alignment, integration, and advancement of academic programs; and WHEREAS, the move has been reviewed and approved through the appropriate governance bodies in the College of Fine and Professional Arts and the College and Graduate School of Education, the Educational Policies Council, and the Faculty Senate, and has the approval of the Provost and the President; now, therefore, Kent State University Board of Trustees Meeting April 20, 2005 Page 11 BE IT RESOLVED, that the Kent State University Board of Trustees hereby approves the realignment of the College and Graduate School of Education and three schools in the College of Fine and Professional Arts by administratively creating a College and Graduate School of Education, Health and Human Services, effective July 1, 2005. ACTION: There were no objections to placing the Academic Action Items on the consent agenda. FINANCE ITEMS INCREASE IN ROOM AND BOARD RATES Vice President Creamer reported that the Board is being asked to approve an overall 3.6 percent increase in the standard double-room and board rates to allow the university to keep pace with changing student needs and to continue its Residence Hall Renewal Plan for the Kent Campus. The plan was set in motion in 2000 to build six new residence halls and rebuild, renovate and update all other residence facilities. The increases are effective fall semester 2005. Trustees noted that the increases will allow the university to continue operating its residence and dining programs on a self-sufficient basis while keeping room and board affordable for students and their families. The increases are expected to leave Kent State’s room and board rate the second lowest among the state’s residential campuses. Under the new rates, a standard double-occupancy room and a full meal plan will be $3,320 a semester, an increase of $115 from the current rate of $3,205. Specifically, a typical double room will increase $75 a semester, from $1,945 to $2,020, and the basic board plan will increase $40 per semester, from $1,260 to $1,300. Similar increases were instituted for other residential options, which include single and quad rooms, and on-campus apartments, and three other board plans. Resolution 2005-11 INCREASE IN ROOM AND BOARD WHEREAS, it is the intent of the University to operate its Residence and Dining programs on a self-sufficient basis while keeping the prices for these services at an affordable level; and WHEREAS, it is the desire of the Kent State University Board of Trustees to limit increases in Room and Board to the lowest amount required to meet operating and facility needs; and Kent State University Board of Trustees Meeting April 20, 2005 Page 12 WHEREAS, in keeping with the long-term financial plan developed in conjunction with 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 combined 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 for 2005-2006, with the Allerton Apartment rates to be effective September 1, 2005, and all other rates to be effective Fall Semester 2005. INCREASE IN PRICE OF STUDENT PARKING PERMITS AND PARKING FINES Vice President Creamer presented the next item of business—proposed increases in the Kent Campus parking rates for students and fines for campus parking violations. The changes are effective July 1, 2005 (the start of fiscal year 2006) and continue through fiscal year 2007 (ending June 30, 2007). The changes were reviewed and endorsed by the university’s Parking Services Advisory Committee, which took into account the fact that the Parking Services unit, which is responsible for providing, managing and maintaining parking on the Kent Campus, is funded solely through parking fees and fines. The amount of revenue generated by fees and fines has not been sufficient for making needed repairs to aging lots or adding new spaces to meet the demands associated with Kent State’s steady enrollment growth, especially given rising asphalt prices and record costs for snow and ice removal in recent years. Dr. Creamer stated that the student parking rate increases vary according to which of several on- and off-campus parking options is chosen. For example, students who now pay $120 per academic year (or $65 per semester) to park in lots closest to academic buildings will pay $140 per year (or $75 per semester) during the 2005 academic year and $150 per year (or $80 per semester) during academic year 2006. Changes in parking fines include an increase from $10 to $15 per ticket for up to two parking violations; an increase from $50 to $100 for unauthorized parking in a handicap parking spot; and an increase from $50 to $100 for displaying an altered or counterfeit permit. Resolution 2005-12 INCREASE IN THE PRICE OF STUDENT PARKING PERMITS AND PARKING FINES WHEREAS, Parking Services on the Kent Campus is operated as an auxiliary enterprise responsible for funding the full cost of all campus parking through fees and fines assessed to students, employees, and visitors; and Kent State University Board of Trustees Meeting April 20, 2005 Page 13 WHEREAS, costs and repairs have increased significantly in the last year due to severe weather conditions and the higher cost of materials and services like asphalt; and WHEREAS, the proposed increase in permits and fines have been discussed with and endorsed by the Parking Services advisory committee; now, therefore, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Kent State University Board of Trustees adopts the new student permit and parking fines as presented in the accompanying schedules. KENT STATE UNIVERSITY OPPORTUNITY LOAN Vice President Creamer reported that as a result of declining state support for higher education, rising tuition and slow growth in state and federal student financial aid, the Board is being asked to approve the creation of a university-operated loan program to help students remain in school who might otherwise leave the university for financial reasons. If approved, the Kent Opportunity Loan Program will be available to help eligible students starting fall semester 2005. Trustees noted that the new program is unique in Ohio and nationwide, since historically universities have not provided loan support from their own assets, with the exception of small, short-term emergency loans. The new program was launched with an initial $3.5 million pool for making low-interest loans of up to 20 percent of the current year’s tuition to students who have demonstrated the ability to be successful academically but have been unable to secure enough loan funding from other available grant and loan sources to meet the cost of tuition, room and board. Specifically, students must have earned at least 24 credit hours and must have a minimum cumulative grade- point average of 2.5 to be eligible for a Kent Opportunity Loan. Trustees noted that the history of other student-loan programs shows that students who remain in school and graduate are good risks for repaying their loans. Students who receive the loans will be required to repay the loans over a 10-year period beginning six months after graduating or six months after not enrolling for at least six credit hours at the university. Interest will accrue on the loans at a rate of Libor (the London Interbank Offered Rate, used as a base index for setting the rates of some mortgages and other adjustable- rate financial instruments) plus 3 percent. Kent State, which will serve as the guarantor for the outstanding loans, chose Key Bank as the lender for the program after a proposal solicitation and review process. The university will establish a fund with Key Bank totaling 20 percent of the outstanding principal. ACTION: Mr. Cowan recommended removing the KSU Opportunity Loan from the consent agenda and voting on it separately. Kent State University Board of Trustees Meeting April 20, 2005 Page 14 GOLF TRAINING FACILITY Vice President Creamer presented the recommendation that the Board approve the construction of a golf training facility and driving range at the Kent State University Golf Course, which is located near the Kent Campus on State Route 59. Trustees noted that no state funds or tuition dollars are being used for the project, which has been made possible through private gifts and athletics department funds totaling $1.4 million. The project, which is scheduled for completion by the start of fall semester 2006, will begin this summer with construction of a driving range with covered tee-off areas. This first phase of the project will be followed by construction of a one-story training facility that houses indoor putting greens, a team room, meeting and office areas, and locker rooms. Kent State’s men’s golf team, which produced 2003 British Open Champion Ben Curtis, has won the Mid-American Conference (MAC) championship 14 times, including 11 times in the last 13 years. The women’s golf team has won five MAC championship titles since becoming a varsity program in 1998. Resolution 2005-14 GOLF TRAINING FACILITY AND DRIVING RANGE WHEREAS, gift-giving and local funds in the amount of $1,400,000 have been pledged and will be used for the construction of the Golf Training Facility and Driving Range at the Kent State University Golf Course; and WHEREAS, this project will create a new one-story training facility which will include indoor putting greens, team room, meeting and office areas, and locker rooms; and WHEREAS, the design, bidding, and construction of the 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. PRENTICE, VERDER AND DUNBAR HALLS SHOWER ROOM RENOVATIONS Vice President Creamer introduced the proposed shower room renovations for Prentice, Verder, and Dunbar halls. The projects are intended to address maintenance and repair issues for bathrooms that are nearly 50 years old. He further explained that the design would also provide Kent State University Board of Trustees Meeting April 20, 2005 Page 15 improved privacy and better respond to the needs of today’s students. The projects are to be completed this summer. Resolution 2005-15 PRENTICE, VERDER AND DUNBAR HALLS SHOWER ROOM RENOVATIONS WHEREAS, preserving a quality residential environment is a priority for Kent State University; and WHEREAS, major repairs will continue to be necessary for many of the aging residential facilities; and WHEREAS, local residence hall funds in the amount of $940,000 will be used for the partial renovation of the community shower rooms in Prentice, Verder and Dunbar Halls with these improvements helping to extend the life of these buildings; 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. STARK CAMPUS PARKING LOT Vice President Creamer discussed the proposed expansion and improvements to a Stark Campus parking lot. The proposed project will involve the paving and an addition to an existing lot improving the parking available on the campus. The project is to be completed this summer and be available for the fall semester. Resolution 2005-16 STARK CAMPUS STUDENT PARKING LOT WHEREAS, capital funds (H.B. 16) in the amount of $162,076 and local funds in the amount of $122,924, for a total project cost of $285,000, will be used for the Stark Campus Student Parking Lot project; and WHEREAS, this project will enhance and expand the existing gravel parking lot located adjacent to Loop Road, southeast of Main Hall; and Kent State University Board of Trustees Meeting April 20, 2005 Page 16 WHEREAS, the design, bidding, and construction of the 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. STADIUM SPORTS COMPLEX, TURF REPLACEMENT AND NEW FIELD HOCKEY FACILITY Vice President Creamer stated that the Board is being asked to approve improvements to athletics facilities at the university’s Stadium Sports Complex on the Kent Campus. The project will feature the construction of a field hockey field on a site north of Dix Stadium and east of the Field House, and the replacement of the artificial turf at the football stadium. Trustees noted that the project has been made possible through private gifts and athletics department funds totaling $1.65 million. The Golden Flash field hockey team, which has won five regular-season Mid-American Conference (MAC) championships, seven MAC titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament each of the last five seasons, currently uses the Dix Stadium field for practice and competition, although the field is not designed or desirable for playing field hockey. Further, the artificial turf in Dix Stadium is approaching the end of its useful life and will be replaced with a new turf system that meets MAC standards for football. Available funds for the new field will allow natural turf practice fields to be improved with sub- drainage through field irrigations, installation of artificial turf, some fencing, a scoreboard and spectator pathways and seating areas. As additional private donations are received, the field hockey field will be encircled with a fence for security and the front of the facility will be enhanced to serve as a “feature” gateway. Long- term plans include permanent stands for 500 spectators, a press box and field lighting for night play. Resolution 2005-17 STADIUM SPORTS COMPLEX TURF REPLACEMENT AND NEW FIELD HOCKEY FACILITY WHEREAS, Kent State University Foundation pledges and local funds provided by Intercollegiate Athletics totaling $1,650,000 have been assembled for the Kent State University Board of Trustees Meeting April 20, 2005 Page 17 purpose of funding improvements to athletic facilities at the University’s Stadium Sports Complex; and WHEREAS, the proposed projects include the construction of a new field hockey field on a site north of Dix Stadium and the replacement of the artificial turf at the football stadium; and WHEREAS, the design, bidding, and construction of these projects 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. ACTION: There were no objections to placing the remaining Finance Action Items on the consent agenda. KSU OPPORTUNITY LOAN Mr. Cowan returned to consideration of the Kent State University Opportunity Loan, the single item that had been removed from the consent agenda. There was extensive discussion regarding whether the annual maximum amount that a student could borrow under the program should be set at a flat rate, as initially proposed, or as a percentage of tuition costs. It was agreed that the percentage rate, subsequently calculated at up to 20 percent of the current year’s tuition, would be the best approach given variations in tuition rates for Ohio and out-of-state students and changes in these rates over time that would require adjustments in a flat amount. Resolution 2005-13 KENT STATE UNIVERSITY OPPORTUNITY LOANS WHEREAS, the combined effect of declining state support, rising tuition and slow growth in federal and state student financial aid is creating difficult financial challenges for many students and their families; and WHEREAS, some academically successful students are unable to even secure the amount of student loans required for them to remain in school given their credit situation; and WHEREAS, such students if they remain in school are much more likely to repay any previous debt as well as the additional debt not currently available to them; and Kent State University Board of Trustees Meeting April 20, 2005 Page 18 WHEREAS, historically Kent State University and other universities have not provided any loan support from their own assets except for short-term emergency loans; and WHEREAS, student retention is being negatively affected by the absence of these “last dollar loans” especially for students with significant financial need; now, therefore, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Kent State University Board of Trustees approves the loan guarantee proposal referred to as the “Kent Opportunity Loan” as recommended to be available Fall Semester 2005 except that the maximum loan amount available each semester shall be 20% of the total tuition and surcharge assessed the student. ACTION: Mr. Mullin moved, seconded by Mr. Tucker, that the Kent State University Opportunity Loan be approved as amended. There were no objections. The motion passed. ACTION: Mr. Mullin moved, seconded by Mr. Tucker, that the consent agenda be approved. There were no objections. The motion passed. INFORMATION ITEMS REVISION OF LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES MAJOR WITHIN THE BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE PROGRAM Dr. Gaston presented the first information item—revisions in the Latin American Studies Major. He noted that this program is a popular choice as a second major and the changes will make it easier for students to work this coursework into their program. REPORT FROM REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT DIVISION Vice President Book provided a quarterly update on the efforts of the new Division of Regional Development, which has been working in close and energetic partnership with Academic Affairs and others in the University, in five broad areas: the scholarship of engagement, business plan development, continuing to build the regional development team, focusing on corporate and community services, and building new strategic external partnerships. Dr. Book reported that the University held an all-faculty conference on March 4 sponsored by the Provost, Regional Development, and the Faculty Senate to undertake the process of considering how the academic culture would need to change its thinking about how faculty work is valued if Kent State truly is to enhance its engagement with the needs of Northeast Ohio. In Kent State University Board of Trustees Meeting April 20, 2005 Page 19 addition, the Faculty Senate Professional Standards Committee is considering revisions to institutional policies regarding tenure, reappointment and promotion to recognize the scholarship of engagement. In May, Dean David England of the College and Graduate School of Education and Dean Marlene Dorsey of the College of Continuing Studies will represent Kent State at an invitational conference on the engaged institution at Michigan State University. Dr. Book reported that a draft business plan for regional development has been presented to the executive officers. The plan—which was based on broad input including a deans’ retreat and subsequent follow-up, extensive market research and consultation within the region—remains under construction as new program ideas and market assessments emerge. She reported that a new, expanded set of revenue-sharing methodologies have been developed and widely discussed and disseminated among colleges and campuses. She described results of an extensive market opportunity analysis for Northeast Ohio, which boasts more than 4 million people, a 1.8-million member workforce, and an economy ranking 12th in size in the nation. Given the region’s occupational profile and Kent State capabilities, the most promising program opportunities lie in four major sectors: business, health, education and technology, she noted. Of particular promise is further development of online education, which serves a growing portion of the adult student market. Several realignments have occurred with in the division to increase effectiveness and efficiency including integration of sales and marketing strategies and customer databases and enhancing the unit’s internal market research capacity. She noted the recent appointment of K. Marie David as Director of Outreach Marketing, who came to Kent State from National City Bank in Cleveland where she served as Vice President for Marketing serving small business clients in a seven- state region. Amy Lane of the Stark Campus has assumed additional system-wide responsibilies and vacant Workforce Development and Continuing Director positions at Ashtabula and Geauga campuses were filled, providing a fully staffed outreach effort at each campus. She cited several other internal actions including the hiring of KSU alumna Wanda Thomas as the new dean for the Kent State Trumbull Campus. The search for dean of the Stark Campus is now in its final stages. Dr. Book cited many collaborative efforts, a few of which are cited here. Kent State will be working as part of a broad-based regional coalition on the “Voices and Choices” project, a $3- million effort funded by the Fund for Our Economic Future. Kent State’s contributions will include: defining subregions and hosting subregional dialogues, developing the media strategy and online dialogue with WKSU, and consulting on regional economic development content. Kent State recently finalized a memorandum of understanding with JumpStart, Inc., which will build, support and educate the networks needed to promote an entrepreneurial economy. This unique strategic partnership gives JumpStart access to Kent State networks and resources region wide. The division, among other initiatives, has been working with BioEnterprise to assess the workforce training needs of the region’s 360 bioscience companies and has stepped up marketing of the University’s NEOBeam electron beam facility and services and certificate and degree programs through PolymerOhio. Kent State University Board of Trustees Meeting April 20, 2005 Page 20 AUDIT COMMITTEE CHARTER AND RISK REVIEW Vice President Creamer reported that a high-level risk review has been commissioned since the Board’s last meeting. The contract was awarded to Aon Corporation and the review should be completed later this spring. A presentation to the Audit Committee is expected to occur at the first meeting of the next academic year. Dr. Creamer also informed trustees that PricewaterhouseCoopers would meet with the Finance and Administration Committee at the May meeting to review this year’s audit plan. Work continues on charters for all board committees, he noted, adding his recommendation that the initial membership of the Audit Committee for 2005-06 be the same as the Finance and Administration Committee. REPORT ON INVESTMENT PERFORMANCE Dr. Creamer informed the Board that the third quarter report on investment performance was not yet available and would be provided at the next meeting. He also reported that, following the investment policy changes approved in January, the administration is conducting a national search for an investment consultant. A recommendation regarding this important service would be presented at the May meeting, he noted. REPORT OF EXPENDITURES Dr. Creamer explained that the expenditure report provided for the meeting was routine. The University is operating within the approved budget and there are no issues to report. REPORT OF CAPITAL PROJECTS Dr. Creamer explained that many capital projects had been completed and others were still in the early stages of design or construction. He noted that Kent Hall and improvements to Schoonover Stadium were nearing completion, with Kent Hall now being occupied and spring games occurring at Schoonover Field. Dr. Cartwright reminded the Board of Trustees that the renovation of Franklin Hall, the new home of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is scheduled to begin later this summer. NEW BUSINESS REAPPOINTMENT TO NEOUCOM BOARD Kent State University Board of Trustees Meeting April 20, 2005 Page 21 Mr. Cowan presented the recommendation that Trustee Schubert be reappointed to serve as the Board of Trustees’ representative on the Board of Trustees of the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM), a consortium of Kent State, the University of Akron and Youngstown State University. Mr. Schubert, who will complete a six-year term on the NEOUCOM board on May 1, 2005, has agreed to continue to serve in this capacity through the balance of his term as a Kent State trustee. Mr. Cowan commended Mr. Schubert for making many valuable contributions as the Board’s representative to the medical school including his service on the search committee that recruited President Lois Nora and major initiatives such as diversification of the student body, academic program review, and increased program collaboration with the partner institutions. Mr. Schubert reported that he has thoroughly enjoyed this assignment. He cited several accomplishments of which he is particularly proud including a trustee-funded scholarship fund for increasing diversity and efforts to increase both the qualifications of entering students and the total student enrollment. It was suggested that a visit to NEOUCOM be scheduled at some future date for University trustees, in order to give all trustees the opportunity to tour the campus. Resolution 2005-18 RE-APPOINTMENT OF JAMES R. SCHUBERT 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, James R. Schubert was appointed to this position on May 6, 1999 for a six-year term ending May 1, 2005; WHEREAS, Mr. Schubert has made valuable contributions in this role and has expressed a desire to continue to serve in this capacity through the balance of his term as a University Trustee; now therefore, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Kent State University Board of Trustees that James R. Schubert be re-appointed as Kent State University Board of Trustees’ member of the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine Board of Trustees beginning May 2, 2005 and ending May 1, 2007. ACTION: Mr. Tucker moved, seconded by Mrs. Woods, that Mr. Schubert be reappointed to the NEOUCOM Board of Trustees. There were no objections. The motion passed. APPOINTMENT TO NETO BOARD Kent State University Board of Trustees Meeting April 20, 2005 Page 22 President Cartwright recommended that two Northeast Ohio leaders—Kevin Keough and Chad Smith—be appointed as additional community representatives to the board of the Northeastern Education Television of Ohio, Inc. (NETO). This collaborative efforts joins Kent State, University of Akron and Youngstown State universities. In order to increase community input in the leadership and development of this public television consortium, the board recommended that each of the three partner institutions appoint two additional non-institutional representatives. The board currently is composed of the three university presidents, three university staff members, and one community member from each institution. Resolution 2005-19 APPOINTMENTS OF KEVIN KEOGH AND CHAD SMITH AS KENT STATE UNIVERSITY NON-INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERS TO NORTHEASTERN EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION OF OHIO, INC. (NETO) BOARD OF DIRECTORS WHEREAS, the Board of Directors of Northeastern Educational Television of Ohio, Inc. (NETO) has elected to expand community participation in governance; and WHEREAS, to fulfill this objective the Board has asked each of three constituent universities—Kent State University, University of Akron, and Youngstown State University—to appoint two additional non-institutional members; and WHEREAS, the Board has identified two individuals with distinguished records of community service and civic engagement who are willing to represent Kent State in this important regional collaboration; and WHEREAS, Kevin Keogh is senior vice president of FirstEnergy Corp. and is active in many civic organizations through the Northeast Ohio region; and WHEREAS, Chad Smith is president of Signa StorTech Systems, Inc., and whose community leadership roles including his newly elected position as president of the board of Leadership Stark County; and WHEREAS, Mr. Keogh and Mr. Smith are willing to serve as the Kent State University non-institutional members on the NETO Board of Directors; now, therefore, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of Trustees of Kent State University that Kevin Keogh and Chad Smith be appointed non-institutional members of the Northeastern Educational Television of Ohio, Inc. Board of Directors. Kent State University Board of Trustees Meeting April 20, 2005 Page 23 ACTION: Mrs. Woods moved, seconded by Mr. Schubert, that Kevin Keough and Chad Smith be appointed to the NETO Board of Directors. There were no objections. The motion passed. HONORARY DEGREES Mr. Mullin read the resolution for Sandra Pianalto, president of Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Resolution 2005-20 CONFERRAL OF HONORARY DEGREE UPON SANDRA PIANALTO WHEREAS, Sandra Pianalto is an exceptional leader, scholar and public servant who plays a continuing and critical role in determining the course of our nation’s economy; and WHEREAS, her distinguished career in finance began in the nation’s capital, where she served on the staffs of the Budget Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors; and WHEREAS, Ms. Pianalto joined the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, one of the 12 regional banks that comprise America’s central banking system, in 1983 as an economist and advanced steadily through its ranks as assistant vice president of public affairs, vice president and secretary to the board of directors and first vice president and chief operating officer; and WHEREAS, she was named president and chief executive officer in 2003, a critical leadership position through which she impacts monetary policy for the region in particular and the United States in general; and WHEREAS, she now is one of the most influential people in the nation affecting monetary policy through her recent selection to the Federal Reserve Bank’s primary monetary policy-making body, the Federal Open Market Committee, which reviews the nation’s economic and financial conditions, determines the appropriate stance of monetary policy, and assesses risks to the Federal Reserve’s long-term goals of price stability and sustainable economic growth; and WHEREAS, in addition to her leadership role on the national scene Ms. Pianalto has maintained a major and active presence in the Northeast Ohio community, serving on the boards of the United Way Services of Cleveland, the Greater Cleveland Roundtable, the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education, Leadership Cleveland, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Greater Kent State University Board of Trustees Meeting April 20, 2005 Page 24 Cleveland Growth Association, Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Foundation, the Fifty Club, and other memberships, affiliations, and recognitions too numerous to cite here; now, therefore, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of Trustees of Kent State University, upon the recommendation of the Citation and Recognition Committee, with the full concurrence of the President, that the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, be conferred upon Sandra Pianalto for her superb leadership in fiscal policy making and in civic and educational concerns throughout Northeast Ohio. ACTION: Mr.Tucker moved, seconded by Mr. Mullin that the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters be conferred upon Sandra Pianalto. There were no objections. The motion passed. Mrs. Dragomier read the resolutions for Ralph and Mary Regula. She commented that Congressman Regula is being recognized for his “distinguished contributions to the citizens of Ohio and the United States” during a career in public service that spans more than four decades and features a remarkable 16 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Ohio’s 16th District. In the current 109th Congress, he continues as chairman of the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education subcommittee and as vice chairman of the full committee. Mrs. Dragomier also noted Ralph Regula's commitment to improving education and his effective advocacy for Kent State University, which includes his successful efforts to secure funding for the establishment of the Institute for Library Information Literacy Education, which helps K-12 teachers and their students learn better ways to use library resources and information technology. Mrs. Dragomier noted Mrs. Regula’s distinguished service to her community and the nation through her dedication to education, involvement in numerous volunteer activities and her inspirational and historical programs. A member of the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame, Mary Regula is best known as the founder of the National First Ladies’ Library. Resolution 2005-21 CONFERRAL OF HONORARY DEGREE UPON RALPH S. REGULA WHEREAS, Ralph S. Regula has had a remarkable legislative career spanning more than four decades and touching virtually every aspect of life in Northeast Ohio; and WHEREAS, his ground-breaking leadership in the Ohio General Assembly from 1965 to 1972 included legislation creating the Northeast Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM) and the Ohio Environmental Protection Kent State University Board of Trustees Meeting April 20, 2005 Page 25 Agency and setting aside public land that would under his leadership in Washington become the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the Ohio and Erie Canal Heritage Corridor; and WHEREAS, Mr. Regula has served Ohio’s 16th Congressional District with distinction since 1973, serving as a member since 1974 and now Vice Chairman of the influential House Appropriations Committee, which determines funding levels for all federal programs, and leading the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee from 1995 to 2001, in which he advanced the cause of national parks and research efforts in clean coal technology; and WHEREAS, Mr. Regula has been recognized by national organizations far too numerous to cite here for eminence in public service, particularly as an advocate for education, libraries, literacy and historical preservation in partnership with his wife Mary; and WHEREAS, Mr. Regula has made far-reaching contributions to Kent State University through his success in securing funding for major academic initiatives, including establishment of the Institute for Library Information Literacy Education (ILILE), a landmark partnership among the College and Graduate School of Education, the School of Library and Information Science, and Libraries and Media Services; establishment and operation of the GED Scholars Initiative, a unique program that helps GED recipients to succeed in higher education; and creation of the 3-D Classroom in Williams Hall that enables students and researchers to study biological and chemical structures in three dimensions; now, therefore, BE IT RESOLVED, the Board of Trustees of Kent State University, upon the recommendation of the Citation and Recognition Committee, with the full concurrence of the President, hereby approves that the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, be conferred upon Ralph S. Regula for his distinguished service to the citizens of Ohio and to the nation and wishes him continued success. Resolution 2005-22 CONFERRAL OF HONORARY DEGREE UPON MARY REGULA WHEREAS, Mary Regula has had a highly successful and varied career as schoolteacher, Congressional spouse, mother, community activist, and champion for the contributions of women to American history and to contemporary society; and Kent State University Board of Trustees Meeting April 20, 2005 Page 26 WHEREAS, both as a working partner to her husband, U.S. Representative Ralph Regula, for more than four decades and in her own right, she has distinguished herself in service to her community and to the nation, particularly as an advocate for education, libraries, literacy and historical preservation; and WHEREAS, in the 1960s Mrs. Regula recognized the need for a separate facility honoring all the nation’s First Ladies and devoted much of her time and considerable talents over the next 30 years toward achieving this goal, which was realized with the opening of the National First Ladies’ Library in Canton, Ohio, in 1998; and WHEREAS, Mrs. Regula’s vision, inspiring leadership, gift for fundraising, and tireless promotion of this cause has produced an institution of national significance, recognizing women’s central role in American history, serving as a worldwide resource for research and scholarship, and providing a model for educational excellence by contributing practical lesson plans for inclusion in the school curriculum; and WHEREAS, Mrs. Regula exemplifies a unique set of qualities, all of which are embedded in the four strategic principles that guide Kent State University—she has encouraged innovation in learning, she has focused on those who can be best served by the Library, she has engaged the world beyond her community, and she has built relationships around the country and the world that have fostered success; now therefore BE IT RESOLVED, the Board of Trustees of Kent State University, upon the recommendation of the Citation and Recognition Committee, with the full concurrence of the President, hereby approves that the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, be conferred upon Mary Regula for her distinguished service to the citizens of Ohio and to the nation and wishes her continued success. ACTION: Ms. Harbrecht moved, seconded by Mr. Tucker that the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters be conferred upon Ralph Regula. There were no objections. The motion passed. ACTION: Ms. Harbrecht moved, seconded by Mr. Schubert that the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters be conferred upon Mary Regula. There were no objections. The motion passed. APPOINTMENT OF NOMINATING COMMITTEE As the final item of new business, Chairman Cowan announced the appointment of the Nominating Committee, which will issue its recommendations for 2005-06 officers, at the Kent State University Board of Trustees Meeting April 20, 2005 Page 27 Board’s May 26 meeting. The committee membership will be Trustees Dragomier (chair), Schubert, and Tucker. In closing, President Cartwright thanked Trustee Jenkins for his generous support of renovations to the new academic support center for Intercollegiate Athletics, which was dedicated recently. She noted that private support is essential to the University’s ability to support and maintain its excellent athletic programs, especially in light of the fiscal constraints facing higher education. Mr. Jenkins reflected that Kent State University has a wonderful story to tell in terms of the academic success of its athletes, as evidenced by the fact that both grade-point averages and graduation rates for student athletes are higher than the averages for the student body as a whole. He encouraged the University administration to continue to publicly promote these positive messages about athletics, especially since the press often chooses to ignore the many and compelling good news stories about athletes and the role participation has in future success. EXECUTIVE SESSION Mr. Cowan announced that the Board has a need to go into Executive Session for the purposes of collective bargaining, in accordance with Chapter 121.22, Section G of the Ohio Revised Code. Mr. Cowan estimated the time of Executive Session would be approximately 20 minutes. The Board adjourned into Executive Session at 10:50 a.m. ACTION: Mr. Tucker, seconded by Mr. Schubert, that the Board adjourn into Executive Session. The roll was called and the vote was unanimous. The Board reconvened into regular session at 11:19 a.m. ADJOURNMENT On motion duly made and approved, the meeting was adjourned at 11:20 a.m.
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