Ohio State trustees meet, approve university matters - 11/03/06
COLUMBUS – The Ohio State University Board of Trustees met Friday (11/3) and approved a number of fiscal, construction and personnel matters.
Presidential search firm selection ratified
The board ratified the selection of the international executive search firm, Heidrick & Struggles, to consult with the university's Presidential Search Committee as it identifies and recruits qualified candidates for the presidency of The Ohio State University. Current University President Karen A. Holbrook will retire on June 30, 2007.
Committee appointments amended
James B. Bachman has been named to a three-year appointment on the Audit Committee. Trustees G. Gilbert Cloyd and Alan W. Brass will also serve on the Audit Committee. Trustees Brian K. Hicks and Robert H. Schottenstein will serve on the Campus Partners Board.
Bylaws of James Cancer Hospital amended
Trustees approved an amendment to the Bylaws of The Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute that will establish a Professional Affairs Committee responsible for the oversight of patient care activities, monitoring quality assurance performance, reviewing medical staff appointments, monitoring the achievement of accreditation and licensure requirements, and recommending and reviewing changes to the medical staff bylaws.
Urology department established
The board approved a proposal to change the Division of Urology to a Department of Urology in the College of Medicine in order to improve the unit's visibility and increase its ability to attract academic urologists and physician scientists.
Use of "center" approved
Trustees approved the use of the word "center," usually reserved for academic units, for the Battelle Center for Mathematics and Science Education Policy in the John Glenn School of Public Affairs and the Center for Clinical and Translational Research in the College of Medicine.
New degrees in dance, law approved
Trustees approved the establishment of a Ph.D. degree in Dance Studies. The program will train students in rigorous modes of dance analysis, criticism and documentation, using methodologies unique and inherent to the field. The doctoral degree builds on the foundation provided by the current M.A., M.F.A. and undergraduate curriculum.
The board also approved the establishment of a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in the Moritz College of Law. This will be a one-year professional degree program directed at educating foreign lawyers and graduates of law schools in foreign countries and will provide them with a basic understanding of the U.S. legal system through a rigorous program of study.
Trustees approved naming the green space on the northwest corner of Tuttle Park Place and Woody Hayes Drive as Remembrance Park, with a Wall of Honor commemorating all the students and alumni who have served their country through military service, especially those who have given their lives.
Personnel actions approved
• W.C. Benton, Jr., has been named professor and holder of The Edwin D. Dodd Professorship in Management in the Fisher College of Business, effective Oct. 1, 2006, through Sept. 30, 2011.
• Gregory A. Caldiera has been named Distinguished University Professor and holder of The Ann and Darrell Dreher Chair in Political Communication and Policy Thinking in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, effective Sept. 1, 2005, through Aug. 31, 2010.
• John C. Fellingham has been named professor and holder of The H. P. Wolfe Chair in Accounting in the Fisher College of Business, effective Oct. 1, 2006, through Sept. 30, 2008.
• Richard A. Hollingsworth has been named vice president for student affairs in the Office of Student Affairs, effective Nov. 3, 2006, through Dec. 31, 2007. He has been serving as interim vice president for student affairs.
• Chia Hsiang Menq has been named professor and holder of The Ralph W. Kurtz Chair in Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering, effective Oct. 1, 2006, through June 30, 2011.
• Christoh Plass has been named professor and holder of the Barbara J. Bonner Chair in Lung Cancer Research in the Comprehensive Cancer Center – The Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, effective Nov. 1, 2006, through June 30, 2010.
• Thad M. Matta has received a new nine-year contract as men's head basketball coach, effective July 1, 2006, through June 30, 2015.
Emeritus titles granted
• Michael S. Beattie, professor emeritus, Department of Neuroscience, effective Nov. 1, 2006
• Jacqueline C. Bresnahan, professor emeritus, Department of Neuroscience, effective Nov. 1, 2006
• Thomas A. Dowling, professor emeritus, Department of Mathematics, effective April 1, 2007
• Lawrence W. Libby, professor emeritus, Department of Agriculture, Environmental and Development Economics, effective Jan. 1, 2007
• Fred B. Thomas, professor emeritus, Department of Internal Medicine, effective Jan. 1, 2007
• Michael F. Brugger, associate professor emeritus, Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, effective Jan. 1, 2007
• Robert C. Kline, associate professor emeritus, effective Jan. 1, 2007
• Melvon L. Ankeny, assistant professor emeritus, University Libraries, effective Nov. 1, 2006
Resolutions in memoriam adopted
• Dora E. Colver, assistant professor emeritus in the College of Nursing, who died on Aug. 8, 2006
• Woodrow W. Hamilton, assistant professor emeritus in The Ohio State University Extension, who died on July 28, 2006
• William Moore, Jr., professor emeritus in the School of Educational Policy and Leadership, who died Sept. 14, 2006
Research grants accepted
The board accepted 306 research grants and contracts, totaling $34.5 million, awarded to the university during the month of September.
Endowed funds established
The board approved the establishment of The Ann and Darrell Dreher Chair in Political Communication and Policy Thinking with gifts from the Drehers of $1.86 million. The chair will support the activities and salary of a distinguished faculty member in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Trustees also established 14 additional new named endowed funds for a total of $3.5 million in private giving to the university during the month of September.
Endowed funding levels amended
Trustees set new minimum amounts for funding certain scholarships and Department of Athletics endowments, which had remained unchanged for five years. Minimum levels were also set for new Program of Excellence endowments and Team Championship endowments. Beginning in January 2007, the Office of University Development will market university-wide merit-based fellowships, awards and assistance to graduate students, and the board also set the minimum amounts for these funds.
Endowment investment policy revised
The board adopted a revised Endowment Investment Policy stating comprehensive policies that provide for the overall management of the university's investment portfolios. As of Sept. 30, 2006, the university's endowment stands at $2,068 million.
Competitive bidding requirements waived
The board accepted the quarterly report on waivers of competitive bidding requirement. Waivers are grants in the event of an emergency, when a sufficient economic reason exists or when the goods and services can be purchased from only a single source. During the period of July through September, the senior vice president for business and finance granted 108 waivers for annual purchases totaling $21.8 million. The vice president for health services granted 64 waivers for annual purchases totaling $27.3 million.
Planning Moves Forward for Medical Center Master Space Plan
Trustees authorized the selection of architectural, engineering, design and construction management firms for the University Medical Center's master space plan clinical expansion projects. Phase I of the Medical Center master space plan, approved by trustees in November, will guide growth for at least the next 10 years. The plan incorporates interconnected patient towers, a network of concourses and green spaces, revamped roadways and patient care corridors surrounded by medical research facilities and academic complexes.
Construction projects approved
The board authorized the university to enter into a feasibility study contract for the following:• Construction of a science and art building on the Marion Campus. Projected study cost is $140,000 to be provided by college operating funds.
The board authorized the university to enter into design contracts for the following:
• Renovation of the Morrill Tower dining area for the newly developed "Fresh Express" service concept. Projected cost is $432,243 to be provided by Student Affairs operating funds.
• Renovation of OSU Golf Course restrooms. Projected cost is $2.08 million to be provided by Athletics operating funds.
The board authorized the university to enter into construction contracts for the following:
• Renovations of third and fourth floors of Dodd Hall. Projected cost is $386,400 to be provided by University Hospital operating funds.
• Upgrade of elevators in The Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. Projected cost is $1.27 million to be provided by Cancer Hospital operating funds.
• Relocation of a steam line and demolition of a concrete manhole near Lincoln Tower. Projected cost is $200,000 to be provided by state funds.
• Extension of water and sewer lines to OSU facilities at Put-in-Bay. Projected cost is $2.5 million to be provided by 2007 bond proceeds.
• Replacement of two deteriorated steel manholes with new concrete ones. Projected cost is $260,000 to be provided by state funds.
• Job Order Contract for 2007 to allow the university to have increased responsiveness to time-sensitive projects. Cost is $60 million to be provided from various sources.
The board authorized the university to increase construction contracts for the following:
• Renovation of the corridor restrooms in Bradley and Paterson Halls. Revised projected cost is $4.27 million to be provided by 2007 bond proceeds.
The board authorized the university to grant easements across university land to Time Warner Telecom of Ohio and AT&T Ohio and to renew easements to Columbus Southern Power Company, the city of Upper Arlington and Ohio Bell Telephone Company.
Capital projects, real estate policies set
The board approved a resolution updating the university's management of capital projects and real estate transactions. Three changes to current policy are:
• Projects of less than $1 million would require one-time board approval covering both design and construction, rather than two separate approvals.
• Guideline for planning studies, leases and real estate transactions are now included under the revised policy.
• Board approval would no longer be required for the replacements and/or renewals of existing previously approved easements.
FY 2009 bond issuance reaffirmed
Trustees reaffirmed that the university will limit the size of the FY 2009 bond issue to be no more than $500 million for capital projects, and that no capital project other than those previously approved by the board will be eligible for debt service without prior approval of the President's Cabinet and the Board of Trustees.