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OSU trustees meet, approve university matters - 06/06/08

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio State University Board of Trustees today (6/6) agreed that tuition for Ohio resident undergraduates will remain frozen at the 2006-2007 annual level of $8,406 for the upcoming 2008-2009 academic year, in accordance with the state of Ohio budget requirements.

Tuition will also not increase for undergraduates at the university's regional campuses in Lima, Mansfield, Marion and Newark and the Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI).

"This will be the first back-to-back zero increase in tuition in more than 40 years," said William J. Shkurti, senior vice president for business and finance.

The board approved a series of student fees and charges for activities and services that are self-supporting and receive no state support or tuition dollars.

The mandatory student recreation fee will increase $3 from $243 for three quarters to $246, or 1.2 percent, bringing total tuition and mandatory fees, which also include a $27 COTA student bus pass, to $8,679 for full-time, Ohio undergraduates.

Room and board for three academic quarters, will increase by 5.8 percent, or $441, to an average of $8,037 depending on room type and meal plan.

"We find it necessary to increase room and board fees in order to deal with some necessary renovations to aging residence halls and delayed maintenance issues," said Shkurti. "Upgrading our on-campus housing is a top priority."

The board approved a 5 percent increase – the lowest increase in six years -- in resident graduate instructional fees, bringing the annual cost for a Columbus campus resident graduate student to $10,440 and a non-resident graduate student to $14,862.

The non-resident undergraduate surcharge at the Columbus campus will increase 5 percent to $13,239, increasing annual cost for a non-resident undergraduate to $21,918.

The board also approved a $50 increase in selected existing program fees and new laboratory fees of $50 for chemistry and physics laboratory classes, as well as a new technology fee for the College of Education and Human Ecology.

In other business, the board approved a variety of personnel, fiscal and construction-related university matters.

Personnel appointments
• Steven G. Gabbe has been named senior vice president for health sciences, effective July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2012; counselor to the president for health affairs, effective July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2015, and professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
• Larry T. Garvin has been named professor and holder of the Lawrence D. Stanley Professorship in Law in the Moritz College of Law, effective June 1, 2008, through May 31, 2018.
• Robert J. Gustafson has been named professor and holder of The Honda Designated Professorship in Engineering in the College of Engineering, effective July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2012. He holds a concurrent appointment as director of the Engineering Education Innovation Center.
• Peter R. Mansoor has been named associate professor and holder of The Major General Raymond E. Mason, Jr. Chair of Military History in the College of Humanities, effective Oct. 1, 2008, through Sept. 30, 2012.
• Kathleen K. Starkoff has been named chief information officer in the Office of Academic Affairs, effective June 16, 2008.
• Melinda T. Swan has been named associate vice president in the Office of University Relations, effective April 14, 2008.
• Celia E. Wills has been named associate professor and holder of The Grayce M Sills Professorship in the College of Nursing, effective Oct. 1, 2008, through June 30, 2013.
• Ahmed E. Yousef has been named professor and holder of the Virginia Hutchinson Bazler and Frank E. Bazler Designated Professorship in Food Science in The College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, effective Jan. 8, 2007, through June 30, 2011.
• David A. Zvara has been named professor and holder of The Jay J. Jacoby Chair in Anesthesiology in the College of Medicine, effective Jan. 8, 2007, through June 30, 2011.
• Hagop S. Mekhjian has been named senior associate vice president in the Office of Health Sciences, effective July 1, 2008. He holds concurrent appointments as chief medical officer in the College of Medicine, executive dean of the Colleges of Health Sciences and professor in the Department of Surgery.

Reappointments
• Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier has been reappointed as professor and holder of The Vernal G. Riffe Professorship in Government and Politics in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, effective July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2013.
• Robert W. Brueggemeier has been reappointed dean of the College of Pharmacy, effective July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2013.
• Evelyn B. Freeman has been reappointed dean and director of The Ohio State University-Mansfield, effective July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2013.
• Thomas W. Johnson has been reappointed interim university treasurer in the Office of Business and Finance, effective July 1, 2008, through Dec. 31, 2008.
• Stanley A. Lemeshow has been reappointed dean of the College of Public Health, effective July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2013.
• John R. Snyder has been reappointed dean and director of The Ohio State University-Lima, effective July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2013.

Emeritus titles
• Hal R. Arkes, professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology, effective Aug. 1, 2008
• Marilynn B. Brewer, professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology, effective July 1, 2008
• A.J. Christoforidis, professor emeritus in the Department of Radiology, effective July 1, 2008
• David A. Culver, professor emeritus in the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology, effective July 1, 2008
• Mark C. Ellis, professor emeritus in the School of Music, Mansfield Campus, effective Aug. 1, 2008
• Cecil Magbaily Fyle, professor emeritus in the Department of African American and African Studies, effective July 1, 2008
• Fredrick J. Hitzhusen, professor emeritus in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, effective July 1, 2008
• William A. Jensen, professor emeritus in the Department of Plant Cellular and Molecular Biology, effective July 1, 2008
• James Morganstern, professor emeritus in the Department of History of Art, effective July 1, 2008
• G. Neil Robertson, professor emeritus in the Department of Mathematics, effective Aug. 1, 2008
• Nancy A. Ryan-Wenger, professor emeritus in the College of Nursing, effective Oct. 1, 2008
• William F. Saam, professor emeritus in the Department of Physics, effective July 1, 2008
• Gregory M. Travalio, professor emeritus in the Moritz College of Law, effective June 1, 2008
• Stephen R. Acker, association professor emeritus in the School of Communication, effective June 1, 2008
• Robert J. Caswell, associate professor emeritus in the College of Public Health, effective July 1, 2008
• Gerard S. Kakos, clinical associate professor emeritus in the Department of Surgery, effective June 1, 2008
• Scott D. Kleon, associate professor emeritus in Ohio State University Extension, effective July 1, 2008
• Marlene B. Longnecker, associate professor emeritus in the Department of English, effective July 1, 2008
• Arline J. Meyer, associate professor emeritus in the Department of History of Art, effective July 1, 2008
• Isaac J. Mowoe, associate professor emeritus in the Department of African American and African Studies, effective July 1, 2008
• John B. Roberts, associate professor emeritus in the Department of Orthopaedics, effective Sept. 1, 2008
• Marguerite C. Weibel, associate professor emeritus in University Libraries, effective July 1, 2008
• Susan M. Kroll, assistant professor emeritus in University Libraries, effective July 1, 2008
• Terry L. Moore, assistant professor emeritus in the Department of Women's Studies, effective July 1, 2008
• Robert A. Page, assistant professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology, Lima Campus, effective Sept. 1, 2008

Resolutions in memoriam
The board adopted resolutions in memoriam for the following:
• Richard D. Altick, Regents Professor Emeritus in the Department of English, who died Feb. 7, 2008;
• M. Jean Daubenmire, associate professor emeritus in the College of Nursing, who died March 7, 2008;
• Jack M. Fugate, assistant professor emeritus in the College of Optometry, who died April 2, 2008;
• Chalmer G. Hixson, professor emeritus in the School of Physical Activity and Educational Services, who died on Dec. 16, 2007;
• Frank Longo, associate professor emeritus in the College of Social Work, who died on March 9, 2008;
• Rao V. Panganamala, professor emeritus in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, who died on March 7, 2008, and
• Helen E. Stevens, associate professor emeritus in the School of Physical Activity and Educational Services, who died Jan. 26, 2008.

Non-trustee guidelines amended
The board approved two amendments to the Non-Trustee Board Committee Appointment Guidelines as follows:
• Non-trustee committee members will be voting members of board committees.
• Orientation of non-trustee committee members shall be the responsibility of the committee chairs, the Office of the Board of Trustees and the appropriate university administrative officer.

Regional Campus board appointments approved
The board approved the appointment of the following individuals to Regional Campus boards:
Lima Board
• Ted Griffith, 3rd term, July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2011
• Nancy J. Knight, 3rd term, July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2011
• James W. Unverferth, 3rd term, July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2011
• Victoria D. Gonzalez (student), July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2009
Newark Board
• Girard E. Besanceney, 3rd term, July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2011
• Marlene E. Eader, 3rd term, July 1, 2008, though June 30, 2011
• Lisa G. Whittaker, 1st term, July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2011
• Stephanie Volbrecht (student), July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2009

Hospital board appointment approved
The board approved the appointment of Gregory S. Lashutka to a 1st term on the University Hospitals East Board, effective June 1, 2008, through May 31, 2011.

Medical Staff Rules and Regulations amended
The board approved several amendments to the University Hospital Medical Staff Rules and Regulations.

"Center" status approved
The board approved non-academic "center" status for the following:
• Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle Physics in the College of Mathematical and Physical Sciences;
• Center for Excellence in Food Animal Health, Production and Well-being in the College of Veterinary Science, and
• Nationwide Center for Advanced Customer Insights in the Fisher College of Business.

Faculty Rules amended The board approved several amendments to the Rules of the University Faculty.

Policy on affiliated entities adopted
Recognizing that it has a responsibility to ensure that the university's activities with regard to affiliates are conducted in a proper manner, the board adopted a Policy on Affiliated Entities guided by the following principles:
• The creation and activities of affiliates must promote, sponsor, or complement educational, scientific, research, charitable, health-care related, or cultural activities for the benefit of the university or one or more of its units.
• To promote a more proactive relationship with affiliates, the university's relationship with each affiliate will be memorialized through a memorandum of agreement.
• Affiliates will be monitored by the board of trustees through a regular reporting process.
• Affiliates shall provide for at least one university representative with full voting rights on its governing board.
• Affiliates must use sound fiscal and accounting procedures.
• Affiliates must be managed in a manner consistent with their own enabling documents and the university's purpose, mission, and procedures, as specifically set forth in this policy.
• Affiliates must adhere to high standards of ethics and conflicts of interest.
• The university's relationship with an affiliate is not necessarily intended to be perpetual. Relationships with affiliates will be examined at least every five years to determine whether the affiliate/relationship will be continued or whether a sunset provision is appropriate.

Development report accepted
The board accepted the University Development Report for March/April 2008, which included the establishment of The David A. Rismiller Chair in Finance, The H.C. "Slip" Slider Professorship in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, the Frank E. and Virginia H. Bazler Designated Professorship in Business Law, the Virginia Hutchinson Bazler and Frank E. Bazler Designated Professorship in Food Science and The Honda Designated Professorship in Engineering, as well as 32 new named endowed funds, totaling $6.9 million in gifts to the university.

Investment policy approved
The board approved a policy to guide the investment of cash balances in operating funds, authorizing the senior vice president for business and finance to make the fund transfers required to implement the policy.

Real estate transfer approved
The board authorized the transfer of directly-owned real estate from the Long-Term Investment Pool to appropriate accounts elsewhere in the university. No new direct property holdings will be accepted into the Long-Term Investment Pool.

Long-term investment pool policy amended
The board approved revisions to the university's Long-Term Investment Pool Policy that include creating a section outlining the duties and responsibilities of the chief investment officer, formerly called the treasurer. The term "Long-Term Investment Pool" will replace "Endowment Fund," and the policy includes a total return objective and specifies a long-term time horizon.

Operating funds investment policy amended
The board approved revisions to the university's Operating and Agency Funds Policy, formerly called "Non-Endowment Funds," to bring it in line with the format of the Long-Term Investment Pool Policy and to reflect changes in state law.

Investment managers appointed
Based on the recommendations of the Development and Investment Committee, the board approved external investment manager changes and index fund reallocations as needed to maintain target asset allocations previously approved by the board. The university utilizes the services of external investment managers and index funds to assist in the management of the university's long-term investment pool.

Financial performance goals set
The board approved a set of financial performance goals, developed by the Integrated Financial Planning Group to assist in the university's strategic financial planning.

Interim budget approved
The board authorized the university to make expenditures consistent with the level of resources approved for Fiscal Year 2008, pending the adoption of the university's General Funds Budget for Fiscal Year 2009 at the July Board of Trustees meeting and the Current Funds Budget for Fiscal Year 2009 at the September meeting.

Construction projects approved
The board authorized the university to enter into design contracts for the following projects:
• Construction of a 1,000-space parking garage on 10th Avenue as part of the Medical Center Facilities Plan. Estimated project cost is $28.2 million to be provided by university bond proceeds.
• Construction of a two-story addition to the Prior Health Sciences Library to house labs for the Clinical Skills department in the College of Medicine. Estimated project cost is $13 million to be provided by college general funds and state appropriations.
• Upgrades to mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems in the existing Rhodes Hall, Doan Hall, James Cancer Hospital and Cramblett Hall as part of the Medical Center Facilities Plan. Estimated cost is $86.5 million to be provided by Medical Center auxiliary funds, University Hospital development funds and university bond proceeds.
The board authorized the university to enter into construction manager and commissioning contracts for the following projects:
• Employing a construction manager to coordinate construction of all the Medical Center Facilities Plan expansion projects with estimated fees of $37.5 million. The project will also hire a global commissioning agent for the projects with estimated fees of $5.4 million. Funding will be provided through university bond proceeds.
The board authorized the university to enter into construction contracts for the following projects:
• Renovation of the third and fourth floors of Cramblett Hall as part of the Medical Center Facilities Plan. Estimated project cost is $449,682 to be provided by university bond proceeds.
• Upgrades to the North Campus chilled water system to provide service to the Student Academic Services Building and construction of a new section of utility tunnel to support future expansion of other utilities in the area. Estimated project cost is $7.5 million to be provided by university bond proceeds.

Real estate transferred
The board authorized the university to transfer ownership of real estate located at 472 Hudson St. in Redwood City, Calif., to The Ohio State University Foundation to facilitate the marketing and sale of the property, appraised at $900,000.

Easements granted
The board authorized the university to grant easements to Columbus Southern Power Company to install a pad at the WOSU Radio Tower at 6131 Highland Lakes in Westerville for a transformer to provide additional electric service to Clear Channel, and to the City of Wooster for a sanitary sewer lift station site and access to the site south of Secrest Road. In addition, the university granted Wooster a series of easements along Secrest Road that will improve access to the BioHio Research Park on the OARDC campus.

Long-term lease authorized
The board authorized the university to enter into a 20-year lease of 30,000 square feet of medical office space located off State Route 23 on Lewis Center Road. The space will be occupied by multiple specialties of The Ohio State University Medical Center.