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OSU trustees meet, approve university matters - 07/11/08

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State University Board of Trustees today (7/11) approved a $4.2 billion university operating budget for the 2009 fiscal year. The budget, for the Columbus campus only, represents a 4.9 percent increase over the last fiscal year.

Although resident undergraduate tuition remains frozen at the 2006 level, the budget will continue to support key academic goals and will increase financial aid to reflect an increase in student housing costs, according to William J. Shkurti, senior vice president for business and finance.

"We are anticipating a 9.6 percent increase in state support," said Shkurti. "This, along with university cost-saving initiatives and some internal reallocations of funds, allows us to move forward toward our academic goals while holding tuition steady, thereby increasing access for Ohio citizens."

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

New trustee welcomed
G. Gilbert Cloyd, chair of the Board of Trustees, welcomed Jason W. Marion, the new graduate/professional student trustee. Marion, appointed by Gov. Strickland in June 2008, is from Batavia. He is a two-time graduate of Morehead State University in Kentucky, where he earned a B.S. in environmental science and an M.S. in biology. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in public health with a focus in environmental health sciences and epidemiology at The Ohio State University College of Public Health.

Regional Campus board appointments approved
The board approved the following appointments to The Ohio State University Marion Campus Board:
• Ronald J. Scharer, 2nd term, July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2011
• Vaughn E. Sizemore, 1st term, July 1, 2007, though June 30, 2010
• Patricia R. Young, 2nd term, July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2011
• Steven F. Litzenberg (student), July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2009

Trustee bylaws amended
The board approved a series of amendments to the Bylaws of the Board of Trustees and Rules of the University Faculty to reflect changes in the operation of the board and its committees as well as changes made by the university president regarding administration.

Self-Insurance Board reappointments approved
The board approved the following reappointments to the university's Self-Insurance Board:
• Galen Barnes for a term ending April 30, 2010
• E. Christopher Ellison, M.D., for a term ending April 30, 2010

Trustee to serve on new entity board
The board approved the appointment of Trustee Robert Schottenstein to serve as a director of a new affiliated entity to be created by The Ohio State University and NetJets, Inc.

New degree programs established
The board approved the establishment of two new degree programs: a bachelor of science in city and regional planning in the Knowlton School of Architecture and a master of business operation excellence in the Fisher College of Business.

New faculty track approved
The board approved the establishment of regular clinical-track faculty in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences with initial implementation in the Department of Psychology and the Department of Speech and Hearing.

Personnel actions approved
• Cheryl Achterberg has been named dean of the College of Education and Human Ecology, effective July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2013. She holds a concurrent appointment as professor in the Department of Human Nutrition.
• Karen A. Bell has been named associate vice president for arts outreach, effective July 1, 2008. She holds a concurrent appointment as professor in the Department of Dance.
• Jonathan D. Hook has been named vice president and chief investment officer in the Office of Business and Finance, effective Aug. 1, 2008, through July 21, 2011.
• John A. E. Hubbell has been named interim dean in the College of Veterinary Medicine, effective July 1, 2008. He holds a concurrent appointment as professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Services.
• Janice K. Kiecolt-Glaser has been named Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, effective July 1, 2008.
• Ann T. Lawrence has been named associate secretary of the Board of Trustees, effective Aug. 1, 2008.
• Joan R. Leitzel has been named interim executive dean of the Colleges of the Arts and Sciences, effective Aug. 1, 2008. She holds a concurrent appointment as interim vice provost in the Office of Academic Affairs.
• Alan C. Michaels has been named interim dean in the Moritz College of Law, effective May 28, 2008. He holds a concurrent appointment as professor in the College of Law.
• James P. Phelan has been named Distinguished University Professor in the Department of English, effective July 1, 2008.
• Matthew S. Platz has been named interim dean in the Colleges of Biological Sciences and Mathematical and Physical Sciences, effective July 1, 2008. He holds a concurrent appointment as Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Chemistry.
• John W. Roberts has been named interim dean in the Colleges of the Arts and Humanities, effective July 1, 2008. He holds a concurrent appointment as professor in the Department of English.
• W. Randy Smith has been named interim executive dean of the Colleges of the Arts and Sciences, effective July 1, 2008, through July 31, 2008. He holds concurrent appointments as vice provost in the Office of Academic Affairs and associate professor in the Department of Geography.
• John L. Volakis has been named professor and holder of The Roy and Lois Chope Chair in Engineering in the College of Engineering, effective July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2013.
• Gifford Weary has been named interim dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, effective July 1, 2008
• Michael S. Weisbach has been named professor and holder of The Ralph W. Kurtz Chair in Finance in the Fisher College of Business, effective Oct. 1, 2008, through September 30, 2013.

Emeritus titles
The board approved emeritus status for the following:
• William G. Conable, Jr., professor emeritus in the School of Music, effective July 1, 2008;
• Robert H. Essenhigh, professor emeritus in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, effective Oct. 1, 2008;
• David O. Hansen, professor emeritus in the Department of Human and Community Resource Development, effective Sept. 1, 2008;
• Charles A. Moore, professor emeritus in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Geodetic Science, effective July 1, 2008;
• Steven Reiss, professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology, effective July 1, 2008;
• James Bode, associate professor emeritus in the Department of Philosophy (Lima Campus), effective July 1, 2008;
• James G. Bova, associate professor emeritus in the Department of Radiology, effective July 1, 2008;
• Ernesto Goldman, associate professor emeritus in the Department of Anesthesiology, effective Aug. 1, 2008;
• Burdette L. Green, associate professor emeritus in the School of Music, effective July 1, 2008; and
• Scott H. Konen, associate professor emeritus in Ohio State University Extension, effective July 1, 2008.

Resolutions in memoriam adopted
The board adopted resolutions in memoriam for the following:
• Margaret J. Adamson, assistant professor emeritus in the School of Allied Medical Professions, who died March 9, 2008;
• John D. Conteh-Morgan, professor of French and Italian and professor of African American and African studies, who died March 3, 2008;
• Paul R. Klohr, professor emeritus in the School of Educational Policy and Leadership, who died June 3, 2008;
• Hugh D. Laughlin, professor emeritus in the School of Educational Policy and Leadership, who died on May 4, 2008;
• Richard P. Lewis, professor emeritus in the Department of Internal Medicine's Division of Cardiology, who died on May 18, 2008;
• Arthur D. Lynn, Jr., associate dean emeritus in the Fisher College of Business and professor emeritus of public policy and management, who died March 6, 2008;
• Charles H. Summerson, professor emeritus in the School of Earth Sciences, who died on April 28, 2008;
• Edgar P. Watkins, assistant professor emeritus in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, who died on April 30, 2008; and
• Arthus E. Wohlers, professor emeritus in the School of Educational Policy and Leadership, who died May 9, 2008.

Records retention program ratified
The board approved and ratified all actions taken by the director of University Libraries and the Office of University Archives as they relate to records management, retention, preservation and disposition of university records.

Development report accepted
The board accepted the University Development Report for May 2008, which established the Margaret Hall and Robert Randall Rinehart Chair in the School of Communication and The D. P. Snyder Designated Professorship in Oral Surgery and nine new endowed funds, totaling $2.6 million in private gifts to the university.

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.

Medical Center projects authorized
The board authorized the university to enter into design contracts for the following Medical Center Facility Plan projects:
• Clinical expansion west of Cannon Drive for cancer and critical care facilities. Estimated design fees are $42.8 million and total project cost is $481.2 million, to be provided by university bond proceeds.
• Phase 2 of infrastructure and roadway construction west of Cannon Drive. Estimated design fees are $1.4 million and total project cost is $12.7 million, to be provided by university bond proceeds.
• Playfield and surface parking. Estimated design fees are $200,000 and total project cost is $2.2 million, to be provided by university bond proceeds.
• Spirit of Women Park. Estimated design fees are $100,000 and total project cost is $1.8 million, to be provided by university bond proceeds.
• West of Cannon parking garage. Estimated design fees are $800,000 and total project cost is $9.7 million, to be provided by university bond proceeds.
• West of Cannon cancer ambulatory facility and Cannon Bridge. Estimated design costs are $11.7 million and total project cost is $113.6 million, to be provided by university bond proceeds.

Construction projects authorized
The board authorized the university to enter into design contracts for the following projects:
• Phase II of installation of a central air conditioning system and renovation of bathrooms in Stradley, Siebert and Steeb residence halls. Estimated total project cost is $65 million to be provided by university bond proceeds.
• Phase II of the expansion of the William H. Hall housing complex to provide 250 additional student beds. Estimated total project cost is $33 million to be provided by university bond proceeds.
The board authorized the university to enter into construction manager contracts for the following projects:• Renovation of Lincoln Tower. Estimated total project cost is $50 million to be provided by university bond proceeds.
• Construction of a new Animal and Plant Biology Level 3 Isolation Facility at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster. Estimated total project cost is $20-$24 million to be provided by state appropriations, grant funds and departmental funds.
The board authorized the university to enter into commissioning contracts for the following projects:• Construction of a new Animal and Plant Biology Level 3 Isolation Facility at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster. (See above)

Bonds approved
The board authorized the university to issue and sell General Receipts Commercial Paper Notes, Series I; General Receipts Bonds, Series 2008 A; and Variable Rate Demand General Receipts Bonds, Series 2008 B, in order to finance construction, acquisition and renovation of university-related projects.