OSU trustees meet, approve university matters
COLUMBUS -- An increase in the price of athletics tickets was among the items approved today (2/1) by The Ohio State University Board of Trustees at its bimonthly meeting.
Football tickets for the 2008-09 season will increase by $1 to $31 for students and by $2 to $51 for faculty and staff. Tickets for box seats in sections B and BB, reserve tickets and club tickets will also increase by $2 to $72, $62 and $63 respectively. Tickets to men's basketball games will also increase by $1.
The Department of Athletics will increase the allotment cap for student season tickets to 30,000 from 26,500 for the coming season.
Annual membership dues for the university's golf course will increase from $1,640 to $1,760 for faculty and staff and from $2,065 to $2,200 for alumni and affiliates. Student dues will remain the same at $550.
Endowed funds established
Trustees accepted the University Development Report for December 2007, which included the establishment of 14 new named endowed funds, totaling $2.3 million in gifts to the university.
Hospital board appointment approved
The board approved the appointment of Denvy A. Bowman to the University Hospital East board, effective Feb. 1, 2008, through Jan. 31, 2011.
Medical Staff bylaws amended
The board approved several amendments to the Bylaws of the Medical Staff of The Ohio State University.
Personnel actions approved The board approved the following personnel actions:
• Rustin M. Moore has been named professor and holder of The Bud and Marilyn Jenne Designated Professorship in Equine Clinical Sciences and Research in the College of Veterinary Science, effective Nov. 1, 2007, through Oct. 31, 2010.
• Peter B. Weiler has been named senior vice president of development and president of The Ohio State University Foundation in the Office of University Development, effective March 17, 2008, through Jan. 31, 2013.
• Michael A. Caligiuri has been named chief executive officer at The Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, effective Nov. 1, 2007, through June 30, 2012. He holds concurrent appointments as director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center, professor of internal medicine and The John L. Marakas Nationwide Insurance Enterprise Foundation Chair in Cancer Research.
• Richard A. Hollingsworth has been reappointed vice president for student affairs in the Office of Student Affairs, effective Jan. 1, 2008.
Emeritus titles approved
The board granted emeritus status to the following faculty:
• Steven E. Boer, professor emeritus in the Department of Philosophy, effective April 1, 2008;
• Robert F. Lawson, professor emeritus in the School of Educational Policy and Leadership, effective July 1, 2008;
• George S. Pappas, professor emeritus in the Department of Philosophy, effective April 1, 2008;
• Roy A. Stein, professor emeritus in the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology, effective Feb. 1, 2008;
• Neil R. Baker, associate professor emeritus in the Department of Microbiology, effective Feb. 1, 2008;
• Gary P. Maul, associate professor emeritus in the Department of Industrial, Welding and Systems Engineering, effective Feb. 1, 2008, and
• Kenneth D. Simeral, associate professor emeritus in the Ohio State University Extension, effective Feb. 1, 2008.
Resolutions in memoriam approved
The board adopted the following Resolutions in Memoriam honoring deceased faculty:
• Charles W. Hoffman, professor emeritus in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, who died on Oct. 29, 2007;
• G. Howard Phillips, professor emeritus in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, who died on Sept. 24, 2007, and
• James A. Provost, instructor emeritus in the School of Physical Activity and Educational Services, who died on Oct. 22, 2007.
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.
New policy on board review adopted
The board approved adopting a policy regarding its review and approval of facilities improvement projects and real estate transactions. The board will retain sole authority with respect to university facilities improvement projects and real estate transactions unless otherwise delegated. The policy is designed to provide the flexibility needed to ensure the timely completion of facilities improvement projects while ensuring that the board retains the authority and ability to exercise appropriate oversight, especially with major projects.
Construction projects approved
The board authorized the university to enter into design contracts for the following projects:
• Renovation of the registration and waiting areas for the Dental Clinic in Postle Hall. Estimated project cost is $377,604 to be provided by College of Dentistry general funds.
• Upgrades to the existing fire alarm systems in Paterson, Bradley, Mack, Canfield and Baker Halls. Estimated project cost is $3.4 million to be provided by university bond proceeds.
• Replacement of the fan coil units in each of the resident rooms and public areas in Taylor Tower. Estimated project cost is $3 million to be provided by university bond proceeds.
The board authorized the university to enter into construction contracts for the following projects:
• Upgrades to the security systems in the Fisher College of Business buildings. Estimated project cost is $2.5 million to be provided by university central funds.
• Renovations and new construction in Pounden Hall at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center for the new Pounden Technology Development Center. Estimated project cost is $1.5 million to be provided by grant and department general funds.
• Postle Hall renovation (see above)
• Rehabilitation of Smith Laboratory for the Anthropology Department. Estimated project cost is $3.4 million to be provided by state and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences funds.
• Renovations to Rhodes Hall to expand the Medical Center Emergency Room. Estimated project cost is $1.9 million to be provided by Medical Center auxiliary funds.
Varsity crew facility lease amended
The board approved a 40-year lease between the city of Columbus and the university in July 2007 for a boathouse to be constructed on city-owned property at Griggs Reservoir. Design and construction costs for the boathouse, which will be used by Ohio State's varsity crew, will make up the total rent paid by the university for the full term of the lease. The initial estimated design and construction cost was $3.3 million, which has since risen to $4.87 million due to unforeseen construction issues and programmatic changes. The board approved amending the lease to increase the rent to the higher figure to be funded by Department of Athletics reserve funds and future fund-raising.
The board authorized the university to grant the city of Columbus two 25-year easements south of West Lane Avenue to relocate the existing sanitary sewer and sidewalk to accommodate the Lane Avenue Parking Garage.