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Trustees meet, approve university matters - 04/08/11

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees approved a variety of personnel, fiscal and construction-related matters at its meeting Friday (4/8).

Planning for a fundraising campaign approved
The board authorized plans for the university to proceed with a comprehensive fundraising campaign with a working goal of $2.5 billion through June 30, 2016. The university has been in a planning phase for a fundraising campaign since 2009 and transitioned into a quiet phase earlier this year. Individual campus units will finalize their plans and goals by summer of 2012.

Addition to Medical Center Expansion Project authorized
The board authorized the revision of the Medical Center Expansion Project to include construction of a new radiation oncology center and expansion of radiation oncology services. The center will be funded as part of a $100 million grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration to the Medical Center last December for CURE, the cancer hospital component of the Medical Center Expansion Project. The new radiation oncology center will be located in expanded space within the new Critical Care Tower.

Release of funds for Medical Center expansion authorized
The board authorized the release of $111.35 million for the Ohio State University Medical Center Expansion for construction and related services. The $1.1 billion project is funded by $925 million from university bond proceeds, a $100 million federal grant and $75 million from development funds.

Preferred Pathway Program established
The board approved a joint resolution with the Columbus State Community College Board of Trustees establishing the Preferred Pathway Program.
The new collaborative between The Ohio State University and Columbus State Community College indicates their commitment to a regional strategy for higher education designed to expand access, increase student attainment and meet the economic advancement goals of Ohio. The Preferred Pathway Program will facilitate improved transitions and a guaranteed path to an Ohio State University baccalaureate degree for qualified students transferring from Columbus State.

Personnel actions approved
The board approved the following personnel appointments and reappointments:
*William T. Abraham has been named professor and holder of the Chair of Excellence in Cardiovascular Medicine in the College of Medicine effective April 1, 2011 through June 30, 2015
*David McComb has been named professor and Ohio Research Scholar in the College of Engineering effective September 21, 2011
*R. Lawrence Moss has been named professor and holder of The E. Thomas Boles Jr. M.D. Chair in Pediatric Surgery in the College of Medicine and Nationwide Children's Hospital effective April 8, 2011 through June 30, 2015
*Kimberly C. Shumate has been named interim vice president in the Office of Human Resources effective March 1, 2011
*Patrick S. Vaccaro has been named clinical professor and holder of The Luther M. Keith Professorship in Surgery in the College of Medicine effective March 4, 2011 through June 30, 2015
*David B. Williams has been named dean of the College of Engineering effective April 18, 2011 through March 31, 2016
*Martha Belury has been reappointed professor and The Carol S. Kennedy Professor in Human Nutrition in the College of Human Ecology effective Oct. 1, 2010 through September 30, 2015.

Resolution in memoriam adopted
The board adopted a resolution in memoriam for the following person:
*Robert S. Dorsey, former member of the Board of Trustees from 1970-72, who died on February 11, 2011.

University Development Report accepted
The board accepted the University Development Report as of February 28, 2011. The report included the establishment of The E. Thomas Boles Jr. M.D. Chair in Pediatric Surgery and the Chair of Excellence in Cardiovascular Medicine and the revision of The Marion N. Rowley Chair in Cancer Research. In addition, 16 named endowed funds were established, totaling $4.7 million in private giving to the university.

Faculty Group Practice approved
Trustees approved the creation of the Faculty Group Practice in the University Office of Health Sciences. Faculty Group Practice is an organizational unit of the Office of Health Sciences whose mission is to advise the Medical Center Executive Cabinet in the areas of financial performance, patient satisfaction, clinical quality and safety, strategic direction and other areas of emphasis. Creation of the practice aligns with the Medical Center's strategic goals and helps the institution prepare for health care reform.
The practice will employ the physician faculty of The Ohio State University College of Medicine. The resolution calls on all OSU Medical Center department chairs and medical center physician leaders with system-wide appointments to be employed either by the Faculty Group Practice or the Specialty Care Network on or before July 1, 2011.

Construction projects approved
The board authorized the university to enter into construction contracts for the following project:
*Creation of swing space for the Department of Dance and relocation of the Music and Dance Library to the Science and Engineering Library. This project is necessary to begin the renovation of Sullivant Hall to create a new home for the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, and renovate the building including space for the Department of Dance, Department of Art Education and the Music/Dance Library. The project will pursue LEED silver standards. Construction amount for swing space is $300,000. Total project cost is $24.4 million to be provided by state appropriations, department funds and development funds.

Appointing authority assigned
The board approved an amendment designating the university's vice president for human resources, rather than the associate vice president for human resources, as the appointing authority for personnel issues related to the university's classified civil service staff and public safety officers. The amendment reflects an adjustment in title that changed the Associate Vice President for Human Resources to Vice President for Human Resources. The vice president works on behalf of the board to negotiate, ratify, fund and otherwise administer any and all collective bargaining agreements on behalf of the University;

Amendments to Medical Staff bylaws approved
The board approved adoption of a series of amendments to the Bylaws and the Rules and Regulations of the Medical Staff of The Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.
The board also approved adoption of amendments to the Bylaws and Rules and Regulations of the Medical Staff of The Ohio State University Hospitals.

Amendments to Civil Service rules approved
The board approved adoption of several amendments to the Classified Civil Service Rules
that clarify language, update rules to be consistent with university policies, and to streamline processes in the management of Classified Civil Service employees.
The amendments address reclassifications, certification; classification program; applications; examinations; appointments; probationary periods; leave policies; performance management, removals, or demotions; sick leave; reduction in force; payroll and compensation; and definitions of terms.

Easement granted
The board authorized the university to grant the following easement:
*To the Ohio Department of Transportation, an easement adjacent to the east side of Country Club Drive at the Newark Regional Campus to widen Country Club Drive and add a turn lane to improve traffic flow and better serve the Newark campus.

Golf Course membership dues increased
The board approved an increase in Golf Course annual membership dues fees will increase from $575 to $590 for students; from $1,916 to $1,993 for faculty and staff; from $2,395 to $2,491 for alumni and affiliates and from $288 to $295 for children under 13 of a member. Daily course fees will not increase. Food and beverage minimums and tournament fees will not increase.

Clubhouse named
Trustees approved naming the clubhouse at Buckeye Field softball stadium after Phyllis Bailey, who served as professor of Physical Education at Ohio State for some 30 years. She was also the first woman to serve as an assistant director of athletics (from 1974 to 1994). Bailey provided significant contributions to the renovation of Buckeye Field, which nearly doubled the field's capacity, added indoor and outdoor batting cages, a three-plate bullpen, a 650-square foot press box, player clubhouse and locker room, new dugouts, coaches and umpires dressing room and concession areas.

Art gallery named
Trustees approved naming the Lima Community Heritage Art Gallery, located in Reed Hall at Ohio State's Lima campus the Farmer Family Art Gallery. The naming is in recognition of Martha Farmer, who started the theater program at Ohio State Lima in the 1970s and has provided significant contributions to the Ohio State Lima campus for more 20 years, including support for construction and remodeling of the gallery. The gallery is the arts center of the Lima campus where plays, choral concerts, art shows and performing arts and lecture series are held.

Media room named
The board approved naming the media room in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center at the Les Wexner Football Complex the Jeffrey Greiner Family Media Room. The athletic facility was recently renovated to improve the teaching environment and to solidify the Buckeyes' football practice facility as one of the nation's best. The media room naming recognizes significant contributions made by Jeffrey Greiner to the renovation of the athletic facility.

Residence Halls renamed
Trustees approved renaming Park Hall and Stradley Hall as Park-Stradley Hall. Both buildings were constructed in 1958, and named in honor of Joseph Park, dean of men, and Bland Stradley, former vice president of Student Affairs. The two buildings are being renovated and at the conclusion, in 2013, they will be adjoined by an 11- story connector and considered one building. The new name continues to honor both Park and Stradley.