Trustees meet, approve university matters - 06/01/07
COLUMBUS – The Ohio State University Board of Trustees met on Thursday (5/31) and Friday (6/1) to approve a variety of fiscal, personnel and construction-related university matters. Two new trustees – Algenon Marbley and Debra Van Camp – appointed by Gov. Ted Strickland on May 31, attended their first board meeting.
Marbley, a Columbus resident, was appointed for a nine-year term to replace Judge Robert Duncan, whose term on the board was completed in May. He has served since 1997 as judge for the U. S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division.
VanCamp of Lancaster was appointed for a two-year term as student trustee. She is a sophomore at Ohio State, studying agriculture.
During the meeting, the board approved the following agenda.
Reduction in credit hours approved
Trustees approved reducing the minimum number of credit hours required for graduation from 191 to 181 hours, with no more than five credit hours being removed from a college's general education curriculum. The proposal has been endorsed by the Faculty Council, the University Senate Steering Committee, the Council on Academic Affairs and the University Senate.
The board approved naming the Early Childhood Development Center at 175 East Seventh Ave. as The Schoenbaum Family Center in honor of Betty Schoenbaum, president and trustee of the Schoenbaum Family Foundation. Schoenbaum has a deep commitment to philanthropic efforts in education and community efforts and currently serves on The Ohio State University Foundation Board.
Faculty rules amended
Trustees approved amendments to the Rules of the University Faculty dealing with regular clinical track faculty.
Personnel actions approved
• Gerald S. Frankel has been named professor and holder of the Det Norske Veritas (DNV) Chair in Materials Science and Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, effective July 1, 2007, through June 30, 2010.
• Avner Friedman has been named Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Mathematics, effective June 1, 2007.
• N. Geoffrey Parker has been named Distinguished University Professor in the Department of History, effective June 1, 2007. He holds a concurrent appointment as The Andreas Dorpalen Designated Professor in European History.
• Elizabeth O. Seely has been named executive director of The Ohio State University Hospital East, effective May 1, 2007.
• William A. Baeslack III has been named interim executive dean for the professional colleges, effective July 1, 2007, through June 30, 2008. He holds a concurrent appointment as dean of the College of Engineering.
Emeritus titles granted
• William L. Berry, professor emeritus in the Department of Management Sciences, effective July 1, 2007
• Joseph F. Dasta, professor emeritus in the College of Pharmacy, effective July 1, 2007
• Burk A. Dehority, professor emeritus in the Department of Animal Sciences, effective June 1, 2007
• Lee A. Herbert, professor emeritus in the Department of Internal Medicine (Nephrology), effective July 1, 2007
• Keith M. Kilty, professor emeritus in the College of Social Work, effective July 1, 2007
• Melvin L. Moeschberger, professor emeritus in the College of Public Health, effective Oct. 1, 2007
• Judith E. Welker, assistant professor emeritus in Ohio State University Extension, effective June 1, 2007
Regional campus board appointments approved
The following persons have been approved for appointment/reappointment to The Ohio State University Regional Campus Boards:
Lima Board: Ronald E. Hadley, 3rd term; Grace Schulte, 3rd term
Marion Board: Stephen D. Keen, 1st term; Douglas W. Brown, 3rd term; Janet P. Pry, 3rd term
Newark Board: Robert Coffman, 3rd term; Richard L. Gummer, 3rd term; Robert H. McGaughy, 3rd term; Joshua L. Maccombs (student), 2nd term.
Endowed funds established
Trustees accepted the University Development Report for April 2007, which established 17 new named endowed funds totaling $2.4 million in private gifts to the university.
Investment managers appointed
Trustees approved the appointment of external investment managers to assist in the management of the university's Endowment Fund. The Investments Committee periodically reviews the results obtained by the external managers and the amount of funds allocated to each of them, reallocating funds as conditions change.
Construction projects approved
The board authorized the university to enter into design contracts for the following projects:• Renovation of the Journalism Building and Derby Hall for the School of Communications. Estimated project cost is $1.5 million to be provided by College of Social and Behavioral Sciences general funds.
• Renovation of the College of Dentistry dean's office in Postle Hall, including office, reception area and conference rooms. Estimated project cost is $318,000 to be provided by Dentistry development and general funds.
• Upgrade of the 10th and 11th floors in Rhodes Hall to provide an Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. Estimated project cost is $652,697 to be provided by Ohio State University Medical Center Health Systems funds.
• Expansion of the University Hospital Emergency Room in Rhodes Hall. Estimated project cost is $1.9 million to be provided by Ohio State University Medical Center Health Systems funds.
The board authorized the university to enter into constructions contracts for the following projects:
• Addition to the Agricultural Services Building on the Lima Campus. Estimated project cost is $1.3 million to be provided by Lima Campus general funds.
• Renovation of the Morrill Tower food service area for the newly-developed "Fresh Express" concept. Estimated project cost is $527,973 to be provided by Student Affairs operating funds.
• Renovation of the College of Dentistry dean's office in Postle Hall. (see above)
• Renovation of the third floor of Smith Laboratory for the College of Engineering.
Estimated project cost is $455,166 to be provided by Wright Center of Innovation grant funds.
• Upgrade of the 10th and 11th floors of Rhodes Hall to provide an Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. (see above)
The board authorized the university to enter into a joint use agreement for the following project:
• Improvements to the Madison Country fairgrounds to benefit the Madison County 4-H program. Estimated project cost is $94,000 to be provided by a capital appropriation.
Trustees authorized the university to grant the following easements for the residences at Lane Avenue and Kenny Road:
• To Columbus Southern Power Company for a 10-foot wide by 497-foot long strip to run electric power lines into and through the project for a term of 25 years;
• To AT&T Ohio for a 10-foot wide by 497-foot strip to run cable television lines into and through the project for a term of 25 years;
• To Time Warner Telecom of Ohio for a 10-foot wide by 497-foot long strip to run cable television lines into and through the project for a term of 25 years.
An easement was granted to Lennox Retail LLC for 4,878 square feet for a term of 25 years for use in its parking lot and to Embarq Corporation for a 15-foot wide by 3,601-long area on the west side of Reservoir Road and the south side of Thayer Road for a term of 25 years.
Easements were also granted for the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center to the American Electric Power Company for a 30-foot wide by 825-foot area along Oil City Road connecting to the Krauss Dairy Center and to the Wayne County Commissioners for .005 acres along Prairie Lane Road for approximately six months while required improvements are completed.
Long-term lease renewed
Trustees authorized the university to grant a renewal option of 25 years to a long-term ground lease to the non-profit Creative Living Housing Corporation, 150 West 10th Avenue, which provides housing for students with physical disabilities.
Gift of golf course accepted
Trustees authorized the university to accept a gift of Hawk's Nest Golf Course near the Agricultural Technical Institute's Wooster Campus. The gift of 193.52 acres of land in Creston, Ohio, includes the 18-hole public golf course, built in 1993, and the land, buildings and equipment associated with the course, which is valued at approximately $4.1 million.
User charges set for FY 2008
The board approved a series of student fees and charges for activities and services which are self-supporting and receive no state support or tuition dollars. Mandatory fees include a recreation fee, which will increase by $9 to $243; health insurance, which will increase by $69 to $1,434; and a COTA bus pass, which will remain at $27. Non-mandatory fees include room and board for three academic quarters, which will increase by 4.7 percent, or $345, to an average of $7,581 depending on room type and meal plan. A West Campus parking permit will increase by $3.60 to $75.60.
Interim budget approved
The board authorized the university to make expenditures consistent with the level of resources approved for Fiscal Year 2007, pending the adoption of the university's General Funds Budget for Fiscal Year 2008 at the July Board of Trustees meeting and the Current Funds Budget for Fiscal Year 2008 at the September meeting.