Trustees meet, approve university matters - Sept. 2006
COLUMBUS - The Ohio State University Board of Trustees today (9/22) approved a variety of university matters, including the appointment of a new chief of police, a dean of the Graduate School, and members of a Presidential Search Committee. Trustees gave their final approval to the 2007 university operating budget of $3.7 billion and authorized the construction bidding process for the $108 million Thompson Library renovation.
The board established 37 new endowed funds, two endowed chairs and a professorship with $8.9 million is private gifts to the university, and accepted 256 research grants and contracts, totaling $29.6 million awarded to the university during June.
Other business before the board included personnel, fiscal and construction matters.
2006-07 operating budget approved
Trustees gave final approval to details of the university's spending and income plan for the 2006-07 fiscal year, after initially approving the budget framework at its meeting in July. For the year, revenues and expenditures are expected to be $3.7 billion across the university, including self-funded auxiliary operations such as the health system and athletics, and regional campuses. The health system alone accounts for 36 percent of the total budget.
The budget includes $9 million in one-time funds and $1 million in continuing funds to support Phase I of Targeted Investments in Excellence (TIE). Total commitment to the TIE program is $50 million over five years to be invested in 10 high-impact university programs.
State support for the Columbus campus is expected to increase by 2.9 percent, the largest increase since FY 2001. However state support still remains 1.2 percent lower than 2001 levels. In response, the university will continue its focus on efforts to generate revenues from other sources, including private fund-raising and sponsored research.
Presidential Search Committee appointed
The board has established a 24-member Presidential Search Committee to recommend candidates to replace Karen Holbrook, who has announced her decision to retire from the presidency of The Ohio State University in June 2007. The committee will be composed of the following:
Trustees: Douglas G. Borror, G. Gilbert Cloyd, Jo Ann Davidson, Karen L. Hendricks, Robert H. Schottenstein, Alex Shumate and Leslie Wexner
Faculty: Kevin G. Boyle, professor of history; Marilynn Brewer, professor of psychology; L.S. Fan, Distinguished University Professor, chemical and biomolecular engineering; Susan E. Metros, professor of industrial, interior and visual communication design and deputy chief information officer; Terry A. Miller, Ohio Eminent Scholar in experimental physical chemistry; Linda J. Saif, Distinguished University Professor, Food Animal Health - OARDC, veterinary preventive medicine; and Harald E. Vaessin, professor of molecular genetics
Deans: Joseph A. Alutto, dean of the Fisher College of Business and executive dean for professional colleges; Jacqueline J. Royster, executive dean for arts and sciences and senior vice provost
Students: Una M. Chung, inter-professional student; Ryan M. Fournier, president of Undergraduate Student Government; Waverly L. Gordon, president of the Council of Graduate Students
Administrators: Fred Sanfilippo, senior vice president for health sciences and executive dean of the Health Sciences Colleges Cluster; Mac A. Stewart, vice provost for minority affairs and chief diversity officer
Alumni Association: Archie Griffin, president and CEO of the Alumni Association
Foundation Board: Jack Lucks, Jr., chair of the Foundation Board
Non-teaching staff representative: Jay S. Young, University Staff Advisory Council
Alex Shumate will serve as the committee's chair, David O. Frantz as liaison, Christopher Colley as general counsel, and Maureen T. Sharkey as administrative coordinator.
Construction projects authorizedThe board authorized the university to enter into feasibility study contracts for the following projects:
* Improvements to Mershon Auditorium. Estimated project cost is $75,000 to be provided by College of the Arts operating fund, Office of Academic Affairs development funds and central university funds.
* Engineering study to determine the site for a new electrical substation. Estimated project cost is $500,000 to be provided by Facilities Operations operating funds
The board authorized the university to enter into design contracts for the following projects:
* Renovation of 9 West in Doan Hall for a new treatment unit for acute burn patients. Estimated project cost is $240,000 to be provided by University Hospital auxiliary funds.
* Renovation of two operating rooms in Doan Hall to bring them up to current code and add infrastructure for robotics. Estimated project cost is $544,274 to be provided by University Hospital auxiliary funds.
* Renovation and expansion of the Ohio Union Garage. Estimated project cost is $20.9 million to be provided by 2007 bond proceeds and Transportation and Parking operating funds.
* Renovation of Kepler Club House Bag Room at the OSU Golf Course to provide office space for coaches. Estimated project cost $180,000 to be provided by Department of Athletics operating funds.
* Finish of shell space in the basement of the Veterinary Medicine Academic Building to create research labs and offices. Estimated project cost is $2.97 million to by provided by College of Veterinary Medicine operating funds.
The board authorized the university to enter into design and construction contracts for the following projects:
* Reconstruction of the east portion of Taxiway A per FAA recommendation at Don Scott Airport. Taxiway B will be removed as part of the project. Estimated project cost is $2.8 million to be provided by College of Engineering development funds and an FAA grant.
* Installation of a security fence along the Don Scott Airport perimeter to increase airport safety. Estimated project cost is $225,000 to be provided by College of Engineering development funds and an FAA grant.
The board authorized the university to enter into construction contracts for the following projects:
* Replacement of the existing chiller and pumps in McCampbell Hall with new equipment to increase the system's capacity. Estimated project cost is $340,000 to be provided by state funds.
* Relocation of magnet systems housed in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging facility as part of the Medical Center Facilities Plan. Estimated project cost is $7 million to be provided by 2007 bond proceeds.
* Renovation of the North Commons Dining Hall to the newly developed "Fresh Express" service concept. Estimated project cost is $362,052 to be provided by Office of Student Affairs operating funds.
* Upgrade of the existing fire alarm systems in the north low-rise residence halls. Estimated project cost is $2.99 million to be provided by 2007 bond proceeds.
* Replacement of the Muck Crops Branch Office and Shop Building on the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development campus. Estimated project cost is $825,000 to be provided by state funds.
* Renovation of Thompson Library. Estimated project cost is $108.36 million to be provided by state, development and University Libraries operating funds.
* Replacement of the air-handling unit in the Veterinary Hospital. Estimated project cost is $1.96 million to be provided by state funds.
Named endowed chairs established
* The John W. Wolfe Chair in Human Cancer Genetics, $1,510,018, provided by gifts from The Robert F. Wolfe and Edgar T. Wolfe Foundation to support the salary and cancer research for a chair position at the Comprehensive Cancer Center -- The Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute
* William H. Havener, M.D. Chair in Ophthalmology Research, $1,285,548 (grandfathered), provided by gifts from friends and colleagues in honor of William H. Havener to support a chair position for a faculty member in the Department of Ophthalmology
Named endowed professorship established
* The Stephen F. Loebs Professorship in Health Services Management and Policy, $753,006, provided by gifts from alumni and friends of the HSMP Program to provide salary and program support for the work of a distinguished teacher and scholar in the Health Services Management and Policy Program
Named endowed funds established* The Gilbert Moody Fund for Excellence in Business Administration, $3,032,939, provided by gifts from the estate of Gilbert Moody to promote excellence in business education by faculty and students including areas of insurance and related financial services
* The Batelle/Bertram D. Thomas Scholarship Fund, $1,000,000, provided by gifts from The Battelle Memorial Institute Foundation to provide tuition scholarships for junior and senior honors undergraduate chemistry majors who have financial need
* The Howard Seeds Family Football Scholarship Fund, $150,000, provided by gifts from Howard and Sally Seeds to supplement the grant-in-aid scholarship costs of a student-athlete who is pursuing an undergraduate degree at Ohio State and is a member of the football team
* The Lawrence D. Funderburke Scholarship Fund, $75,000, provided by a gift from Lawrence D. Funderburke to provide scholarships to students with preference given to minority or other underrepresented students
* The Connor Senn Memorial Scholarship Fund, $65,691, provided by gifts from friends and family to supplement the grant-in-aid scholarship costs of a student-athlete who is pursuing an undergraduate degree at Ohio State and is member of the men's soccer team
* Stephen Strasser, Ph.D. Award in Cardiovascular Research Fund, $61,900, provided by gifts from Stephen Strasser to provide annual awards in cardiovascular research to fellows in the Division of Cardiology
* OSU Medical Center Autism Endowment Fund in Neurology, $60,527, provided by gifts from Stephen Strasser to support research and professional education/training programs on the diagnosis, treatment and cure of autism and/or related conditions or diseases
* Barry Friedman, M.D. Scholarship Fund in General Internal Medicine, $60,400, provided by gifts from Stephen Strasser to provide annual scholarships in the Division of General Internal Medicine to medical students with an interest in this specialty
* OSU Medical Center Child/Youth Psychiatry Education Fund, $60,400, provided by gifts from Stephen Strasser to provide child and adolescent psychiatry education and training experiences for health care professionals and trainees
* OSU Medical Center Critical Care Education Fund, $60,400, provided by gifts from Stephen Strasser to support programs and special initiatives that enhance the education of medical professionals and improve the dissemination of medical knowledge in the field of critical care
* Raul A. Hernandez, Sr., M.D. Endowed Athletic Scholarship Fund, $56,000, provided by a gift from Dr. Raul A. Hernandez, Jr., to supplement the grant-in-aid scholarship costs of a student-athlete who is pursuing an undergraduate degree at Ohio State and is a member of the varsity baseball team
* The Raduege Scholarship Fund, $33,180, provided by gifts from friends and family of Raymond C. Raduege, Jr. to supplement the grant-in-aid scholarship costs of a student manager in the sport of football who is pursuing an undergraduate degree at Ohio State
* The H.A.J. Hoitink Graduate Education Endowment Fund, $32,420, provided by gifts from colleagues, friends, the compost technology industry and the green industry in honor of Professor Harry (Henricus) A.J. Hoitink
* The Hirzel Family Research Endowment Fund, $30,365, provided by gifts from the Hirzel family and friends to support research and education in functional foods related to inhibition and prevention of disease
* Bettina and James B. Emden Innovation Projects Fund, $30,000, provided by gifts from Bettina Emden and James B. Emden to be used at the discretion of the dean of the Fisher College of Business for innovative projects
* Veterinary Medicine Class of 1954 Endowed Scholarship Fund, $28,250, provided by gifts from the College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 1954 to provide one scholarship each year for a veterinary student who graduated from an Ohio high school
* The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Chicago Endowment Fund, $28,000, provided by gifts from The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Chicago to provide non-renewable scholarships to first-year students from Illinois who are ranked in the top 25 percent of their high school class
* The Paul L. Wright Chair Fund in Agricultural Law, $27,063, provided by gifts from Paul L. Wright to support a tenure track position in the Ohio State University Extension
* The Robert J. Fass Memorial Fund in Infectious Diseases, $26,601, provided by gifts from family, friends and colleagues in memory of Robert J. Fass, M.D. to support the advancement of medical knowledge through medical education and research on infectious diseases
* Governor James A. Rhodes Scholarship Endowment Fund, $26,359, provided by gifts from the Ohio Expostions Commission, 4-H Youth Development, Ohio FFA and friends of the last Gov. James A. Rhodes to provide scholarships to incoming freshment or undergraduate students in The College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences or ATI at Wooster
* The David E. Hahn Endowment Fund to Enhance the Student Experience, $26,025, provided by gifts from the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics in honor of Dr. David E. Hahn to support student activities and co-curricular activities including but not limited to the National Agricultural Marketing Association
* The Brian M. Wollett Memorial Scholarship Fund, $25,650, provided by gifts from Marilyn K. Wollett to provide a scholarship in the College of Pharmacy for a PharmD student who demonstrates financial need and could not otherwise attend the program
* The Fortner Teacher Enhancement Scholarship Fund at Stone Laboratory, $25,175, provided by gifts from the Fortner family and friends of the Stone Laboratory in honor of Dr. Rosanne W. Fortner to provide scholarships for teachers at Stone Lab
* The Lawrence D. Funderburke Fisher College of Business Scholarship Fund, $25,150, provided by a gift from Lawrence D. Funderburke to provide scholarships to students attending the Fisher College of Business with preference given to minority or other underrepresented students
* Hocking County Youth Board Endowment Fund, $25,129, provided by gifts from numerous friends of the Hocking County Youth Board and Hocking County 4-H Program to support the Hocking County Youth Board Program
* Judith Meezan Bayha Scholarship Fund, $25,100, provided by gifts from Beatrice and Joseph Meezan to support an MSW student in the College of Social Work
* Siu K. Yee Memorial Endowment Fund in Transplant Surgery, $25,005, provided by gifts from the Wings Charitable Foundation of Columbus to support interdisciplinary medical research and education in the OSU Medical Center's Comprehensive Transplant Center
* The Eloise B. Harper Scholarship Fund in Food Science and Technology, $25,004, provided by gifts from Dr. James Harper, family and friends in memory of Eloise B. Harper to provide scholarships to students majoring in food science and technology with preference given to female students
* Virgil L. and Adnelle Harvey Heskett and Gene Harvey and Kathleen B. Heskett Scholarship Endowment Fund, $25,000, provided by a gift from Adnelle Harvey Heskett in honor of Gene H. Heskett and Kathleen B. Heskett and in memory of Virgil L. Heskett to provide scholarships for worthy residents or past residents of the Alumnae Scholarship House Program or its successor program
* The Margaret Noell Kindberg Memorial Fund, $25,000, provided by gifts from Jon L. Kindberg in memory of Margaret Noell Kindberg to support travel opportunities for students in the College of the Arts
* The Cristi and John Ludwig Endowed Scholarship Fund, $25,000, provided by a gift from Cristi and John Ludwig to provide scholarship for OSU students from Marion County who have demonstrated financial need
* The Master's Endowed Scholarship Fund in Social Policy and Program Development, $25,000, provided by gifts from Wayne Moore and Laura Kaufman to provide a scholarship to an MSW student with an interest in social policy and program development and administration in the College of Social Work
* Rosalie E. Palius Endowment Fund for WOSU Public Media, $25,000, provided by gifts from the estate of Roalie E. Palius to provide general operation support for WOSU Public Media
* Extension Community Development Fund, $25,000, provided by gifts from employee contributions to provide program support for community development
* The Alfred L. Nicely, M.D. Resident Education Fund in Ophthalmology, $25,000, provided by gifts from Dr. Alfred L. Nicely to support the education and training of medical residents in the Department of Ophthalmology
* Department of Food Science and Technology Endowed Fund for Equipment, $16,364 (grandfathered), provided by gifts from friends and alumni of The College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences for the purchase, upgrade, maintenance and/or repair of equipment for the Department of Food Science and Technology's laboratory and the Food Industries Center
* The Sheatzley/Resnik Endowed Fund, $15,000 (grandfathered), provided by gifts from alumni and friends of the College of Optometry in memory of Brian Sheatzley and Astronaut Judith Resnick, daughter of Marvin Resnick, to provide scholarship support in the College of Optometry
Change in description of named endowed funds
* The Henry J. Barre Award for Graduate Study in Agricultural Engineering
* The Donny R. and G. Jeanne Baker Memorial Scholarship Fund
* The Henry C. Gelbke Endowed Scholarship Fund
* The Kenneth and Paul Zeisler Real Estate Scholarship Fund
Change in name and description of named endowed funds
* The Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. Agriculture and Human Ecology Fund is now The Dairy Farmers of America, Inc., Don H. Schriver Agriculture and Human Ecology Fund
* The Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. 4-H Fund is now The Dairy Farmers of America, Inc., Don H. Schriver 4-H Fund
* The Newman Endowed Scholarship in Forestry is now The Ralph and Anne E. Newman Endowed Scholarship in Forestry
* The Ohio State University Military Dependents Merit Scholarship Fund in Social and Behavioral Sciences is now The Ohio State University Military Dependents Merit Scholarship Fund
Personnel actions approved
* Thomas M. Best has been named professor and holder of The Warner M. and Lora Kays Pomerene Chair in Medicine in the College of Medicine, effective July 1, 2005, through June 30, 2009
* Robert B. Chambers has been named associate professor and holder of the William H. Havener, M.D., Chair in Ophthalmology Research in the College of Medicine, effective Oct. 1, 2006, through June 30, 2010
* Paul S. Denton has been named Chief of Police in the Department of Public Safety, Division of Police, effective Nov. 6, 2006. He currently is a commander with the city of Columbus Division of Police.
* Richard T. Hart has been named professor and holder of The Edgar C. Hendrickson Designated Chair in Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering, effective July 1, 2006, through June 30, 2011. Prior to this appointment, he served as Alden J. Laborde Professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tulane University in New Orleans.
* Mary G. Nash has been named chief nursing executive for OSU Health System in the Office of Health Services and clinical professor in the College of Nursing, effective Sept. 5, 2006. Prior to this appointment, she served as chief quality officer and chief nursing officer in the Baptist Health System in Birmingham, Ala.
* Patrick S. Osmer has been named vice provost for graduate studies in the Office of Academic Affairs and dean of the Graduate School, effective Sept. 18, 2006, through June 30, 2011. He holds a concurrent appointment as professor in the Department of Astronomy and Distinguished Professor in the College of Mathematical and Physical Sciences.
* Ness B. Shroff has been named professor and The Ohio Eminent Scholar in Computer Networking and Communication Research in the College of Engineering, effective Oct. 1, 2007. He is currently professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Center for Wireless Systems and Applications at Purdue University.
* Dieter Wanner has been named interim associate provost for international affairs in the Office of Academic Affairs, effective Jan. 1, 2007, through Dec. 31, 2007.
* Vernon L. Baisden has been reappointed acting chief of police in the Division of Police, effective Oct. 1, 2006, through November 5, 2006. He holds a concurrent appointment as assistant vice president in the Department of Public Safety.
* Marvin T. Batte has been reappointed professor and holder of The Fred N. VanBuren Professorship in Farm Management in The College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, effective July 1, 2006, through June 30, 2011.
* John Mueller has been reappointed professor and holder of The Wayne Woodrow Hayes Chair in National Securities Studies in the Mershon Center, effective Oct. 1, 2005, through June 30, 2010.
* Umit A. Ozguner has been reappointed professor and holder of The Transportation Research Center, Inc. Chair in Intelligent Transportation Systems in the College of Engineering, effective July 1, 2004, through June 30, 2009.
* John F. Sheridan has been reappointed professor and holder of The George C. Paffenbarger - Alumni Chair in Dental Research in the College of Dentistry, effective Jan. 1, 2006, through Dec. 31, 2010.
* David M. Goss has been appointed chair of the Department of Mathematics, effective Oct. 1, 2006
* Richard T. Hart has been appointed chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, effective July 1, 2006, through June 30, 2010.
* James S. King has been appointed interim chair of the Neuroscience Program, effective Oct. 1, 2006, through June 30, 2007
* William M. Randle has been appointed chair of the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, effective Nov. 1, 2006, through June 20, 2010.
* Franklin W. Schwartz has been appointed director of the School of Earth Sciences, effective July 1, 2006, through Sept. 30, 2009
Heart Hospital appointments approved
The board approved the appointment of Jennette B. Bradley as a citizen member and John B. Gerlach, Jr. as chairperson of The Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital Board.
Emeritus titles granted* Keith W. Bedford, professor emeritus in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Geodetic Science, effective Sept. 1, 2006
* Richard N. Boyd, professor emeritus in the Department of Physics, effective Oct. 1, 2006
* Charles R. Curtis, professor emeritus in the Department of Plant Pathology, effective Oct. 1, 2006
* Jerry F. Downhower, professor emeritus in the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology, effective Sept. 1, 2006
* David H. Elliot, professor emeritus in the School of Earth Sciences, effective Sept. 1, 2006
* Michael R. Foster, professor emeritus in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, effective Sept. 1, 2006
* Elizabeth L. Gross, professor emeritus in the Department of Biochemistry, effective Sept. 1, 2006
* Stephen F. Schaal, professor emeritus in the Department of Internal Medicine, effective Sept. 1, 2006
* Deanna L. Tribe, associate professor emeritus in Ohio State University Extension, effective Oct. 1, 2006
* Susan E. Wyngaard, assistant professor emeritus in University Libraries, effective Sept. 1, 2006
* Robert L. Romig, assistant professor emeritus in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, effective Sept. 1, 2006
Resolutions in memoriam
* Frederick G. Kilgour, professor emeritus in University Libraries, who died on July 31, 2006
* Adalbert Koestner, professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology (now the Department of Veterinary Biosciences), who died on Aug. 2, 2006
* Earl F. Murphy, professor emeritus in the Moritz College of Law, who died July 23, 2006
* Herbert S. Parnes, professor emeritus in the Department of Economics, who died on Aug, 5, 2006
* Evelyn E. Pintz, associate professor of clinical medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine, who died on June 15, 2006
* Maurice L. Zox, assistant professor emeritus in the Department of Surgery, who died on July 16, 2006
Easement renewals granted
The board authorized the university to grant a number of 25-year easement renewals for existing natural gas, electric and telecommunication lines to Columbia Gas, Ohio Bell and Columbus Southern.
Center status approved
The board approved the use of the word "center," usually reserved for academic centers, for the College of Medicine's Center for IT Innovations in Healthcare following approval by the Council on Academic Affairs.
Fisher College center renamed
The board approved the Fisher College of Business' request to change the name of the Center for Information Technologies to the Center for Business Performance Management in order to better reflect the changing nature of the activities being undertaken.
Investment managers appointed
Following the recommendation of the Investments Committee, the board approved the appointment and reappointment of external investment managers who assist the Office of the Treasurer in managing the university's endowment fund. The committee periodically reviews the results obtained by the external investment managers and the amount of funds assigned to each and adjusts the mix as economic conditions and performance change.
Long-term lease authorized
Trustees authorized the university to enter into a long-term lease for the property at 4019 West Dublin-Granville Road from Phele Investment Properties at the request of The Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. The leased premises, comprised of 30,903 square feet, are in a strategic location that fulfills the necessary space requirements for the JamesCare Comprehensive Breast Health Center.
Committee appointments amended
New trustees were appointed to board committees. John C. Fisher will serve on the Academic and Student Affairs Committee, the Agricultural Affairs Committee and the Affiliated Entities Committee. Alan W. Brass will serve on the Fiscal Affairs Committee and the Medical Center Affairs Committee. Thekla R. Shackelford will serve on the Investments Committee and the Audit Committee. In addition, Board Chairman Robert M. Duncan will serve on the Science and Technology Campus Board.
Planned phase-down delayed
The board approved delaying the phase-down in endowment assessment to support the Office of University Development. The assessment, which stood at 1.33 percent in the 2004 fiscal year, was reduced to 1.11 percent in FY 2006 and was scheduled for further reduction to 1 percent in FY 2007. In order to maintain current levels of service in raising funds for the university, the Development office will instead receive 1.10 percent in endowment support, rather than the planned 1 percent, in the next fiscal year.
Competitive bidding waivers reported
The board accepted the quarterly report on waivers of competitive bidding requirements. During the period of April to June 2006, the senior vice president for business and finance granted 86 waivers for annual purchases of $38,144,929, and the vice president for health services granted 29 waivers for annual purchases totaling $12,085,023. Waivers of competitive bidding can be granted in the event of an emergency, when a sufficient economic reason exists or when the goods or services can be purchased from only a single source.
Student receives board recognition
Erica Johnson of Jenison, Mich., a fourth-year student in the College of Optometry pursuing a doctorate in optometry and a master's in vision science, received the trustees' Student Recognition Award. Erica received her undergraduate degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from Central Michigan, where she served as the student body president. She spent a year as a traveling leadership consultant for her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, followed by a stint at Ohio State as a T-35 summer research trainee. Her research project, which was funded by the NIH and the National Eye Institute, produced an abstract that was accepted by the American Academy of Optometry. At the College of Optometry, she has served as a student volunteer for Optometric Services for Humanity and is the Class of 2007 president of the College of Optometry Student Council. Additionally, Erica has been coordinating welcoming events for all first year students and serves as the president of the Ohio State Chapter for the American Optometric Student Association. Erica was nominated for the honor by Dean Mel Shipp from the College of Optometry.
The Student Recognition Award is presented each month by the Board of Trustees to a student in honor of their achievement in his or her area of study, service to the University and/or community, and research achievements that have been a credit to the college and the University.