Executive Director of Communications & Development
ACTIONS TAKEN: Florida Board of Governors Meeting, Jan. 20, Pensacola
ACTIONS TAKEN FLORIDA BOARD OF GOVERNORS MEETING, JAN. 21, PENSACOLA
***INCLUDES LIST OF APPOINTMENTS MADE TO THE UNIVERSITY BOARDS OF TRUSTEES***
The 17-member Board of Governors took the following actions at its meeting on Jan. 21 in Pensacola:
“Chair’s Report” – Board Chair Ava L. Parker presented the 2010 Annual Report of the State University System as produced and guided by the Strategic Planning Committee and Chair Frank Martin (see separate press release and PowerPoint package).
“Chancellor’s Report” – Frank T. Brogan noted the substantial and growing dynamic between our New Florida Initiative and addressing the economic conditions that can be positively impacted by the goals of creating and tracking the formation of a strong knowledge-based economy. The conversation continues to “gain traction” in many venues – the media, Legislature, private sectors and elsewhere.
Voted to ratify the recommendation of the UWF Board of Trustees for Judith A. Bense, Ph.D., as UWF President.
From the Budget and Finance Committee (Chair Tico Perez)
• Coordinated a Student Financial Aid Workshop on Jan. 19 for the full Board. Multiple presentations were heard on current funding frameworks, sample student profiles and other topics (see presentation materials).
• Noted that all university proposals regarding fees for FY 2011-12, as well as any university proposals on block (flat-rate) tuition for undergraduates or market-rate tuition for some graduate-level courses or programs, all will be heard at the next Budget & Finance Committee meeting on Feb. 10 in Orlando at UCF (see venue details atop this document).
• Voted to approve, on second and final hearing, the Amended Board Regulation 7.001, Tuition and Associated Fees, to add framework and protocols for any university proposals related to market-rate tuition (fact sheet dedicated to this issue was sent to media previously).
From the Facilities Committee (Chair Charlie Edwards)
• Approved two bond resolutions (to be offered by the State of Florida Division of Bond Finance):
1. UF – financing to construct a Translational Research Facility on the Main Campus.
2. FGCU – financing to construct a Student Residences/Dormitory.
• Fixed Capital Outlay Legislative Budget Request – Forecast for FY 2011-12 for State University System (PECO – Public Education Capital Outlay)
Received a report that the State's estimate at this stage is that $110 million will be available for the next fiscal year’s capital outlay appropriation for state universities (vs. last year’s appropriation of $260 million). That is the State University System’s portion in formula that also covers PreK-12 and the Florida College System. The Board of Governors is continuing to monitor the estimating conference activities, including another new estimate expected in the Legislature at a meeting in early March. Some university capital projects are further along in the timeline, and the universities therefore have selected and moved certain projects based on the tightened revenue forecast. Some university construction projects needed, ready and waiting would not receive funding or bonding through PECO dollars if the forecast remains as expected.
• Capital Outlay Budget – Completed Projects
Accepted a staff report and presentation serving as an update regarding completed PECO projects of the recent past.
From the Academic and Student Affairs Committee (Chair Ann Duncan)
• Voted to approve, on second and final hearing, a Ph.D. in Biochemistry at FIU.
• Voted to approve a Ph.D. in Public Health at UF.
• Voted to approve Notice of Intent to Amend Regulation 7.005, Residency for Tuition Purposes. This will return for its second and final hearing at the March meeting after the public comment period. The language is posted on the web site. The committee heard a staff briefing on ongoing dialogue with the U.S. Dept. of Education Office for Civil Rights regarding ongoing compliance activities.
• Voted to approve Notice of Intent to Amend Regulation, 8.011 New Academic Program Authorization. This will return for its second and final hearing at the March meeting after the public comment period. Initial provisions were presented for Board review protocols evaluating new degree offerings, working in partnership with the Council for Academic Vice Presidents (university provosts). The regulation will add an affirmative statement that any new academic programs approved by the Board of Governors are not unnecessarily duplicative amid the System’s 11 universities.
Strategic Planning Committee - Mr. Frank Martin
• Voted to approve the establishment of a center in Crestview, Fla. by FAMU, which will extend its Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program to the Crestview area. Funds were provided by appropriation to the Department of Health in a previous legislative Session.
• Voted to approve the 2010 Annual Report of the State University System (see separate press release and PowerPoint package).
From the Trustee Nominating Committee (Chair Mori Hosseini)
• Appointments to the Boards of Trustees at the Universities: The Board of Governors has 23 appointments to make to the respective 11 Boards of Trustees (two each to every university and 3 at Florida A&M University). The terms of service for these seats expired on Jan. 6 and thus were scheduled as a routine item to be taken up at this January meeting, for terms that end Jan. 6, 2016. The deadline for applications to the Board office was extended in order to draw more applications. (Previous press release and full details: www.flbog.edu/pressroom/.)More than 100 applications in total were received. Eight of the 11 universities’ applications and appointments were addressed at this Board of Governors meeting, and the other three universities’ appointments will be taken up in the near future in another round of Board appointments in the near future. The following applicants were nominated and approved at the committee level on Jan. 19 and then approved by the full Board on Jan. 20. The Governing Board members in parenthesis represent the committee members appointed by Chair Hosseini to look at that university’s applicants, in order to review the applicants’ information in detail, and to diligently meet and visit as appropriate for interviewing. These appointments now move to the Florida Senate for confirmation, while the appointees will begin serving their terms on the Boards of Trustees in the meantime.
Florida State University (Chair Parker, Governor John Rood) - Appointees: Edward E. Burr of Jacksonville Beach, a developer; and Joseph L. Camps, M.D., of Tallahassee, a physician.
Florida A&M University (Chair Parker, Governor John Temple) - Appointees: Richard A. Dent, III, of Ohio, a business executive; Spurgeon W. McWilliams, M.D., of Tallahassee, a physician; and Karl E. White of Boston, a financial consultant.
University of South Florida (Governor Ann Duncan, Governor Mori Hosseini) - Appointees: Stephanie E. Goforth of Gulfport, a banking executive; and Louis S. Saco, M.D., of Lakeland, a physician.
Florida Atlantic University (Governor Mori Hosseini, Governor Norm Tripp) - Appointees: Robert J. Stilley of Tequesta, a business executive, and Paul C. Tanner of Fort Lauderdale, an investment adviser.
Florida International University (Governor Dean Colson, Governor Norm Tripp) - Appointees: Sidney (Larry) Kahn, III, of Coral Gables, a real estate executive, and Albert R. Maury of Pinecrest, a healthcare executive.
University of North Florida (Chair Parker, Governor John Rood) - Appointee: Joan W. Newton of Jacksonville, a real estate developer.
Florida Gulf Coast University (Governor Ann Duncan, Governor John Temple) - Appointees: Joseph R. Catti, of Fort Myers, a banking executive, and Robert A. Wells of Fort Myers, a hospitality executive.
New College of Florida (Governor Colson, Governor Rood) - Appointees: Audrey R. Coleman of Lakewood Ranch, Fla.; and Mary L. Ruiz of Bradenton, a healthcare executive.
From the Audit and Compliance Committee (Chair Norm Tripp)
• Voted to approve that the State University System Inspector General, shall, in direct consultation with the Committee Chair, evaluate any cases that should be addressed by the Committee and those that should be brought to the attention of the full Board. (This is a follow-up motion to several information-only presentations made at the November Board meeting.)
From the Legislative Affairs Committee (Chair Dean Colson)
No formal report.