April 25, 2005
Board of Trustees Meeting
10 March 2005
9:10 AM Chair Eppley called the meeting to order.Public Comment:Rachel S. Liebman member of GEO- Asked the Board of Trustees to vote against the Student Health Insurance Fees for the three campuses.
- The plan was inadequate when compared to peer institutions.Nadine Israel, Progressive Resource Action Cooperative
- Asked for closure on the Chief issue.Professor Stephen Kaufman faculty member of UIUC- Asked for removal of the Chief- Asked that the process be made public
The regular agenda was called and Trustee Francis Carroll read a resolution honoring Earl Langdon Neal, the first African-American to serve as president of the Board of Trustees. The resolution was voted and passed.The Student Health Insurance Fees for the three campuses was discussed. Gene Barton presented information on the process used in determining the fees. The plan called for a reduction in fees from $2500/year to $1800/year and additional services for ambulance and inpatient services. Additionally a prescription drug discount card would be made available. The item passed.Funding for Auxiliary Facilities amounting to $0.3 billion of Revenue Bonds was approved. The funds would be used to fund South Campus projects and several UIC-UIUC campus recreation renovation projects. The item passed.The appointment of a new member to the 9 member board of Illinois Ventures, Inc. was approved. Additionally $0.5 million was authorized for investment in new companies commercializing UI technology by the Illinois Emergency Technology Fund. Both items were approved.Purchases of $16 million were approved for:
Health Insurance $10.5 million
Furniture for Sherman Hall $ 0.8 million
Coal UIUC $ 3.8 million
Equipment for NCSA $ 0.8 millionRick Mendola provided an update of the UI Integrate Project. He reported, “On time, below budget.” The $6.3 million contingency fund will be used for new system initiation and system maintenance. This will allow for a reduction of the $1.5 million allocation from the FY06 budget. The Board of Trustees asked for an independent measure of success for the project.A report on the future plans for renovation and expanding the Gregory and Peabody Drives residence halls and dining facilities was presented. It is envisioned that this will be a ten year $100 million plus effort.A presentation on compliance issues for the Sarbones-Oxley Act was given by Tom Barrows and Stephen Rugg. They recommended that the following be implemented:1. Adopt a charter for Audit Committee2. Set meetings with internal audit staff3. Review complaints4. Report to the Board of Trustees
Chair Eppley distributed’ “Proposed Chief Guidelines” to the board members.Draft Guidelines Framework:
- Seek consensus
- Preserve tradition and heritage in concert with the board’s heritage resolutions.
- Retain the names “Illini” and “Fighting Illini.”
- Recognize the diversity of Illinois American Indian culture, past and present.
- Engage American Indian involvement in our efforts.
- Reflect the University’s core values of excellence, integrity and respect.
Professor James Anderson gave an update on the UIUC Chancellor Search. He indicated that 1 April was the target for a short list to be given to President White.The meeting was adjourned at 4:05 pm.Respectfully submitted,
Joseph E. Finnerty
UIUC Faculty Observer