For now, we’ll call the meeting to order
today. On behalf of the Board of Trustees it’s my pleasure to welcome everyone to
the tenth meeting of the ETSU Board of Trustees. Today’s meeting is significant
for the board because we will take action on faculty tenure and promotions,
tuition and fees, and new academic programs. However, before we move into the formal consideration of the agenda there are a couple of items that I would like
to review. Earlier this month, our efforts related to combating the opioid epidemic
were recognized and deepened as we announced a partnership with Virginia
Tech and the receipt of the Eugene Washington engagement Award Grant.
Through this partnership, ETSU and Virginia Tech will help central
Appalachian communities become more proactive in the battle against the
opioid crisis and connected public health concerns such as neonatal
abstinence syndrome, hepatitis C, HIV outbreaks, and mental health issues. As
the project director Dr. Robert Pak noted in a recent Johnson City press
interview the immediacy of the crisis creates a reactionary climate for
institutions and organizations in the throes of that crisis. On behalf of the
board, I would like to commend Dr. Pak and his colleagues for their dedication
and we hope that this is just one more block in our emerging research
portfolio. I would also like to take a moment to thank our faculty and staff
for their efforts over the spring semester to ensure that our students
realize their dream of graduating. Next Saturday, more than 2,000 students will
walk across the stage to receive their degrees. Our graduates journey to
commencement began with interactions with our staff in admissions, in
financial aid, and the scholarship office. Our staff’s willingness to answer
questions, mentor, and assist students along the path to college provided a
foundation for their success in the classroom our faculty have pushed our
students academically, encourage them to reach higher to participate in
undergraduate research or to engage in study abroad opportunities. Earlier in
this month, the ETSU Foundation launched our first capital campaign in more than
a decade to raise funds to support our students, our faculty, and our staff.
During his address to the foundation, President Nolan stated that institutions
are bigger than any one person but when individuals are collectively committed
to a mission they can be transformative. I share his perspective and on behalf of
the Board of Trustees thank you for all that you do to transform the lives of
our students. At this time, I’d like to ask Dr. Linville to call the roll please.
Dr. Alsop? Present. Ms. Ayres? Here. Mr. DeCarlo? Here. Mr. Golden? Here. Ms. Grisham? Present. Dr. Latimer? Ms. Miler? Present. Mr. Powell? Present. Mr. Ramsey?
Here. Mr. Niswonger? Here. Mr. Chair you have the floor. Thank you.
First order of business is amend the consent agenda. Before we move forward
with the published agenda, I’d like to ask the board to consider consider
adding one item to today’s consent agenda. That item is the approval of
changes to the university’s institutional mission profile that is
annually submitted to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. In order to
meet THEC’s scheduling requirements I would like to add approval of the
institutional mission profile to today’s consent agenda. A copy of the profile
changes has been provided to you and include language about first-generation
students and supporting research and clinical service delivery. One additional
change is updating the profile to reflect the university’s change in the
Carnegie Foundation classification. Are there any questions? If not, may I have a
motion to add approval of the revised institutional mission profile to the
consent agenda? So moved. Do I have a second? Second. All in favor please say
aye? Aye! Opposed like sign. Okay. Next item of business is approval of the minutes
of February 22nd behind Tab 1. Do I have a motion to approve the minutes? So moved. Do I have a second? Second. All in favor please say aye. Aye! Opposed like sign. Next is a report from finance and the
Administration Committee from Chairman Steve DeCarlo. Thank you. Let me start off by
saying thank you to BJ and Dr. King for everything she’s done for us, kept us on
track. We had a quick and spirited discussion this morning. So let me start
off. The Finance and Administration Committee met this morning to review
several items. The committee approved at 2% tuition increase for the College of Medicine and the College of Pharmacy. Increases based on a cost study. Both colleges begin their semester prior to the main campus and need to have
approved tuition for fee assessment. Prior year increase was 2% for medicine
and 3% for pharmacy and that is the committee’s recommendation. Okay. The
first action item is recommending the tuition rates for the College of
Medicine and College of Pharmacy for next year. Are there any questions? All
those in favor please signify by saying aye. Aye! Opposed like sign. The second
action item is recommending a salary increase for faculty and staff for the
next fiscal year. Any questions there? All in favor please… excuse me. Yeah, I was
going to finish. We’ll keep practicing. We’ll get better. So the committee
approved to 2% across-the-board salary increase. The main campus appropriation
did not specify a salary increase in the College of Pharmacy and does not receive an appropriation. The college of medicine and family medicine were provided a 2% salary increase in the state of her in their state appropriation. The 2%
increase will be implemented July 1 the $500 minimum increase. Again, this is the
these recommendation. Now? I recommend the recommendation is for a salary increase
for faculty and staff for the next next fiscal year as as described. If there are no
further questions, all those in favor please say aye. Aye! The third issue discussion this morning
non mandatory fee increases were presented to the committee. The course
fees are being simplified and from what I understand that is a big deal, and will
be assessed based on the subject the presentation of fees on the web will be
a single page instead of the current five pages… excuse me. Some fees will
increase and provide funding for college level investments in line with the new
distributed budget model. The fees apply to the College of Arts and Sciences,
Business and Technology, and Clemmer College. The fees are similar to those
charged in the academic Health Sciences Research which resulted in the building
60IPER investment and other Health Sciences College and Department
enhancements. The fees were presented to the SGA in two meetings in March and
April and received endorsement. That is our committee recommendation. Committee has reviewed and recommended approval of non mandatory fees. Are there any further questions? I have a couple of questions. We are under a new budget model. I was
wondering if what percentage of the student fees might go directly to
department chairs for use because they’re being generated by the number of
students enrolled in the departments and if we may not have that number, and a
second consideration I’m sure that they will go to the deans, at least I feel
that probably go through the deans of the colleges first, for a dispersement. Dr. Alsop, with respect to your question, the distribution of fee
revenues generated from the material that is before the board’s consideration
today would remain within the college’s from which those fees were generated. So
in the College of Education, for example, the fees that would come from the
courses outlined in the agenda materials that revenue would stay within the
college, that revenue would not revert to central administration as a whole, the
deans in conjunction with their chairs would have the ability to distribute
those investments the same way they have the ability to manage control of college
level budgets within the new institutional budget model. So that
would be a shared governance conversation with the faculty, the chairs,
and the deans of the respective colleges around how those funds would be invested
that would be derived from materials outlined within your agenda. President Noland, thank you for clarifying. Any other questions by the board? No further
questions I’ll call for the vote. Those in favor please signify by saying aye. Aye!
Opposed like sign. We have two other items we will discuss. The committee discussed
comfort comparative tuition and mandatory fees for public institutions
in Tennessee. Tuition and mandatory fees will be presented at a call meeting in
May. These require a public comment period and the data is being prepared.
And then the second issue the committee were the quarterly assessments greater
than $250,000. The agreements were all processed in accordance with state policy. And I think the last point and
this will conclude my report is that PJ, Dr. King, and their team had another
audit and again, no findings and it goes without saying that’s very difficult to
achieve and the staff should be commended for their efforts and hard
work and it shows up in in things like these audit reports. So noted. Thank you.
Thanks, Steve for the report. This morning the Academic and Student Affairs
Committee was convened by Dr. Linda Latimer who couldn’t be with us this
afternoon. I think Dr. Bishop forgo from the committee. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. This was an important meeting for the academics, students and research committee because it’s the time of year that we consider promotions
and tenure recommendations. It’s the culmination of a year’s work and review
from faculty submitting their dossiers for review within the department’s and
the colleges and at the central administration level and I’m pleased to
report that those recommendations were presented to the academics committee
this morning and were endorsed unanimously so the committee brings
those recommendations to you for action. Okay. So the first one is promotion of
tenure of faculty members? Promotion and tenure of all faculty members. Yes. Okay. Based on the recommendation of Dr. Noland and approved by the Academic and Research
and Student Success Committee are there any any further questions? Call for a
vote. All in favor? Aye! All opposed? The second action item that was brought before the
committee this morning was the approval of the letter of notification regarding
the establishment of a doctorate in occupational therapy. Although this is a
program that will be in the College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health
Sciences, it’s consistent with the program is offered in that College. It
complements, very nicely, our doctorate in public health, it does compliment our
doctor in public health but also a doctorate in physical therapy and the
program that’s being developed now which is a PhD program in rehab
sciences that letter of notification is the first step in the process of full
approval and it goes to THEC from this point
if the board approves it today and then it comes back for action on campus and
they’ll be brought back to you for final approval. We did have some discussion in that about how we might make that process
more nimble both on campus and off and that will give us something to work on
for the next few months. The committee recommended approval this letter of
intent. Okay. This is for the recommendation an approval the letter of
notification seeking to establish a doctoral degree in occupational therapy. Any questions by the board? All in favor please say aye. Aye! Opposed, like sign? Another letter and notification was brought before the
committee this morning and this one’s for the Masters in fine arts degree in
digital media an MFA in digital media. And this proposed degree would help
graduates to further develop their professional technical and artistic
skills to break into an increasingly competitive industry and one for which
this institution has had significant experience with our digital media
programming. So to move it to the next level of a Master of Fine Arts it’s
really carrying out the mission of the University and providing significant
educational experiences for people in this field. The committee recommended
this unanimously. I presented to you. Okay. Are there questions on this recommendation from committee? I’ll call for a vote. All those in favor please say
aye. Aye! Opposed like sign? I don’t have
to take this next one to you we approved calendar also for the next three years
but that doesn’t need further endorsement at this point. But it does
include the the holidays that this board approved for us last year and we thank
you for those two in addition to all the federal requirements of calendar. And
there was active discussion about research and the role of research in the
ability to move this institution forward and that was a dynamic discussion as
well as the discussion about student bridge programs and how we can provide
excellent mentoring to all students at the University and that concludes our report from committee. Thank you, Dr. Bishop. Next is our report from our Audit Committee, our chair Mr. Golden. Thank You, Mr. Chairman. Every year the
Audit Committee reviews the Audit Committee charter internal audit Charter
and various auto policies that’s our first part of the business this morning
which we reviewed and had no changes to. In addition, we review the audit plan and
there were minor changes the audit plans, a couple of pushed out because of some
other priority work that took its place. Also received reports on audits and
investigations performed one investigation particular to note for the
entire board. Center had to do with the Center for Academic Achievement
specifically due to the appearance of inappropriate procurement card purchases
an investigation review of the Center for Academic Achievement occurred and
transactions were identified where there were charges that were inappropriate and
raised concerns of abuse of time as well as fraud. These…this resulted in a
referral to University Police and the person who was at the Center of it is no
longer an employee of the university. In addition, we were happy to receive the
report, as Steve previously mentioned, from the Controller of the Treasury of
the State of Tennessee the audited financial statements, exceptionally clean
report. No deficiencies identified and sometimes I think we’re we’re quick to
flag things that don’t go well and we let things that are great and failed to
pause and express appreciation and but this is one absolutely that deserves
pause and appreciate because pretty much to be that claim requires every employee
of the university to do well and particularly in the finance and audit
organizations so commend President Noland under your leadership to have such a
great report card from the state. Thank you. The real accolades go to Dr. King and
her staff. Right! So, thank you to all and with that,
Mr. Chair, I turn, that concludes my report. Thank you, David. Item eight on the
agenda today is the Consent Agenda as noted in the materials found behind Tab
8 agenda of your board book. Several routine items are included on the Consent Agenda. Are there
any items on the Consent Agenda that members would like to pull for
consideration by the full? Seeing none then do I have a motion for adoption of
the Consent Agenda? So moved. Do I have a second? Second. All those in favor, please say aye. Aye! Opposed, like sign? Thank you. Nine is the rule for residency classification as previously been reviewed by the administration
committee the text of the rule has been edited and formatted to meet the
requirements outlined by the Tennessee Tennessee Department of State. The text
can be found behind Tab 5 and your materials. Following approval by a roll
call vote the proposed rule will be forwarded for consideration by the state
through the steps required by law. We gonna need a roll call? Yes, we do. Are you ready for that, sir? Yes, sir. Dr. Alsop? Upon approval. Ms. Ayers? Yes. Mr. DeCarlo? Yes. Mr. Golden? Aye! Ms.Grisham? Yes. Mr. Powell? Yes. Mr. Ramsey? Yes. Mr. Niswonger? Yes. Ten: policy on public appearances before the board. As provided by the Focus Act, the ETSU Board of Trustees sets rules, policies,
and guidelines for the operation of the university. In order to ensure
transparency and accountability, the policy on public appearances before the
board outlines the ability of individuals to address the board during
a regularly scheduled board meeting. A copy of the policy can be found behind
your tab six. Are there any questions about this? Do I have a motion to move
this forward? So moved. And a second? Second. All those in favor, please say aye. Aye!
Opposed, like sign? Number 11: resolution of appreciation for Kiana Miller, student
trustee. Dr. Noland. We’re going to move spots here for a second. First, before I begin, there are a
number of individuals who we are going to recognize today. This is a time of the
year in the academic calendar in many respects which is bittersweet, particularly for those of us who’ve had the honor to watch students grow, evolve,
develop, and mature. And it’s also a period in which we say thank you to
members of the faculty and staff who are transitioning into the next phase of
their career. So the resolutions that will come before you are our opportunity
reflect upon the impact that these individuals have had on the life of the
institution and on behalf of the board to convey our thanks. So the first is to…
that will be easier, thank you. The first is to Ms. Keanu Miller whereas
Keanu Miller has created a legacy of encouragement and appreciation as a
distinguished student leader on the campus of East Tennessee State
University and whereas Ms. Miller has successfully
pursued a double major in English and Political Science as an honors and
discipline student at ETSU and whereas Ms. Miller has been an effective and
energetic member of the ETSU Student Government Association including a term
as its president and whereas Ms. Miller has shared her
knowledge, abilities, talents through involvement in the Women’s International
League for Peace and Freedom, the International Women’s Day, the ETSU
Commission for Women’s Standing Committee, and as inaugural member of the Omicron Delta Pi National Leadership Honorship Society at ETSU
and whereas Ms. Miller has resided in both Middle Tennessee and West Tennessee but chose to pursue her college degree in our Grand division of the state East
Tennessee and whereas Ms. Miller has ably representing the interests of ETSU
students during her tenure on the Board of Trustees; therefore, be it resolved that the Board of Trustees extends its deepest
appreciation and congratulations to Keanu Miller for exemplary service and
for representing the very highest ideals of East Tennessee State University. No. No, it’s fine I was talking about
something earlier today about and when I came here as a discovery student my
junior year and my parents first didn’t even want to come up here because it was so far. We had to take my brother and sister out of school which they we didn’t mind
but my parents did and came up here and saw the the scenery and met all of these
incredible people and also got to stay at the Carnegie which helped. And I fell
in love with this University and ever since then I’ve just tried to I don’t
know do do well for it. My mom always told me to leave something better than
how you found it. So I hope I did that and thank you. Hopefully we graduate May 4th. Now that she has the resolution, all those in favor of her please say aye. Aye! My apologizes, Mr. Chair. We can add that to the list. I’ll do the next one properly. Before you for the board’s consideration is a resolution of
appreciation for Dr. Fred Alsop whereas Dr. Fred J Alsop III is a highly
respected member of the faculty at East Tennessee State University and whereas
Dr. Alsop has shared his vast knowledge with students the Department of
Biological Science at ETSU for over 45 years and whereas Dr. Alsop is
internationally known for his work in ornithology and whereas Dr. Alsop is
the founding director of the highly successful George L Carter Railroad
Museum on the campus of ETSU and whereas Dr. Alsop was selected as the very
first faculty member to serve on ETSU’s Board of Trustees and whereas Dr. Alsop
has ably represented the interest of most of ETSU faculty members, staff, and
students during his history-making tenure on the Board of Trustees;
therefore, be it resolved that the Board of Trustees extends its deepest
appreciation and congratulations to Dr. Alsop for his exemplary service and for
representing the highest ideals of East Tennessee State University. That motion
is before you for the board’s approval. Do I have a second second? Second. All in favor? Aye! Thank you Dr. Noland and thank you my colleagues on the board. I always think of the stage
Yogi Berra who said when you come to a fork in the road take it. I have been
most fortunate in my long career here at ETSU to have many forks in the road
placed in front of me and sometimes I have stumbled along the right path. I
can’t think of a better honor than to have my colleagues as faculty to elect
me to be the first member of the very first board to govern ETSU as an
independent board. It has been the highlight of my career. It has been a a
pleasure as well as a privilege to make new friends, new colleagues, friendships
that will last long after I leave the board. So thank you for the honor today
and enjoy the rest of the board meeting and I think it’s going to be short. Mr. Chair, the next item for your
consideration is a resolution of appreciation for Edward J. Kelly.
Whereas Edward J. Kelly has served as university council for East Tennessee
State University since 1997 and whereas Mr. Kelly in this role has held full responsibility for legal affairs for the institution and whereas
Mr. Kelly has successfully negotiated leases and contracts and mediate and
resolve disputes involving employment matters, student affairs, immigration,
construction, medical malpractice, and other issues throughout his service to
ETSU and whereas Mr. Kelly was instrumental in the creation of the ETSU
Research Foundation and the enhanced the lease agreement which gave ETSU
access to nearly 41 acres of property at the Quillen VA Medical Center campus
whereas Mr. Kelly has coordinated outside counsel for the University and
has served as university liaison with a Tennessee Attorney General for matters
involving state litigation and whereas Mr. Kelly served as a Fulbright Scholar
in the Ukraine and Belarus in 2003 and taught courses and gave workshops on
negotiation, alternative dispute resolution, management and constitutional
law at universities throughout both countries whereas in 2007 Mr. Kelly was
again named a Fulbright Scholar and senior specialist in Azerbaijan and then
finally he was again named a Fulbright Scholar in 2015 lecturing on topics in
Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius, Lithuania; therefore, be it
resolved that upon his well-deserved retirement the Board of Trustees extends
its deepest appreciation and congratulations to Edward Kelly for an
accomplished career and for unfailing loyalty to East Tennessee State
University. Mr. Chair that letter resolution is before you for your
consideration. Do I have a second to that motion? Second. All in favor please say aye. Aye! I’d like to thank the board. It’s been 40
years in higher education law, 20 at one place and 20 in another and working for
five presidents and it was the honor of my life is to work for those five
presidents that I was able to work for especially Dr. Noland. It’s really been a
trip. It’s been a joy. My father once told me he said when you start talking you
gotta have a great opening sentence, you had a great great closing sentence and
keep them close together. So with that thank you so much I’m really honored. Mr. Chair at the next resolution for your consideration is for Dr. Jayne M. Jones.
Whereas dD. Jayne M. Jones is a three-time alumna of East Tennessee
State University. Having earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing, a graduate
degree in public health administration, and a doctorate in education in whereas
Dr. Jones has a billion skillfully provided support for all presidential
activities at ETSU acting on behalf of the president through her role as Chief
of Staff and whereas Dr. Jones has provided sound and wise leadership
for ETSU’s division of Health Sciences by also serving as a
University’s associate Vice President for Health Affairs and whereas Dr.
Jones’s administrative experience at ETSU is long-standing through her prior
positions as executive assistant to the President, Assistant Dean for Curriculum
in the Quillen College of Medicine, and Director of the Kellogg
Interdisciplinary curriculum for medicine nursing public and allied
health and whereas Dr. Jones has extensive classroom teaching experience
having served as a faculty member in ETSU College of Nursing and whereas Dr.
Jones is a member of the National Honor Society of pi Kappa Phi, and was also
recognized by Altrusa International Kingsport with its honorarium for women
in industry award; therefore, be it resolved that upon her well-deserved
retirement the Board of Trustees extends its deepest appreciation and
congratulations to Dr. Jane M. Jones for her dedication and service to East
Tennessee State University from her days as a student to her career in the office of
the President. Mr. Chair, that resolution is before you for your consideration. Okay.
Do I have a second to that resolution? Second. All in favor please say aye. Aye!
And before Dr. Jones comes forward I just would like to take a matter of
personal privilege. Dr. Jones has had to put up with me for
seven and a half years. She has kept me in and out of trouble. She does her best to ensure that I’m on time for meetings and she doesn’t do a
very good job at that but she is a wonderful person and it has been an
honor to work with her. He asked me if I wanted to say anything. He knows how I am I do not like the microphone. I do not like being in front of people. I’d love
the behind the scenes that I’ve been able to do with Dr. Noland, Dr. Bishop,
and with dr. Paul Stanton. I couldn’t have had better leadership role
models and I’ve learned so much and this is my family I always will be 45 years
worth. I don’t know how to go home but I’m going to try and as I finish this
journey I look forward to what the future has to hold and there’s
really truly no words to say what this institution means to me and you all have
given me much more than I ever gave to the institution. Thank you and God bless. Mr. Chair, the final resolution is for
Dr. Burt C. Bach whereas Dr. Burt C. Bach has dedicated over 43 years of his life
to higher education in the state of Tennessee and whereas Dr. Bach has been
a true champion for ETSU beginning with his service as Vice Chancellor for
academic affairs for the Tennessee Board of Regents and continuing through his
interim presidency of ETSU in 1991-92 and as his tenure as Provost of Vice
President for Academic Affairs since 1994 whereas dD. Bach has been
recognized with a meritorious service award from the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools for his work in chairing more than 20 accreditation
teams and whereas Dr. Bach provided expert leadership to ETSU in 2001
when the University was asked to be the first institution to pilot a new online
standard by SACS whereas Dr. Bach has been a prime mover behind the creation
of ETSU’s Honors Program and later its Honors College whereas Dr. Bach is one
of the region’s most loyal patrons of the Arts whereas Dr. Bach has been
honored by the creation of the Burton C. Bach Servant Leadership Award which
recognizes ETSU faculty and staff members who have gone above and beyond in supporting student success and helping students persist to graduation
and whereas Dr. Bach is one of Tennessee’s greatest and most respected
leaders in higher education with a profound influence on ETSU’s academic
programs and student success initiatives from the moment that he arrived on our
campus; therefore, be it resolved that upon his well-deserved retirement, the
Board of Trustees extends its deepest appreciation and congratulations to Dr.
Burt C. Bach for his remarkable career in higher education and for his
long-standing loyalty to East Tennessee State University. Mr. Chair, that
resolution is presented for your consideration. Thank you. Do I have a
second to the resolution as presented by Dr. Noland? Second All those in favor please say ay. Aye! I would like to thank everyone for this
moment with this these number of years at this institution I taught my first
college class in Georgia in 1959 and for you doing the math that’s 29 years ago. I am my years here at ETSU have been
wonderful. They’ve been wonderful because of the people they’ve been wonderful
because of the region. They’ve been wonderful because of all the programs
with which I’ve had the opportunity to interact with all of you and to play a
part. Thank you all very much. It’s now my pleasure to turn to Dr. Noland to provide the President’s report. But, Mr. Chair, members of the board, I first want to start by
acknowledging the significant loss that this University will incur with the
separation of the individuals that we just recognized. These individuals have
given their heart and soul and life to this institution. In many respects, much
of what we enjoy on a day to day basis we enjoy because the leadership that
they provided. And I want to thank each of them for the leadership that they
have provided and for the students that they have impacted throughout their
careers. Mr. Chair, as I moved through my comments this morning, I’d like to start
by saying thank you to this board, saying thank you to the individuals in this
room, and saying thank you to those across the region for your patience with
my family and I as we explored an opportunity at the University of
Tennessee at Knoxville. The University of Tennessee at Knoxville is an institution
that is special to my wife and I. It’s where we met. There are individuals there who truly had a profound influence on our lives and I recognize that we have
placed this institution in a unique position over the course of the past
couple of weeks, but as we visited at Knoxville and as I’ve had a chance to
reflect upon things here at this institution, in the past week and a half,
I’ve been struck by conversations that I’ve had with folks across this campus.
I’ve been struck by conversations that I’ve had with faculty and staff who have
wished us well as we explore but said we really hope that you’ll stay. I’ve been
touched by conversations with students who have expressed likewise, and really
what I’ve been moved by is the power of this institution to impact the lives of
the people of this region. I’ve been moved by the work that’s underway. A week
and a half ago we 120 million dollar capital fund to raise
badly needed funds for scholarships for endowed chairs and for things that will
allow us to continue to meet our mission obligations. Earlier this week we
launched ETSU Health under one umbrella creating a platform for our clinics to
become the practice of choice, but more importantly a platform academically that
provides distinction as we tell the stories of the outstanding academic
programs that exist at this institution. I’ve also been deeply touched by our
mission. Yesterday, in the dome, there are more than a thousand young adults
competing in Special Olympics and I had the honor to be on stage with our head
women’s basketball coach, Brittany Iselle, a graduate of this
institution Dr. Iselle, say let the games begin. Then I had the profound honor to
walk over to Worf Pickle and welcome 20 students from the mountain mission
school who were here exploring their future opportunities in post-secondary
education. Then I had the chance to walk through the Center of Campus and our
ROTC program was holding a fundraiser in which I took a sledgehammer and got to
beat a car and if you’ve ever had a bad day take a sledgehammer to a car, things
just kind of go away. I’ve had the chance to greet students at Honors Convocation
and tell them I look forward to seeing you in a couple weeks at commencement,
but most importantly I’ve had the honor to work with individuals that I really
don’t want to say goodbye to. Yesterday evening, I spoke with President Randy
Boyd with the University of Tennessee and informed him that I’m withdrawing my
name from consideration at the University of Tennessee and I will stay
at East Tennessee State University to continue our work. It’s now time to get
to work so I’d like to move on to the action portions of my agenda. Thank you, all. Thank you very much.
Donna, Jackson, and I love it here. We’ve got a lot left to do. We’ve got some ribbons
to cut on buildings and with that theme of there’s work to do, Mr. Chair, I’d like
to walk through the work in the institution if that’s all right with you.
Please do. All right. First is an update on ETSU health. I mentioned the launch of ETSU health earlier this week. Want to really salute
Dr. Wilsie Bishop for her leadership but what this does is it provides our
institutional clinics with the opportunity to be the practice of choice. It provides the opportunity for shared services on the back office across those
clinical operations, it gives us the opportunity for enhanced coordination
and potential integration of many of our clinical operations, and it also puts an
accent and a focus on in a professional education and our ability to market that
as a point of differentiation for the University. You’re going to see a lot
more about ETSU health. I think Dr. Linville is wearing one of the, there you go,
he’s not wearing the traditional E, he’s breaking the rules, but he’s allowed
to do so this week because this is a major launch for the university. Next is
legislative update, we continue to move through the legislative session. As
Governor Ramsey will note, this is much later in the calendar year than it was
when he was Lieutenant Governor but much of that as a result of Governor Lee’s
inauguration and the impact that that’s had on the budget cycle. As it relates to
the budget, as we shared with the board at the last meeting, we are number two in
the state in terms of receipt of new outcome formula funding. Their support
for deferred maintenance. Our capital project for the Humanities building was
not funded this cycle but the positive news is that it was number five on the
list. Three projects were funded which means I’m confident that it will be
number two on the list. That is more than a 72 million dollar project that will
provide enhanced facilities for students in those subjects that are really at the
heart of the gen-ed core. Part of our capital campaign is to raise our match and Ms. Ritter and I have already begun to kind of strategize on how can conduct that heavy lifting. There’s been a lot of focus on your staffs
behalf this session as it relates to the Health Sciences and telling the story
the Health Sciences in Nashville. I’m confident that legislation will move
through that will enhance the number of residency positions for the Quillen
College of Medicine. I’m very hopeful that there will be support for rural
health at this institution. Potentially an expanded role in rural health
research and we’ll see how that unfolds in the next couple of weeks. However, I do
not feel at this juncture that a couple of other Health Sciences initiatives
that we’ve really advocated for will be funded this year, but the good news is is
we’ve set the stage and quite often setting the stage is the most important
role because that allows you to then have the opportunity to tell that story
again next year and the year after that and sooner or later we will bring those
things home. Any questions on legislative update before I move to the next number?
You all don’t see the numbers, I do. That’s it’s one of the things about
keeping a secret. I kind of did all this at the last minute. So I didn’t share
with the Chair and advance the items on my agenda as I usually do. So you gotta
bear with me, Mr. Chair. Any questions on on Nashville? Next is
just a quick overview of what will come before this board in May. Today you took
action on tuition and fees for specialized programs you also took
action on fees for the College of Pharmacy in the College of Medicine. In
May and a called meeting a date to be determined, we will bring the
university’s budget to you for consideration. We will also bring full tuition and fees to you for your consideration. I
anticipate them to be right around 2%. Those fee increases will be structured
within legislation dictated by the Tuition Transparency Act so we will
bring not only the fees but the feedback that we’ve received from the general
public about those. And I also think you’ll see within budgets some early
indications of how we as an institution will prioritize the investments that
will be derived from some of the program simplification things that you work
through today. There’s been a lot of conversation on our campus about compensation and within those colleges for which fees are available particularly
those college with significant market gaps and adjunct salaries that provides
the deans the opportunity in an appropriate manner to address inequities
as the market bear. So those are all things that we will explore between now
and our main board meeting. We, in the academic affairs, research and student
affairs committee Dr. Bishop provided an update on some of the things that are
underway with the transition I mentioned the review of structure at the last
board meeting indicating that we would examine items on an immediate short-term
and long-term venue. Once again, as a reminder in the immediate term we have
made the adjustments in terms of reporting in areas such as admission,
community service and engagement, equity and inclusion, inclusion and compliance.
Today, in the audit committee, we shared with the audit committee the work that
we’re doing in the compliance area so those are four examples of concrete
actions that we as an institution have taken since the last board meeting to
begin that restructuring process and that restructuring is to ensure that we
as a university are properly aligned to allow us to meet our strategic planning
objectives. Between now and the start of the fall you will see us start and close
some medium-term initiatives such as the examination of research and innovation
at the campus and as we transition into the fall we’ll look at more long term
horizon items such as potential alignment of academic programs within
colleges. So at each board meeting I’ll provide updates to the board on that
work. My update at this point is the immediate term changes have been made
and under Dr. Bishop’s leadership we will move forward on the near-term. I do want
to thank Dr. Bishop and Dr. Bach for the manner in which they have approached the
transition. Once the transition was made they’ve started to meet jointly. So they
have jointly met with deans jointly met with chairs reviewing budgets, reviewing
operations so that when the handoff occurs it is a seamless handoff.
Transitions aren’t the easiest things to do but I’m very proud of my two
colleagues and the men in which they are positioning the institution to move
forward. Next update relates to some things in the space with ballad and our
areas in research. Earlier this month we finalized the MoU with Ballad. This is
something that the board approved for Mountain States a year and a half ago.
This is changing the names to protect the innocent but it allows us to then
move forward with those formal structures that will allow the
development of our enhanced partnership. We’re beginning to staff the committee’s
and look forward to working with the executive committee to name the
representative of this board to some of the joint committees that will frame the
operations of that MOU. Within the area of rural health I think that we have a
unique opportunity as a university to address some of the challenges that
Governor Lee has outlined. It’s clear that one of his priorities is to focus
on the needs of rural communities across the state. I’ve spent significant time
talking with faculty, with staff, with Deans, some of whom are in the room, and I will think you will see us bring forward probably within the next month an
exciting announcement relating to an emerging role that this university will
play to address the rural health needs not only in this of this region but of
the state and the nation as a whole. Let me pause there to see if there are
any questions on ballad, on the transition, or on our pending budget
cycle. And Mr. Chair, I only have a couple more. Next is a construction update. If
you were to look outside the windows here the Martin Center is coming up and
out of the ground. You can begin to see the glass taking shape. Hopefully, this summer, you’ll see that round through the front curve of the
building. The glass is the appropriate shade of blue and it is going to be a
beautiful building. A building that will really enhance the operations of this
University. This is the celebratory season and I look forward in the
celebratory seasons to come to honors convocations and to graduations in the
main hall of Martin. I also really look forward to the return of the Culp to the
fabric of the institution. Culp remains on time and under budget. Jeremy you got
to keep us there and I had the chance earlier this to take it tour of the Culp. The work is just phenomenal and I hope that the
board as we convened for the fall can have a chance to see the building in its
rough form because it’s really spectacular to see that transformation
underway. We’re also working through a couple of issues related to Lamb Hall. As
many will remember, we received funding for that project last year. We’re having
to update our facilities master plan that something THEC is requiring us to do
to then allow us to move forward with the expenditure of those funds but we
hope to be in a position this fall to present to you kind of the design and
conceptual framework for that project. There are a number of deferred
maintenance projects that will work on this summer have made a commitment to
the student body that we will make some enhancements to Brown Hall. One of the
things that was very important to them as I met with the SGA as we talked about
their priorities for the campus is that we make some investments in that
building. That’s the workhorse for all of our
science programs be it biology as Dr. Alsop knows better than I, chemistry and
others so over the course of the summer you’ll see some work there. I would like
to introduce to members of the board who I think both are here with us today.
They will transition into their roles this summer but I would like to
introduce Dr. Virginia Foley, who was the faculty trustee to the board.
Dr. Foley is former president of the Faculty Senate. She is a colleague of
mine in the ED leadership program and I think you will really enjoy working with
Dr. Foley. She’s an outstanding leader on this campus. The first is…the second is
Christopher Santana. Christopher is a graduate student majoring in his
master’s in business administration. Christopher was selected by the student
body. I’ve had the chance to watch him grow and evolve and outstanding an
active student on campus and I think you’ll look forward to working with
these two members of the board as they assume their positions this summer. And Mr. Chair and I’d like to to kind of close with a story and then I want to
really close with with asking someone to be remembered. In my story relates to the impact of this institution on individuals. Next
week is graduation and I hope that you as board members have the time to join
us on Saturday either for the morning commencement or for the afternoon. Each
year during that commencement ceremony I will ask all of those who are the first
in their family to graduate from college to stand. The house lights will go up and
40% of the graduating class will stand. One of the things for me that was just
really powerful as I reflected upon the things that Don and I have experienced
was the chance to see a first-generation college student from this institution
from Greene County who graduated with his bachelor’s degree who Dr. Sherlyn helped with a graduate assistantship to get his bachelor’s degree. He’s now getting his
PhD in logistics and transportation at Knoxville. That person is realizing his
dreams because of the things we do here and if there’s one thing that I think
everyone in this room needs to be proud of it’s our mission and you’ll see that
mission embodied at commencement. So, for trustees, I know your calendars
are busy but we would love to have you join us next Saturday as we celebrate
the greatest day of the year on this campus which is commencement. And my
close is to ask you to remember someone in your thoughts and prayers. Dr.
Paul Stanton, president emeritus is having surgery today. Dr. Stanton is suffering from cancer and this surgery will allow him to be on the
road to recovery. So as you do the things that you do as you pass through your day
please just take a moment to remember President Stanton and his family on this
of all days. He’s in recovery now. Mr. Chair that concludes my report I’d be
happy to take any questions from the board on the matters that I outlined or
any other matters that are if your question or importance. Questions? Any
other business to come before the board? If not, we stand adjourned. Thank you for
being here.