The following is a summary of the YSU Board of Trustees meeting in the Trustees Meeting Room on the first floor of Tod Hall. For more details, including full texts of the resolutions and policies, click here: YSU Board of Trustees Agenda.
President’s Report: President Jim Tressel reported on highlights of the Spring 2015 Semester (see list below) and acknowledged the service of Trustee Sudershan Garg and Student Trustee Eric Shehadi, whose terms on the Board are expiring.
The Board approved:
● A resolution to authorize conferral of an honorary degree on Eric A. Spiegel, president and chief executive of Siemens Corp., which has $22 billion in domestic sales, $6 billion in exports and approximately 60,000 employees in the United States. He is a native of Poland, Ohio.
● A resolution to authorize conferral of an honorary degree on Randall Craig Fleischer, music director of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. He also is currently music director of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra.
● A resolution to approve a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry Degree. The degree must be approved by the Ohio Board of Regents.
● A resolution to modify Naming of University Facilities, Colleges and Programs Policy. The policy provides the governance, parameters and procedures for the namings.
● A resolution to modify Affiliated Organizations Policy. The policy ensures that organizations affiliated with the university conduct their operations in accordance with university approved standards and practices.
● A resolution to modify Endowment Funds Policy. The policy authorizes the YSU Foundation to accept, manage and invest philanthropic gifts on behalf of the university.
● A resolution to rescind YSU Foundation Policy, Fund Raising Policy, and Acceptance of Gift Policy.
● A resolution to accept Development Gifts. The resolution accepts $3.2 million in gifts for the period July 1, 2014, through December 31, 2014.
● A resolution to modify Deposit of University Funds Policy. The policy addresses the criteria for the selection and requirements of the university’s banking institution.
● A resolution to modify Business-Related and Entertainment Expenses Policy. The policy authorizes guidelines for reasonable food, beverage and incidental costs associated with the conduct of university business.
● A resolution to modify Surplus Property Policy. The policy addresses how property, such as equipment or furnishings, which is no longer needed, can be declared as surplus and disposed of in the best interest of the university.
● A resolution to modify University Parking and Transportation Fees Policy. The policy provides guidelines and procedures on the use and management of university parking facilities, fees and related transportation services.
● A resolution to approve Room Rental Rates for University Courtyard Apartments Effective Fall Semester 2015. Rates will increase as follows: 1 bed/1 bath, up 3 percent to $780/month; 2 bed/2 bath, up 3.3 percent to $660/month; 4 bed/2 bath, up 3.4 percent to $570/month.
● A resolution to approve Summer 2015 Jump Start Enrollment Initiative. Jump Start provides to newly admitted freshman students the opportunity to take summer classes for a $500 flat fee for one three-credit course or $1,000 flat fee for two three-credit courses.
● A resolution to approve Interfund Transfers. The resolution includes two transfers from WYSU-FM Facilities-Gift Fund and the WYSU-FM Membership Account to the Melnick Hall Project, totaling $558,000.
● A resolution to approve Revisions to the Asset Allocation Guidelines.
● A resolution to approve Hartland’s Recommendation to Rebalance the Non-Endowment Long-Term Investment Pool.
● A resolution to extend the contract of Packer Thomas for one year to serve as the university’s internal auditor.
● A resolution to approve Sexual Misconduct Policy. The new policy provides the university community with a clearly articulate set of behavioral standards, common understandings of definitions, descriptions of prohibited conduct, relevant information and reporting options in order to foster a climate free from sexual misconduct.
● A resolution to modify Military (Uniformed Service) Leave Policy. The policy demonstrates the university’s support for employees who are part of the uniformed services and to outline the rights and responsibilities of such employees.
● A resolution to modify Bereavement Leave, Exempt Professional Administrative Staff and Department Chairpersons Policy. The policy provides direction on the availability and appropriate use of bereavement leave by professional administrative staff and academic department chairpersons.
● A resolution to modify Multiple Year Contracts for Executive Level Officers, Administrative Officers and Other Designated Professional/Administrative Staff Policy. The policy provides guidelines for the issuance, renewal and non-renewal of multiple-year employment contracts for executive level officers and selected administrative officers and designated professional/administrative staff positions.
● A resolution to approve the Creation and Recruitment of a Dean of the Honors College. The board approved the formation of an Honors College at its meeting in December 2014. The Dean will lead the university through the transition from an Honors Program to an Honors College. The Dean will spearhead the development, articulation and implementation of a comprehensive vision to make the Honors College a first-choice destination for superior high school students.
● A resolution to approve the Recruitment of a Dean of the College of Creative Arts and Communication. Bryan DePoy resigned from the position in January to accept an administrative position at Lake Erie College.
● A resolution to approve the Creation and Recruitment of an Associate Vice President for Student Success. The hiring is part of an administrative reorganization of the Student Affairs area in which three senior administrators are exiting the university to be replaced by two associate vice presidents. This position will provide leadership, vision and direction in the administration of a comprehensive array of services, policies and initiatives related to student retention, completion and success.
● A resolution to approve the Creation and Recruitment of an Associate Vice President for Student Experience. The hiring is part of an administrative reorganization of the Student Affairs area in which three senior administrators are exiting the university to be replaced by two associate vice presidents. The position provides leadership and direction in the administration of a comprehensive array of services, policies and initiatives designed to ensure that the student’s experience at YSU is optimized.
● A resolution to Ratify Personnel Actions.
● A resolution of Appreciation for Dr. Sudershan Garg, whose term as a member of the Board is expiring. Gov. Taft appointed Garg in June 2005 to the unexpired term of the late Larry E. Esterly, and a year later he was appointed to a full nine-year term. He was vice chair from 2009 to 2011 and served as chair from 2011 to 2014. Over 10 years, he attended more than 475 Board meetings. In remarks after approval of the resolution, Garg recounted coming to the United States from India in 1967 and living in the Youngstown area since 1975. He said serving on the Board has been “a great, fulfilling experience.” He said his thoughts and prayers are always for the success of the university.
● A resolution of Appreciation for Eric A. Shehadi, whose term as a Student Trustee is expiring. Gov. Kasich appointed Shehadi in 2013. In remarks after approval of the resolution, Shehadi said he learned a lot about Youngstown, YSU, its faculty, staff and students over the past two years. “When you take the sum of all of the parts, you get a very bright future for YSU,” he said.
The Board also nominated the following 2015-16 Board Officers: Chair Carole Weimer, Vice Chair Leonard Schiavone, Secretary Franklin S. Bennett Jr.
New Business: Student Trustee Bryce Miner reported on a two-day trip that he and four other students, as well as President Tressel, took to Columbus to meet with several state lawmakers to emphasize the importance of funding for higher education.
Chairperson’s remarks: Chair Carole Weimer thanked Garg and Shehadi for their service on the Board. She noted that Garg participated in three presidential searches, chairing two of those searches, and worked with four presidents in all during his 10 years. “Dr. Garg has led this board with wisdom, thoughtfulness, gentleness and always with a love for YSU at the forefront of all of his actions,” she said. She added, “He will be greatly missed by those of us sitting around this table, as well as by the many university lives that he impacted during his time at YSU.” Chair Weimer also said that Shehadi has been “an amazingly insightful contributor” to the Board. “When he raises his hand so politely to speak at meetings, the room gets quiet and we all listen, for there are always well thought out comments and opinions presented in an organized and well-researched manner,” she said.
Meetings: The Board set the following tentative dates for regular meetings of the Board: 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, 2015; 3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015; 3 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015.
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Highlights, Spring 2015 Semester, through March 11
YSU ranked 10th in a recent list of the best colleges and universities by Ohio CollegeCompare.com.
AACSB International, the hallmark of excellence for business schools worldwide, extended its accreditation for the Williamson College of Business Administration.
For the fourth consecutive year, the Ohio Department of Health recognized YSU with the Healthy Worksite Award.
The Master of Arts in Financial Economics was ranked among the top 15 in the nation by Financial Engineer and was accepted into the University Recognition Program of the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst Institute.
Military Times magazine named the Williamson College of Business Administration a “Best for Vets Business School.”
A team of YSU students finished second in the regional Chem-E-Car competition in Illinois and will now compete in the national contest in Salt Lake City in November.
Ashley Orr, a junior majoring in Economics and Mathematics, is a finalist for the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship – YSU’s first-ever Truman Scholarship finalist.
Vaughn Gobel Jr., a medical laboratory technology major, is one of just 25 college students nationwide selected to attend the national Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity’s “Inner Circle” leadership program – the first YSU student ever selected for the elite program.
Fifty-three students in the Williamson College of Business Administration were inducted into the YSU chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the world’s premier business honor society.
Four faculty members were featured in Ohio Magazine’s annual “Excellence in Education” issue, which recognizes outstanding professors from around the state: Samuel Adu-Poku, Molly Jameson Cox, Karin Petruska and Ruigang Wang.
English Professor Phil Brady was selected to receive the 2015 Governor’s Award for the Arts in Ohio.
History Professor Diane Barnes published her latest book – a digital, college-level history textbook that more than 50,000 college students will use every year. It’s Dr. Barnes’ fifth book in seven years.
The STEM College honored outstanding alumni and students at the seventh annual YSU STEM College Awards Dinner in February.
Ron Jaworski gave the keynote address at the Bitonte College of Health and Human Services’ Sixth Annual Alumni Recognition Dinner, also in February.
Morris I. Friedman, founder of United Steel Service, Inc. in Brookfield, Ohio, and his wife, Phyllis, donated $2.5 million to establish The Morris and Phyllis Friedman Chair in Engineering.
Mad About the Arts, the annual celebration of arts that benefits WYSU and the McDonough Museum of Arts, marked its 20th anniversary this year.
Valerie Plame, former covert CIA operations officer and best-selling author, presented the YSU Skeggs Lecture in Stambaugh Auditorium.
YSU business students are helping dozens of area residents complete their taxes through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program in the Lariccia School of Accounting and Finance.