Youngstown State University
Board of Trustees
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014
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: http://web.ysu.edu/gen/ysu_generated_bin/documents/basic_module/Board_Agenda_121614.pdf
President’s Report: President Tressel said it has been a joy and honor to work with students, faculty, staff, board members and the community during his first semester as president and that he is amazed by the amount of work put forward by all. He also listed a variety of accomplishments during the Fall semester, including the university’s first-ever clinical drug study and federal patent, the new National Science Foundation-funded X-Ray Diffraction Laboratory in Cushwa Hall, the new Veterans Resource Center on Wick Avenue, a top 25-percent ranking by Washington Monthly magazine, the strongest academic freshman class in the university’s history, a donation of $2.5 million from the Fok Family, WYSU’s 45-year anniversary, and much more.
The Board approved:
• The Support and Assistance to Veterans and Service Members Policy. The new policy provides guidelines and requirements for the support and assistance offered to veteran and service member students in order to promote their achievement and success.
• The formation of an Honors College. The Honors College would enhance the existing honors program, provide a more robust experience for students with high academic credentials, and allow for the recognition of outstanding faculty through an appointment within the Honors College.
• Renaming the School of Graduate Studies and Research to the College of Graduate Studies.
• A resolution to accept Development gifts totaling $1.658 million for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015.
• A resolution to name Fok’s Hall. Alumni House on the corner of Wick Avenue and University Plaza will be named Fok’s Hall in recognition of the late Thomas and Maria M.L. Fok. Thomas Fok was a YSU associate professor and a former member of the YSU Board of Trustees and the YSU Foundation Board of Trustees. Maria M.L. Fok was a general practitioner medical doctor.
• An agreement with the YSU Foundation for the Transfer of University Development Functions. The agreement allows the university to transfer its primary development function to the YSU Foundation in exchange for the Foundation’s commitment to provide development functions to the university, ensuring consistent solicitation and eliminating the need for a university development office. Read the news release at www.ysunews.com.
• Modifications to the Operating Budget Approval and Modification Policy.
• A resolution to approve a revised scope of the Melnick Hall Project. Improvements to Melnick Hall on Wick Avenue will include upgrades to the mechanical and electrical systems, replacement of the roof, extensive interior renovations and the addition of an elevator. The scope of the project will also include renovations to accommodate the offices of the YSU Foundation. The project will be funded by a combination of state capital appropriations, bond funds and philanthropic gifts.
• A resolution to approve an Energy Efficiency Contractor. After requesting proposals from several contractors, the university has selected Johnson Controls to provide energy efficiency improvements on campus.
• A resolution to Change the Investment Fund Manager.
• Modifications to the Investment of the University’s Non-Endowment and Endowment Funds Policy.
• A new Minors on Campus Policy.
• Rescinding the Numbering of Guidebook Policies Policy.
• Modifications to the Collective Bargaining and Negotiations Policy.
• The creation and recruitment of an Associate Vice President for Research. The position will oversee and manage the Office of Research as well as provide leadership to enhance services that will promote the expansion of research in the best interests of the university. Upon hiring, the position of Associate Dean for Research will be eliminated.
• The recruitment of a Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. The position will provide oversight and management of the College of Graduate Studies, including leadership for the graduate program development and graduate student recruitment. The Associate Dean for Graduate Studies position will be eliminated.
• The appointment of Michael Crist, director of the Dana School of Music, as interim dean of the College of Creative Arts and Communication. He will replace Bryan DePoy, who has accepted an administrative position at Lake Erie College.
• A resolution to ratify Personnel actions.
• A resolution to reject the fact finder’s report regarding a new contract for the YSU Association for Classified Employees.
Chairperson’s remarks: Board Chair Carole Weimer cited the many changes on campus since President Tressel’s hiring. She thanked Tressel and his wife, Ellen, for opening the Pollock House to guests from throughout the region. She thanked everyone on campus for their hard work and willingness to adapt to change. She said students continue to accomplish amazing feats, referring specifically to a group of YSU honors students who made presentations at a recent national honors meeting and a student studying anthropology who took top honors at a recent regional geography conference. She commended faculty, staff, administration and students for their work and wished everyone a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year.
Meetings: The Board set the following tentative dates and times for regular meetings of the Board: 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, 2015; 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, 2015; 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, 2015.
(Prepared by Ron Cole, public information officer, 330-941-3285 or firstname.lastname@example.org.)