YSU Board of Trustees, Oct. 7, 2014

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Youngstown State University
Board of Trustees
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 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_10714.pdf

Oath of Office: Trustee John R. Jakubek and Student Trustee Bryce A. Miner took the oath of office. Jakubek’s term expires April 20, 2023. Miner’s term expires April 30, 2015.

President’s Report: President Tressel thanked Trustees for their patience and diligence during the presidential transitional period. He also acknowledged the hard work of the administrative team, college deans and the YSU Foundation. The president said he has been spending an extraordinary amount of time getting to know and reconnecting with faculty, staff, students and community members, using the Pollock House as a rallying point. He said the grand opening of the Veterans Resource Center was an emotional and historic day for YSU, noting that no other university in the nation has such a facility to serve its military and veteran students. He also congratulated the Youngstown Business Incubator for being named the number one university-affiliated business incubator in the world and talked about YSU’s continued and growing relationships with America Makes and the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber. He acknowledged Tom Oder, professor of Physics, for earning YSU’s first-ever patent, and he talked about an array of successful students, including the Moot Court team, theater students, athletic teams and students involved in service throughout the community. The president also said that while there are challenges ahead for the university – and some of those challenges are tremendous – he believes YSU is up to meeting the challenges.

The Board approved:

• Modifications to the Institutional Policy Governing Degrees.

• Modifications to the Faculty Rank and Tenure for Designated Administrators Policy.

• A resolution to name the Stavich Family Bridge. The pedestrian bridge over Wick Avenue will be named after the Stavich family, which has provided a scholarship endowment of $2.7 million to provide financial assistance to deserving students from Campbell Memorial High School and children of Calex employees.

• Modifications to the Travel on Behalf of the University Policy.

• A Fee Waiver for master of respiratory care students from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, effective Spring 2015.

• A resolution to authorize request for proposals for energy savings performance contract. Ohio Revised Code Section 3345.64-66 allows state universities to contract with energy services companies, architects, professional engineers, contractors or others experienced in the design and implementation of energy conservation measures and to pay for such improvements by using the savings resulting from energy conservation. The resolution says YSU has experienced higher utility costs and desires to reduce the costs while providing permanent improvements to the physical plant. The resolution authorizes the administration to solicit performance contracts. The administration will seek Board approval for any vendor contract to be implemented.

• Transfers related to FY 2014 year-end general fund operating performance.

• A resolution to approve interfund transfers.

• A new policy on Public Use of University Grounds for Expressive Activity.

• A resolution to name the John and Dorothy Masternick Nursing Simulation Laboratory in the Dominic A. and Helen M. Bitonte College of Health and Human Services. The late Atty. John Masternick and his wife, Dorothy Masternick, created a scholarship for YSU nursing students in 2004, and the John and Dorothy Masternick Foundation has made annual contributions totaling more than $50,000. The Masternicks also made a Centennial Campaign gift of $250,000 to increase the scope and excellence of the nursing program. The gift was used to fund the creation of a nursing simulation lab at YSU.

• Modifications to the Staff Development Leave, Exempt Professional/Administrative Staff Policy.

• Modifications to the Access to Campus for Purposes of Commercial Solicitation or Advertising Policy.

• A resolution to recruit a dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

• The appointment of Martin Abraham, dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, as Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs effective Oct. 8, 2014, through June 30, 2015.

• The appointment of Gregg Sturrus, chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, as Interim Dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics effective Oct. 8, 2014.

• A resolution to Ratify Appointments.

Chairperson’s remarks: Board Chair Carole Weimer thanked faculty, staff, administration and students for a great start to another academic year. She noted that this year’s freshman class is the strongest academically in the university’s history. She also congratulated Tom Oder for receiving the first federal patent in the university’s history, and she acknowledged faculty members Chris Barzak, English (whose novel-turned-movie premiered nationwide in late August); Caroline Oltmanns, Dana School of Music (who this summer released her fifth album); and Joseph Lyons, Health Professions (for developing a new mentorship program to help at-risk teenagers). She talked about student successes, including a group of four students in the respiratory care program who won a statewide competition this summer; a group of accounting students who placed first at the Beta Alpha Psi Midwest Region competition in Indianapolis; and the YSU MathFest team that traveled all of the way to Portland, Ore., and – once again came away award-winners. Chair Weimer congratulated Jonelle Beatrice and the Center for Student Progress for being named one of only three schools nationwide to receive the 2014 Starfish 360 Award, and she congratulated Martin Abraham for his appointment as interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. She said the university certainly does have its challenges, but the university also has many successes. She said YSU looks forward to building on those successes in the months and years ahead.

Meetings: The Board set the following tentative dates and times for regular meetings of the Board: 3 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014; 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, 2015; 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, 2015.




(Prepared by Ron Cole, public information officer, 330-941-3285 or racole01@ysu.edu.)