Minutes

President's Cabinet Meeting

January 10, 2000

Attendees:  President Ivory V. Nelson, Vice President Richard C. Winchester, Vice President Edward L. McCusker, Vice President Anthony R. Fairbanks, Ms. Veronica Cohen, Ms. Diane M. Brown

Physical Plant Issues - In the absence of Mr. John Willis, the Cabinet was given copies of the schedule of deficiencies as of January 4, 2000.  President Nelson expressed concern that there appeared to be no progress made on projects under the capital budget.  Vice President McCusker stated that this observation was accurate and that this was attributable in part to the lack of a qualified assistant in the Physical Plant area.  A search is underway to bring someone on board with the experience necessary to handle some of these matters.  At present, Mr. Willis is trying to do it all.

PA Campus Compact (PACC) - President Nelson shared a copy of the proposed organization agenda for PACC with the Cabinet.  The agenda calls for Presidents to serve as fundraisers for PACC.  Ms. Brown is to draft a response indicating President Nelson's reservations about the agenda, particularly as they pertain to his inability, as President of Lincoln, to fulfill a fundraising role for PACC.

Middle States Commission on Higher Education (CHE) - The University has received a copy of the draft CHE Policies for review and comment.  Vice President Winchester expressed his concern that Dr. Richard O'Daniel and the graduate faculty need to be aware of the policy on "Substantive Change."   He will discuss this with them.

Sexual Harassment Training - The Office of Human Resources has scheduled sexual harassment training for all employees Friday, January 21, 2000, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Cabinet members were asked to encourage all employees to attend.

International Cultural Center (ICC) - The Committee for the ICC has proposed that the University engage a consulting service to help it leverage state funding to complete this project.  They have also recommended that the site for the ICC be relocated to the campus proper.  Vice President Fairbanks will present the appropriate resolutions to the B.O.T. Buildings & Property Committee at its next meeting.

University Web Page - The University has entered into a contract with Nazca Design Inc. to redesign Lincoln's web page.  The Director of Communications will be in charge of the web page and the budget for the web page.  In addition, four students will be hired and trained to perform the maintenance of the site.

Logo, Seal and Slogan Committee - The Committee will recommend to the Development Committee of the B.O.T. that the University adopts as its official seal, the circular seal without the Lincoln head.  They have also decided that the logo should be a combination of the arch and the lion.  The design, however, has not yet been finalized.  Once the logo is finalized, steps will be taken to have it registered.  The Committee will wait until the University's mission statement has been finalized before recommending a slogan.

VICE PRESIDENTS REPORTS/ACTION

Academic Affairs
Vice President Winchester reported that the RFP for the Bookstore contract had been drafted and they are awaiting input from Dr. Levi Nwachuku before it is issued.

Faculty contract negotiations will begin shortly.

The purchase requisition to equip the Executive Leadership Computer Laboratory for faculty has been submitted for processing.  The Cabinet expressed the need to make certain that these computers are purchased in conjunction with the RFP that has been issued for computer purchases.

Fiscal Affairs
Vice President McCusker distributed copies of the completed financial statements for June 30, 1998 and 1997, which were prepared by the independent auditors (KPMG).

Enrollment Planning and Student Life
Ms. Cohen informed the Cabinet that many of the students had returned and the majority was expected to return Monday and Tuesday.  However, many of the students were still carrying outstanding balances from previous semesters.  She indicated that the administration is continuing to implement the Board's directive to collect the outstanding balances.  President Nelson requested a report from financial aid on student accounts and the circumstances surrounding each outstanding balance. Ms. Cohen will see that this is provided ASAP.

 Other items on the agenda were for information purposes only.
 

Diane M. Brown
Assistant to the President

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