President’s Cabinet Meeting

January 10, 2007

9:00 a.m.

Vail Hall Board Room

Minutes

Attendees:  President Ivory V. Nelson, Vice President Howard E. Merlin, Vice President Michael B. Hill, Vice President William B. Bynum, Vice President Grant D. Venerable, and Ms. Diane M. Brown. Attending for portion of meeting:  Mr. John Thompson

Minutes

Draft Cabinet minutes of December 12, 2006 were approved.

Physical Plant Update

Mr. Thompson provided the following project updates:

         University Hall - 47% complete and on target

         Ware Center - 54% complete

         HVAC - 95% complete

         SUB - Construction to begin on Monday, January 15. A large sign depicting the look of the future Student Union Building will be placed at the construction site.

         Langston Hughes Memorial Library - must revisit design due to costs

Cabinet discussed possible plan for the relocation of books during construction, which may help to cut back on costs.

         Chapel system – bids are due January 12

President Nelson would like to schedule the official groundbreaking ceremonies for the new International Cultural Center and the Science Building at the time of the Board of Trustees meeting in September.

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Dr. Andrea A. Lex, MSCHE Vice President, has been designated the new Commission staff liaison for Lincoln University. 

Select Greater Philadelphia

Lincoln University will participate in Select Greater Philadelphia’s (Select) education study that will examine the benefits and economic impacts of Higher education on the Greater Philadelphia region.  A total of 88 institutions in the region will be asked to participate in the study.  Dr. Renford A.B. Brevett will serve as the University contact person for the study.

Fiscal Affairs

Vice President Merlin indicated that to properly manage benefits, Lincoln University will be offering medical benefits through one provider.  Both Aetna and Blue Cross have submitted bids for healthcare packages for the upcoming year.  The Cabinet agreed that the degree of disruption in employee coverage during the transition period should be taken into consideration before a decision on the health care provider is made.  A survey will be taken to determine the participation of employees’ primary care physicians in these plans.

Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

Negotiations with the Police Union are scheduled to begin January 18, 2007.

Spring 2006 Enrollment Statistics as of January 8, 2007

# Undergraduates enrolled Spring 2006 ……………………   649

# Undergraduates enrolled Spring 2005 ……………………   420

# Undergraduates admitted Spring 2006 ……………………   146

# Undergraduates admitted Spring 2005 ……………………   117

# Deposits Paid Spring 2006 ………………………………     83

# Deposits Paid Spring 2005 ………………………………     64

There being no further business, President Nelson adjourned the meeting at 12:30 p.m.

Diane M. Brown

Assistant to the President