President’s Cabinet Meeting

January 17, 2007

2:00 p.m.

Vail Hall Board Room


Attendees:  President Ivory V. Nelson, Vice President Howard E. Merlin, Vice President William B. Bynum, Vice President Grant D. Venerable, Dr. Renford A.B. Brevett for Vice President Michael B. Hill, Dean John O. Chikwem, Dean Judith A.W. Thomas, Dean Gladys J. Willis and Ms. Diane M. Brown.


Draft Cabinet minutes of January 10, 2007 were approved.

President’s Briefing

-         President Nelson attended the inaugural ceremony and gala concert and ball for Governor Ed Rendell held January 16, 2007 in Harrisburg.  On the Governor’s agenda are property tax relief, healthcare and a limit on legislative terms.

-         Lincoln University is scheduled to testify before the House and Senate Appropriations Committees on Tuesday, February 27, 2007, concerning its 2007-2008 budget request.

-         Strategic Plan updates are due by February 1, 2007.


Academic Briefing

Lincoln University/Barnes Collaboration

Dean Willis provided minutes from the January 16, 2007 meeting held at the Barnes Foundation.  Dr. Willis and Professor Jeffrey Chapp were in attendance for Lincoln University.  The Barnes Foundation attendees were Mr. Derek Gillman, Executive Director and President of the Barnes Foundation and Ms. Barbara Buckley, Conservator, The Barnes Foundation.  The purpose of the meeting was to get feedback from Mr. Gillman and Ms. Buckley on the cooperative degree program proposed by Lincoln University.

The following decisions were reached concerning the collaboration:

·        Due to the limited curriculum resources (courses) that the Barnes Foundation can presently offer, art conservation will be phased in last.  This will allow time for new courses that will be developed once the Barnes relocation has taken place.

·        Initially, only museum studies and museum communications concentrations will be offered.  The art conservation module will be modified to fit requirements for museum studies.  More art history will be added to the curriculum and an introductory course on the History of Collections, utilizing both the LU African Art Collection and Barnes Collections, will be developed.

A meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, February 1, 2007 with the objective of bringing closure.

PDE Report

Dean Thomas indicated that report had been concluded.  The report will be copied to Dean Willis and Dean Chikwem for their review and comment before it is submitted to the agency.

Faculty petition requesting special meeting of the faculty

In response to the faculty petition, Vice President Venerable was asked to notify the faculty of a special faculty meeting to be held Tuesday, January 30, 2007.  The agenda of the meeting is the proposed changes to the Faculty By-Laws presented by the Committee on Faculty By-Laws.

Pennsylvania Lobbying Disclosure Act

Lincoln University has taken the proper steps to comply with Pennsylvania’s new lobbyist registration and disclosure statute, which became effective January 1, 2007.  The Act requires registration and reporting by any person or entity that is paid or pays to influence the actions of the General Assembly and/or the Executive Department of the Pennsylvania’s state government. 

Development and External Relations

Title III 2007-2012 Comprehensive Development Plan

Dr. Brevett provided a “Schematic Plan/Goal Identification for Writing the Lincoln University Title III Five-Year Proposal” to all in attendance.  A February 28, 2007 due date has been set for the receipt of proposals for all Title III activities.

Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF)

Dr. Brevett informed the Cabinet that representatives from the TMCF will be on campus February 6-7, 2007 to meet with students regarding their student training programs.

In addition, two Lincoln University students will travel to California to participate in the TMCF Annual Meeting.

PDE $2,000,000 Grant

A $2 million dollar PDE grant will make it possible to outfit three classrooms in Dickey Hall with special computer compatible desks and chairs, as well as “Smart Boards.”   Two rooms at the Graduate Center in Philadelphia will also be furnished with these special desks and “Smart Boards.”  Dell computers have also been ordered to complete the upgrade of these classrooms.

Electronic Billboard

The new electronic identification and message billboard to be placed along Baltimore Pike has been ordered. 

Fiscal Affairs

The following updates were provided:

-         Statement of revenue and expense activity for the six months ending December 31, 2006

-         Bid Waiver Justification – Multiple Vendors reported to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the University’s December 2006 filing

-         FY Enrollment (billing equivalents) as of January 17, 2007

-         Suggested revisions to the Lincoln University Termination Policy & Procedure (more information requested before Cabinet review)

Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

A draft “Remission of Tuition Policy for Residence Hall Coordinators” was submitted for Cabinet approval.  There was question as to whether there are circumstances that would warrant a policy other than the remission of tuition policy already in place for employees.  A close review of the current policy will be done before a decision is rendered.

Admission Statistics for Fall 2007 (as of January 16, 2007)

# Undergraduate applications received for Fall 2007………………………..   2153

# Undergraduate applications received for Fall 2006………………………..   1734


# Undergraduate students admitted for Fall 2007……………………………     252

# Undergraduate students admitted for Fall 2006……………………………     202

# Undergraduate deposits paid for Fall 2007……………………………….        3

# Undergraduate deposits paid for Fall 2006……………………………….        4


There being no further business, President Nelson adjourned the meeting at 4:40 p.m.

Diane M. Brown

Assistant to the President

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