President’s Cabinet Meeting
February 24, 2009
9:00 a.m.
 
 
Minutes
 
Attendees:  President Ivory V. Nelson, Vice President Grant D. Venerable, Vice President Michael B. Hill, Vice President Howard E. Merlin, Vice President William B. Bynum and Ms. Diane M. Brown.  Mr. John Thompson attended for a portion of the meeting.
 
MINUTES
 
Cabinet minutes of February 17, 2009 were approved.
 
 
PHYSICAL PLANT UPDATE
 
Langston Hughes Memorial Library Renovation Phase II – DGS has approved the scope of the project as submitted by Lincoln University
 
Science Building – Tours of the building are being conducted.  Physical Plant and IT are working with science faculty on building requirements.
 
International Cultural Center (ICC) – Will try to reassign previously designated funds from signage to additional parking
 
Landscaping & Athletic Fields – Timeline will slip a couple of months due to architectural design submission.
 
Counseling/Academic Center – A meeting has been scheduled for next week to review final design.
 
Wright & Grim Hall Renovations – Currently working on finalizing construction plans to be sent out to bid.  Planetarium has been approved for Wright Hall.
 
PRESIDENT
 
President’s Academic Scholarship Recruitment Program proposal – President Nelson presented his proposal for an academic scholarship recruitment program for entering freshman non-international students.  The goal of the program is to recruit top students for the Centers of Excellence Programs.  President Nelson plans to meet with the academic deans and department faculty to ensure their involvement in recruiting and retaining these top students.
 
Budgetary issues – The vice presidents were asked to conduct a personnel cost audit of their areas to identify all personnel costs for each defined department at the institution.  President Nelson asked that major reports and some depart chairs be involved in the exercise so as to gain full benefit of the audit exercise. 
 
ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
 
Cabinet discussed the desire expressed by faculty to permit students with “Holds” to register during open registration.  Vice President Bynum was asked to look at implications of such a change and come back with a proposal.
 
FISCAL AFFAIRS
 
Vice President Merlin distributed information on the status of the health care fringe benefit for information and discussion.
 
DEVELOPMENT & EXTERNAL RELATIONS
 
Vice President Hill provided an update on meetings with Cheyney University regarding the Lincoln/Cheyney Football Classic. 
 
Mr. Hill was asked to look into whether Lincoln University might be able to participate in the $15 million provided in the stimulus package for historic preservation at HBCUs.
 
STUDENT AFFAIRS AND ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT
 
Vice President Bynum reported that the number of students who may have to be administratively withdrawn because they are carrying balances over the limit has been reduced down to 64 from 107.
 
Admission applications are up over 1,000 compared to this same time last year.  Vice President Bynum believes the increase in interest is due to the spread by word of mouth by current students, faculty, staff and alumni about our student enhancement programs and building projects.  He anticipates being able to close admissions early again this year. 
 
Admission Statistics for fall 2009 (as of February 23, 2009)
# Undergraduate applications received for fall 2009………………………..    4587
# Undergraduate applications received for fall 2008………………………..    3229
 
# Undergraduate students admitted for fall 2009……………………………    1035
# Undergraduate students admitted for fall 2008……………………………      703
 
# Undergraduate deposits paid for fall 2009………………………………….     11
# Undergraduate deposits paid for fall 2008………………………………….       5
 
# Graduate applications received for fall 2009……………………………….       91
# Graduate applications received for fall 2008……………………………….         3
 
# Graduate students admitted for fall 2009…………………………………..        12
# Graduate students admitted for fall 2008…………………………………..          2
 
 
ADJOURNMENT
 
There being no further business, President Nelson adjourned the meeting at 11:45 a.m.

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