President’s Cabinet Meeting
February 27, 2006
Attendees: President Ivory V. Nelson, Vice President William
B. Bynum, Jr., Vice President Michael B. Hill, Vice President Howard E. Merlin,
Vice President Grant D. Venerable II, and Ms. Diane M. Brown. Attending
for portion of meeting: Mr. John Thompson, Director of Physical
Draft Cabinet minutes of February 20, 2006 were approved with necessary revision.
Physical Plant Briefing
The University is in receipt of the bids for the Renovation of University
Hall, which were received by the Department of General Services. The
project was bid in four separate packages including: general, HVAC, plumbing
and electrical. Revisions may have to be made to the scope of the project
as the project has come in over budget.
The Roof replacement projects will be accomplished in phases. Phase
1 will include the replacement of the roofs of Grim Hall, Dickey Hall and
The Cabinet discussed how to capture in the Physical Plant operating budget
the personnel costs associated with support of unforeseen events on the campus.
The department routinely budgets for Commencement, Pump Handle, Homecoming
and Spring Break, but other events requiring Physical Plant support are an
additional unbudgeted expense. Mr. Thompson was advised to include
an additional expense line item designated for the cost of events not routinely
scheduled throughout the year.
It was noted that due to the amount of construction and renovation projects
scheduled to be underway, Physical Plant may not be able to provide the level
of support as in previous years for Commencement preparations.
Department of the Auditor General
Audit of the appropriations earned by Lincoln University for the fiscal
year ended June 30, 2005 will be conducted beginning February 27, 2006.
House and Senate Budget Hearings
President Nelson presented Lincoln University’s 2006-2007 operating budget
request before the House Appropriations Committee in Harrisburg on Thursday,
February 23, 2006. A joint budget hearing of the four state-related
institutions is scheduled for Tuesday, February 28, 2006 in Harrisburg.
Forty-five (45) Lincoln University students in attendance at the Chaka Fattah
Conference on Higher Education, February 17-19, 2006, received offers of
graduate school scholarships to attend participating schools.
Lincoln University students have been the recipients of twelve (12) Horace
Mann Bond Scholarships since 1998. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
awards the Horace Mann Bond-Leslie Pinckney Hill Scholarship to PA residents
wishing to continue their studies at Penn State University, Temple University,
or the University of Pittsburgh in qualifying programs. Four of the
Lincoln recipients have graduated, while eight are currently enrolled in
their chosen fields of study.
Development and External Relations
Vice President Hill thanked all those who assisted in the success of the
February 22, 2006 Black History Month luncheon recognizing Dr. Peter Otunuya
Chinwe Odili, Governor of River States Nigeria.
Also discussed were plans for Lincoln’s Founder’s Day Observance and a possible
Faculty Awards program to be held in the spring.
Vice President Merlin discussed matters that may have to be addressed as
Lincoln University moves forward in the process for the Master Lease contract
of the Graduate Center in Philadelphia.
Vice President Bynum informed the Cabinet that approximately 33 students
may have to be administratively withdrawn due to the status of their outstanding
balances owed to the University. Letters advising the students of this
status are scheduled to go out this week.
There being no further business, President Nelson adjourned the meeting at
Diane M. Brown
Assistant to the President
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