President’s Cabinet Meeting
February 27,  2006
2:00 p.m.

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 Plant

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 Wright Hall.

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.

Student News
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.

Fiscal Affairs
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.

Student Affairs
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 4:50 p.m.

Diane M. Brown
Assistant to the President
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