President’s Cabinet Meeting
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
9:00 a.m.


MINUTES

ATTENDEES:  President Ivory V. Nelson, Interim Vice President Jerryl Briggs, Vice President Grant D. Venerable, Mr. Michael Byers for Vice President Howard E. Merlin, Dr. Renford A.B. Brevett for Vice President Michael B. Hill, and Ms. Diane M. Brown.  Mr. John Thompson, Director of Physical Plant, was in attendance for the latter portion of the meeting.


MINUTES

Cabinet minutes of March 16, 2010 were approved.


PHYSICAL PLANT BRIEFING

Vail & Lincoln Hall Renovations – We will look at the possibility of relocating Vail & Lincoln Hall employees to a modular for the scheduled summer renovation work on those buildings.  A June 1, 2010 target date for commencing the work has been discussed.

Temporary Library – Mr. Thompson has been looking for possible facility space that could accommodate the relocation of library staff and stacks during the completion of Phase II of the Langston Hughes Memorial Library.  Cabinet also discussed the use of the modulars as a possible solution, designating the entire space to the library and moving others to available space elsewhere on the campus.  Mr. Thompson will continue to look into the feasibility of using the suggested spaces for this purpose.

Summer Capital Project List – A total of $1,000,000 has been designated for summer capital projects that affect our students.  VP Briggs will work with Mr. Thompson to set the priorities for the summer projects.  President Nelson requested a list of summer projects that groups all work together for each affected residence hall.

DISCUSSION TOPICS

Commonwealth Capital Budget Project Itemization Act of 2010-2011– House Bill No.2291 referred to the Committee on Appropriations March 15, 2010, includes the following Lincoln University projects:

•    Vail Hall Renovation                             $15,000,000
•    Lincoln Hall Renovation                        $20,000,000
•    Azikiwe-Nkrumah Hall Renovation       $  7,000,000
•    Cresson Hall Renovation                       $20,000,000

These projects, while passed in the bill, have not yet been approved by the budget office for funding.

Student Aid Bill – Vice President Briggs was asked to look further into when would be the appropriate time for Lincoln University to switch to the direct lending program for its students.  All preparations have been made for the transition.


FISCAL AFFAIRS

2010-2011 Operating Budget – The deadline for the first pass of proposed budgets is Friday, March 26, 2010.  


STUDENT AFFAIRS AND ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT

Lincoln University provided financial aid – The office of financial aid has begun the distribution of additional financial aid to students in need.  Students have begun room reservations for fall 2010 and were very pleased that the threshold had been raised to $5,000.  A follow up letter will be sent reinforcing the fact that balances must be brought in line ($2,500) in order to be permitted to register for fall classes.


ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, President Nelson adjourned the meeting at 11:45 a.m.
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