President’s Cabinet Meeting
March 28, 2007
9:00 a.m.
Vail Hall Board Room
 
 
Minutes
 
Attendees:  President Ivory V. Nelson, Vice President Howard E. Merlin, Vice President Grant D. Venerable, Mr. Andre Dixon for Vice President Michael B. Hill, Dean Jerryl Briggs for Vice President William B. Bynum and Ms. Diane M. Brown.  Attending for portion of meeting: Mr. John Thompson, Director of Physical Plant
 
Minutes
 
Cabinet minutes of March 20, 2007 were approved.
 
Physical Plant Briefing
 
Campus Traffic Patterns
Permission has been received from Township authorities to move forward with the University’s plan to change the overall flow of traffic on the campus.  The plan, which is being proposed due to safety concerns, would change the main gate to an entrance only gate.  The Physical Plant and gymnasium gates would be exit/entrance gates.  Additional changes will be made, including driveway modification at the gymnasium and installation of gates and guard houses.
 
Mr. Thompson submitted a preliminary list of 2007-2008 capital items/projects which must be accomplished.  The list will be prioritized and projects to be completed over the summer months will be identified.  As, not all projects on the list will be addressed during the 2007-2008, the vice presidents were asked to identify their priorities so that a determination can be made as to which projects will be addressed first.
 
Work has begun on the repair to the baseball dugout.
 
Nelson Testimony
 
President Nelson shared with the Cabinet, copies of the statement he presented at the March 27, 2007 hearing on “The Role Higher Education Plays in Remediation,” which was convened by the Subcommittee on Education-Higher Education of the House Appropriations Committee.  President Nelson was joined on the panel by four other representatives from various segments of higher education in Pennsylvania. 
 
 
Development and External Relations
 
Mr. Dixon informed the Cabinet that the divisions of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and Development and External Relations have teamed together to create a “Women in Leadership” series.  Two programs have been scheduled thus far; the first on Wednesday, March 28th will feature panelists Barbara Gee, Vice President, Strategic Sales Alliances, Comcast Cable Communications LLC; Rev. Lorina Marshall-Blake, Vice President Government Relations, Independence Blue Cross; and Kimberly Reed, Regional Diversity Recruit. Manager, Deloitte Services LLP.  The second Women In Leadership program will take place on April 11th and will feature panelists Joan Simpson ’76, Vice President Finance, Verizon; Lorraine Ballard Morrill, News and Community Relations Director, Clear Channel Radio-Philadelphia; and Irene Marshall ’91, Partner, Mitchell and Titus.
 
Fiscal Affairs
 
Vice President Merlin distributed copies of the first draft of the 2007-2008 operating budget.  Some adjustments will have to be made before the budget is finalized for presentation to the Board of Trustees for approval.
 
Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
 
Admission Statistics for fall 2007 (as of March 26, 2007)
# Undergraduate applications received for fall 2007………………………..    4499
# Undergraduate applications received for fall 2006………………………..    4076
 
# Undergraduate students admitted for fall 2007……………………………    1261
# Undergraduate students admitted for fall 2006……………………………    1183
 
# Undergraduate deposits paid for fall 2007………………………………….       53
# Undergraduate deposits paid for fall 2006………………………………….       72
 
# Graduate applications received for fall 2007……………………………....       134
# Graduate applications received for fall 2006……………………………….      129
 
# Graduate students admitted for fall 2007……………………..……………          3
# Graduate students admitted for fall 2006……………………..……………        25
 
There being no further business, President Nelson adjourned the meeting at 10:30 a.m.
   
Diane M. Brown
Assistant to the President
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