President’s Cabinet Meeting
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
10:00 a.m.


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


Mr. Thompson provided the following physical plant update:
 -    Vail Hall has been evacuated and the repairs to the walls started on April 5th.  Arrangements have been to allow personnel access to files and other important
        items with little disruption to all parties.
 -    Bidders for the HVAC improvements have been selected.  Most of this work will be in Vail & Lincoln Halls.  The remaining work will be considered as the
      project moves forward.
 -    Bids have been received for the Grimm, Wright and Library renovation project.
 -   Physical plant personnel are now reviewing the responses for the Counseling & Wellness Center.  A meeting is scheduled for April 22 in Harrisburg to select the
      winning proposal.
 -    The bids for the Landscape and Athletics projects are due in Harrisburg today (April 13).  Physical plant personnel will be involved in the review of responses
       for this project as well.

The following is the project assignment of physical plant personnel:
        HVAC                                John Thompson
        Roof Repairs                       Joe Urban
        Grimm, Wright
          & Library                         Gerry Davis & Joe Urban
        Landscape & Athletics        C. Morris & Horticultural Manager
        Academic Counseling/
            Wellness                         TBD


Federal Student Aid Workshop – President Nelson asked that personnel from the office of financial aid attend one of the Federal Student Aid workshops being held by the U.S. Department of Education.

Criminal Justice Agency Designation – The Lincoln University Police Department has been designated a criminal justice agency under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  This designation will allow the University’s officers to be commissioned within a shorter timeframe, hence the ability to have more trained personnel on staff at a given time.

White House Initiative on HBCUs – In an effort to increase federal agency support to HBCUs, the WHI on HBCUs is seeking information on top academic priorities at each of the HBCUs.    Lincoln University will comply with their request for information in this regard.

Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) – Lincoln University is in agreement with the DRAFT Conflict of Interest: Commissioners and Volunteer Peer Evaluators recently circulated by the MSCHE.

Online Education – Dr. Venerable has been charged with the task of securing a University representative to participate in a special program for HBCUs being sponsored by Diverse Issues in Higher Education and Excelsior College.  The July 15-16 program will include an in-depth discussion of the challenges and opportunities associated with online education.

Community concern – Mr. Hill has been asked to look into a concern raised by a Lincoln neighbor relating to unauthorized hunting activity on University property.


Dr. Venerable reported that he will be making a visit to Kensington Business School, as well as two other schools, regarding the Urban Education program.


Mr. Merlin distributed copies of the 2010-11 Preliminary Operating Budget and variance analysis.


Resident Advisor Training – Spring Orientation was held April 10, 2010.


There being no further business, President Nelson adjourned the meeting at 12:30 p.m.
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