President’s Cabinet Meeting
May 5, 2009
9:00 a.m. 
 
 
Minutes
 
Attendees:  President Ivory V. Nelson, Vice President Grant D. Venerable, Vice President Michael B. Hill, Vice President Howard E. Merlin, Vice President William B. Bynum, Dean John O. Chikwem, Dean Gladys J. Willis, Dean Judith A.W. Thomas, Dean Jerryl Briggs, Dr. Debbie Bullock, Ms. Thelma Ross and Ms. Diane M. Brown.   

MINUTES
 
Cabinet minutes of April 28, 2009 were approved.
 
PRESIDENT
 
Founder’s Day and Commencement Weekend Events – President Nelson expressed his appreciation for the successful events held over the weekend.  He indicated that record numbers of alumni and supporters were in attendance for the Founder’s Day Gala.  And, while the Commencement ceremony had to be held in Manuel Rivero Hall due to the inclement weather, he received few complaints.  Everybody is to be congratulated for their efforts in the success of the weekend events.
 
Lincoln University’s 2009-10 Budget – Attendees discussed the development of 2009-2010 budget.  Vice President Merlin presented information which indicated some movement closer toward a balanced budget.  President Nelson indicated that everyone must be mindful of spending, particularly in the areas of overtime and travel charged to the University American Express card.  In the current economic market, American Express has reduced the University’s monthly spending limit.
 
Summer capital projects not already on the Capital budget list must be submitted as soon as possible for consideration.
 
Student Housing Initiative – The Board of Trustees has given preliminary approval for the Administration to explore the possibility of building a 600-bed residence hall.  The proposed new residence hall would provide housing for 400 new students and 200 students displaced from residence halls that could then be pulled off-line for possible renovation.  The University is working toward identifying possible contracting firms by mid-September 2009.
 
Distance-learning Grant – The US Department of Education has notified President Nelson that Lincoln University has been identified as a recipient of a $95,000 Congressionally-directed grant.  The award is intended to “support a distance-learning program, including the purchase of equipment.”   Lincoln must file the proper application forms by the June 1, 2009 deadline in order to receive the funds.
 
New IRS Reporting Regulations – In conformance with new IRS Form 990 requirements, tax-exempt organizations are now require to report the compensation of officers and other key employees who receive reportable compensation of more than $100,000.  Additional information is also required regarding the compensation paid to this group of employees.
   
ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
 
President Nelson charged the deans with monitoring the status of the seventy (70) scholarships available for high achieving students.
 
The Deans provided brief updates of activities in their respective schools.
 
Ms. Nancy Evans, Director of Academic Technology Support, will be asked to provide a report on faculty use of WEB CT to Mr. Steve Carol, Director of Information Systems Technology.
 
FISCAL AFFAIRS
 
Approval was given to engage the services of a consultant to assess the University’s facilities currently used to house faculty and staff.  The assessment process will be undertaken in phases.
 
The new Wellness Team has met and anticipates making available wellness programs in which faculty and staff may participate.
 
STUDENT AFFAIRS AND ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT
 
Dean Briggs stated that there is a misconception that the extent of student damage to housing facilities is greater at Lincoln than at other colleges and universities.  He indicated his experience has been that it is far less at Lincoln when compared to other institutions at which he has been employed.
 
Admission Statistics for fall 2009 (as of May 4, 2009)
 
# Undergraduate applications received for fall 2009………………………..    6819
# Undergraduate applications received for fall 2008………………………..    5134
 
# Undergraduate students admitted for fall 2009……………………………    1960
# Undergraduate students admitted for fall 2008……………………………    1578
 
# Undergraduate deposits paid for fall 2009………………………………….     240
# Undergraduate deposits paid for fall 2008………………………………….     120
 
# Graduate applications received for fall 2009……………………………….      208
# Graduate applications received for fall 2008……………………………….        55
 
# Graduate students admitted for fall 2009…………………………………..         92
# Graduate students admitted for fall 2008…………………………………..         51
  
ADJOURNMENT
 
There being no further business, President Nelson adjourned the meeting at 12:45 p.m.

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