President’s Cabinet Meeting
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
9:00 a.m


ATTENDEES:  President Ivory V. Nelson, Provost and Senior Vice President Dr. Grant D. Venerable, Vice President Howard E. Merlin, Executive Vice President Michael B. Hill, Interim Vice President Jerryl Briggs, Mr. Lloyd Asparagus, Dean John O. Chikwem, Dean Gladys J. Willis, Ms. Jody C. Brunner.


The May 11, 2010, Cabinet minutes were amended as follows:  Discussion Topics. Commencement -- The Founder’s Day and Commencement weekend was an outstanding success.  Special thanks and kudos go to physical plant personnel, the President’s Office staff, and members of the Advancement Team for their planning and coordination of the various events throughout the weekend.


•    2010 Graduation Data.  Dean Willis will provide Cabinet members with the official number of graduate students; Mr. Briggs with the official number of undergraduate students that graduated on May 2.

•    Summer Bridge Program.  Cabinet members continued an in depth dialogue regarding the University’s Summer Bridge Program.  Dr. Nelson asked Executive Vice President Hill to provide Cabinet members with the official number of students enrolled/paid.  Senior Vice President Venerable was asked to provide a one-page summary on accreditation, majors and model for the Summer Bridge Program which will be placed high on the agenda for the Fall 2010 semester.  The 2010 Summer Bridge Program begins July 1.

•    Summer Transportation Institute.  Senior Vice President Venerable will discuss how the program benefits Lincoln University with the Project Director.

•    Malcolm Bernard HBCU College Fair of New Jersey.  President Nelson asked Executive Vice President Hill to confirm Lincoln University’s participation.  The fair will be held November 13-19, 2010 at five regional sites in New Jersey.

•    Bosendorfer Piano and University Organ.  Dr. Nelson asked Senior Vice President Venerable to develop guidelines regarding use of the University’s new Bosendorfer piano.  The piano is scheduled to arrive today or tomorrow.

        Dean Willis recommended that the University consider purchasing an organ.  President Nelson asked Executive Vice President Hill to consult with Mr. Steve Carol regarding the purchase of an organ.

•    2010-11 and 2011-12 Budgets.  President Nelson reported that, after meeting with Commonwealth legislators, the consensus was the 2010-11 and 2011-12 budgets will be extremely difficult to navigate—more so than that of the 2009-10 budget.

•    Direct Student Loan.  Lincoln University is officially prepared to offer Direct Student Loans to our students.

•    Campus Facilities and Office/Department Relocations.  (a) Athletic facilities and landscaping bid opening scheduled for May 18, 2010; (b) the Business Office is scheduled to move into new modules beginning the week of June 28; (c) Executive Vice President Hill will facilitate an alternative security system for the basement of University Hall and repairs to the Library modules (d) Lobar/Farfield was awarded the Wellness Center and Quad construction projects.


•    Academic Curriculum. Cabinet members continued an in depth dialogue regarding the University’s academic curriculum.

•    Functions of Academic and Student Affairs Team Units: Achieving the Over-Arching Themes was presented and discussed.


•    Internship Co-op. Mr. Ralph Simpson and Dean Chikwem will meet to discuss University-wide implementation of an Internship Co-op at Lincoln University.

•    Core Curriculum.  The University must continue to assess the University’s core curriculum and the number of majors offered.


•    Salary Documents.  President Nelson will request salary documents from Human Resources for discussion at the next Cabinet meeting scheduled for May 25.  Cabinet members are to determine what they need next year.


Fall 2010 Undergraduate  Admission Statistics (as of 05.17.10)    
                                                    Fall 2009                Fall 2010                Fall 2010
                                                                                                              (900+ SAT)

Applications received                    7179                        6709                    720
Admitted                                      2065                        1423                    563
Deposits paid                                 345                          135                      56


There being no further business, President Nelson adjourned the meeting at 11:30 a.m.
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