President’s Cabinet Meeting
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Vail Hall Board Room
 
 
Minutes
 
  Attendees:  President Ivory V. Nelson, Vice President Howard E. Merlin, Vice President Michael B. Hill, Vice President Grant D. Venerable, Vice President William B. Bynum, Dean John O. Chikwem, Dean Judith A.W. Thomas, Dean Gladys J. Willis and Ms. Diane M. Brown. Attending for portion of meeting: Mr. John Thompson, Director of Physical Plant.
 
MINUTES
 
Cabinet minutes of May 13, 2008 were approved.
 
PHYSICAL PLANT UPDATE
 
Mr. Thompson reported that questions have been raised regarding the paint in Ware Center, University Hall and the Student Union Building.  The paint jobs were done with a latex paint that is washable, but he is looking into the possibility of repainting with a higher quality latex paint. 
 
Summer capital projects are underway and are proceeding according to schedule.  The Vail Hall roofing project will begin this week.   All floor work is underway.  Rendall Hall floor demolition and asbestos abatement are well underway.
 
The gym locker room project is currently out to bid.
 
PRESIDENT
 
Information Technology
 
President Nelson indicated that Lincoln University must consider implementing a requirement for graduate students to provide their own laptops.  This requirement would be applied to graduate students beginning in fall 2009. 
 
Preparing Lincoln Students for the 21st Century
 
President Nelson shared Lincoln University facts as well as external reports and articles relative to different areas which are of significance in achieving the status of a top tier university.  He indicated that Lincoln University needs to put in place a retention plan tailored for Lincoln.  Other areas discussed included recruitment, graduation rates, graduate school, resources, faculty and the “branding” of our graduates. 
 
It was agreed that the academic deans should be heavily involved in the orientation of new students.  In addition, new students should be presented with a set of expectations about what it means to come to college (decorum, conduct, how to treat fellow students, class attendance, participation in tutoring sessions).
 
President Nelson also asked that steps be put in place for review of University data before it is submitted to outside sources.
 
FACULTY AWARDS
 
Dr. Maria Isabel Charle Poza and Dr. York Williams, Jr., are recent recipients of the Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Foundation Minority Faculty Awards.  Dr. Poza received a $12,905 grant for her project entitled “Technology Integrationin Second Language Acquisition: Increasing Motivation, Breaking Classroom Barriers, and Improving Communicative Proficiency.”  Dr. Williams was awarded a grant in the amount of $14,682 for his project “The Achievement Gap and Implications for College Students of Color: Where Do We Go From Here?”
 
2008-2009 PROPOSED CAPITAL AND OPERATING BUDGETS
 
Cabinet discussed what must be done in order to develop a balanced FY09 operating budget.  All areas were asked to review their salary budgets relative to strategic goals and requirements.
 
ADJOURNMENT
 
There being no further business, President Nelson adjourned the meeting at 12:45 p.m.

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