President’s Cabinet Meeting
Tuesday, June17, 2008
9:00 a.m.


 
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 Gladys J. Willis and Ms. Diane M. Brown.
 
MINUTES
 
Cabinet minutes of June 10, 2008 were approved.
 
PRESIDENT
 
Retention Plan
 
President Nelson indicated that he is expecting a different dialogue regarding the University’s retention plans.  He would also like to see the departments utilize those with a minimal workload over the summer months.
 
Vice Presidents Venerable and Bynum have begun meeting with staff to develop a retention plan for the University.  VP Venerable presented a worksheet which outlines the roles of academic affairs and student affairs & enrollment management in achieving the retention goals.  Preliminary meetings have been held and additional interviews are scheduled with representatives from various departments.  The final plan will be tied to student assessment and will incorporate academic advising.
 
Vice President Bynum provided statistics on the visits to Lincoln University’s athletic website.  The report shows that the new football program has garnered considerable interest by those visiting the site.
 
Title III
 
It is estimated that Lincoln University may be awarded $700,000 in additional Title III funding for the next two years.  Priority for the new funds will be placed on direct services to students.  Staff salaries are not to be heavily supported by this funding source.
 
Emergency Alert System
 
A test of the Lincoln University Emergency Alert System (cell phone & email) was conducted on June 11th.  A summary of the test parameters and results was distributed.
 
STUDENT AFFAIRS AND ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT
 
Recruitment Plan
 
Vice President Bynum informed the group that his area is working on the current system, incorporating a different level of sophistication.  This includes hosting receptions for higher achieving applicants.
 
·   Shaw University’s Associate Athletic Director, Ms. Dianthea Ford-Kee, has been appointed Lincoln University’s new Athletic Director, effective 07.07.08. Dr. Ford-Kee brings with her a national reputation and is a respected, long time member of the CIAA.  Among other prestigious and notable accomplishments, she is the recipient of the 2006 NACWAA Woman Administrator of the Year Award and has served on the NCAA management council for a number of years.
·   President Nelson suggested that Dr. Bynum introduce Athletic Department new hires to the faculty during the Faculty Retreat.
·   On June 15, Lincoln University was a sponsor and participated in the 19th annual “Real Men Cook” charity event in Philadelphia.  The event was very well attended.
 
Admission Statistics for fall 2008 (as of June 9, 2008)
 
# Undergraduate applications received for fall 2008………………………..    5896
# Undergraduate applications received for fall 2007………………………..    5534
 
# Undergraduate students admitted for fall 2008……………………………    1968
# Undergraduate students admitted for fall 2007……………………………    2023
 
# Undergraduate deposits paid for fall 2008………………………………….    350
# Undergraduate deposits paid for fall 2007………………………………….    483
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# Graduate applications received for fall 2008……………………………….     370
# Graduate applications received for fall 2007……………………………….     296
 
# Graduate students admitted for fall 2008…………………………….…....      190
# Graduate students admitted for fall 2007………………………………..…      100
 
FISCAL AFFAIRS
 
The FY09 operating budget was discussed.  Vice President will present the final draft at the next Cabinet meeting.
   
ADJOURNMENT
 
There being no further business, President Nelson adjourned the meeting at 11:50 a.m.

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