President’s Cabinet Meeting
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
2:00 p.m.
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 Gladys J. Willis, Dean Judith A.W. Thomas and Ms. Diane M. Brown.  Attending for portion of meeting:  Mr. John Thompson, Director of Physical Plant
 
MINUTES
 
Cabinet minutes of June 24, 2008 were approved.
 
PHYSICAL PLANT BRIEFING
 
Construction & Renovation Projects
The contractors are presently on site to complete the Vail Hall roofing project.
 
Lincoln House, Lincoln Hall and the Security Building are the next roofing projects to be undertaken.
 
The new science building is still behind schedule with completion anticipated in March 2009.
 
Work on the library renovation is ahead of schedule.
 
Work has begun above ground on the International Cultural Center (ICC).  The project is currently on schedule.
 
University Projects
Summer work on the residence halls has been completed.  Vice President Bynum asked that a project to apply paint to certain exteriors of Houston Hall be added to the list.
 
Mr. Merlin and Mr. Thompson requested assistance from SAEM in the University’s efforts to conserve energy.  Given the rise in the cost of fuel, it is very important that our students are conscious of the need to conserve energy and save money.  Their keeping residence hall windows closed during the winter months would greatly assist in this area.
 
PRESIDENT
 
President Nelson gave an overview of the presentation on “University Leadership and Management,” which he made to new presidents at the NAFEO Presidential Peer Seminar held July 10-14, 2008. 
 
The TMCF Leadership Institute was discussed.  The item will be placed on the next meeting agenda for further discussion. 
 
FISCAL AFFAIRS
 
Vice President Merlin submitted a “Medical Coverage Opt Out” policy which was reviewed and adopted by the Cabinet.
 
DEVELOPMENT AND EXTERNAL RELATIONS
 
The first Convocation of the 2008-2009 academic year is scheduled for Thursday, September 4, 2008 @ 4 PM.  President Nelson will address the Lincoln University community at this Convocation.
 
The formal Ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Student Union Building (SUB) will take place in September following the Board of Trustees Meeting.
 
ADACEMIC AFFAIRS
 
Vice President Venerable provided an update on developments to implement a coordinated, fixed retention plan for the University.  Draft plans have been developed in concert with faculty and staff from academic affairs and SAEM.
 
The vice president presented his analysis of the Senior Satisfaction Survey (May 2008), which rated very high, the quality of the Lincoln University education.  Also given a high score was student preparation for the workforce.
 
Dean Chikwem informed the group that Fox Chase will be providing video conferencing equipment to assist in facilitating the requirements of our collaborative program.  The equipment should be delivered to Lincoln University this week.

STUDENT AFFAIRS AND ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT
 
The new student drive in registrations have been very well received by the students and parents in attendance.  Vice President Bynum thanked the vice president for academic affairs and the academic deans, who joined the SAEM staff in assuming prominent roles in each of the four one-day sessions.
 
Lincoln University has been accepted into second year exploratory status for NCAA Div. II.
 
Admission Statistics for fall 2008 (as of July 21, 2008)
 
# Undergraduate applications received for fall 2008………………………..    6111
# Undergraduate applications received for fall 2007………………………..    5703
 
# Undergraduate students admitted for fall 2008……………………………    2111
# Undergraduate students admitted for fall 2007……………………………    2164
 
# Undergraduate deposits paid for fall 2008………………………………….    545
# Undergraduate deposits paid for fall 2007………………………………….    666
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# Graduate applications received for fall 2008……………………………….      486
# Graduate applications received for fall 2007……………………………….      413
 
# Graduate students admitted for fall 2008…………………………….…....       255
# Graduate students admitted for fall 2007………………………………..…      195
 
Fall 2008 Enrollment Report (as of July 21, 2008)
 
# Registered Returning Students ……………………………………………….       1433
 
# New Undergraduate Students …………………………………………………      545
# New Graduate Students ……………………………………………………….      255
 
    Total Enrollment Fall 2008……………………………………………………..   2233
    Total Enrollment Fall 2007 …………………………………………………….   2449
 
ADJOURNMENT
 
There being no further business, President Nelson adjourned the meeting at 5:00 p.m.
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