President’s Cabinet Meeting
October 10, 2005
9:00 a.m.


Attendees:  President Ivory V. Nelson, Vice President Howard E. Merlin, Vice President William B. Bynum, Vice President Grand D. Venerable, Ms. Sandy Yates for Vice President Michael Hill and Ms. Diane M. Brown.  Attending for portion of meeting:  Mr. John Thompson

October 10, 2005 Cabinet meeting minutes were approved.

Physical Plant Briefing
Updates were provided on the status of the HVAC, asbestos, security cameras and Graduate Center floor projects.

The base bid for the HVAC project came in higher than the project budget.  In order to bring the project within budget, consideration will be made to only install air conditioning in the sanctuary of the Mary Dod Brown Chapel instead of the whole building.

Eighteen contractors have responded to the University’s bid package for the Asbestos project.

The installation of security cameras on the main campus and at the Graduate Center will cost the University $165,000 over four years.  The cost of installing security cameras at the Graduate Center is approximately $33,00 of the total.  The Graduate Center installation is a priority project.

Lincoln University Capital Projects
The Cabinet reviewed the status and priority of projects included on the capital projects list.  The possibility of using Title III carryover funds for some of the academic needs will be reviewed.

Commonwealth Funding of Dormitories
The University has recently received confirmation of a long standing policy within the Governor’s Office that Capital Budget funds may not be utilized for dormitory construction.  Universities have been funding construction of dormitory facilities through a Revenue Bond or public/private partnerships with developers who construct the dorm facility and then lease or rent back to the University.

Workforce Advancement Grant for Education (WAGE) Program
The PA Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) has implemented the WAGE program to benefit adult students who may face financial barriers in pursuing higher education opportunities.  PHEAA is funding the program from its operating revenues at no cost to the taxpayers.  Ten million dollars will be available annually for the next five years.  Lincoln University has been awarded a WAGE allocation of $24,824 for the 2005-06 academic year.

Development and External Relations
A briefing on the Alumni Relations Director search and Homecoming activities was provided.  It was noted that the Memorial Service for Dr. H. Alfred Farrell has been scheduled on Homecoming at 2:00 PM in the Mary Dod Brown Chapel.  As this is during the time of the parade, every effort will be made to accommodate the Memorial service and the parade with little disruption to either event.

Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
President Nelson commended SGA President Erica Campbell and her officers for their implementation of the SGA Adopt-A-Spot Program to assist in the upkeep and beautification of the campus.  Ms. Campbell and her executive board have proven to be a positive impact on the student body.  

Academic Affairs
The PDE report is due November 4, 2005

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

Diane M. Brown
Assistant to the President
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