President’s Cabinet Meeting
October 31, 2005
9:00 a.m.


Attendees:  President Ivory V. Nelson, Vice President Howard E. Merlin, Vice President William B. Bynum, Vice President Grant D. Venerable, Vice President Michael Hill and Ms. Diane M. Brown.

October 24, 2005 Cabinet meeting minutes were approved with revisions.

Commonwealth Capital Funding
Lincoln University’s Requests for Project Action for major renovations to the Langston Hughes Memorial Library and Wright Hall have been approved.  Each of these Project Requests is in the amount of $6,000,000, which includes $5,000,000 for Base Construction and $1,000,000 for Design and Contingencies.  Governor Ed Rendell recently approved the release of the Design and Contingency Funds for both projects.

The Commonwealth has awarded Lincoln University another $500,000 to address its technology needs.  Representative Dwight Evans spearheaded the efforts to provide this funding for Lincoln.  

Development and External Relations
Vice President Hill reminded the Cabinet of the Honors Convocation scheduled for Thursday of this week.  He also shared with the Cabinet a draft report on Corporation and Foundation Proposal Activity.

Fiscal Affairs
The fiscal office conducted a review, which indicates that the benefits of leasing out weigh those of buying trailers to house classrooms and offices during the renovation of various buildings in the near future.  In light of this review, Lincoln University will take steps to lease/rent the necessary trailers during the renovation process.

The Cabinet was informed of the plans to shut down Vail and Lincoln Halls for asbestos removal.  President Nelson will discuss with the Director of Physical Plant whether an alternative plan might be developed, which would not require the complete shut down of the buildings during the projects.

Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
Vice President Bynum reported that the Open House held on Friday, October 28th, recorded the largest attendance ever.  Over 600 prospective students participated in the Open House, with high school seniors comprising 70% of those in attendance.  In addition, faculty representatives from all of the academic departments were available to answer questions for the participants.

Academic Affairs
President Nelson discussed necessary revisions which must be made to the PDE Report before the document is submitted to the reporting authorities. Deadline for submission of the Report is November 4, 2005.  

There being no further business, President Nelson adjourned the meeting at 11:00 AM.

Diane M. Brown
Assistant to the President
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