President’s Cabinet Meeting
November 7, 2007
2:00 PM
Vail Hall Board Room
 
 
Minutes
 
Attendees:  President Ivory V. Nelson, Vice President William B. Bynum, Vice President Michael B. Hill, Vice President Howard E. Merlin, Vice President Grant D. Venerable and Ms. Diane M. Brown. 
 
Minutes
 
Minutes of October 30, 2007 Cabinet meeting were approved.
 
New Trustee
 
The Senate has confirmed Governor Rendell’s nomination of Mr. Kevin E. Vaughan to the Board of Trustees of Lincoln University.  Mr. Vaughan, a resident of Philadelphia, has been appointed to a term ending August 31, 2010.
 
Fiscal Affairs
 
Purchasing Procedures – Cabinet discussed the following proposed changes to the purchasing procedures to help expedite the purchasing process:
-         Implement “competitive pricing” rather than competitive bidding
-         Implement “Strategic Sourcing”
-         Review possibility of raising the bid level from $5,000 to $10,000
-         Consider raising the level for legal review
 
Director of Human Resources Search - Vice President Merlin informed the Cabinet that the final two candidates for the position of Director of Human Resources will be visiting Lincoln University to interview on Friday, November 9th.
 
Academic Affairs
 
The Lincoln University – Barnes Foundation Visual Arts Program - Meetings and discussions regarding course development are ongoing, with the expectation that the necessary course descriptions and syllabi will go before the faculty by March, 2008.  Key to moving forward are the recruitment of credentialed faculty in art history and museum studies, professional public relations materials, advertisements in major publications, and scholarships.   Currently, the Visual Arts program has seven (7) majors, including juniors and seniors in the old Studio Arts Program.  Because of the significance of this program, recruitment of students will not be limited to the surrounding areas, but will be expanded to reach nationally and internationally. 
 
Development & External Relations
 
Lincoln University has established the “Lenfest Scholarship Fund” to provide scholarships for students in the art program.  The scholarship fund was established through a $300,000 personal contribution from Mr. H.R. (Gerry) Lenfest.
 
Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
 
President Nelson distributed an article “addressing Anxiety, Depression and Suicide Among HBCU Students.”  Vice President Bynum indicated that Lincoln University currently has persons and programs in place which have been very effective in identifying and addressing these issues in our student body.
 
Spring 2008 Admission statistics as of November 2, 2007.
 
# Undergraduate applicants Spring 2008 ……………………     415
# Undergraduate applicants Spring 2007 ……………………     492
 
# Undergraduates admitted Spring 2008 ……………………     125
# Undergraduates admitted Spring 2007 ……………………       40
 
# Deposits Paid Spring 2008 …………………………………     56
# Deposits Paid Spring 2007 …………………………………     13
 
There being no further business, President Nelson adjourned the meeting at 4:30 p.m.
     
Diane M. Brown
Assistant to the President

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