President’s Cabinet Meeting
November 25, 2008
9:00 a.m.
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, Mr. Tracey J. Hunter Hayes for Vice President Grant D. Venerable, and Ms. Diane M. Brown.  Mr. John Thompson was present for a portion of the meeting.
 
MINUTES
 
Cabinet minutes of November 18, 2008 were approved.
 
  PHYSICAL PLANT BRIEFING
 
Mr. Thompson provided an update on various capital projects including the Langston Hughes Memorial Library and the repair of the bleachers in the gymnasium.  Particular to the library was the need for folding shelving on the fourth floor.  Mr. Thompson also informed the Cabinet of a sink hold that has opened behind Wright Hall due to faulty piping.  The area has been roped off and the repair project will be sent out for bid in the near future.
 
PRESIDENT
 
Enrollment - The need to increase the number of graduate students and commuting students was discussed.  Vice Presidents Hill and Bynum, and Mr. Hunter Hayes will meet to discuss ways to attract more students from the immediate area surrounding Lincoln.
 
Emergency Alert System – A test of Lincoln University’s Emergency Alert System was conducted on Monday, November 24.  The test went smoothly, but also revealed areas that must be fine tuned.
 
Transportation – The University is looking into the possibility of purchasing at least two (2) buses.  The buses will be available for student trips as well as for academic and other student enhancement purposes. 
 
African American Physics graduates – A recent AIP Report lists Lincoln University among the top 11 universities that awarded the largest number of physics bachelors to African Americans 2000-2004.
 
Universities that awarded the largest
number of physics bachelors to
African Americans, 2000-2004
 
Alabama A&M University (AL)
Benedict college (SC)
Dillard University (LA)
Florida A&M (FL)
Hampton University (VA)
Lincoln University (PA)
Morehouse University (GA)
Norfolk State University (VA)
Spelman College (GA)
Southern University A&M (LA)
Xavier University (LA)
 
The top 11 universities awarded 288 of the 780 physics bachelors earned by African Americans.
 
 
Source: AIP Statistical Research Center compiled from data collected by the US Dept. of Education
 
 
 
Affect of Economic Downturn on Colleges – The Chronicle of Higher Education recently published a report on the strategies various institutions are using to manage during the current economic downturn.  The report indicated that measures such as faculty and other personnel hiring freezes, building delays or freezes, travel restrictions, salary freezes, budget cuts, and salary budget cuts are all being utilized by those colleges included in the report.
 
ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
 
Mr. Hayes reported that the entire library facility will be open until 2 AM for the student reading days and finals.  Four of the library faculty will staff the facility so that it can remain open during these hours.
  
FISCAL AFFAIRS
 
Vice President Merlin distributed an updated “overtime” report.  President Nelson indicated that all divisions must make the appropriate salary transfers to properly account for any overtime incurred. 
 
Vice President Merlin is working with the academic deans on textbook adoptions for the bookstore.  A faculty bookstore committee may be established for this purpose.
 
Mr. Francis Cantwell has joined the staff of the Business Office as Accounting Manager, effective November 24, 2008.
 
DEVELOPMENT AND EXTERNAL RELATIONS
 
Vice President Hill reported on the following:
-       Working on the completion of 3020 Lincoln Plaza projects
-         President’s Annual Report – in process
-        Women in Leadership Series – Trustee Andrea Custis recently visited the campus and spoke to our students on the topic
      of professional growth.
 
STUDENT AFFAIRS AND ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT
 
Vice President Bynum inquired regarding the status of a new 3-year academic calendar.  Mr. Hayes indicated that this has already been discussed and drafted and should be ready for review at the next Cabinet meeting.
 
Spring enrollment should show no significant dips in residence hall occupancy.
 
ADJOURNMENT
 
There being no further business, President Nelson adjourned the meeting at 12:00 p.m.

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