Present: Thad Bell, Rosalie Crouch, John Cormier, Bruce Elliott, Ray Greenberg, Jim Fisher, Anne Kilpatrick, Sarah King, Sabra Slaughter (Secretary), Stuart Smith, John Sutusky, Paul Taylor, and Walker Coleman
Guests: John Cooper, Lisa Montgomery, Philip Privitera, Subbi Mathur, Patrick Wamsley, David Weatherby, Becky Dornisch, and Stephanie Wilson.
NOTE: Copies of all handout and visual materials used at the meeting are on file in the Office of the Council Secretary.
ITEM 1. Minority Business Procurement Policy, Plan, and Advisory Committee Charter
Dr. Sutusky and Mr. Weatherby distributed these draft documents with preliminary discussion ensuing that focused on scope of these with respect to all University affiliates and timing of implementation.
ACTION: Council members will review the drafts, provide comments/suggestion to Dr. Sutusky who will schedule another presentation at an upcoming Council meeting for final action.
ITEM 2. TRIDENT UNITED WAY UPDATE
Mr. Fisher introduced Ms. Dornisch and Ms. Wilson who reported that the just completed MUSC campaign had exceeded its $ 210,000 goal with a total of 636 individual donations from MUSC and affiliates. Noteworthy was that over 100 of these were contributions large enough to qualify for membership in the Palmetto Society (over $ 1,000 in annual donation/pledge)--MUSC having by far the highest number in this Society of any organization or institution participating in the campaign.
ACTION: Council commended the Health Sciences Foundation staff and Campaign Chair Sutusky for the success as well as urged every effort being taken during next year's campaign to increase the number of MUSC individual donors.
ITEM 3. TENURE REVIEW POLICY
Drs. Privitera and Mathur presented proposed revisions to this 1998 policy that would bring it in line with the best practices specified by the State of South Carolina-particularly to establish the review process by faculty peers, and to set reward standards for performance that excels. This had been approved by the Faculty Senate and Deans' Council.
ACTION: Council approved this revised policy for presentation to the University Board of Trustees on February 8 for action.
ITEM 4. CASH POSTION PRESENTATION
As requested at the previous Council meeting, Ms. Montgomery and Mr. Wamsley overviewed the Cash Position Presentation developed for the February 8 Board meeting to publicly clarify recent history and current status of both MUHA and MUSC cash positions.
ACTION: With a few minor suggestions for clarification, Council approved this for presentation to the Board of Trustees.
ITEM 5. UPDATES
Dr. Greenberg initiated extensive discussion about the recent shootings, VIOLENCE IN THE WORKPLACE, and possible follow-up by MUSC both on campus and at a possible leadership level in the community.
ACTION: Council asked Ms. King and Mr. Smith to work on immediate print media initiatives as well as asked all members to give further consideration to MUSC's future leadership potential.
Dr. Bell thanked all who participated in the two campus MLK Birthday celebrations as well as suggested a future guest lecturer in the area of diversity.
Ms. King reported on the very successful Parkinson's Disease press conference that resulted in today's newspaper feature article.
Dr. Sutusky presented the monthly employment update which proved generally stable.
Dr. Slaughter announced that the US CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS will be holding its annual national conference in Charleston June 7-9. He proposed plans for MUSC to host an on campus hearing of the Caucus to gather information about environmental health and health disparities in Region IV.
ACTION: Council approved MUSC hosting the proposed hearing.