PRESIDENT'S COUNCIL MINUTES
Present: Tom Anderson, Wallace Bonaparte, Frank Clark, Dick DeChamplain, Bruce Elliott, Jim Fisher, Joe Good, Ray Greenberg, Anne Kilpatrick, Sarah King, Stuart Mixon (for John Sutusky), John Raymond, Jerry Reves, Stuart Smith, and Walker Coleman
Guests: John Cormier, Elinor Chumney, Patrick Wamsley, Lisa Montgomery, Ralph Green, Mike Keels, Bruce Quinlan, John Runyon, Paul Taylor, and Marion Woodbury
ITEM 1. Joint PharmD and MBA Program
Dean Cormier and Dr. Chumney presented the proposed curriculum of this program jointly developed by the MUSC College of Pharmacy and the Citadel School of Business Administration.
ACTION: Council commended the joint working group that put this together, and approved the curriculum for MUSC Board consideration and action in October.
ITEM 2. Financial Updates
First month (July) FY '04 figures all were positive: MUSC at $ 1.36 Million; MUHA at $ 1.70 Million; UMA at $ 451,172; and CFC at $ 112,373. Hiring figures were up slightly according to Mr. Mixon.
ACTION: Council received this as information.
ITEM 3. FY 04 Mail Sort Charges
As basis for the first recommended increase in these charges since their establishment in 2001, Mr. Runyon presented a study overviewing the changing parameters of this service as justification. Also proposed was further study of the whole process with additional recommendations to Council targeted by January '04 in time for inclusion in the '05 budgets.
ACTION: Council directed that the Continuous Quality Improvement Committee be immediately reconvened and conduct further study at an accelerated rate to include consideration of benchmark data from other state universities; possible reductions of unsolicited third-class materials; alternate fee setting options including fees based on actual volumes of receiving units; potentially more effective campus locations for the central mail receiving/sorting facility; and possible additional US Postal Service divisions of the large MUSC campus.
ACTION: Council commended all involved for the impressive efficiencies and accountability established over recent years with respect to the full cycle of campus mail receipt, sorting, and distribution.
ITEM 4. Revision to MUSC Advisory Boards Administrative Policy
Mr. Fisher and Mr. Taylor recommended revised Policy wording as necessary to limit Development Office staff support to only the 12 of these 32+ committees that actually are charged with fundraising.
ACTION: Council approved the revised wording as well as specified that all active advisory boards designate a responsible MUSC faculty/staff member to annually inform Council as to the ongoing status of their group. The Vice President for Development will continue providing staff support to the boards engaged in fundraising, while the Provost would provide all other necessary staff support.
ITEM 5. General Updates
Dr. Raymond invited everyone and their colleagues to attend the August 26 Faculty Convocation at 4:00pm in the Harper Student Center. A second round of the Centers of Excellence grants is expected with letters of intent to possibly be requested as early as September.
Mr. Fisher reported on recent campus development-related visits by Duke Endowment and the CVS Pharmacy Group.
Dean DeChamplain and the College of Dental Medicine are in the final stages of preparing for their accreditation site visit.
A recent Federal Circuit Court decision of interest to the University and its affiliates was noted by Mr. Good.
Later in the week Mr. Bonaparte will submit the first OFPCC report in follow up to the Conciliation Agreement, and had received both MUSC and MUHA Affirmative Action Programs prior to the deadline.
ACTION: The President will send a letter commending responsible MUSC and MUHA staff members for their timely work.
Mr. Anderson summarized recent HSF actions with respect to the PEDF, and continues work with bond counsel and contractor to close the CHS project within 45 days for an October groundbreaking.
Dr. Kilpatrick reviewed significant actions of the August 12 Faculty Senate meeting as well as reminded of major ongoing Faculty initiatives as presented at prior Council meetings.
Dean Reves and the COM looked forward to welcoming 135 freshmen at Sunday's White Coat Ceremony.
Mr. Mixon reported for Dr. Sutusky that smoking prevention policy recommendations would be presented at the next Council meeting, and that the Commerce Study of Charter Air Services had been completed with study figures available soon.