PRESIDENTíS COUNCIL MINUTES November 12, 2003 Present: Tom Anderson, Wallace Bonaparte, Frank Clark, Katherine Chessman, Jim Fisher, Joe Good, Ray Greenberg, Sarah King, Bruce Elliott, John Raymond, Jerry Reves, Ken Roozen, Sabra Slaughter (Secretary), Stuart Smith, John Sutusky, Marion Woodbury
Guests: Melinda Anderson, Susie Edwards, Michael Frye, Stewart Mixon, and Patrick Wamsley
ITEM 1. Parking
Ms. Anderson briefed Council on anticipated changes in the availability of campus parking associated with land use required for the hospital replacement project. While declines in patient/visitor, employee, and student parking will be experienced through the fall of 2004, significant gains will be realized by the Spring of 2005 with the addition of new parking facilities. Ms. Anderson identified campus groups with whom she has shared this information and solicited Council input in identifying others with whom it might disseminated.
ACTION: Council thanked Ms. Anderson for the briefing agreed to inform her of other individuals and groups that might benefit from the briefing.
ITEM 2. Approval of Proposed Merging Positions: Dean of Student Life and Associate Provost for Education positions
Dr. Raymond informed Council of Dr. Valerie Westís performance in the combined role of Associate Provost for Education and Dean of Student Life and the successful outcomes she has achieved. Base on her performance and the resulting cost savings, Dr. Raymond recommended that the two positions be merged into one and requested Council endorsement to forward that recommendation to the Board of Trustees for consideration during its December meeting.
ACTION: Council endorsed the proposed merger and recommended that it be forwarded to the Board of Trustees for consideration.
ITEM 3. Presentation of Proposed Sleep Disorder Center
Michael Frye, presented a proposal for the establishment of the MUSC Sleep Disorders Center in January 2004 to coordinate the efforts of various disciplines at MUSC in treating patients with sleep disorders, serve as a sleep disorder resource for the medical community and the public, promote and advertise MUSCís clinical sleep services, and develop sleep medicine educational activities and research. The proposed center would also expedite sleep disorder evaluations, testing, and improve clinical care. No additional resources will be required beyond those already in place to establish the center.
ACTION: Council endorsed the establishment of the proposed Center and recommended that it be forwarded to appropriate state agencies for further sanction.
ITEM 4. 2005 Tuition
Ms. Edwards informed Council of preliminary projections for tuition increases needed to offset additional reductions in state appropriations for FY 2004-05. In addition, she described a surcharge imposed by credit card companies on students who use their services to pay MUSC educational fees.
ACTION: Council advised further assessment of reductions in state appropriations before recommending tuition adjustments suggested briefing the Board of Trustees about credit card transaction fee increases.
John Raymond announced the continued upward trend in MUSC research awards. Joe Good commented about current legal issues being discussed in the local media and an encounter with a Blue Cross/Blue Shield telephone survey.
Marion Woodbury reminded Council members about HUD visitors on campus to review MUSCís application for the new hospital project. He also noted that the lease agreement with the VA for land use in connection with the hospital project has been signed.
Frank Clark reported that a RFP for the MUHA information technology infra structure upgrade has been issued.
Wally Bonaparte commented about MUSC/MUHA advertisements appearing in the Charleston Chronicle Newspaper and assisting in a employee relations matter at the Citadel.
Bruce Elliott remarked about ongoing efforts to limit UMA liability exposure and a UMA strategic planning retreat scheduled in late January 2004. Stuart Smith reminded Council of the upcoming JCAHO review of the Medical Center.
Jerry Reves reported on his recent attendance at the AAMC meeting during which Gabriel Virella received the Robert J. Glaser Award from the AOA medical honor society and Deborah Deas made a well attended presentation regarding the recruitment and retention of minority students in the College of Medicine.