PRESIDENTíS COUNCIL MINUTES
Present: Tom Anderson, Wallace Bonaparte, Thad Bell, Kathy Chessman, Frank Clark, Dick DeChamplain, Bruce Elliott, Jim Fisher, Joe Good, Ray Greenberg, Sarah King, Lisa Montgomery, John Raymond, Ken Roozen, Jerry Reves, Sabra Slaughter, Stuart Smith, Heather Woolwine, and Walker Coleman
Guests: Susan Barnhart, Mary Mauldin, Johathan Coultas, and Ben Gilbertson
ITEM 1. Board By-Laws
Ms. Barnhart presented draft updates so far to MUSC and MUHA By-Laws, all being to MUHA to add new Board approved language as well as draft wording to further define financial responsibilities and strengthen its 501 C-3 corporate status.
ACTION: Council received this information for review an any subsequent recommendations for edit as well as asked that Ms. Barnhart make sure the Deans are asked for input on Section 6 of the MUSC By-Laws dealing with faculty appointments.
ITEM 2. Health Careers CD Intro
Dr. Bell and colleagues sampled this new diversity recruitment production that will be widely disseminated to all potential applicants throughout SC as well as posted on the Web.
ACTION: Council commended this excellent resource, but asked that Dr. Clark be consulted as to possibilities for speeding up of compressing the CDís content to improve Web response times for viewing.
ITEM 3. General Updates
Dr. Raymond announced the new faulty newsletter as well as solicited contributions.
Ms. Woolwine reported for Ms. King on several PR initiatives underway including a January 12th press conference announcing a contract between MUSC and DESA, a minority owned conference management firm, to help establish the Medical University as the national coordinating center for the 10 proteomics centers in the U.S., trauma legislation and publicity of new Pediatric Emergency Room.
Mr. Fisher formally announced the addition of Mr. Dave Soutter to the fundraising team in the Medical Center as well as two recent major donations helping to achieve the most successful December in Development history. Dean DeChamplain reviewed the recent tragic death of a Dental Medicine student as well as plans for possible memorial(s).
Mr. Bonaparte informed of changes in diversity data reporting requirements that will result from changes the Census Bureau made in issuing its 2000 EEO file.
Mr. Anderson overviewed latest Wickliffe House lease developments as well as noted that the loan to complete the Childrenís Research Institute will be closed soon.
ACTION: Council asked that other potential food service leases be fully explored before serious consideration is given to House conversion for other possible uses. Dr. Chessman noted success of the December tenure workshop, which will be repeated quarterly for a while as the Faculty Senate continues its work on more accurately defining and documenting its governance.
Dr. Roozen cited several successes resulting from recent economic surges and looks forward to continued positive growth of Foundation business.
Mr. Smithís observations about record Hospital occupancy in December and preceding months generated extensive discussions about the need to keep working between now and the new health facility 2007 opening to assure every possible bed is available to meet the assured continually growing demand for medical surgical beds.
In response to being welcomed aboard as the new Acting Vice President for Finance and Administration, Ms. Montgomery discussed her ongoing orientation as well as immediate priority concerns (including parking and deferred maintenance).
Dr. Elliott expressed pleasure with UMAs most successful December ever which ended a very successful year which ended with potentially promising cooperative agreements with new Providence Hospital in Bluffton. He and colleagues held a retreat on January 3 to open the ongoing five-year planning process that will result in the most successful possible opening of the new clinical facility in 2007.
Dean Reves and the COM are making progress, and hope to make announcements soon, in recruitment s for Radiology Chair, HCC Director, and Associate Dean for Education.
Dr. Greenberg thanked all for the successes of 2003 and hoped this marked start of a continuing upward trend.