PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL MINUTES
Present: Wallace Bonaparte, Jim Fisher, Joe Good, Jack Feussner, Ray Greenberg, Chip Hood, Sarah King, Lisa Montgomery, John Raymond, Jerry Reves, Sabra Slaughter, Stuart Smith, and Walker Coleman.
Guests: Mike Keels, Maurice Snook, Bruce Quinlan, Patrick Wamsley, Steve Hargett, Tom Higerd, Tom Basler, Jim Gilbert, Carol Lancaster, Jennifer Pearce, and Susan Barnhart.
ITEM 1 Financial Updates
As of the 10-month period ending 04/30/07, MUSC’s net income was $ 35.75 Million, MUHA $ 28.6 Million, UMA $ 15.9 Million and CFC $ 2.1 Million.
ACTION: Council received this as information.
ITEM 2 Office of Integrated Planning Assessment
Dr. Higerd presented a proposal and current special opportunity to combine the existing Office of Planning and Special Projects with the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment—a proposal that had evolved from original efforts to recruit a replacement for the Office of Planning and Special Projects’ head. This would report to the Provost with a link to the VP for Finance & Administration and would conduct needs assessments, respond to internal surveys, integrate and coordinate required reports, facilitate strategic planning, oversee space management, and provide institutional research and assessments.
ACTION: Council approved the proposal and extended appreciation to the team that put it together.
ITEM 3 YES Family Fund
Mr. Fisher reported on the employee help and benefits resulting from the $ 23,000 granted this year from the Fund.
ACTION: Council received as information.
ITEM 4 General Updates
Dr. Slaughter urged MUSC/MUHA participation in an appeal to business and government to help provide summer jobs for minority children as part of a county wide prayer vigil, “Healing the Land”.
ACTION: Council asked MUSC and MUHA Human Resources to cooperate in every appropriate manner.
Dr. Raymond praised Steve Lanier and Peggy Schachte for their work in securing the five year Dental COBRE renewal.
Mr. Fisher reported on the initial Capital Campaign Fund Cabinet meeting and its theme, “Partnership for Progress”.
Mr. Bonaparte had learned that the Department of Labor will be giving “a clean bill of health” to MUSC EEO policies and procedures with the Termination Letter expected within 45 days.
ACTION: Council commended Mr. Bonaparte, the MUSC/MUHA Human Resources officers, and all colleagues who had so patiently and effectively led the University through the lengthy and complex process to fully correct past concerns.
Dr. Reves hoped to announce the new Chair of Surgery soon; continued work on implementing MUSC excellence in MUHA; and was preparing for the largest COM freshman class in recent years (150).
Mr. Hood was working on several new company prospects as well as continued work on the research park concept and to implement a Fall faculty educational outreach.
Dr. Feussner reported that UMA continued East Cooper office plans; reopened strategic manpower initiatives for departments to fill the remaining positions; and is continuing its work with Mr. Good and others on the initiatives.
Dr. Greenberg thanked Dr. Feussner for his leadership and advocacy for an endowed chair in Women’s Health.
Mr. Good complimented Provost Raymond for a recently drafted position offer letter, which will be used by the Legal Office as a template for future such letters.
Mr. Smith updated on service lines with interviews ongoing and expectations to have all first round positions filled by July 1 kickoff.
Ms. Montgomery noted some last minute meetings and adjustments necessary to complete the 07/08 budget with special attention being given to the need for capital budget prioritization.
Dr. Greenberg commended Dr. Slaughter and his Commencement Committee as well as all others who helped make the just completed commencement such a success. He also reported on a recent Health Sciences of S. C. officer position interview, and on the progress to date as well as possible outcomes of the 07/08 budget debate underway in the legislature.