Good morning, everyone. This is your regular post-Board meeting blog update and contains my opinions on the December 11, 2012 Board of Trustees meeting. The full agenda and supporting documentation is here: http://www.uky.edu/Trustees/agenda/full/2012/dec/welcome.html.
I am not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but I serve on three committees – the Athletics Committee, University Relations Committee and Human Resources Committee. Due to my position as Board Secretary, I am also the ex officio Secretary for the Executive Committee. All the Board’s committees, and their descriptions, can be found in Governing Regulations II, starting at the bottom of page five. http://www.uky.edu/regs/files/gr/gr2.pdf
The morning of the 11th began with a meeting of the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee reviewed draft language to change the committee structure of the Board of Trustees (Board) and moved to continue forward with the changes. There are a handful of proposed changes, but the main one will be to combine a few committees. Trustees generally attend Board committee meetings all morning on days when the Board meets, but there are more and more situations when it is impossible to schedule all the committee meetings in such a way that there is no overlap. For example, there have been times when I was late for one committee meeting (of which I was a member) because I was finishing up in another committee meeting (of which I was also a member). Although the full Board may have a first reading in January or February, the proposed changes will go to the Staff Senate, Student Government Association (SGA) and University Senate prior to any final (second reading) vote by the Board.
The next meeting I attended was the Student Affairs Committee, where attendees heard an informative presentation about the Students of Concern Committee (SOC). The mission of the SOC is to proactively enhance the well-being and safety of the University's students and employees. There are a number of areas involved with the SOC on an as-needed basis, including the Academic Ombud, UK Police, the Financial Ombud, and the Counseling Center. You can find out more about this group at their web page (http://www.uky.edu/StudentAffairs/students-of-concern.php). It is reassuring to know this group is working very hard to keep campus safe and help students succeed, when a student is facing one or many challenges.
University Relations Committee was my next stop. We heard an interesting presentation from Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Michael Karpf, regarding the efforts toward (and subsequent results of) improving the UK HealthCare brand. We have come a long way regarding the perception of our health care facilities. In 2006, 25% of employees would not recommend UK HealthCare. Due in part to great strides in improving efficiency and patient satisfaction, by 2012 that number had dropped to less than 10%. UK’s Chandler Hospital also was recognized this year as the number one hospital in Kentucky.
The Athletics Committee reviewed the second reading of the proposed change to Governing Regulations II, regarding the threshold for reviewing capital construction projects. There were no objections to increasing the threshold to $600,000. (For more details, please see my blog post for the Board meeting on October 14, specifically the Athletics Committee discussion.)
The Board meeting itself was routine with no surprises. The Staff Senate and University Senate sponsored an informal meet-n-greet for senators, administrators and trustees immediately following the meeting. It was well attended and served as a great opportunity for staff to interact with trustees, and for trustees to see first-hand the wide variety of duties that staff perform, and perform very well, all across campus.
I feel like I write the same thing at the end of every blog post, but they are still true and still relevant. Thus, I can say I remain honored to serve you and I hope you will not hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance in any way. You can reach me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com), by phone (257-5872) or you can stop by my office in 202E Main Building.
May you enjoy the next few weeks, however or whatever you celebrate, and may you return to campus in the new year rested, relaxed and ready for spring!