Florida Board of Governors Conference Call

By: Florida Board of Governors Release
By: Florida Board of Governors Release

Tallahassee, Florida - May 18, 2011 -

In regular business, the Florida Board of Governors took the following actions today via conference call:

The Board of Governors received a briefing from Vice Chair Dean Colson – also chair of the Legislative Committee – regarding the 2011 Session. Detailed information regarding Session activities and results are posted on the web site www.flbog.edu in two places – at the link leading to Board meeting materials off the home page as well as under “Press Room.” (Under the Press Room tab, there are two press releases – one with a recap of budget items along with four embedded budget documents in the release, including a by-university budget spreadsheet. The other press release focuses on the policy items passed by the Legislature as part of the Board’s legislative priorities. There are also two Session-related statements – one from Chair Ava L. Parker and one from Chancellor Frank T. Brogan.)

Board meeting thanked the current student representative on the 17-member Board of Governors for his outstanding service the past year. Governor Gallop Franklin II, as the elected president from among the student body presidents in the Florida Student Association, served a one-year term on the Florida Board of Governors. He is a pharmacy post-graduate student at FAMU, now on his professional rotations. A new FSA president for the next year will be elected shortly from the student body president members of the FSA, and that person will sit by position on the Florida Board of Governors, joining the June meeting.

During the 2011 Session, 25 of 27 appointments by the Board of Governors to the universities’ Boards of Trustees were confirmed by the Senate. (See new developments on this item, in the Trustee Nominating Committee section below.)

From the Budget and Finance Committee (Chair Tico Perez)

A series of regulations regarding tracking state equipment and furniture – written in consultation with and developed at the request of universities – had been noticed at a previous meeting, and final action was taken at this meeting. All four regulations were voted upon favorably. The updated or new regulation content in Board regulations 9.001, 9.002, 9.003 and 9.0031 deals with streamlined controls when recording and marking property. The regulations also add efficiencies related to the extensive requirements of the Division of Financial Services under the State Chief Financial Officer. The Board’s regulations also address inventory activities and the disposition of property. Full content is on the web site in the agenda back-up materials.

From the Audit and Compliance Committee (Chair Norm Tripp)

Florida law requires an audit plan be developed for each state entity, and the plan for the Board of Governors was previously approved by this Committee. The plan was today formally received by the Board of Governors. The Board had previously delegated to the Committee the authority to develop the plan. At its November 2010 meeting, the Board of Governors accepted the Audit and Compliance Committee Handbook. The Handbook is a complement to support the strong compliance activities being carried out at the 11 universities currently.

***New Item – not on noticed meeting agenda***

From the Trustee Nominating Committee (Chair Mori Hosseini)

Outside of the noticed agenda, Chair Parker asked Chair Hosseini to address brand-new developments with the Trustee nominating process. Chair Hosseini briefed the members of the Board of Governors that the Committee has re-opened the applicant pool for the remaining open seats on several universities’ Boards of Trustees. They are: UCF (3 seats), UF (2), UNF (2), UWF (2) and FIU (1). The application process has been re-opened now due to the activity level accomplished to date with appointments made by the Board of Governors and the appointments made to date by the Governor. The deadline for applications for these remaining seats – for the appointments to be made by the Board of Governors only – is June 15. (Applications should not be sent to the individual universities for processing, or to the Governor’s office for a Board of Governors appointment.) Chair Hosseini re-instituted the Board members assigned to previous review teams. The application period was opened May 16 for a 30-day time period the Board traditionally follows. For Trustees already appointed this year and newly in their seats, an orientation sponsored by the Board of Governors will be offered twice. Dates and locations will be determined and noticed soon.

Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Board of Governors will be held in Tampa, June 22-23. (A link to all Board meetings, scheduled through 2012, is here: http://www.flbog.edu/pressroom/news.php?id=361.)

An extensive agenda is expected for the June meeting, including presentations for the entire day on June 22 (8:30 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m.) by all universities of their annual “work plans” in determined time blocks on a coming agenda. This is the second such year of these presentations, which comport to the Board of Governors’ Strategic Plan 2005-2013. The agendas and all back-up materials, as usual, will be posted to the web site approximately one week prior to the Board meeting. Any and all proposals for tuition differential (up to a maximum 7 percent increase) from universities will be heard at this meeting as well. For the first time, the work plans and the tuition differential proposals are purposefully being taken up at the same Board meeting.

Also, the Board of Governors has formally embarked on an initiative to update its Strategic Plan beyond 2013 – this is important because it also will take into account information currently being developed and reviewed to fulfill the legislative mandate of a report on the future of the higher education in Florida, and the role of each of the various higher education delivery systems. This report is due by December 31, 2011, from the Higher Education Coordinating Council, of which Chancellor Brogan is a member, as chief executive for the State University System and the public universities’ delivery system. For more on the Council – which convened last year as a result of the 2010 Session legislation calling for its creation – see www.floridahighereducation.org.

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