The Ohio State Board of Trustees approved a variety of personnel, fiscal and construction-related matters at its meeting Nov. 9.
President’s compensation package approved
Trustees conducted President Gordon Gee’s annual evaluation and approved annual compensation based upon performance.
The board approved a salary increase of 3 percent on Gee’s base of $834,530 ($25,036). His new base salary will be $859,566. The board also approved performance compensation of 40 percent ($333,812) which will be paid out of non-public funds.
Academic units realigned
The board approved a recommendation to realign the academic units of the College of Education and Human Ecology to three departments: Educational Studies; Human Sciences; Teaching and Learning.
The realignment is the second phase of restructuring the college, which was formed in 2006 with the merger of the College of Education (with three schools) and the College of Human Ecology (with three departments) to become the College of Education and Human Ecology.
Trustees authorized the adoption of the Central Ohio Compact Joint Resolution, demonstrating a commitment to the principles, goals and strategies of the Central Ohio Compact.
The Central Ohio Compact is a regional strategy to increase Ohioans’ attainment of postsecondary credentials through collaborations of the K-12 districts and higher education institutions in Delaware, Franklin, Licking, Madison and Union counties. Representatives from public school districts and colleges and universities in those areas collaborated in developing the Central Ohio Compact.
The board authorized the university to enter into a five-year lease with OSU Neuroscience Center LLC for 9,186 square feet of space on the seventh floor of the Tower at Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza.
The lease offers two five-year renewal options. OSU Neuroscience Center LLC will utilize the space to provide a neurological clinic to the community which includes cognitive, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, stroke and epilepsy services.
The board also authorized the university to enter into a 10-year, six-month master lease with options for two five-year renewal periods, with Neil Place Apartments Ltd. for three properties located at 1445, 1457 and 1469 Neil Avenue.
The OSU Foundation purchased the properties in September 2000 and they have been utilized for non-traditional housing or off-campus residences. Recently, the university determined that the properties are excess to the current housing needs. The lease will enable major renovations to the buildings, retire the outstanding debt, advance community relations, secure long-term ownership and provide positive return over the 10-year initial term.
The board authorized construction contracts for the following projects:
- Boiler Replacement. This project will this project will replace the decommissioned boiler #8 in order to supply anticipated increases in campus steam demand due to the Medical Center Expansion and the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry Building. Trustees approved construction contracts in the amount of $12.5 million. Total project cost is $15.2 million to be provided by university bond proceeds.
- High Voltage Switch and Cable Replacement Phase 2. The project will replace existing primary switches with outdoor pad-mounted SF6 switches and replace high-voltage electrical cables. Existing equipment has reached its life expectancy (some over 30 years). The cable upgrades will provide for future growth in demand in the north campus area and upgrade the efficiency and safety of the electric distribution system throughout campus. Trustees approved construction contracts in the amount of $11.2 million. Total project cost is $13.4 million to be paid by university bond proceeds.
- Schottenstein Center – Basketball Practice Facility. Trustees approved an increase in the construction contract of $1.5 million, taking the total project cost from $17.5 to $19 million.
Part of the increased cost is due to different subsurface conditions that were encountered during excavation on the interior renovation portion of the project. The remainder of the increase will establish the final guaranteed maximum price amendment with construction manager at risk. The project will construct an addition to the Schottenstein Center for a basketball practice facility, strength and training facilities and coach’s offices, and renovate the men’s and women’s basketball locker rooms and training room.
The board approved the appointment of members to the following committees for 2012-13:
- Academic Affairs and Student Life Committee: Jeffrey Wadsworth, chair; John Fisher, vice-chair; Algenon Marbley; Linda Kass; Janet Reid; Clark Kellogg; Timothy Smucker; Cheryl Krueger; Benjamin Reinke; Kevin Boyle (faculty member); Robert Schottenstein (ex officio).
- Advancement Committee: Gilbert Cloyd, co-chair (charter trustee); Linda Kass, co-chair; John Fisher; Clark Kellogg; Timothy Smucker; Michael Gasser; Benjamin Reinke; John Kessler; Philip Duncan; Nancy Kramer; Christopher Ito (Alumni Association member); Larry Moore (Alumni Association member); John Gerlach (Foundation Board member); David Kollat (Foundation Board member); Robert Schottenstein (ex officio).
- Audit and Compliance Committee: Algenon Marbley, chair; John Fisher, vice-chair; Ronald .Ratner; William Jurgensen; Clark Kellogg; Cheryl Krueger; Michael Gasser; Benjamin Reinke; James Gilmour; Larry Hilsheimer; Amy Chronis; Craig Morford; Robert Schottenstein (ex officio).
- Finance Committee: William Jurgensen, chair; Ronald Ratner, vice-chair; Brian Hicks; Alan Brass; Alex Shumate; Michael Gasser; Evann Heidersbach; Gilbert Cloyd (charter trustee); Corbett Price; Jo Ann Davidson; Robert Schottenstein (ex officio).
- Medical Affairs Committee: Alan Brass, chair; Corbett Price, vice-chair; Brian Hicks; Algenon Marbley; Janet Reid; William Jurgensen; Jeffrey Wadsworth; Cheryl Krueger; Evann Heidersbach; Robert Schottenstein (ex officio).
- Governance Committee: Alex Shumate, chair; Janet Reid, vice chair; Alan Brass; Linda Kass; Jeffrey Wadsworth; Timothy Smucker; Evann Heidersbach; Gilbert Cloyd, Robert Schottenstein (ex officio).
The board approved the following personnel appointments and reappointments:
- Marcelo Dapino has been named professor and holder of the Honda R&D Americas Designated Chair in the College of Engineering, effective July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2016.
- Melissa Drumm has been named associate professor and holder of the Alfred W. Reader Endowed Professorship in Endodontics in the College of Dentistry, through Sept. 30, 2017.
- Michael Eicher has been named senior vice president for advancement and president of the Ohio State University Foundation in the Office of Advancement, through Oct. 31, 2017.
- Gates Garrity-Rokous has been named vice president and chief compliance officer in the offices of Legal Affairs and Business and Finance, through Sept. 24, 2017.
- Sidney Miller has been named professor and holder of The American Electric Power Foundation Chair in Burn Care in the College of Medicine, through Aug. 31, 2014.
- David Williams has been named executive dean of the Professional Colleges, through March 31, 2016.
- Mark Partridge has been reappointed professor and holder of The C. William Swank Chair in Rural Urban Policy in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, through June 30, 2017.
- Ian Sheldon has been reappointed professor and holder of the Andersons Professorship of International Trade in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, through June 30, 2017.
Resolutions in memoriam
The board adopted resolutions in memoriam for the following persons:
- Floren James, associate professor emeritus in OSU Extension, who died Oct. 18.
- Jo Jones, associate professor emeritus in OSU Extension, who died Sept. 10.
- William Protheroe, professor emeritus in the Department of Astronomy, who died Sept. 4.
Mason Hall spaces named
Trustees approved naming of spaces in the newly renovated Mason Hall, in the Max M. Fisher College of Business. A conference room, adjacent corridors and east lounge area will be named The Neil M. Klatskin Conference Room and The Neil M. Klatskin Collaborative and Learning Resource Corridor in recognition of significant contributions to Fisher College from Charles and Lynne Klatskin.
Multi-sport field named
Trustees approved the naming of the multi-sport field at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium as The Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein Field in recognition of a significant contribution to the men’s soccer program from The Bertram L. and Iris S. Wolstein Foundation.
Trustees approved the naming of the Surgical Skills Lab in the Department of Ophthalmology as The James M. Andrew, MD, Ophthalmology Surgical Skills Lab. The lab, located at the Eye and Ear Institute, 915 Olentangy River Road, is a state-of-the-art surgery center able to meet the growing demand for quality eye care.
Trustees approved naming the Science and Engineering Library as the 18th Avenue Library. Naming the building based on its physical location is part of the One Ohio State Framework plan and is intended to make the library easier to find for new students and researchers visiting campus.
Schoenbaum Family Center spaces named
The board approved the following naming of spaces within the new Schoenbaum Family Center in recognition of university donors and friends:
- Room 105: Procter & Gamble Town Square.
- Room 159: JPMorgan Chase Library.
- Room 154: Elmer’s Creative Arts Studio.
- 2nd Floor: The Columbus Foundation Observation Gallery.
- Room 133 Teacher’s Office: Lisa Shepherd Teacher’s Office.
- Room 129 Teacher’s Office: John and Sally Beals Teacher’s Office.
- Room 145 Teacher’s Office: Mr. and Mrs. Chester H. Stephenson Teacher’s Office.
- Room 146 Teacher’s Office: Dean David W. Andrews Teacher’s Office.
- Child’s Cubbie in Classroom 142: Floradelle Pfahl Child’s Classroom Cubbie.
- Child’s Cubbie in Classroom 142: OSU Sarasota Manatee Alumni Cubbie.
- Child’s Cubbie in Classroom 142: Melanie Fagert Child’s Classroom Cubbie.
- Child’s Cubbie in Classroom 142: Tiffany Fagert Child’s Classroom Cubbie.
- Child’s Cubbie in Classroom 146: Gwen Evans Child’s Classroom Cubbie.
- Room 152: OSU Women & Philanthropy Side Courtyard.
- Room 125A: US Bank Documentation Room.
- Room 150: Marling-Abraham Family Infant Motor Activity Center.
- Room 246: Lowe’s Rooftop Playground Classroom.
- Room 250: Denny and Connie Cahill Family Preschool Indoor Motor Area.
Faculty rules amended
The board approved amendments to the Rules of the University Faculty regarding faculty hearing committees.