Ohio State’s Board of Trustees approved a variety of personnel, fiscal and construction-related matters at its meeting June 7.
Interim president named
The board named Executive Vice President and Provost Joseph Alutto as interim president. Trustees thanked Alutto for his extraordinary service to the university and expressed their support and confidence in his leadership going forward.
New tuition and fees approved
The board approved tuition and fees for the 2013-14 academic year. Tuition and mandatory fees for in-state Columbus campus undergraduates will be frozen at 2012-13 rates at $10,036.80. Tuition and fees for in-state regional campus undergraduates also will remain flat at $7,140.
The non-resident surcharge for undergraduates will increase by 2 percent to $15,720.
Graduate tuition and mandatory fees will increase 1.8 percent to $12,424.80, and the non-resident graduate surcharge will increase 2 percent to $17,664.
In addition, the board approved an increase in room and board fees of 3.7 to 3.8 percent. The cost varies depending on room type and meal plan. The board also approved increases in series of student fees and charges including selected laboratory, program and technology fees as well as instructional fees for professional degrees and Board of Regents approved tagged masters programs.
The full listing is available online (go.osu.edu/VGg).
FY 2014 Total Funds Budget approved
The board approved the Total Funds Budget for the 2014 fiscal year. The budget provides for an overall spending level of $4.9 billion for all campuses, a 3.5 percent increase over FY 2013. The plan is built around the fundamentals of the university’s long range strategic plan, which is founded on Ohio State’s common vision, mission and values.
Capital investment program adopted
The board adopted the proposed Fiscal Year 2014 capital investment program. The plan provides a blueprint for investment in the physical environment to advance programs, address needs and implement the strategic priorities of the institution.
The program includes spending $1.27 billion, which includes $1.13 billion in prior commitments and $143 million in new projects to begin in 2014.
Foundation report accepted
The board accepted The Ohio State University Foundation report as of April 30, which includes the establishment of The Stuart M. Sloan – Larry J. Copeland, MD, Chair in Gynecologic Oncology Initiated by a Grateful Patient, The Donald G. and Mary A. Dunn Chair Fund in Modern Military History, the Joseph A. Alutto Chair Fund in Leadership Effectiveness, the Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative Fund, The Corbett Price President’s Discretionary Fund; and the establishment of 27 named endowed funds providing $5.3 million in private gifts to the university.
Trustees approved the naming of the JEGS Foundation Lobby in the main lobby of the new Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. The naming recognizes the generosity of the JEGS Foundation, which has provided significant contributions to the Wexner Medical Center Expansion Project.
Entrepreneurship program named
The board approved the naming of The Langdale Academy for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Program in the Center for Entrepreneurship at the Max. M. Fisher College of Business. The naming recognizes the contributions of Richard Langdale, who has had a long relationship with Fisher College, providing significant charitable support through the years and serving as volunteer director of the Center for Entrepreneurship during its first two years of operation.
Trustees approved the naming of The Archie and Bonita Griffin pavilion, to be located on the Zink Family Terrace at the Longaberger Alumni House. The naming honors the wishes of Sandy Slomin (BS 1971) and Lori Cameron, two of The Ohio State University Alumni Association’s dedicated friends and volunteers. It is their desire to enhance the scope and type of events that may be held at Longaberger and also to honor Archie and Bonita Griffin.
Health system budget approved
The board accepted the recommendation of The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center Board and the Medical Affairs Committee to adopt the Ohio State University Health System’s FY 2014 budget. The budget provides for spending $1.9 billion, a 3.7 percent increase from last year.
Release of funds authorized
The board authorized the release of $82.5 million for The Ohio State University Medical Center Expansion Project for construction and related services. The $1.1 billion project is to be funded by $925 million in university bond proceeds and $75 million in development funds.
Construction projects approved
The board authorized the university to enter into professional service contracts and/or construction contracts for the following projects:
- Academic Core Infrastructure. The project will provide equipment and distribute chilled water to buildings in the academic core north that are not already served by McCracken Power Plant. Trustees approved professional service contracts totaling $3.8 million and construction contracts totaling $21.5 million. Total project budget is $25.3 million to be funded by university bond proceeds.
- Stadium south stands and lighting. The project will add approximately 2,500 seats and permanent lighting to the south stands and construct a new player’s tunnel. Trustees approved professional service contracts totaling $1.2 million and construction contracts totaling $7.8 million. Total project cost is $9 million to be provided by auxiliary funds.
- Emergency Department Renovation. The project will renovate the Emergency Department in Rhodes Hall once the new emergency department space in the critical care tower is open. Trustees approved professional service and construction contracts totaling $4.8 million. Project will be funded by general funds.
- Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute. The project will construct a new sports medicine facility in the athletics district at Ackerman Road. Trustees approved professional service and construction contracts totaling $35 million. Project will be funded by development funds, internal loan and general funds.
- Smith Lab Renovation. The project will upgrade the HVAC system and install a sprinkler system in the building. Trustees approved a $1.9 million increase in construction contracts to upgrade lighting and the HVAC for the entire three-building facility. Total project cost is $14.5 million to be provided by state appropriations, university bond proceeds and general funds.
The board authorized the university to grant the following easements:
- A perpetual roadway easement of approximately 1.1 acres and temporary roadway easement of approximately 0.2 acres to the city of Upper Arlington at the intersection of Waltham Road, Kinnear Road and North Star Road, for placement of a roundabout.
- Perpetual easements to the Marion County Commissioners and the Ohio Department of Transportation for approximately eight acres and one acre, respectively, of land at OSU Marion for a project to extend County Road 221 along the length of the campus boundary and provide a new entrance to OSU Marion. The project also will require temporary construction easements of approximately five and .2 acres, respectively.
The board approved the following personnel appointments and reappointments:
- Michael Bisesi has been named interim dean of the College of Public Health, through June 30, 2013.
- Patricia Hill-Callahan has been named vice president and principal gifts strategist in the office of University Advancement, through June 16, 2018.
- David Manderscheid has been named executive dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and vice provost in the Office of Academic Affairs through June 30, 2018.
- Alan Michaels has been named dean of the Moritz College of Law through June 30, 2018.
- Harvey Miller has been named professor and holder of The Bob and Mary Reusché Chair in Geography in the College of Arts and Sciences, through Aug. 31, 2018.
- Sarah Rubin has been named vice president of principal gifts in the office of University Advancement through June 23, 2016.
- David Weinberg has been named professor and holder of the Henry L. Cox Endowed Professorship in the College of Arts and Sciences through Aug. 31, 2016.
- Anil Arya has been reappointed professor and holder of The John J. Gerlach Chair in The Max M. Fisher College of Business through June 30, 2018.
- Dolan Evanovich has been reappointed vice president for strategic enrollment planning in the Office of Academic Affairs through Aug. 31, 2018.
- Peter Geier has been reappointed vice president for health services in the Office of Health Services through March 10, 2016.
- James Lee has been reappointed professor and older of The Helen C. Kurtz Chair in Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering through June 30 2018.
- Thomas Mauger has been reappointed professor and holder of The Carl M. and Grace C. Baldwin Chair in Ophthalmology in the College of Medicine through Sept. 30, 2016.
Resolutions in memoriam
The board adopted resolutions in memoriam for the following persons:
- Charles Blakeslee, associate professor emeritus of Ohio State University Extension, who died April 1.
- John Chambers, professor emeritus in the Department of Management Sciences at the Fisher College of Business, who died March 3.
- George Collins II, professor emeritus of Astronomy, who died March 12.
- Robert Crawford, associate professor emeritus of Ohio State University Extension, who died Jan. 30.
- Donna Jeanne Browder Evans, dean and professor emerita of Education in the College of Education, who died March 27.
- Kenneth Hanson, professor emeritus of Physiology in the College of Medicine, who died March 16.
- Stanley Leon Helgeson, professor emeritus of Science Education in the College of Education and former associate director for science at the ERIC Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education, who died April 27.
- William E. Nelson. Jr., professor emeritus in the Department of Political Science and African American and African Studies, who died May 16.
Governance plan approved
The board approved adoption of a governance framework for the academic medical center and authorized implementation steps. The framework calls for the creation of a new governance board for the academic medical center, authorized to act pursuant to a limited delegation of authority from the board of trustees.
The new model will allow for more streamlined, efficient and affective governance of the Wexner Medical Center by reducing any duplicative oversight between the existing Medical Affairs Committee and the Wexner Medical Center Board.
Pediatric Faculty Practice Plan approved
Trustees approved the establishment of faculty practice plans that are limited liability companies wholly owned by Nationwide Children’s Hospital that is in addition to Ohio State University Physicians Inc. and Pediatric Academic Association Inc., which were established in 2011.
This new plan recognizes that other faculty members practice at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in various medical specialties in addition to pediatrics. It authorizes the senior vice president and dean of the College of Medicine to approve practice plans that are limited liability companies wholly owned by Nationwide Children’s Hospital that agree to provide academic support, including but not limited to support for faculty salaries and benefits, support for departmental and college academic activities and that provide liability coverage for malpractice claims and indemnification of the university for payment of malpractice claims and for expenses of malpractice claims.
Expedited credentialing process revised
Trustees approved revisions to an expedited credentialing process for the Wexner Medical Center Board to approve eligible applicants for clinical privileges and medical staff appointments consistent with established criteria when necessary. Both the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and the Medical Staff Bylaws of The Ohio State University Hospitals and The James Cancer Hospital require timely processing of medical staff applications for appointment and reappointment. The expedited approval process allows the work to continue in a timely manner.
Trustees approved derivatives policy
Trustees established a policy to govern university use of derivatives, a tool whose value is derived from another security, underlying asset, reference rate or index. The policy establishes definitions, purposes and principals regarding the use of the tool. In recent years, the university has considered and transacted a small number of derivative transactions primarily to reduce exposure to changes in interest rates or to achieve a more certain rate of return on investment.