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December 2011 Board Meeing Update

Good morning, everyone! Here is your regular Board of Trustees meeting update. Our meeting schedule was a bit different (Board meeting at 8:45 am, instead of 1 pm) so that the meeting could be finished prior to the gubernatorial inauguration.  


Below I make note of the things that I found especially interesting – as ever, you are ALWAYS welcome to contact me to get more info! (Here is a link to the full agenda:


Chair’s Report 1 – Athletics Committee of the Board

This was the second reading of Governing Regulations II, to enact a change whereby the Board will now have an Athletics Committee to oversee Athletics activities. It puts Athletics on par with the medical enterprise, which has been overseen by a Board of Trustees committee for awhile. The Board has always had oversight of Athletics, but this offers some structural/organizational symmetry.


President’s Report 1 – President’s Report to Trustees

President Capilouto introduced the Board to Nikky Finney, a professor in the Department of English, who recently won the 2011 National Book Award in Poetry for her recent work, “Head Off and Split.” (I’ll be reading that over the holidays.)


President’s Report 3 – Appointment of Dean of Gatton College of Business and Economics

The Board appointed Dr. David Blackwell as dean, and he’ll be starting in the spring.


FCR 1 – Approval of Investment in Coldstream Laboratories, Inc.

The Board went into closed session to hear confidential information about Coldstream Laboratories, Inc. (CLI), including information about recent improvements in various aspects of the CLI organization.  The Board voted unanimously to offer an additional investment.


While preparing for this vote, I spoke to a number of people, including other trustees and University officials. (It is somewhat difficult now to remember which details are confidential and which are common knowledge!) I can say that I was prepared to vote in favor of the motion prior to our going into closed session, and the information I received during closed session helped reinforce my intent to vote in favor.


FCR 4 – Renovate/Upgrade Softball Complex

It is a great thing for the women’s softball team to be so successful that UK Athletics funding extensive renovations to the softball complex! In doing so, UK will meet the SEC requirements for holding a tournament, allowing UK to host the 2013 SEC Softball Tournament. Being asked to host the conference is a nice compliment to our winning women’s softball team and I imagine the SEC visitors in 2013 will be spending a little money in the area while they are here.


University Relations Committee Report

The University Relations Committee will be spending time during the spring looking very closely at how UK interacts with various aspects of the internal UK and external community. As a member of this committee, I am looking forward to an exciting year of collaboration and building bridges to better demonstrate the wonderful things UK does.


That’s it for this year, folks! It is always an honor to represent you and I always look forward to hearing from you about almost anything. ( /


Best wishes for an enjoyable holiday season, for whatever and however you celebrate!




P.S. Many thanks to the UK Internal Audit, HealthCare Corporate Compliance and HealthCare Marketing folks off Alumni Drive, who hosted a holiday open house this past Friday! I appreciated being invited, and it was wonderful to chat with staff who I might otherwise not get a chance to see.


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