Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee

Thursday, April 28, 2011


A meeting of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of Northern Michigan University was held on Thursday, April 28, 2011.  It was convened by Chair Jon G. LaSalle at 10:00 a.m. 


Participating were: 


Mr. Jon G. LaSalle, Chair                                          

Mr. Brian D. Cloyd

            Dr. L. Garnet Lewis

Dr. Leslie E. Wong (ex officio) – (Except Agenda Item #1)


Absent was:


            Mr. Stephen F. Adamini



President’s Compensation

The Executive Committee reviewed President Wong’s Compensation.  The Committee recommends to the Board that there be no increase in compensation this year due to the State’s economic outlook and the condition of Northern Michigan University’s internal budgetThis is not part of the formal recommendations and requires a motion and vote by the full Board.  The Executive Committee will review presidential compensation from other Michigan universities and other peer institutions for future consideration.  President Wong’s deferred compensation and pension program will also be reviewed.



Presidential Contract

President Wong’s current contract was reviewed.  The Executive Committee will request that the University’s legal counsel help find outside counsel to update the president’s contract with regard to dates and compensation as well as have a language review for legal purposes performed.  The Executive Committee recommends to the full Board the renewal of President Wong’s contract for one year.  This is not part of the formal recommendations and requires a motion and vote by the full Board.


President’s Goals for 2011-2012 and Center for Creative Leadership

The Executive Committee reviewed the revised proposed Presidential Goals for 2011-2012. Discussion followed.  The Executive Committee is recommending the goals to the full Board for approval.  The areas of concentration include:  1) Enrollment and Retention 2) Roadmap Initiatives 3) Revenue Enhancement 4) Leadership Enhancement, and

5) Discretionary.


It is the expressed intention of the Executive Committee that President Wong’s stretch goals not be tied to any specific form of compensation.


The Executive Committee also discussed possible presidential leadership training opportunities.




Board  Meeting Structure

The Committee reviewed the current Committee structure of the Board.  The Committee recommends to the Board the creation of two new subcommittees under the current standing Board Committees—Faculty Work subcommittee (under Academic Affairs) and Alternative Funding (under Finance)



Board of Trustees Budget

The Committee reviewed the Board of Trustees budget including projected expenses for the remainder of the 2010-2011 fiscal year. 



Mr. LaSalle adjourned the meeting at 11:02 a.m.


Respectfully submitted,




Jon G. LaSalle, Chair