Minutes of the Meeting

Of the Executive Committee

Friday, December 14, 2007


A meeting of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of Northern Michigan University was held on Friday, December 14, 2007.† It was convened by

Chair Samuel S. Benedict at 8:00 a.m.† Participating were:†


††††††††††† Samuel S. Benedict, Chair††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† Alan T. Ackerman†††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††

Brian D. Cloyd†††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† Mary C. Lukens (ex officio)††

President Leslie E. Wong


Administrative Staff Member Present (Agenda Item #3 only) was:


Catherine L. Dehlin, General Counsel



Trustee Emeritus Policy

The Committee reviewed the Trustee Emeritus Policy.† The Committee will be recommending at the next meeting a wording change in the qualifications for Trustee Emeritus.† For clarity purposes it will be recommended the Policy be revised to say a full eight year term is required or the past Trustee has served as Chair of the Board in order to be considered for Trustee Emeritus.


Presidential Competencies w/ special focus on Establishing Strategic Direction and Driving for Results

President Wong distributed an update of the long-term strategy plan to the Board.† A more complete and full review will be held at the February Strategy Session.† The Committee discussed the Driving for Results section of the Presidential Competencies document.† Discussion followed.† This will be an ongoing project and will continue to be discussed at future meetings.


Compensation Timing, etc.

The Committee reviewed the Presidentís contract and the timing for Presidential salary review.† The current contract requires the salary recommendation be made no later than the May meeting.† This occasionally results in difficulties getting competitive salary data at the right time.† The Committee would like to propose a change to the current contract to give flexibility of the announcement time if needed.† Contract language will be prepared and will be submitted to the Board for review and approval at the next meeting.† The new contract language will continue to say an annual review at the timing most convenient to the Board and the President, but the effective date will be July 1st.†


Mr. Benedict adjourned the meeting at 9:00 a.m.


Respectfully submitted,


Samuel S. Benedict, Chair

Executive Committee