Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee

Thursday, February 21, 2008


A meeting of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of Northern Michigan University was held on Thursday, February 21, 2008.† It was convened by Chair Samuel S. Benedict at 11:00 a.m.† Participating were:†


Samuel S. Benedict, Chair†††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† Leslie E. Wong, President††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††

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

Douglas B. Roberts


Administrative Staff Members present were:

Catherine L. Dehlin, General Counsel

Gavin Leach, Vice President Finance and Administration and Treasurer of the Board


Kaye House Renovation Update

Mr. Gavin Leach reported on the progress of the renovations to Kaye House.† The kitchen is the only item not completed.† The budget for this portion of the renovation will be submitted to the Board for approval at the May meeting.†


Review the Competitive Compensation Packages for Other University Presidents

The data for this review is not complete at this time.† The Executive Committee will review this information via a telephone meeting at the end of March/early April with the hope of having a full recommendation to the Board at the May meeting.†


The automobile donation to the University for the Presidentís use has been discontinued.† NMU has leased a new car for two years.† This is under the current presidential contract.


Presidentís Contract

The Executive Committee reviewed the Presidential Contract at itís last meeting and recommended language changes to allow more flexibility for when and how presidential compensation packages are announced.† This language change is part of the formal recommendations.

Presidential Competencies

This item will remain on the Executive Committee agenda on a routine basis.† The Executive Committee will invite the new Human Resources Director, Ann Sherman, to the next meeting to get an update on how she may be able to assist with cultural changes in the Driving for Results section of the Presidential Competencies.


Trustee Emeritus Rank Policy

The Executive Committee reviewed suggested language changes to the Trustee Emeritus Rank Policy and Procedures.†† The Committee recommends to the Board the following additions to paragraph two of the Policy:


To be eligible, the former member shall have served a minimum of one eight-year term on the Board or have been Chair of the Board for a year or more and must have concluded his or her service on the Board for at least one year.† Former members may not be considered for Trustee Emeritus rank after four years of concluding service on the Board.


Mr. Benedict adjourned the meeting at 11:30 a.m.


Respectfully submitted,


Samuel S. Benedict, Chair

Executive Committee