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THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA
FACULTY COUNCIL MINUTES

October 21, 1999
Signal Mountain Room
University Center

Elected Members Present:
Tom Bibler, Pedro Campa, Roland Carter, Gene Ezell, Diane Farone, Dawn Ford, Phil Giffin, Ron Goulet, Lee Harris, Jim Hiestand, Mike Long, Irene Loomis, Deborah McAllister, Gail Meyer, Burch Oglesby, Cliff Parten, Edward Rozema, Valerie Rutledge, Marsha Scheidt, Mac Smotherman, John Trimpey, Margaret Trimpey, Rick Turpin, Steve Underwood, Mike Whittle, Sally Young

Elected Members Absent:
Fritz Efaw, Charles Knight, Mike Russell, Lauren Sewell, Ken Smith, Sherry Young

Ex-Officio Members Present:
Bill Berry, Jane Harbaugh, Bill Stacy

Among the Guests Present:
Margaret Kelley, Kim Renz, John Schaerer, Mary Tanner

Actions and Announcements

Vice Chancellor Margaret Kelley reports on Campaign 2000.

Chancellor Bill Stacy updates Council on plans for campus expansion.

Call to Order

A quorum being present, President Verbie Prevost called the meeting to order promptly at 3 p.m.

Dorothy Patten Series: Professor Kim Renz

Fine Arts Center manager Kim Renz distributed brochures outlining this year’s Dorothy Patten Series. Pointing out that few in the campus community currently support the series, he asked Council members to help spread the word about this year’s excellent offerings. He noted that, for the first tiime, several of the artists will be doing residencies; the goal is for these to be offered campus and community wide. He also stressed the modest cost relative to the quality of the events. In closing, he said he welcomed comments and suggestions about the series.

Approval of the Minutes of October 7, 1999

The minutes were approved as distributed on a voice vote except for a "no" bellowed by Professor John Trimpey who was apparently attempting to enliven the proceedings or was perhaps registering a vote against meeting on the day before Fall Break.

Report on Campaign 2000: Vice Chancellor Margaret Kelley

Vice Chancellor Kelley said she would focus on the larger gifts of Campaign 2000 since the University receives over 5,000 gifts every year. She said $26 million of the $34 million raised during the campaign came from gifts of $50,000 or above and added that about 90% of the gifts came from 10% of the donors.

She said annual gifts are a component of any campaign, noting the $700,000 to a million dollars that is given each year for Athletics. She said most of that money is generated by priority seating and goes to cover the annual operating budget in Athletics.

The University usually receives a few large deferred gifts each year which are sometimes in the form of irrevocable trusts, i.e., people give at least $50,000 and may receive some income from the trust until their death. She said people would sometimes name the University as a beneficiary in their will, but she said these pledges are not counted until realized. She noted a large deferred gift last year to the School of Business and a large one this year to Athletics. With tongue-in-cheek, she said she tells potential donors that irrevocable trusts will add 20 years to a person's life.

She related a funny story about one donor who had to stop during a walk up the hill to take a nitroglycerin tablet. He told her that, despite appearances, she shouldn’t make plans for the money just yet. [The actual story was funnier, but these are minutes after all.] This donor gave money for a golf endowment and for pre-med scholarships.

She said the first gift of Campaign 2000 was an anonymous $3 million gift of property south of McCallie. Also the largest gift, it is now appraised at over $4 million. The donor gave the property to the UC Foundation with the stipulation that UT or the State of Tennessee purchase it from the Foundation with the purchase monies then going for scholarships. Since UT and the State have not had money to buy the property from the Foundation, another anonymous donor has pledged $2 million to help buy the land.

Another large gift during the campaign came from Jack Lupton and other family members who gave $2.3 million over the five years for about eight different projects including a refurbishing of the library. The Southeast Center for Education in the Arts received a large gift in 1993 that was matched by the Annenberg and Getty Foundations. Two donors gave a half million dollars each to support the Challenger Center.

During the campaign, money was given to support specific professorships and scholarships. SunTrust Bank gave an additional $250,000 to enhance their Chair while Columbia/HCA gave a million dollars to support the Athletics Training program. A gift honoring Frank McDonald will be used to support a professorship in either Business or Communication. She expects another gift this year to endow a professorship in Art and has spoken to someone about monies for one in English. A Cleveland couple has given $150,000 for scholarships in Education and $250,000 to the School of Business to honor Joe and Rachel Decosimo.

Saying that gifts usually declined after a big campaign, she attributed the $7.4 million raised last year to Chancellor Stacy's skill as a fundraiser. She said over $2 million had been raised so far this year. She said the University only takes about 4 or 5% of most endowments each year so that the endowment can grow over time. A study of the growth in the UC Foundation endowment found that about half of the growth was due to gifts and the other half to increases in the stock market.

Provost Bill Berry asked what percentage of the gifts were earmarked. Vice Chancellor Kelley said about 98% were given for specific purposes. She said gifts to departments go into each department's gift fund. The Development Office maintains a file of these which can be viewed at any time.

Provost Berry said he asked the deans in Academic Affairs to work with the departments to develop lists of priorities. He said some priorities are also derived that stretch across colleges, citing scholarships as an example from last year. These priorities, he said, are then communicated to the fundraisers.

Vice Chancellor Kelley said she always requests that people work through their dean or department head to get approval for fundraising. Her office works with departments in different ways and cited some fundraising activities currently underway with the Theater and Speech Department. She explained how the process moves from a large list of names down to specific mailings and phone calls. In closing, she noted that about 98% of the funds are earmarked for specific purposes which means very little unrestricted income is generated by most fundraising activities.

Administrative Reports

Chancellor Bill Stacy

Assisted by some very nicely rendered displays and slides, Chancellor Bill Stacy reviewed the activities of the last 15 months which will result in the campus expanding across McCallie Ave. He reviewed the outcomes of the surveys, focus groups, and other research mechanisms that have served to guide the vision for the expansion. Academic excellence, accessibility, quality of the student population, the size of the campus, and better technology were mentioned frequently in the various discussions. Also mentioned was the need to recruit, retain, and celebrate the diversity of the faculty, staff, and students along with the need to improve the potential of partnerships, improve accountability, and improve the learning environment.

The discussions and surveys also revealed a need to integrate the campus into the community. Campus size was much discussed with people suggesting everything from 1,800 to 18,000. As the master plan is finished up, the Chancellor said an appropriate target would emerge from the range of possibilities. He said many people are also concerned that the campus has enough green space.

Chancellor Stacy said the cultural and historic heritage of the neighborhoods would be respected. Other goals include a walkable campus that can be shared with the surrounding community, architecture compatible with the campus and the community, residential opportunities, and appropriate pedestrian pathways. He said discussions have taken place about what or where the center of campus should be including the possibility that it might be Chamberlain Field rather than a specific building. Chamberlain Field was discussed as a site for Engineering Building, but planners determined that the space was not big enough and recommended the site across from the Fine Arts Building.

With the aid of several maps, Chancellor Stacy identified the south McCallie sites that are currently owned or available to UTC. He said discussions are underway concerning Engel Stadium. UTC would like to have access to the parking and the flat space but does not want to purchase (can’t afford it) or make any fiscal investment in the property. He said he hopes UTC will be able to gain access to the abandoned railway that runs through campus and use it as a green path for people, for bikes, or maybe some sort of Carta device. The greenway has been discussed as one way to link the Southside with UTC and Erlanger.

Chancellor Stacy sees the churches across McCallie as very compatible companions for any expansion, pointing out that UTC has a Department of Philosophy and Religion and adding that many schools including UTC have religious roots. Discussions have already taken place with some churches, and the Chancellor hopes to visit with the others in the near future.

Chancellor Stacy said the first project across McCallie would be a 290-300 student residence hall in the block between Douglas and University. Some of the current green space will be retained, and discussions are underway with the city about the kinds of changes that might be made to the streets in that area.

Following up on Vice Chancellor Kelley’s remarks, Chancellor Stacy used a map to identify the properties that are currently owned by the UC Foundation. An anonymous donor has given UTC $2 million toward the purchase of that property, and the Foundation has tentatively agreed to accept that amount for the property. Plans for the property include specialty housing—Greek, single parent, married students—with an emphasis on the small child and the development of small playgrounds.

Chancellor Stacy discussed the weakest part of the project—the properties UTC does not own or does not have access to. Should some of these properties become available, attention would likely focus on the addition of a track and soccer field—a community resource without fences. One donor has made a verbal commitment to give a million dollars to develop a track should properties become available.

The University has also had discussions with the Martin Luther King Comprehensive Taskforce about housing in the area and the creation of a minority business zone that would have shops and services appealing to a student population. In an effort to respect the culture, history, and heritage of the area, a range of people have participated in the discussions about the future development in the area.

Chancellor Stacy said he was committed to obtaining properties without using eminent domain, noting that 20 properties have been obtained so far and that several others are pending. One city official told him he was na´ve for thinking he could complete the vision for the project without using eminent domain, but Chancellor Stacy said he is determined to prove that person wrong.

He spoke recently to the group 100 Black Men and discussed the potential economic impact of the University expansion south of McCallie. One man told him he had heard the pitch many times before but had only that night believed it would become a reality. Chancellor Stacy said he hoped Faculty Council and the rest of the campus community shared that gentleman’s belief. He said he hates it when the naysayers are right.

He said the State Building Commission still had to approve the project, select the architects, and approve the design even though the State would not be funding any portion of it. President Gilley and the Board of Trustees have already agreed to the project. A proffer of purchase has been made to the UC Foundation offering them $2 million for the property. That body will meet in December to consider the offer.

Professor Mike Long asked what the earliest date would be for a groundbreaking be on any of the projects. Chancellor Stacy said that if everything went well that the architects could begin work as early as January. He said he and UT President Gilley believe a private developer could be used for the project, a concept which has distressed the system bureaucrats. He said an RFP would go out shortly in Chattanooga and Atlanta and other cities for a $30 million building project. It will ask the developers to buy the land, build the project, and lease it to UTC in such a way that it becomes state property in 30 years. He said he expected some construction to begin before the end of the fiscal year.

Noting that McCallie Ave. is a psychological and physical barrier, Professor Mike Whittle asked how students would cross it. Chancellor Stacy said students have to be able to navigate in busy cities and act as they would in any busy environment. He said the University has or will shortly ask the city to consider making McCallie a two-way street. Blinking 25-mile-per-hour yellow lights may also be added. He is hoping that one of the churches will provide UTC with a "footprint" on the other side of McCallie so the campus can give consideration to a bridge, perhaps like the one on Cumberland Ave. in Knoxville. An underground route via the abandoned railway/greenway has also been discussed.

Professor Roland Carter said he is on the UTC Parking Authority and that they have discussed adding a light at University Ave. The city wants UTC to buy the equipment, however.

The "comment of the meeting award" belongs to Professor Jim Hiestand who asked if the planners had considered expanding UTC along Amnicola Hwy. and taking over the Water Company property.

New Business

Professor Pedro Campa expressed concern about the way the salary increases were handled at UTK. While he has seen the list and thinks some of the raises were well deserved, he said he thinks the average taxpayer will think that UT doesn’t need any money. He said the people he knows that are not affiliated with the University feel that way. He asked if there was a strategy involved that he didn’t know about. Chancellor Stacy said it was not UT’s finest hour. He agreed that it detracted from the real and very serious needs of Tennessee’s colleges and universities. He said President Gilley has issued a memo that freezes all raises until an approved plan is in place.

Professor Irene Loomis said a student expressed concern that the Library would be closed during Fall Break. Professor Kathy Breeden said the Library would be closed Saturday but would be open regular semester hours the other days.

Announcements

Professor Roland Carter announced that Professor Suzanne Carter would be performing Monday, October 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Bessie Smith Hall as a part of their Monday afternoon program of jazz sets. He invited Council members and other interested folks to attend.

Adjournment

President Prevost adjourned the meeting at 3:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy Breeden
Secretary

 

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