Trustees: Some Highlights of the June 21 Meeting

Confirmation of GSFA Dean

At the stated meeting of the full board on June 21, the Trustees unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. Gary Hack (right) as Dean of the Graduate School of Fine Arts. The selection of the renowed scholar/teacher and practitioner of urban design was announced in Almanac June 18. (See also the Consultative Committee report, in this issue.)

Disciplinary Charter: Also at the meeting, Provost Stanley Chodorow announced that all schools have now approved the revised Student Disciplinary Charter, it will be published Of Record in September.

$10 Million to Lauder Institute

President Judith Rodin announced a new gift of $10 million from Trustee Leonard Lauder to the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies. Added to the previous $10 million endowment he and his brother Ronald Lauder made to found the Institute 13 years ago, the new gift makes the Lauder Institute's the largest endowment of any management program in the world, she said.

NCAA Study: Dr. Rodin also reported on Penn's participation in the NCAA athletic certification process, with a final draft to be presented to the Trustees in January

Reelection of Chair and Vice Chairs; Executive Board 1997

The Trustees' Chair, Dr. P. Roy Vagelos, and Vice Chairs Susan W. Catherwood and Dr. Gloria T. Chisum, were reelected. Elected to serve with them in one-year terms to constitute the Executive Board were Robert A. Fox, Elsie Sterling Howard, Natalie I. Koether, Dr. Donald N. Langenberg, Paul F. Miller, Jr. (ex officio), Andrea Mitchell, John B. Neff, Russell E. Palmer, James S. Riepe, Alvin Shoemaker, Saul P. Steinberg, and Myles H. Tanenbaum.

New Trustees: Mr. Casellas, Dr. Levine

Two distinguished graduate/professional alumni of the University were elected to five-year terms as Trustees at the June 21 meeting. They are:

Mr. Casellas, a Yale alumnus, was law clerk to the Hon. A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. while he was on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals based in Philadelphia, and was a partner in the Philadelphia firm of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker and Rhoads, 1985-93. He was general counsel for the Department of the Air Force in 1993-1994. He served as a lecturer at Penn Law, from 1985 to 1989 and again in 1992-93. He has also been president of the Law Alumnni Society (1989-91) and has been a member of the James Brister Society, which promotes minority permanence at Penn, since 1995.

Dr. Levine, whose undergraduate degree is from Harper College/SUNY, taught at SUNY Stony Brook until 1983, when he and his colleague Dr. Thomas Shenk were invited to establish a new department of molecular biology at Princeton. Dr. Levine is chair of that department, which is now Princeton's fifth largest department and rated among the top ten in the country. As the co-discoverer of the p53 tumor suppressor gene, he has received numerous awards and honors including New Jersey's Thomas Alva Edison Science Award and honorary degrees from the Sorbonne in 1994 and from Penn in 1996. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, among other prestigious organizations, and is editor-in chief of the Journal of Virology.

FY 1997 Budget: $1.128 Billion

The Board approved an operating budget of $1.128 billion for the University, up 3.5% from 1996. The consolidated operating budget (including the Health System) is $2.169 billion, an increase of 4.5%. Publication of the budget is scheduled for a fall issue. The trustees also approved capital budget projects totalling over $492 million:

Capital Renewal $23,263,000

Central Utilities 15,880,000

Code Compliance 8,915,000

Equipment Purchase 5,018,000

Information Systems 62,797,000

New Construction 204,582,000

Renovation 171,003,000

Other (Planning) 750,000

The Board also renewed previous approvals of capital projects of the Penn Health System-Health Services component, totalling some $72 million for 1997.


Volume 43 Number 1
July 16, 1996

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