Trustees' May Meeting Coverage
At the Stated Meeting of the Executive Committee—which was held on May 10—President Amy Gutmann noted that GSE Dean Susan Fuhrman, an “exemplary dean,” is leaving Penn this summer to lead Teachers College in New York. A search for the dean’s replacement will begin soon. President Gutmann also noted that at the full board meeting in June, she will be recommending the reappointment of two deans: Law Dean Michael Fitts and Wharton Dean Patrick Harker. The president announced that Dr. John Jackson will be joining Penn this summer as the first PIK Professor, with appointments in Annenberg (communications) and SAS (anthropology), along with his wife, Deborah Thomas, who will also be joining the anthropology faculty. Dr. Gutmann said she is grateful to Dr. Elijah Anderson for his role in organizing last month’s two-day conference, Poor, Young, Black and Male: A Cause for National Action which brought together scholars from across the country.
Provost Ron Daniels reported that SAS has had a good year for faculty recruitment. He also said that the recently opened Weigle Information Commons at Van Pelt has been getting well used.
EVP Craig Carnaroli reported that the Health System is having a strong year. He also noted that Penn has crossed the $5 billion mark in endowments, as a result of a $630 million increase since last June.
Dr. Rubenstein’s Penn Medicine Report touched upon the recent discovery by Penn researchers who located the specific gene responsible for the rare but debilitating disease, FOP. The Penn physicians’ clinical excellence was recently recognized by Philadelphia magazine.
The Budget and Finance Committee chair, John Clark, presented three resolutions that had been discussed in detail at their meeting, earlier that morning. All three resolutions were then approved by the Executive Committee. The first one is to authorize the design and construction of the Harnwell College House interior renovation in the amount of $16.574 million. The next one is to authorize a lease for the School of Nursing LIFE Program at 4508-38 Chestnut Street, with a net present value of $11.2 million. The final one is to authorize a new undergraduate admission system in the amount of $6.423 million.
Trustees’ Open Meetings in June
The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania will meet on June 15 & 16, 2006. All meetings are at the Inn at Penn. Members of the University community may register their interest in attending with Sarah Golding, firstname.lastname@example.org or (215) 898-7005.
Thursday, June 15
Facilities & Campus Planning Committee
Neighborhood Initiatives Committee
Student Life Committee
Academic Policy Committee
Budget & Finance Committee
External Affairs Committee
Friday, June 16
11:30 a.m–12:30 p.m.
Stated Meeting of the Trustees
Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 34, May 23, 2006