Minutes of February 8, 2001 Meeting
The meeting convened at 10:06 a.m. in room 817 Cathedral of
UPBC members present were: Carolyn Ban, Tammeka Beattie, Clifford
Brubaker, Frank Cassell, James Cassing, Richard Colwell, N. John Cooper,
James Maher, Thomas Metzger, Barbara Mowery, Arthur Ramicone, Marilyn
Ross, Debora Rougeux, Michael Stuckart, Michael Unangst, Bruce Williams,
and Philip Wion. Also present were: Ann Dykstra, Jeffrey Liebmann,
William Madden, Charles McLaughlin, and Robert Pack.
UPBC members not present were: Mary Ann Barber, Jerome Cochran,
Nathan Hershey, Arthur Levine, Richard Pratt, Jaime Ann Rakow, Valerie
Watzlaf, and Thomas Wolf..
Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the December 11, 2000 meeting were approved.
Discussion of the Governor's Proposed FY 2002 Commonwealth Budget
Dykstra reported that the Governor's proposed FY 2002 budget for
the Commonwealth includes a 3% increase in the University's appropriation
and no additional funding for special initiatives. The University had
requested a 5.25% increase and three special initiatives including the
Information Technology Investment Fund ($3.5 million), the Laboratory
Investment Fund ($3.0 million), and the Biotechnology Investment Fund
($4.0 million). She added that the budget includes similar increases for
the other state-related institutions and a 4.0% increase for the
Dykstra added that the proposed budget includes a number of
education block grants, a portion of which the University is eligible to
pursue, including Higher Education Technology Grants ($5.5 million),
Higher Education Equipment Grants ($6.0 million), Graduation Incentive
Program funds ($8.0 million), and funding to support the installation of
residence hall sprinkler systems ($3.0 million). She discussed the need
to clarify cuts in the proposed budget for the regional cancer institutes
and for biotechnology research.
Dykstra discussed the possible uses for which the Commonwealth may
put funds derived from the recent tobacco settlement, which totals $11.2
billion over the next 25 years. She indicated that the Governor seems
inclined to direct these funds toward health-related expenditures. She
also discussed the Governor's support of the Pittsburgh Digital Greenhouse
project, including a proposed one-time expenditure of $90 million to three
centers statewide. The Governor also has proposed a $10 million
allocation to Community and Economic Development to combat "brain drain"
in the state by promoting marketing and more productive partnerships
between businesses and universities.
The Committee discussed the need for state leaders to better
understand the distinction between research and economic development
activities. Maher expressed optimism that lawmakers are buying into the
knowledge that growing states have excellent research universities, which
supports the University's arguments for support of basic budget
components, such as salaries.
The meeting adjourned at 11:22 a.m.