Minutes of February 24, 1997 Meeting
The meeting convened at 2:06 p.m. in room 817 Cathedral of
UPBC members present were: Mary Ann Barber, James Cassing, Jerome
Cochran, Richard Colwell, James DeAngelis, James Maher, Keith McDuffie,
Ellen Beam Rudy, Peter Shane, Michael Stuckart, Brian Ulery, Susan
Whitney, Bruce Williams, and Philip Wion. Also present were: Christa
Douaihy, Jeffrey Liebmann, William Madden, Joseph Phillips, Robert Pack,
Steve Pederson, and Kathy Tosh.
UPBC members not present were: Toni Carbo, Justin DalMolin, Thomas
Detre, Ingrid Glasco, Brian Hart, Josephine Olson, Richard Pratt, Arthur
Ramicone, Margaret Rechter, Jeffrey Romoff, and Alec Stewart.
Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the February 6, 1997 UPBC meeting were approved.
Discussion of Draft FY 1998 Planning and Budgeting Parameters
Rudy reported on the preliminary discussions of the Parameters
Subcommittee based on the most recent available budget information and the
the Governor's recommended 2% increase in appropriations to the
University, included in the proposed FY 1998 Commonwealth budget ;
a modest increase in enrollment in fall 1997 over fall 1996;
projected savings in fringe benefits costs due to lower rates; and
proposed increases in the funding allocated to technology
initiatives and the Research Development Fund.
Rudy presented an initial scenario being discussed by the Subcommittee
that would produce a balanced budget in FY 1998. Members were cautioned
that many of the figures were very preliminary and that significant shifts
in final FY 1997 and projected FY 1998 revenues and expenditures would
Update on Planning and Budgeting in the Department of Athletics
Pederson stated that the Department of Athletics is in an exciting
period of dramatic potential and that a great deal of work lies ahead. He
stated his desire to build a Department that is as good as the
University's academic departments by establishing a solid, long-term
foundation. He emphasized that building a program, not just building
goods teams, is the best way to avoid fluctuating quality and to maintain
Phillips provided an overview of the finances of the Department
for FY 1996, detailing various regulatory reporting requirements. He
explained that the Department fully budgets all direct as well as indirect
costs associated with the various sports capable of producing significant
revenues, such as football and men's basketball, as well as the range of
other sports that typically do not produce revenues that offset
expenditures. The Department showed significant improvement in revenue in
FY 1996 over FY 1995. Since the Department has gone to great lengths to
keep its expenditures down, increases in revenues are the most effective
means of ensuring that the Department operates as efficiently as possible.
Pederson explained that a good athletics program requires a
minimum investment and that the program at the University, while not large
compared to programs such as that at Ohio State, does provide all of the
necessary opportunities for students. He cited the value that a quality
athletics program adds to a university, especially with alumni and
friends, and the positive impacts that a successful athletics program has
on admissions and enrollment. He added that the Department does a good
job controlling costs, but that revenue enhancement is needed.
The meeting adjourned at 4:02 p.m.