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In addition to adopting a budget for the coming fiscal year, the BGSU Board of Trustees addressed employee policies and a number of other topics at its June 26 meeting. The board also welcomed Dr. Kevin B. Lake, its newest member, along with new undergraduate student trustee Skyler Rogers, a junior from Kenton majoring in marketing and finance.

New trustee Dr. Kevin B. Lake

The board gave its approval to the next proposed center of excellence—sustainability and the environment. It is the fifth center identified by BGSU as part of the requirements of the state’s 10-year Strategic Plan for Higher Education.

Partners in the center come from across the University, from photochemical sciences and the Hybrid Vehicle Institute to physics and astronomy and the Department of the Environment and Sustainability. The partners in the proposed center have an established record of achievement in basic and applied research, engagement and education related to sustainability and the environment.

The board heard a presentation on the proposed center at its April 23 meeting (See

Administrative staff contract policy
The trustees accepted a change to the policy by which notice is given administrative staff members when their contracts will not be renewed. Unless termination is for cause, the current policy calls for notification to be given by Jan. 1 for the following fiscal year of service, or no later than March 1 of the first, second or third year of contract service if the appointment is to expire at the end of one of those fiscal years.

However, this requirement has “limited the University’s ability to act quickly during turbulent budget times,” the board heard from Rebecca Ferguson, assistant vice president for human resources, and General Counsel Sean FitzGerald.

To provide more flexibility, the new policy calls for administrative staff members to be notified of nonrenewal of their contracts:
• 180 days in advance, including weekends and holidays, if they have 10 or more years of consecutive service at BGSU.
• 90 days in advance if they have from 6-10 consecutive years of service.
• 60 days in advance if they have from three-six consecutive years of service.
• 45 days in advance if they have less than three consecutive years of service.
• 30 days in advance if they are hired after July 1, 2009.

The policy will go into effect July 1.

Leave Bank created
Employees faced with serious illness who have exhausted their sick days and vacation days will be able to use donated leave through a new Leave Bank, approved by the trustees. The effort to create the bank has been under way since Ohio House Bill 187 allowed classified employees to donate to and benefit from such a bank. The policy was crafted through the collaboration of Classified and Administrative Staff councils, Faculty Senate leaders and members of the human resources office, with input from the General Counsel and the office of the Chief Financial Officer.

Eligible to donate and receive are full- and part-time, nine- and 12-month classified staff employees; full- and part-time, nine-, 10- and 12-month administrative staff employees; and full-time, nine- or 12-pay faculty, including academic-year faculty, librarians and faculty in administrative positions.

More details will soon be available on the Human Resources Web site.

‘Anderson Club’ named in Stroh Center
In honor of the late Harold Anderson, longtime BGSU athletics director and men’s basketball coach, the trustees approved the naming of a club room in the forthcoming Stroh Center as the “Anderson Club.” The naming commemorates Anderson’s legacy and carries the tradition from Anderson Arena to the new venue for Falcon basketball. 

Beyond basketball and volleyball events, it is expected that the club area will be the site for numerous institutional and outside events, according to Athletics Director Gregory Christopher.

Honorary degree
BGSU alumnus Ned Baker will receive an honorary Doctor of Science in Public Health degree, following the board’s approval of a recommendation from the Honorary Degrees Committee and the College of Health and Human Services.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in biology from BGSU in 1950, Baker went on to a career as a sanitarian and an organizer of numerous area programs and facilities, including the Medical College of Ohio and BGSU’s health and human services college. He joined the Wood County Board of Health in 1986 and the next year was among the founders of the Ohio Association of Boards of Health. In 1992, he established the National Association of Local Boards of Health, locating its headquarters in Bowling Green. He was its first president and later, executive director. The annual Ned E. Baker Lecture in Public Health at BGSU recognizes his many contributions.

Construction Management
The trustees ratified the conversion of the Construction Management and Technology Program to the Department of Construction Management. Currently a part of the Department of Technology Systems in the College of Technology, construction management has more than enough students and faculty to warrant becoming a department, said Dean Wayne Unsell.

Forming the department was a goal of the college compact and will allow faculty to promote the program and its graduates on a national level and to seek additional sources of revenue. The program, which has about 250 students, is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education. Faculty research has included trenchless technology for underground construction, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), Green Construction and Building Information Modeling computer design.

Intellectual property license
The trustees also approved the licensing of BGSU intellectual property—the “Baseball Tree” system for correlating a batting result to a pitch count pathway—to a spinoff company whose founder, William Johnston, has developed the system as a Bowling Green graduate student.

A patent application was filed for Johnston’s invention last December, and the company that hopes to commercialize it, Johnston At-Bat-Stats Consulting, LLC, was formed the following month.

At-Bat-Stats is targeting major league baseball teams and their continual statistical analysis of players’ performance. The Baseball Tree will provide teams with additional statistical information that will help enhance their ability to evaluate talent, improve player skills, scout opponents and make better coaching decisions, according to the company. It will also be helpful to the media and to video-game programmers, giving them “the capability to add a whole new dimension of realism in drafting and developing players.”

Johnston is scheduled to receive his master’s degree in developmental kinesiology this year.

His partners in the venture include Drs. Geoffrey Meek and Erianne Weight, both in human movement, sport and leisure studies.

Leaders elected
Also at the meeting, Trustee J. Robert Sebo was elected board chair and Trustee John Moore as vice chair. Dr. Patrick Pauken will continue as secretary to the board.

June 29, 2009

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