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March 29 2001

University of the Pacific
Institutional Priorities Committee
March 29, 2001
Taylor Conference Room

Attending: Brock, Cavanaugh, Chambers, Fox, KruegerDevine, Lundergan, Meer, Myers, Oppenheimer, and Stark.

Absent: Benedetti, Gilbertson, King, and Peterson.

In the absence of no leadership, Judy Chambers stepped in to provide very little and convened the meeting at 12:10 p.m.

Two corrections were noted in the March 8, 2001 minutes--one relating to time, the other to budget. Corrections will be made by Dr. Fox.

I. Outsourcing Copy/Duplicating Center. Vice President Cavanaugh reported that a decision had been made to out source the duplicating and copy center to IKON. As a result of the outsourcing, eleven employees were released, several of whom have been rehired by other departments in the University. The University was subsidizing this operation at a cost of $350,000 a year. IKON will bring to the operation new printing equipment with Internet access. It is anticipated that there will be no change in the breadth and quality of service. IKON is expected to run a break-even operation, which would, in effect, save the University $350,000 a year.

II. Budget. Vice President Cavanaugh reviewed the minor changes that have taken place since the budget was distributed at the previous meeting.

    1. The Dental School budget, as a result, has been adjusted, accordingly, from $250,000 to $275,000. VP Cavanaugh indicated that the plan is to have a contingency of 1% of the overall operating budget.
    2. Discussions with the Law School are still ongoing.
    3. The operating reserve has been adjusted on the Stockton campus for the current year to $462,000. This is in addition to the $1,250,000 accumulated reserve.

      III. Additional Discussion.
    4. There was general discussion on utility costs, the escalation of health benefits, faculty and staff compensation and the gift tax.

IV. M.V.P. The members of I.P.C. felt that rather than have individual unit discussions about the M.V.P. it was recommended that on April 12, when the President addresses the University community at noon, he discuss the M.V.P., as approved by the Regents and that he also present the budget approved at the April Regents meeting.

V. Bar Passage Rate. John Myers spoke to a paragraph that he had provided members of the Committee relative to the bar passage rate as a mark of distinction for a law school. He said that the committee reviewing this was divided on this issue. There was general discussion on this subject. Dr. Myers indicated that he would have a follow-up conversation with the Provost.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned by Vice President Chambers at 1:26 p.m.