By Casey S. Elliott
Citing a desire to maximize the time spent during the upcoming retreat in August, Board of Trustees Governance Committee members discussed an agenda that would focus on university-wide communication, finances, organizational health and Vision OHIO goals.
Board members gather annually for a retreat in August to discuss broad issues of importance to the university, orient new members and plan for the upcoming year.
New Board Chairman C. Robert Kidder outlined to the Governance Committee what he would like addressed at the Aug. 21 retreat. He said he would like the board to consider Vision OHIO priorities, financial and organizational health, and communications between the board and constituent groups.
Such topics are traditionally covered during retreats, but Kidder said he wanted to have more board member-led discussion and debate, as well as more discussion on the outlook five years from now.
Also discussed at the meeting were minor changes to the Board of Trustees bylaws, which would allow for the use of a consent agenda at meetings. With a consent agenda, items that do not need debate are combined for board approval. Any board member can remove items that he or she wishes to be discussed from the consent agenda.
If the board approves the change, it likely would not go into effect until the board's first formal meeting of the year in October.