Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee

Thursday, July 11, 2013


A meeting of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of Northern Michigan University was held on Thursday, July 11, 2013 in 602 Cohodas Hall.  It was convened by Chair Richard M. Popp at 11:30 a.m.


Participating were: 

Mr. Richard M. Popp, Chair (via telephone)      

            Dr. H. Sook Wilkinson (via telephone)

            Dr. L. Garnet Lewis, ex officio

            Dr. David S. Haynes, ex officio


Absent was:

            Mr. Stephen L. Gulis, Jr.


Presidential Compensation

The Committee is recommending a 2.3% increase in compensation for President Haynes for the current fiscal year.  The Executive Committee was prepared to recommend a larger increase based upon President Haynes’ performance and compensation relative to other university presidents in Michigan; however, President Haynes insisted that if any increase were to be given that it not be greater than what other staff employees received recently.  President Haynes plans to donate the pay increase back to the University as a charitable contribution.  This is not part of the formal recommendation and requires a motion and a vote.


President’s Performance Evaluation

In light of the fact that President Haynes’ performance was discussed in the past two Executive Committee meetings, with healthy dialogue regarding the many accomplishments over the past year as well as areas of opportunity, the focus of this discussion was on the Presidential Evaluation process.  The Executive Committee determined that the performance review form used in recent years did not meet the needs of the Committee or the intent of the process.  Therefore, Chair Lewis will lead an effort to explore a new performance review process for the NMU president position.  The Association of Governing Boards (AGB) seems to have excellent material in this regard.


President’s Goals

The Executive Committee reviewed the proposed Presidential Goals for 2013-2014.  Over the past several weeks, the broader Board was invited to provide feedback on the draft, with modifications made as appropriate.  The Executive Committee recommends approval of the goals to the full Board for approval.  The areas of concentration include:  1.) Enrollment and Retention, 2.) Branding/Marketing/Identity/Presence, 3.) Financial Management, 4.) Endowment, 5.) Excellence and Experience, 6.) Academic Excellence and 7.) Athletic Excellence.   This is not part of the formal recommendations and requires a vote.



The Committee briefly discussed the status of the Kaye House repair work and the ongoing governance work.


Mr. Popp adjourned the meeting at 1:00 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,



Richard M. Popp, Chair