Tuesday, September 19, 1995 - 3 p.m. / 782nd Meeting
Drs. Daniel Nathans, Cheryl Alexander, Robert Black, John Groopman, Bernard Guyer, Wallace Mandell, Roger McMacken, Laura Morlock, W. Henry Mosley, Jonathan Samet, John Scocca, Alfred Sommer, Donald Steinwachs and Scott Zeger; Ms. Robin Fox, staff.
Drs. Haroutune Armenian, Diane Griffin and Charles Rohde.
Dr. Noel Rose; Mss Sylvia Eggleston Wehr and Diane Glover.
Approval of the Minutes:
Minutes of the 781st meeting on July 25, 1995 were approved.
Remarks by the President:
Dr. Nathans expressed his appreciation of the School and its faculty, programs and leadership, noting the School's continued commitment to excellence. He commented that the University has experienced an unusual period of growth in recent years, and that this rate of growth may not be sustainable across the University. He stressed the importance of building on the strengths of the institution.
He remarked that 44% of the University's campaign goal of $900 million has been reached, also encompassing 53% of the goal for endowment. New gifts will be announced at the October, 1995 Board of Trustees meeting.
He commented on the new organizational structure of the Hospital/Health System and the School of Medicine, known collectively as "Johns Hopkins Medicine", and discussed plans for new building projects in East Baltimore.
Remarks by the Dean:
Dean Sommer welcomed members of the Advisory Board to the new academic year, which will be an exciting and busy one. He then reviewed some the of the School's continuing challenges and successes, including controlling the size of the tenure-track faculty, the new building addition and renovations, development of innovative academic programs and curricula, and the fund- raising campaign. A retreat will be planned for early in 1996 to reassess the School's strategic plan in light of changes in the external environment.
In addition to the Dean's annual visit to each department, Dr. Robert Lawrence, new Associate Dean for Professional Programs, will also visit each Department during the year to meet the faculty and learn more about their programs.
Report of the Faculty Senate:
There were no items to report.
Other Items Fund-raising discussion:
ASPH Dean's perspective Dr. Sommer commented on a fund-raising program undertaken by the Harvard School of Public Health whereby "foster alumni" are developed. These persons may be alumni from other divisions of Harvard or persons entirely external to the University, and serve on departmental and programmatic review committees with the School and are targeted for eventual fund-raising purposes. This is an expensive and time-consuming undertaking for faculty and development staff, but one worth considering as the School's environment and opportunties change.
Dr. Nathans met with School of Hygiene and Pubic Health alumni in Korea recently. The alumni are prominent people in their fields and are enthusiastic and eager to work on behalf of the School in a number of areas. Dr. Sommer reported that he will meet with groups of alumni in Japan and Europe during this academic year.
Membership of Health Advisory Board
Dr. Sommer briefly summarized the history and membership of the Health Advisory Board, noting that fund-raising has become a key component of the membership. Mrs. Eggleston Wehr distributed a list of current Health Advisory Board members and solicited nominees for membership on the School's Health Advisory Board, especially from among minority groups.
Dispersal of student scholarships from fund-raising accounts
Mrs. Eggleston Wehr will work with department chairs and faculty during the coming year to increase spending from endowment income for student support. Spending funds from these sources increases the School's ability to continue raising funds for these accounts. Having students send thank you letters and otherwise communicating directly with donors can be effective fund-raising mechanisms. Mrs. Eggleston Wehr will continue sending a list of available funds to each department and will assist departments in contacting potential donors.
Discussion of proposed "Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing"
Dr. Sommer circulated a request from Dean Susan Donaldson to create the "Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing" and expressed concern about the apparent lack of involvement by health care and health care policy experts in the School of Public Health, noting that a number of its faculty and students are nurses. He sought advice regarding possible mechanisms to involve faculty from across several divisions into this effort. Several existing joint efforts and areas of possible collaboration with the School of Nursing were described. Dr. Sommer will discuss these with Dr. Donaldson, and expressed optimism that one goal of the proposed institute is further integration of nursing education with nursing practice.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:50 p.m.
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