Board of Trustees elects three new members, names emeriti trustees at May meeting
Board of Trustees elects three new members, names emeriti trustees at May meetingMay 15, 2003Ellen Edgertonebedgert@syr.edu
The Syracuse University Board of Trustees elected three new voting members – James V. Breuer ’72, L. Ross Love ’68 and Louise Beringer Palitz ’44 – during its annual meeting, which was held during Commencement Weekend. Trustees also recognized seven board members rotating to emeritus status, green-lighted the planning phase of SU’s next major fund-raising campaign, adopted SU’s 2003-04 budget, increased budget allocations for campus renovation projects and approved a group plan for long-term care insurance.
Breuer received a bachelor’s degree from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He is president and sole owner of Hueber-Breuer Construction Co., which has built several facilities on the SU campus, most recently Eggers Hall, the new College of Law complex and the Tennity Ice Skating Pavilion. Breuer has served as board member or trustee for several Syracuse-area institutions including Loretto Geriatric Center, Syracuse Stage, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, the Metropolitan Development Association and the Syracuse 20/20 Commission.
At SU, Breuer is a lifetime member of the Varsity Club and formerly served as a member of the Athletic Policy Board and the Alumni Association Board. He is a member of the Chancellor’s Council and the Society of Fellows.
Love, a graduate of The College of Arts and Sciences, is the former vice president of advertising for Procter & Gamble, from which he retired in 1996. He is now president and CEO of Blue Chip Enterprises L.L.C. and owner of J & M Precision Machining Inc.
A resident of Cincinnati, Love has served as director of that city’s Human Relations Commission and is a major supporter of the United Way of Cincinnati. He has also served as chair of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America’s African American Task Force.
At SU, Love was the first recipient of the Chancellor’s Citation for Achievement in Business, in 1983, and received the George Arents Pioneer Medal in 1991. He is a lifetime member of the School of Management’s Corporate Advisory Council and is a member of the Society of Fellows.
Palitz, a graduate of The College of Arts and Sciences, was a founding member of Syracuse University’s Metropolitan New York Advisory Board. A philanthropist and art collector, she is a former Annual Fellow of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has donated artwork to SU’s University Art Collection. Palitz is also former director of the National Council of Jewish Women.
She and her husband, Bernard G. Palitz, president of Gregory Capital Corp., have funded the renovation of SU’s art gallery at the Lubin House in New York into a state-of-the art facility. The Palitzes specialize in collecting works by 17th- and 18th- century Dutch and Flemish masters, and they have supported numerous institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Frick Collection and Phillips Academy. At SU, Palitz is a member of the Chancellor’s Council and the Society of Fellows.
Seven trustees were granted emeritus status: William F. Allyn ’59; J. Patrick Barrett; William J. Brodsky ’65, LAW ’68; Harry E. Goetzmann ’59; Edward S. Green ’47, G’60; Richard S. Hayden ’60; and William J. Smith ’50.
Board officers elected for 2003-04 are Joseph O. Lampe ’53, LAW ’55 (chair); Couri (chair-elect); H. Douglas Barclay ’61, HON ’98 (chair emeritus); Wendy H. Cohen ’70, LLD ’02 (vice chair); Gerald B. Cramer ’52 (vice chair); Michael A. Dritz ’59 (vice chair); Daniel N. Mezzalingua ’60 (vice chair) and Eleanor Ware (secretary to the Board).
Eight trustees were re-elected to additional four-year terms. The re-elected trustees are Walter Broadnax ’75; Dritz; Samuel Goekjian ’52; Joyce Hergenhan ’63; Jonathan Holtz ’77; Mezzalingua; James Miller ’63; and Arielle Tepper ’94.
Cohen and Susan C. Penny ’70 were re-elected as Alumni Trustees. Charles W. Beach ’58, G’67 was re-elected as an Organization Trustee.
New committee chairs elected include Michael M. Bill ’58 (audit committee); Bernard R. Kossar ’53, LAW ’55 (budget committee); and Richard L. Haydon ’66 (student affairs committee).
Following a report from the institutional advancement committee, the Board passed a resolution directing John Sellars, senior vice president for institutional advancement, to prepare a strategic plan for SU’s next major fund-raising campaign, to be presented to the Board at its May 2004 meeting.
The Board also voted to enact the proposed University budget for 2003-04, concluding the budget approval process that included review and approval by the University Senate and the Board’s Executive Committee.
Other Board action included increases in budget allocations for several on-campus design and construction projects, including the renovation of Slocum and Hinds Halls; updates to the Eggers Hall Global Collaboratory; pre-design programming, site planning and schematic design creation for the Center for Science and Technology’s Life Sciences Program building; and the first phase of the South Campus Sitework Improvements project.
In the area of benefits, the Board authorized the University to establish a group long-term care plan available to eligible employees, retirees, certain relatives and qualified same-sex domestic partners. Benefits – including care in nursing homes or alternative facilities, community-based professional care, stay-at-home benefits or informal care – will be provided by the John Hancock Life Insurance Co. starting June 1. Employees and others who wish to participate can voluntarily elect coverage and are responsible for paying the premiums.
In other business, the Board heard reports from the investment and endowment committee, the facilities committee, the audit committee and the administrative operations committee. The Board also approved the conferring of student and honorary degrees, the granting of emeritus status to retiring faculty, the promotion of faculty, and tenure recommendations from the academic affairs committee.