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More Trustee Coverage from the Winter Stated Meeting

Reporting at the Trustees’ Stated Meeting on February 11, for the External Affairs Committee, trustee Alan  Hassenfeld  noted that the VP for Communication Lori Doyle had presented her Strategic Communications Plan, outlining key strategies to support the Penn Compact and to impact the reputation of Penn. The objectives she cited are to position Penn as a leader, increase visibility nationally and internationally, support fundraising, manage issues/crises, and to motivate and inform the faculty and staff. The committee also heard a report on the challenges facing the Office of International Programs and international students who must comply with Student Exchange and Visitor Information System (SEVIS). VP for Government, Community and Public Affairs, Carol Scheman, informed the committee that Mayor John Street named Penn’s former VP and Chief of Staff Pedro Ramos as Managing Director for the City of Philadelphia. She also reported that student voter turnout for the Presidential election in November 2004 increased to 54.11 percent, a gain of 23 percent from 2000.

The Facilities and Campus Planning Committee chairman William Mack discussed the University’s efforts to revitalize the 40th & Chestnut Street vicinity, where there are plans to work with the community in developing mixed use facilities for retail and housing. This project would be the first in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to take advantage of the New Market Tax Credit, which provides low interest financing. He also described the planned condo conversion of the University-owned building at 4200 Pine Street. The building, which Penn bought some 20 years ago, has had offices in it; they are being moved to the core of the campus. For instance, the offices of the University Press are relocating to the old home of WXPN on Spruce Street. Horace Trumbauer built the landmark building in 1904, as well as Eisenlohr Hall in 1912, now the President’s House. It is to become 30 condo units, with parking. Construction is set to start this summer and be completed next summer.

The Neighborhood Initiatives Committee chair Gil Casellas summarized the presentations on housing in the area given by Dr. Eugenie Birch and Dr. Dennis Culhane. Dr. Birch had told the committee that the linkages between the Trustees and the academics at Penn is “pacesetting.” The committee is considering ways of assessing the community’s health and wellbeing,  and evaluating and measuring the impact of Penn’s efforts to create an economically and socially diverse community in University City.

There were appointments to many Boards: Seth E. Toney II to GSE; Joseph D. Gatto and Richard Schifter to the Law School; Mark H. Goldstein the University Libraries; David T. Clancy, Michael E. Feng, Harvey Kimmel, Michael J. Kowalski and Frederick J. Manning to  the Penn Museum; Theodore E. Schlein and Krishna P. Singh to SEAS; Marjorie Gordon Schaye, Patricia Braun Silvers and Andrew D. Stone to the School of Social Policy and Practice; Stephen G. Smith to the Board of Trustees of the Penn Press and a slate of individuals to the Board of Managers of the Wistar Institute; Scott R. Douglass, Sandra L. Garz, and Scott W. Killinger to Penn Praxis.

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  Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 22, February 22, 2005


February 22, 2005
Volume 51 Number 22


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