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Trustees’ Meeting Coverage
September 23, 2008 , Volume 55, No. 5

When the University Trustees met on Thursday, Trustees Chairman James Riepe announced that President Amy Gutmann is now also designated the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science, effective July 1, 2008 through her tenure.

President Gutmann then announced the new academic initiative, PIK Neuroscience Initiative, made possible with the $50 million contribution from the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS).

Dr. Gutmann noted that the Making History campaign is already at 61% of its $3.5 billion goal, having raised $2.13 billion.

She described Dr. Fay Ajzenberg-Selove, as a ‘model of eminence’. The professor emerita of physics will be receiving a National Medal of Science at the White House next week (Almanac September 9, 2008).

The president also mentioned that three phases of renovations have been completed in the student housing on campus and progress is continuing on the Anne and Jerome Fisher Translational Medicine Research Center (Almanac July 15, 2008), while other buildings, like the Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology (Almanac September 4, 2007) are in the design phase.

The name of the College of General Studies (CGS) has been changed to the College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS) to reflect its expanded mission in response to changing trends in higher education (click here).

Provost Ron Daniels announced that the new expanded headquarters of the Penn Student Health Center on Market Street provide facilities for better interaction with the patients. He also mentioned the new graduate group in applied mathematics and computational science (AMCS) in SAS. (See Update)

In the financial report, EVP Craig Carnaroli reported that the Making History campaign has had a positive impact on the Consolidated University budget with total contributions of $416.8 million, with growth in endowment and capital gifts. UPHS reported an increase in admissions and an increase in total unrestricted net assets.

Dr. Arthur Rubenstein mentioned in the Penn Medicine Report that Penn is #3 in the NIH Rankings. Early next month the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine will be dedicated.

Two resolutions pertaining to the School of Veterinary Medicine passed: authorizing pathology/pathobiology laboratory relocation to the 4th floor of the Ryan Veterinary Hospital from the Rosenthal Building ($1.79 million) and regenerative medicine laboratory renovation in the Rosenthal Building to support recruitment of faculty ($4.35 million).

There was also a resolution to modernize the six elevators in Sansom East and West ($3 million) as part of the Housing/Dining Renewal Program.

The other two resolutions pertained to the School of Medicine: an additional $500,000 for a total revised budget of $3.6 million for renovations to the 8th and 9th floors of the Maloney Building for the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (ITMAT) and renovations on the 1st floor of Maloney Building for the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research (CNDR) ($3.6 million).


Almanac - September 23, 2008, Volume 55, No. 5