Caption: Board of Trustees Minutes - 1992
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
He indicated that the committee was organized and functioning well. Further, Dr. Delia said he hoped that the committee could report to the president in February or March 1993, with a list of candidates for the position. At 9 a.m., Dr. Delia left the executive session and the other general officers joined the board members for discussion of other items in executive session.
Disclosure of Executive Session Actions under Open Meetings Act
(1) Under an amendment to the Open Meetings Act passed by the General Assembly, effective July 1, 1989, public bodies subject to the Act which conduct business under exemptions specified in the Act must, at least every six months, determine whether the need for confidentiality still exists with respect to each item considered under such exemption. The attached copies of the minutes of the executive sessions of October 1991 through April 1992, and previously unreleased items from November 1990 through September 1991, are marked to indicate which items considered in executive session are recommended for continuing confidential status, e.g., items of land acquisition in November of 1990, January, February, June, July, September, October of 1991, January and March of 1992; personnel matters in April of 1992; and pending litigation in June and September of 1991, February and March of 1992. None of these have yet been resolved. (Attached materials are filed with the secretary of the board for record.) The university counsel and the secretary of the board, having consulted with appropriate University officers, recommend that the indicated items retain confidential status at this time and that the president of the University be authorized to release those items when appropriate. It is further recommended that all other matters considered in executive session for the period be made available to the public. I concur.
By consensus, the trustees approved of the recommendation as submitted, formal action to be taken subsequently when the board convenes in open meeting.
Report from Legal Counsel
(2) Mr. Higgins introduced the topic of a hazardous waste site in Maxey Flats, Kentucky, for which there is now national "super funds" available for cleaning this area. The University is a de minimus contributor to this site inasmuch as waste was placed there in the 1970's by the University. Mr. Higgins asked for authorization to pay a settlement, estimated to be approximately $105,000 for this. This represents the University's portion of a large group of contributors to the waste site. If the University joins with this group, there is a possibility of a savings on legal fees.
By consensus, the board agreed to direct Mr. Higgins to proceed with this settlement offer.
Personnel Matters, Urbana Campus
Chancellor Weir reported that given the fact that Vice Chancellor Robert M. Berdahl has announced that he will leave the position of vice chancellor for academic affairs, he would appoint an interim vice chancellor for academic affairs and initiate a search for a successor as soon as possible. Dr. Weir's intent is to have a list of candidates for the new chancellor to consider when that person assumes the role of