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-g- Dr. Brockman asked for a motion. Mr. Shoop so moved and Ms. Patterson seconded. Approval of PR 3 was awarded with no dissent. (See PR 3 at the end ofthe Minutes.) The president addressed one other issue, President Todd’s decision earlier in the month to extend Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart’s contract until 2019. Feeling that it is his responsibility to recruit and retain top talent in the university, the president has had in mind for several months to extend the contract, as requested by Mr. Barnhart, so that Mr. Bamhart could remain at UK until he was 60 years old. The president defended his decision but said that he could certainly accept challenges for his timing. Getting involved in other issues delayed the president’s announcement of the contract extension until after the president had made his decision to retire in June 20l l. Mr. Barnhart is doing an outstanding job, not only in the president’s opinion, but also in those ofthe student athletes and the coaches. On a related topic, one which he has previously discussed with Dr. Brockman, President Todd urged that oversight of the Athletics Department be an important topic of discussion with any presidential candidate looked at by the search committee. The presidential search might present a good opportunity for board review ofthe structure of Athletics at UK. The search committee might usefully inquire about the experience of each candidate with athletics issues. The president concluded his report by recommending Mike Slive, commissioner ofthe South Eastem Conference, as a good resource for explaining the available structures of various Athletics Departments at institutes of higher education. Dr. Brockman thanked the president for his remarks and asked for the Academic Affairs Committee’s report. K. Creation ofthe Department of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education (AACR lg Ms. Brown, chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, began with AACR l, which recommends the creation ofthe Department of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education in the College of Education, effective July l, 20l l. The proposed department will expand and enhance STEM Education at UK and for the Commonwealth in significant ways. The department will work in synergistic ways through the use of focused disciplinary and transdisciplinary practices to prepare 2lst century STEM education leaders and to improve STEM education through implementation of research-based practices, engagement with the P20 communities and businesses, unique research experiences, and innovative programs. Along with strengthening teacher preparation programs already in place in continued collaboration with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, the STEM Education Department will build new bachelor’s and doctoral programs in science, technology, engineering, and/ or mathematics education. The department will lead the Commonwealth in STEM Education research by attracting graduate students as well as future STEM faculty researchers pursuing cutting edge research in these disciplines. Ms. Brown moved for approval of AACR l. She was seconded by Mr. Miles. The motion passed without dissent. (See AACR l at the end ofthe Minutes.)