I. Current Strengths and Challenges
Dr. Brockman introduced Richard Messina, Huron Consultant, and asked him to give his
presentation about strengths and challenges.
Mr. Messina said it was a pleasure to be a participant in the retreat, and he was delighted
to hear the engagement ofthe Board. He asked the Board to give him a short list of high level
challenges at this session and said the list would be narrowed to the top challenges on Sunday.
The Board members provided the following list:
• Shrinking the financial pie
• Mission/vision/ goal — differentiate/clear identity
• Infrastructure
• Non-state sources for dollars
• Program evaluation and resource allocation
• Govemance — lessons leamed
• Increase student quality (faculty, too) (staff`) without decreasing student numbers
• Marketing UK brand/ impact on Kentucky
• Increasing effectiveness and efficiency through quality people — recruiting,
retention (development)
• Building undergraduate community
• Best leverage extension offices
• Working more effectively with political system
• How to increase research funding — state, companies
• Mission/vision/ goals — finance
• Academic summer camps
• UK role in improving student preparation (in collaboration with other institutions)
• Student experience — new ideas
• Placement
• Measures and metrics
• Alumni development and contributions
• Improving diversity and inclusiveness
• Honors program — talented students — recruiting and retention
• Technology changes and impact on academics and infrastructure
• Engaging and empowering faculty and staff
• Balance — athletics, medical center, academics — leverage athletics dollars —
policy discussion at Board level
• Scholarship Funds — important differentiator
• Big challenge — moving quickly to implementation
• Administration size as part of effectiveness and efficiency
Retreat adjoumed
Dr. Brockman thanked the Board for their interaction and input on the first day ofthe
retreat. He said he looked forward to another productive day on Sunday and reminded the Board