December 12, 2003

Good Morning:

This week has been primarily devoted to meetings of the Board of Tulane. Four times a year the Board gathers for two-day meetings to discuss a few strategic issues and to receive updated reports on our progress in implementing the university's strategic plan.

The first day of meetings is devoted to committee consultations covering every topic from academic and students affairs to finances and physical facilities. The second day the entire Board convenes to receive an updated report from me and to discuss a few strategic issues. Yesterday we discussed the status and future of our Capital Campaign. We also provided an overview of the capital projects we have planned in the next five to seven years.

Wednesday evening we had a special Board dinner to recognize those members who have retired from the Board in recent years. Those honored included Robbert Vorhoff, H. Mortimer Favrot Jr., Louis Frierson Sr., Sidney Lassen, Sandra Robinson, Mortimer Curran, Bill Goldring, Virginia Roddy, Jim Wilson and the late Donald Nalty.

We have always been blessed with Board members who are truly dedicated to this institution and are willing to give of themselves and their time to assist us in any way they can. On behalf of the entire Tulane community I want to thank all of our Board members, past and present, for their continued commitment.

Have a great weekend,


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