[reposted because of reserve and media contract stuff]
3:00 p.m. Finance and Facilities Committee https://trustees.uoregon.edu/sites/trustees2.uoregon.edu/files/meeting_packet_-_ffc_final_12.3.18.pdf
1. Audited Financial Statements: Jamie Moffitt, Vice President for Finance and Administration and CFO; Kelly Wolf, Associate Vice President and Controller; Scott Simpson, Partner, Moss Adams
Here’s one metric where UO is not at the bottom of the AAU – reserves:
2. Quarterly Financial Reports and Annual Treasury Report: Jamie Moffitt, Vice President for Finance and Administration and CFO; Karen Levear, Director, Treasury Operations
All these business people on the board, and the only trustee who found the error in the report is the UO staff trustee, Jimmy Murray, a librarian. Controller Kelly Wolf thanks him.
As usual these reports do not include any information on the athletics budget, or the various tax changes affecting it, or their subsidies, or their debt obligations. This is despite the fact that in the past trustees have specifically asked to see this.
Karen Lavear knows her stuff: All is well. UO won an award last year for our internal bank procedures. Investments are outperforming benchmarks.Risk is low. “My job just gets easier and easier every year.”
Lavear is also the only person willing to break out athletics finances – the source of most of UO’s debt:
UO’s credit rating agencies continue to give us good ratings. And, in comparison to peers, we’re cash rich:
Debt to revenue ratio is however high.
3. Licensing Agreement (Action): Kyle Henley, Vice President for Communications
Under AD Rob Mullens the Duck brand has been losing value rapidly, so Henley wants to lock in a long-term contract before the next sports scandal. Seems prudent. Athletics’ 50% cut might even cover their likely future legal costs – except that the academic side will inevitably pay those for them:
This is for Duck crap, not crap with the O on it. That’s a different deal, with Nike.
Henley: Gen-z values experiences, not stuff. [Really? they don’t stay for Duck games either.]
Trustees are notably sceptical. This gets a bit off the rails. No one will say it, but the obvious concern is whether Fanatics will continue to provide the popular Go Ducks vodka and Jell-O jigglers:
KGW has an investigative report on the latest scandal, here:
4. Capital Planning Annual Report: Michael Harwood, Associate Vice President for Campus Planning and Facilities Maintenance
If you work in PLC, you are going to die there. Harwood’s schedule goes out to 2031, and PLC isn’t on it:
5. Capital Project Lease and License Agreement (Action): Eric Roedl, Deputy Athletic Director; H.J. Cohn, Sr. Associate Athletic Director
Upgrade the graphics and “fun fan experience” at Matthew Knight Arena.
6. Capital Gift Acceptance (Action): David Conover, Vice President for Research and Innovation
A generous family wants to give UO $215K worth of beachfront land in Bandon for environmental and archaeological research. No access except hiking, but no plans to build anything.
any idea on what the actual dollar value is of those “reserves”?
I know at least some of the univs with low reserves (Arizona) have announced large furloughs already.
to be more specific
Thanks for the intel, Dog. So many scenarios to examine – and react to. We’ll see what UO does. I note that layoffs in Chronicle for Higher Ed have not received any updates from UO. I have submitted to them 358 (282 prez Chill announced and 76 the AD announced.) There are more I’m sure. See UO Libraries and NTTF getting slashed. https://www.chronicle.com/article/As-Covid-19-Pummels-Budgets/248779?cid=cp275