University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto's performance will be reviewed every year by faculty, staff, students, donors, elected officials and other community members as part of a new evaluation process approved Tuesday by the Board of Trustees.
It's the first time the president will be judged by such a broad spectrum of people, board chairman Britt Brockman said.
"In the past, the process really had very little input from other constituencies beside the board," he said. "I feel the board needs input from as many constituency groups as possible."
Under Capilouto's contract, he would be eligible for a $50,000 performance bonus in his first year, to be awarded by the Board of Trustees based on his evaluation. However, Capilouto already has told board members that regardless of his review, he would turn down any bonus or incentive pay.
When asked why he would do so, Capilouto responded: "It is the right thing to do," and he declined to comment further.
Under the evaluation process, a facilitator would conduct confidential interviews with 20 to 30 people from key groups, such as the university and staff senates, the student government association, the alumni association and others.
The interviews would focus on Capilouto's performance regarding university priorities, his leadership skills, his organization and financial management, and his fund-raising. Capilouto also would do a self-evaluation.
The new evaluation process was approved by a vote of 19-1. Faculty trustee Irina Voro voted against the proposal.
The board considered a variety of other issues Tuesday, including:
■ The trustees' finance committee heard from a coalition of students, faculty and community members who want the board to consider moving UK from a mostly coal-based energy system to one that uses more alternative forms of energy.
The main speaker, UK senior Elaine Alvey, also asked the board to consider joining the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment, to show that it is committed to improving UK's environmental impact. She praised the plans for new residential halls, which include geothermal design for heating and cooling.
Finance Committee chairman James Stuckert noted the costs of such upgrades and asked Alvey: "How much are you willing to have us raise tuition to pay for all these things?"
Trustee Pam May asked for more information on the climate commitment.
■ The board awarded four University Research Professorships, which provide each recipient with $40,000 to do research during the 2012-13 school year. The awards were given to Christopher Pool, an anthropology professor who studies Mesoamerican archeology; Mark Filmore, a psychology professor who researches the cognitive processes in risk-taking behavior, including alcohol and drug abuse; Douglas Andres, a professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry who researches the molecular pathways in traumatic brain injury; and Mark Dignan, a professor of internal medicine who leads a research program focused on cancer prevention and control in underserved areas, such as Appalachia.
■ Capilouto praised Provost Kumble Subbaswamy for being chosen as the next chancellor of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the system's flagship school. "It is no surprise that another exemplary institution of higher learning would be interested in having someone of Swamy's quality and caliber as a leader," he said.
■ The board also voted to create an Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing at the College of Engineering, which aims to foster manufacturing research, teaching and economic development throughout Kentucky.