By Craig Chamberlain The UI Board of Trustees once again has a new chair, but for the first time in three years the position was filled without open controversy, multiple candidates or multiple ballots. Kenneth R. Boyle, D-Chatham, was elected to the position on a unanimous voice vote shortly after the start of the board's annual meeting last Friday at the Urbana-Champaign campus. He was nominated by Trustee Gloria Jackson Bacon, D-Chicago, who also had been mentioned prior to the meeting as a possible candidate for the job. Boyle, 56, succeeds Judith Calder, D-Glencoe, who served a single one-year term as the chair and had not sought re-election. Boyle's term began immediately after Friday's vote. "I deeply appreciate this honor," Boyle told the board, and thanked the trustees for their "efforts to put this together." "I have no particular agenda or program," he said. "My only goal is to bring unity and harmony to this process." Boyle, a senior partner of the Boyle, Klingler & McClain law office in Springfield, retired as director of the State's Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor's Office more than two years ago. He was elected a trustee in the 1988 general election, and his six-year term expires next January, following the November elections. He is one of six Democrats on the nine-member elected board. Boyle received a bachelor's degree in political science from the Urbana-Champaign campus in 1960, graduating with highest distinction (summa cum laude) and as a Phi Beta Kappa. Two years later he received his law degree from the university's College of Law. Boyle served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1970 to 1976, and was chair of the House Appropriations Committee. In the four years after that, he was state's attorney of Macoupin County. Three other board officers were re-elected to their positions at Friday's meeting: Michele M. Thompson, secretary; Craig S. Bazzani, comptroller; and Byron H. Higgins, university counsel. These officers are not members of the board. Trustees were told on Friday that change is coming to the master's of business administration programs on both campuses. Responding to the changing demands of business, and attempting to fashion niches that cater to the strengths of each campus, both business schools have been taking a hard look at their MBA programs. "We have been in a continuous planning mode," said Howard Thomas, dean of the College of Commerce and Business Administration on the Urbana-Champaign campus. According to Thomas, U.S. business schools are out of step with what the business world is looking for in MBA graduates. Business schools focus on the teaching of quantitative analysis while businesses are looking for better "people" skills and leadership, he said. The schools also favor an individual orientation and field specialization, while businesses are investing in the team concept and an integrated perspective. And while business is going global, business schools are graduating MBAs with a weak understanding of the international scene, Thomas said. To position the UI program for addressing these concerns and others, Thomas said his college will be changing the MBA curriculum, lowering the hours required in core courses, offering more speaking and writing courses, recruiting a more diverse student body - with the help of new need-based grants - and strongly encouraging students to study abroad. Plans also call for continued strong collaboration with the business school on the Chicago campus, and for efforts to develop a better connection between the college and the business community, through a Center for the Study of Business Issues. The College of Business Administration on the Chicago campus, in its planning process, has been concerned with the same gap between what businesses want and what business schools are teaching in management education. The Chicago school, however, will play to its strengths through a "multi-market learning model" that places new emphasis on part-time offerings and on programs that support the Great Cities Initiative, said Paul Uselding, the school's dean. One aspect of this approach will be in developing special part-time course offerings that can test the market, Uselding said. If the course is in demand, the school can then offer it on a regular basis or maybe develop it into a full curriculum. Potential students are interested in "just-in-time learning," he said; they do not want to invest time and effort in courses or degrees that may be obsolete by they time they are dealing with the subject matter on the job. In its connection with the Great Cities Initiative, the MBA program on the Chicago campus will place new emphasis on the management of smaller and entrepreneurial firms, and on health administration - through a link with the medical school. As at the Urbana-Champaign campus, the school will place new emphasis on international business. UI President Stanley O. Ikenberry told the board that both business schools also will be suggesting changes in tuition for MBA students, in proposals scheduled to be brought before the board within the next few months. The pricing structure for the program is substantially below the competition, especially in Chicago, he said, and much of the increased revenue will be used for financial aid. In other business, during last Thursday's meeting, the board received a report on the university's progress in meeting goals set by state legislation in the awarding of contracts to businesses owned by women, members of minority groups and persons with disabilities. Craig S. Bazzani, vice president for business and finance, explained to the board that the statutory goal set by the legislation calls for not less than 12 percent of the total dollar value of state contracts to go to those businesses. At least 5 percent of contracts should be awarded to female-owned and female-controlled firms, and at least 2 percent should go to firms controlled by persons with disabilities or not-for-profit agencies for the disabled, he said. No specific percentage is assigned to minority-owned and controlled firms, although they are recorded as part of the 12 percent. Bazzani noted that the 12 percent is assessed against only $85 million of the university's budget of over $1.6 billion. About half of the budget goes for salaries and personnel costs, and other items are exempted, he said - such as utility costs, retirement and postage. That makes the university's goal a little over $10 million it should seek to award in contracts to these firms, Bazzani said, and that goal was exceeded in fiscal year 1993 by 50 percent, coming to $15.6 million. Of that amount, 63.3 percent went to female, non-minority firms; 12.4 percent went to African-American firms; 7.9 percent went to Hispanic firms; 7.3 percent went to Asian-American firms; 0.4 percent went to Native American firms, and 8.7 percent went to firms owned by persons with disabilities. Trustees received the report with both compliments and admonitions to administrators not to be satisfied. "I think our efforts, although commendable, should be viewed as a beginning and not an end," said Calder. "I, personally, think it's not enough," she said, and urged the university to set its own, higher standard. Bacon also was complimentary, but questioned why the goals were assessed against such a small portion of the total budget. "Is it possible to see how we can ratchet it up?" she asked. "We have done wonderfully well, but that doesn't mean that we are good," she said.