Senate Steering Committee
October 12, 2006
3:00 5:00 P.M.
Attendees: Peggy Carr
Danaya Wright Barbara Wingo
Rebecca Pauly Amelia Hugus
Kim Tanzer Guests:
Chris Snodgrass John Leavey
Pradeep Kumar Carol Kem
The meeting was called to order at 3:03 PM
Chair's Report Danaya Wright, Chair
Dr. Wright updated the Steering committee about the recent ACFS meeting where the BOG
will move forward with a resolution that would allow the BOT to apply for tuition
independence from the legislature. The constitutional amendments were approved which
means that the chair of the ACFS (who also sits on the BOG) is a renewable term.
Dr. Wright also told the committee about a financial planner who offered to host a holiday
party for the Senate's December meeting in exchange for being able to advertise his services
at the event. The steering committee declined the offer. The Steering committee discussed
the compensation committee elections and the research policy committee elections. The
steering committee decided to appoint the compensation committee members to serve a one
year ad-hoc term and include the compensation committee in the spring committee
elections. The research policy committee representatives will also be appointed for one year
terms and will be included in the general elections in the spring. All names will be brought
before the steering committee for a final decision.
The committee also discussed the dean search committee language. The committee decided
that the Shared Governance Task Force shall be charged with developing procedures for
forming search committees for deans, directors and department chairs.
Honorary Degrees Recommendations
John Leavey, Committee on Committees Chair
Dr. Leavey explained that the COC felt that honorary degrees are purely a faculty issue and
should have faculty input. There should be another committee established (either joint or
presidential) to work on the other issues that the committee currently handles. The COC
does not want the names routed to the President before going to the Senate. Dr. Wingo
noted that splitting the committees resolves some issues regarding the sunshine laws because
the presidential committee could be a fact finding committee; honorary degrees are still in
the sunshine. One way to facilitate the process would be to have the nominees go to the
President's office first to determine if the person will accept the degree, if granted. Dr.
Leavey noted that the COC specifically feels that if the honorary degrees do not go to the
committee first then they do not want to work on honorary degrees at all. Dr. Wingo noted
that the committee could invite Dr. Machen to attend a meeting in order to discuss his
thoughts on candidates with the committee. This item will not be on the agenda for
CLAS Resolution Danaya Wright, Chair
The Steering committee decided to present the CLAS resolution as presented at the
September Senate meeting.
Library Closing for Games Danaya Wright, Chair
Dr. Wright will inform the Provost that the steering committee would like to be kept
informed of library closing plans and that if the library shall be closed on game days then it
should be for a legitimate reason, such as low usage, not just because of football.
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The steering committee does not yet have an answer from the President or Kyle
Cavanaugh regarding these issues, and they will not be on the October Senate agenda.
Approval of Senate Agenda for the October 19, 2006 meeting
Danaya Wright, Chair
The agenda for the October 19, 2006 meeting was approved with the removal of
the compensation committee language which will be presented in November.
The meeting adjourned at 4:57 PM.