Members present: Tony Brennan, Bob Cousins, Kim Emery, Gene Hemp, Barbara McDade,
Jack Mecholsky, Pierre Ramond, Kim Tanzer
Members absent: Saeed Khan, Jean Larson
Guests: David Colburn, Linda Dixon, Bernie Machen, Ed Poppell
Tony Brennan convened the Faculty Senate Steering Committee at 3:00 p.m. in 202 Tigert Hall.
Minutes: Minutes of the January 29 meeting were approved.
Chair's Report: Tony Brennan announced that the president is seeking four or five faculty
members as potential members of the Vice President of Student Affairs search committee. Dr.
Brennan asked the Steering Committee to assist in identifying them.
UF will be undertaking a climate survey soon. The chair asks that the Faculty Senate play an active
role in the process.
Dr. Brennan met with the Committee on Committees last week. That committee will begin meeting
with all committees immediately to assure that each is functioning in a manner consistent with the
Tony Brennan is currently gathering faculty members to serve on the Tenure Committee.
President's Report: President Machen said he is currently in a 100-day plan to meet as many UF
stakeholders as possible. He is traveling the state meeting with newspaper editorial boards and
He has been spending time in Washington, D.C. for the purpose of establishing relationships with
the congressional delegation.
Win Phillips has been asked to serve as coordinator for the Scripps project.
UF will consider moving to block tuition. If implemented, this will aid in increasing student credit
President Machen spoke about problems that have plagued other schools in the area of athletic
recruiting. He feels that Athletic Director Jeremy Foley is on top of the matter at UF.
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Faculty Senate Steering Committee
February 12, 2004
3:00 P.M. to 5:28 P.M.
Chair: Anthony B. Brennan
The president has appointed a group of deans to evaluate the practices at the University of Florida
President Machen has met with many campus groups that are concerned about diversity. He wants
to address the matter of faculty diversity as a priority.
Water Institute: Ramesh Reddy gave an overview of the Water Institute. The institute is
designed to enhance the reputation of the University of Florida in water-related academic,
research and public outreach programs. The institute will focus on solving water-related
issues of importance to the state, the nation and the world.
Master Plan: Ed Poppell gave a report on the UF Master Plan. The plan is being revised
for 2005-2015, and he wants to begin with a clean slate. That includes revisiting such topics
as transportation, parking and conservation. Mr. Poppell is asking the Senate to be involved
in the process and has requested faculty volunteers to serve on the Master Plan steering
committee, the transportation and parking study group and the conservation study group.
The time commitment is estimated between twelve and eighteen months. Mr. Poppell would
like to have nominations within thirty days.
Constitution Committee: Kim Tanzer reported that the Constitution Committee is working
to address those sections of the constitution that will be most critical to instituting shared
governance. They will present draft language at the February Senate meeting, and the vote
will be in April.
Faculty Senate forum on faculty representation: Tony Brennan deferred this item until
the next meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 5:28 p.m.
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