UF/IFAS Faculty Advisory Committee
15 January 2003
Members Present: David Wofford (Chair and Presiding), Lynn Bailey,, Susan Hedge, Tim Hewitt,
Karen Koch, Bill Mahan, Marjorie Moore, Ron Muraro, Jim Preston, Ken Quesenberry, Brian
Scully, and Jim Selph.
Members Absent: Maria Gallo-Meagher
Meeting called to order at 1:15 p.m. by Chair David Wofford.
Agendas were distributed. The minutes of the December 19, 2002 meeting were approved as
circulated. at the meeting by secretary Ken Quesenberry with the exception that Bill Mahan who
was listed as both present and absent was only absent.
Interviews of internal candidates for the director of the Indian River REC position were completed
as of 15 January and VP hope to select a director within a week. Four individuals were
Wendy Graham was appointed as new Chair of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
National searches are underway for a new Chair for Microbiology and Cell Science, and a new
Director of the School of Forest Resources and Conservation
The VP is still looking at how best to incorporate the School of Natural Resources and
Environment into IFAS.
The VP, et al. Have been having meeting around the state with various clientele groups. Some of
the comments received have included and indication that clientele groups do not think that the
faculty in IFAS are as well connected to growers as in the past. VP is considering hiring a
clientele liaison to make sure that IFAS is well represented at important clientele meetings.
All administrative offices are still working on getting the population of the state to know who/what
IFAS really is. Liz Felters is moving to Don Poucher's office to help with this issue in regards to
the county offices. There was discussion among the group on such things as how best to answer
phone in the county offices and the VP indicated some flexibility and good judgment could be
There is a small group appointed by the VP looking at how best to improve the ranking of IFAS
programs in the proposed new NRC review and ranking of Colleges of Agriculture.
There will be an IFAS administrative retreat of February 27. The two major topics will be: (1) Can
we modify how we fill positions focusing more on programs rather than departments, and (2) How
can we enhance our customer service orientation?
There was some discussion with the VP regarding the upcoming legislative session and what role
faculty could play in the budget approval process. (In light of the release of the governor's budget
on 1-20-03 showing a 5.1% cut for IFAS this seems to be a critical issue).
A number of questions were directed to the VP by the FAC members as follows:
Q. What is the time line on the creation of the Water Institute?
A. Hopefully 1 March. We have three faculty lines from the provost to fill.
Q. What are we doing different this legislative session compared to last year?
A. We now have a VP for lobbying for UF. IFAS has added an intern to Cindy Littlejohn's office.
We are working more with leaders in the current legislative body and we believe that more of the
leadership is aware of IFAS and our statewide mission.
What is the status of the "biology department" issue?
The provost has directed Dean Cheek and the Dean of CLAS to work together on this issue for
Other issues discussed included:
The need by county offices to get various extension forms to the proper persons and to get the
electronic versions of forms to print properly on various platforms.
The ongoing process for search for a new President for UF. Discussed the members of the
search committee and the general process,
Howard Ladewig, IFAS Program Evaluation and Accountability gave a discussion on how design
teams will function in the current extension planning effort. He also discussed the comments by
FAC members regarding the current FAS system and proposals to revise and update it.
Dean Cheek is scheduled to attend and speak at the next FAC meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 4:00 PM.