UF-IFAS Faculty Council Meeting Minutes
13 November 2008
Entomology and Nematology, Room 1027
Members present: Art Teixeira, Agriculture and Biological Engineering; Wendy Wilber,
Alachua County; Charlie Guy, Environmental Horticulture; Kevin Kenworthy,
Agronomy; Debbie Miller, West Florida REC; Heather McAuslane, Entomology and
Nematology; Maisie Ross, Palm Beach County (polycom); Brenda Rogers, Manatee
County; David Norman, Mid- Florida REC; Billy Crow, Entomology and Nematology;
Gene Mc Avoy, Hendry County; Sherry Larkin, Food and Resource Economics
Guests Present: Eric Luc (graduate student aide to Billy Crow)
Members Absent: Gbola Andesogan, Animal Sciences; Monica Elliott, Ft Lauderdale
REC; Bill Lindberg, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
The meeting was called to order by Chair Billy Crow at 11:35AM.
Recommendation to Dr. Cheek on Budget Cuts
Billy Crow presented the summary documents he prepared based on
the suggestions for cutting expenses and reducing the budget made by
council and other faculty members. The suggestions were divided into
three reports: 1) IFAS Faculty Council Recommendations for Dealing
with Budget Cuts, 2) Cost Saving Ideas from IFAS Faculty, and 3) Other
Ideas from Faculty.
Discussion of the recommendations addressing budget cuts ensued.
Each point was discussed and refined until consensus was met.
Recommendations to Dr. Cheek on the Supplemental Compensation
The report was reviewed, consensus was made.
Dr. Cheek arrived at noon.
Billy Crow congratulated Dr. Cheek on his new position as Chancellor at
the University of Tennessee on behalf of the council. Dr. Cheek
responded to questions regarding the appointment of an interim Vice
President, candidate search and transition. No appointment will be
made by President Machen until late December or early January. Dr.
Cheek reports to UT, early February, 2009.
Brenda Rogers mentioned a concern expressed at the County Extension
Director in Service Training regarding opportunities for advancement by
Agents to administrative positions. Recognizing that department and
center faculty are required to excel in two of three (research,
extension, and teaching) areas, there is little opportunity for county
faculty who earn PhD's to gain the experience required in teaching or
research to reach upper level management positions.
Discussion of the Inaugural Faculty Assembly meeting
The agenda was reviewed. Dr. Cheek reminded the council that the
Assembly would operate under Florida's Sunshine Laws and that
Barbara Wingo should be invited to an assembly meeting very soon to
discuss those rules.
Revisit Recommendations to Dr. Cheek on the Supplemental
Billy Crow led a discussion with Dr. Cheek on the suggested changes to
the plan. Dr. Cheek shared that he had just approved 12 requests
under the current rules. Discussion of where the IFAS portion of the
funds goes was mentioned. Dr. Cheek would like it to go to the Merit
pool. He also shared that any changes would have to be approved by
Central HR and others before implementation.
Revisit Recommendation to Dr. Cheek on Budget Cuts
Billy Crow shared with Dr. Cheek that the documents discussed earlier
would be shared with him. Reports included with minutes.
Review of Minutes
The minutes were presented and corrections (adding Brenda Rogers to
the absent list) were made. A motion to accept the minutes as
corrected was made by Brenda Rogers with a second made by Billy
Crow. Motion passed. Minutes will be corrected and posted on the
Faculty Council (FC) web page.
The meeting adjourned at 12:50 PM