UF/IFAS Faculty Advisory Committee
12 March 2003
Members Present: David Wofford (Chair and Presiding), Maria Gallo-Meagher, Bill Mahan, Jim
Preston, Ken Quesenberry, and Jim Selph.
Members Absent: Lynn Bailey, Susan Hedge, Tim Hewitt, Karen Koch, Marjorie Moore, Ron
Meeting called to order at 1:17 p.m. by Chair David Wofford. It was noted that several members
were absent due to county meetings and other spring break related activities.
Agendas were distributed. The minutes of the February 12, 2003 meeting were approved as
previously circulated. Chair Wofford mentioned that he had notified VP Martin of the need to
identify a replacement member on FAC for Brian Scully who has assumed the position of Center
Director at the India River REC, Ft. Pierce.
Comments from Vice-President Martin:
There seems to be a renewed emphasis on UF issues in the legislature.
Present version of legislative budget has a level base funding for IFAS instead of the $7 million
cuts in the Governor's budget.
Several legislative members in both the House and Senate appear to be "friends" of IFAS
The old campus Poultry Science buildings are being renovated for space for Environmental
Horticulture while Fifield Hall HVAC is being renovated.
The old Bradenton (Gulf Coast REC) site has been tentatively sold to Manatee County School
Board and the generated funds from the sale will be used to begin development of a new site at
Balm in Hillsboro County. The target date for relocation is 2005.
Searches are underway for administrators for Microbiology and Cell Science, and the School of
Forest Resources and Conservation.
Conversations are ongoing with CLAS, CALS, and others regarding implementation of the
strategic plan recommendation to change the College of Natural Resources to the School of
Natural Resources and bring it under IFAS administration.
Dean Jimmy Cheek then met with the FAC. He discussed the current status of the "Biology
Major" and reported that the process was on hold for the present. It was agreed with the provost
that no program would go forward unless it was jointly supported by CLAS and CALS. There is
now a CALS committee that has developed a set of curricula and these have been submitted to
CLAS. We are now waiting on CLAS to agree to additional meeting and discussions.
Dean Cheek then discussed the CALS graduate enrollment growth plan. CLAS need to increase
graduate credit hours by 1600 in 2003-04 in order to gain an additional $1.2 form the Provost.
Target areas to receive funding from this $1.2 million are the DPM graduate program, the Masters
in Family Youth and Community Science, and the Masters of Agribusiness.
Dean cheek also reported on his efforts to insure that all eligible out-of-state graduate assistants
are converted to in-state status ASAP. He also reported on awarding of scholarships to
Carribean and Central American students to change their fee waiver status. These actions have
resulted in substantial savings of real dollars that would have been spent for fee waivers, but now
can be spent for departments academic program needs.
Dean Cheek also encouraged FAC members to nominate deserving alumni individuals for the
CALS Horizon Award and the CALS Award of Distinction.
Meeting adjourned at 3:45pm