UF/IFAS Faculty Advisory Committee
April 16, 2003
Members Present: David Wofford (Chair and Presiding), Susan Hedge, Tim Hewitt, Bill Mahan,
Ron Muraro Jim Preston, Ken Quesenberry, and Jim Selph.
Members Absent: Lynn Bailey, Maria Gallo-Meagher, Karen Koch, Marjorie Moore,
Meeting called to order at 1:19 p.m. by Chair David Wofford.
Agendas were distributed. The minutes of the March 12, 2003 meeting were approved as
circulated with the exception of changing member to members in paragraph 1. It is noted that 22
minutes were required to finally obtain approval of the minutes as there were several "rabbits
chased" at the beginning of the meeting. During this time Associate VP Joe Joyce stopped by the
meeting to deliver a document for VP Martin and to inform us that VP Martin would be delayed
until about 3:00 p.m. It was also noted that on 4-16-03 at ca 10:17 VP Martin had distributed an
electronic memo to all IFAS faculty with several faculty updates, and since Chair Wofford had a
copy of this memo the FAC discussed some of the items.
Chair Wofford then solicited agenda items for future FAC meetings. Listed below is the
secretary's summary and compilation of those suggestions:
1. A need to relook at the current travel reimbursements especially for meals.
2. A suggestion that IFAS pursue special UF/IFAS rates and other hotel near 1-75 especially
for REC faculty and extension faculty who need to stay overnight in Gainesville in addition
to the Baymont and Red Roof Inn.
3. Complaints about and need to improve the EDIS search engine.
4. Need for information/decision on status of FAS for this year.
5. Several complaints still arising about problems with IFAS Grants Office (Some have good
experience, others bad, maybe depending on assigned representative).
6. Need for a centralized coordination of current information available to IFAS faculty on
available discounts and sources for computer software, digital cameras, etc. An example
was the SODA shop discounts on site licenses of some products.
7. Critical need for someone to be responsible for cleaning out and updating the IFAS Outlook
8. Hard to get to EDIS from the new IFAS home web page.
9. More and more agencies are using Adobe Acrobat and there is a need for a site license for
Acrobat Composed to reduce the purchase cost.
10. County faculty would encourage departments to develop more PPT presentations for use by
county staff in local meetings.
11. Can we make an effort to get all counties on DSL or equivalent speed connections.
12. Status of UF faculty unionization related to IFAS.
13. Concern about legal status of county faculty re. Union voting and counting for/serving on UF
Chair Wofford circulated a list of comments received regarding governance. There is a sense
that out-state faculty are not considered for membership on committees. Questions arose as to
how upper administration decides on committee memberships.
VP Martin then arrived and made the following comments:
He discussed the current legislative situation of the IFAS budget. At the time of the FAC meeting
if appeared that IFAS will receive a near level FY-04 budget compared to FY-03. Thus there is
hope that IFAS can use some of the DROP generated retirement funds to fill critical lines and
redirect some positions at the margins.
The IFAS Gulf Coast REC at Bradenton has been sold. Funds from the sale + other property
sales in the area + a $422 K allocation from Hillsboro County will be used for development of a
new center at Balm. Bids for site development and facility design are out at present. The target
date for relocation is 2005.
IFAS administrator searches:
A list of four candidates for Chair of Microbiology and Cell Science has been identified and
interviews are being scheduled.
A list of three finalist for the Director of the School of Forest Resources and Conservation has
been identified and interviews are being scheduled.
The current plan is to identify an interim Director of IFAS International Programs from with IFAS.
Plans are well along to build a new building at Ft. Lauderdale REC in conjunction with NOVA SE
IFAS Administration has released 20 county positions and 24 faculty positions for advertisements
and filling after October 1, 2003 and is about to release and additional 18 positions.
Meeting adjourned at 4:10 p.m.