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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
Following are the minutes of the regular Faculty Council meeting of September 15, 2003.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR FACULTY COUNCIL MEETING OF
SEPTEMBER 15, 2003
The first regular meeting of the Faculty Council for the academic year 2003-2004 was held in Room 212 of the Main Building on Monday, September 15, 2003, at 2:15 P.M.
Present: Lawrence D. Abraham, Kamran S. Aghaie, Ricardo C. Ainslie, Dean J. Almy, Urton L. Anderson, Jacqueline L. Angel, Marian J. Barber, Daniela Bini, David G. Bogard, Teresa Graham Brett, Jennifer S. Brodbelt, Joshua S. Campbell, Maggie Chiang, Michael J. Churgin, Alan K. Cline, Janet M. Davis, Donald William Drumtra, John R. Durbin, Sheldon Ekland-Olson, Larry R. Faulkner, Kenneth Flamm, Alan W. Friedman, Charles N. Friedman, Michael H. Granof, Sue A. Greninger, Lita A. Guerra, Marvin L. Hackert, Susanne Hafner, Julie Hallmark, Michael P. Harney, John J. Hasenbein, Kevin P. Hegarty, Susan S. Heinzelman, James L. Hill, Archie L. Holmes, Sharon D. Horner, Raymond Bert "Rusty" Ince III, Judith A. Jellison, Martin W. Kevorkian, Robert D. King, Steven W. Leslie, William S. Livingston, Slyman M. Majid, Edward W. (Ted) Odell, Patricia C. Ohlendorf, Anthony J. Petrosino, Linda E. Reichl, Eric A. Renner, David J. Saltman, Diane L. Schallert, David B. Spence, Janet Staiger, Salomon A. Stavchansky, Sharon L. Strover, James W. Vick, N. Bruce Walker, Gwendolyn Webb-Johnson, John M. Weinstock, Lynn R. Wilkinson, Glen M. Worley, James R. Yates.
Absent: Hans C. Boas, Daniel A. Bonevac, Neal M. Burns, Johnny S. Butler, Patricia L. Clubb, Melba M. Crawford, Andrew P. Dillon, Edwin Dorn, Phillip L. Dubov, Robert Freeman, Wolfgang Frey, James D. Garrison, George W. Gau, Peter F. Green, Carl T. Haas (excused), Donald A. Hale, Brian J. Haley, Thomas M. Hatfield, Fred M. Heath, Kurt O. Heinzelman, Neville Hoad, Manuel J. Justiz (excused), Richard W. Lariviere, Amarante L. Lucero, Arthur B. Markman (excused), Dean P. Neikirk, Melvin E. L. Oakes, Thomas G. Palaima (excused), Marcus G. Pandy, Theodore E. Pfeifer, William C. Powers, Mary Ann R. Rankin, Johnnie D. Ray, Victoria Rodriguez, Charles R. Rossman (excused), Juan M. Sanchez, Dolores Sands, M. Michael Sharlot, Mark C. Smith, David W. Springer (excused), Frederick R. Steiner, Ben G. Streetman, Daniel A. Updegrove, Ellen A. Wartella, Barbara W. White, Darlene C. Wiley (excused), Paul B. Woodruff (excused).
Voting Members: 50 present 24 absent 74 total Non-Voting Members: 11 present 23 absent 34 total Total Members: 61 present 47 absent 108 total
I. REPORT OF THE SECRETARY.
The written report appears in D 2684-2690. Alan Friedman (English), urged that the first item in V.A. of the report, Recommendation for a Change in Regents’ Rules Concerning Suspension of a Faculty Member with Pay (D&P 16517-16519), be moved to VIII. of the report, Legislation under Review by the Faculty Council. The secretary said this would be brought to the attention of the Faculty Council Executive Committee. [Remark: Chair Marvin Hackert later referred this item to the Committee of Counsel on Academic Freedom and Responsibility.]
II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES.
A. Minutes of the Special Faculty Council Meeting of May 5, 2003 (D 2570-2571).
Approved by voice vote.
B. Minutes of the Regular Faculty Council Meeting of May 5, 2003 (D 2572-2580).
Approved by voice vote.
III. COMMUNICATION WITH THE PRESIDENT — Larry R. Faulkner.
A. Comments by the President.
President Faulkner said he was beginning his 35th year of professional life since receiving a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University, and he had not lost his enthusiasm for the opening of a new academic year. He continued to remind members of the importance of the institution.
In other comments, he said the Hispanic enrollment at the University had increased to 16.3% from 14.3% the previous year, which was up from 12.6% in the immediate post-Hopwood trough. The African-American enrollment had increased to 4.1% from 3.5% the previous year, up from 2.7% in the post-Hopwood trough.
He said he had appointed a Task Force on Enrollment Management, chaired by Professor Isabella Cunningham (advertising) and consisting of administrators, faculty, and students, to make recommendations on a number of issues relating to enrollment. He said he had also appointed a Tuition Policy Advisory Committee, which was expected to make a report early in September.
B. Questions to the President.
There were none.
IV. REPORT OF THE CHAIR.
A. Chair Marvin Hackert (chemistry and biochemistry) began the meeting by informing members that the first day of classes at the University occurred 120 years ago, in 1883, on this date. He reminded members of the UT@120 celebration, to be held on September 17, at which President Faulkner would present his annual State of the University address.
In his formal report, he stressed the importance of the 22 standing committees of the General Faculty, and the role they can play in the faculty’s contribution to the governance of the University.
B. By special invitation, Glen Worley (manager, Library Services), chair of the Staff Council, reported on the accomplishments and goals of the Council. He said the University has approximately 11,000 staff members, with a wide range of responsibilities. He felt the Staff
Council was playing an important role in communicating the interests, concerns, and issues that affect members of the staff.
V. REPORT OF THE CHAIR ELECT.
Chair elect Linda Reichl (physics) announced that the annual meeting of the Faculty Council with the Faculty Senate of Texas A&M would be held in College Station on February 23.
VI. UNFINISHED BUSINESS — None.
VII. REPORTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY, COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS, AND COMMITTEES — None.
VIII. NEW BUSINESS.
A. Past Chair Michael Granof (accounting) gave a brief report on the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics, on which he serves as representative of the University. He said the group represents about 50 Division I-A institutions, and has been working with the NCAA, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, and the American Association of University Professors. The group has drafted a statement providing a framework for a comprehensive reform of intercollegiate athletics, which he expected to make available to the Council within the next several months.
On another matter, Professor Granof said he had been appointed to chair a committee to nominate a replacement for the current secretary of the Council, who would be leaving the position at the end of December. He encouraged members to make nominations for the position.
B. Most of the meeting was devoted to reports by three members of the administration, Gwen Grigsby, associate vice president for governmental relations; Kyle Cavanaugh, associate vice president for human resources; and Kevin Hegarty, vice president and chief financial officer. They covered a wide range of issues, from the work of the State’s 78th legislative session, to complex budgetary shifts designed to preserve benefits for faculty and staff, and to planning for the University’s future. The reports reflected an enormous amount of work done by various members of the administration to protect the University in a time of increasing budgetary pressures. Outlines of their reports can be found in their PowerPoint presentations (D 2738-2748).
IX. ANNOUNCEMENTS AND COMMENTS.
UT at 120 — Anniversary Celebration and State of the University of Address — September 17, 2003, 4 P.M., Jessen Auditorium in Rainey Hall.
X. QUESTIONS TO THE CHAIR — None.
The meeting adjourned at 3:35 P.M.
Distributed through the Faculty Council Web site on October 16, 2003. Copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.
September 15, 2003