Minutes of the Special Combined Meeting of the
Faculty Senate, Staff Council, and Student Government
January 30, 2006
Terrace Room, 166 IMU
Faculty Senate: David Asprey, Daniel Balderston, Susan Birrell, Ken Brown, Gary Buettner, Gloria Bulechek, Christine Catney, Michael Cohen (Secretary), Jane Desmond, Virginia Dominguez, David Drake, Sarah Fagan, Richard Fumerton, Frederick Goodman, Thomas Grabowski, Carin Green, Paul Heidger, Ronald Herman, Geoffrey Hope, Mark Karwal, Craig Kletzing, Sheldon Kurtz, Thomas Loew, Rene Martin, Donald MacFarlane, Steve McGuire, Frank Mitros, James Nepola, Thomas O’Dorisio, Michael O’Hara, Christine Pawley, Beth Pelton, Todd Pettys, Catherine Ringen, Jay Sa-Aadu, Victoria Sharp, Linda Snetselaar, Janet Specht, Anne Sullivan, Katherine Tachau, Tuong Ton-That, Downing Thomas, Brad Thompson, Steven Vincent, Marcia Ward, John Westefeld,
Staff Council: Chris Anderson, Chris Annicella, Lori Bassler, Linda Bergquist, Ella Born, Judith Brewer, Chris Catney, Janet Duncan, Nancy Fick, David Fitzgerald, Mary Heath, Hazel Keri, Mary Lee Neubergh, Jan Pettus, Kathleen Renquist, Heather Schnoebelen, Keri Semrau, Sheri Soja, Anne Sopher, Sarah Tallman, Jan Waterhouse, Rhonda Weaver, Michelle Wiegand,
UISG: Flip Arkulary, Amy Cheng, Mark Anthony Dingbaum, Kristi Finger, Taya Hein, Sauran Pandit, Jason Shore, Sarah Vigmostad,
Guests: Judith Aikin (German), Chad Aldeman (Student), R. David Arkush (History), Doug Baynton (History), Connie Berman (History), Ian Besse (COGS), Sue Buckley (VP Human Resources), Kirk Corey (Information Tech), Jeff Cox (History), Martha Craft-Rosenberg (Nursing), Corey Creekmur (Cinema & Comparative Lit), Walter Dobrian (Spanish & Portuguese), Charles Drum (University Relations), William Duba (History), Charlie Eastham (Health Care Info Sys), Colin Farley (Student), Robert Fritzsche (Student), Lydia Funk (Student), Miriam Gilbert (English), Michel Gobat (History), Brian Gollnick (Spanish & Portuguese), Laura Gotkowitz (History), Paul Greenough (History), Sarah Hanley (History), Holly Hart (Broadcasting Services), Elizabeth Heineman (History), Johnnes Hell (Pharmacology), Gregg Hennigan (Press-Citizen), Andrew Henning (Student), Judie Hermsen (UIHR), Keela Herr (Nursing), Jacqueline Jacobson (Staff Nurse), Kathleen Janz (Health & Sport Studies),Susan Johnson (Office of the Provost), Linda Kerber (History),Megan Knight (Rhetoric), Emily Lemke (Student), Brenda Longfellow (Art & Art History), Lola Lopez (Office of the Provost), Philip Lutgendorf (Asian Lit), Teresa Mangum (English), Ann Marie McCarthy (Nursing), Christine McCarthy (Education Policy & Leadership), Maureen McCormick (Learning and Development), Debra McFell-Wallerich (Nursing), John McLaughlin (CIO), Mark Madsen (Radiology), Jess Mandel (Medicine Admin),John Menninger (Biological Sciences), Margaret Mills (Russian), Jennifer Modestou (Equal Opportunity & Diversity), Rosemary Moore (History), Adalaide Morris (English), David Morris (Graduate Student), Lori Muntz (Student), Robert Neppl (Physics & Astronomy), Greg Oden (Psychology), Judith Pascoe (English), William Reisinger (Office of the Provost), Jennifer Richman (Office of Student Life), Jon Ringen (Literature, Science & the Arts), Shira Robinson (History), Tom Rocklin (Office of the Provost), Mark Sadewasser (ITS), Nick Sarcose (Graduate Student), Michael Saul (Student), Mary Schott (President’s Office), Leslie Schwalm (History), John Beldon Scott (Art & Art History), Jay Semel (Obermann Center), Jennifer Sessions (History), Kevin Shroth (Graduate Student), Cindy Smith (CLAS Admin), Claire Sponsler (English), James Spratt (Pharmacology), Justin St Clair (Student), Addison Stark (Student), David Stern (Philosophy), Shelly Stromquist (History), Eileen Sullivan (Biological Sciences), Charlotte Talman (Research Services), Diana Vele (Spanish & Portuguese),Stephen Vlastos (History), Justin Weis (Student), Robert Weiss (Internal Medicine), Evelyn Acosta Wierich (SAAH), Rachel Williams (Art Education), Richard Williams (Urology), Carol Wilcox (Alumni Services), Mary Mathew Wilson (Staff), Pamela Wong (Student), Vershaun Yang (Rhetoric)
I. Introduction, Richard LeBlond
Faculty Senate President LeBlond opened the meeting at 3:40 p.m.
After introducing himself, he also introduced the Vice President of the Faculty Senate, Professor Kurtz, the President and Vice President of Staff Council, Michelle Wichman and Mary Greer, and the President and Vice President of the UI Student Government, Mark Kresowik and Lauren McCarthy.
President LeBlond gave a brief introduction as to the purpose of the meeting which was to help the Regents identify an excellent President and allow the UI community active involvement.
II. Convene the Legislative Bodies
The unique convention of the three legislative bodies,
integral to shared governance at the
III. Approval of the Agenda, Richard LeBlond
Professor Kurtz moved approval, seconded by Professor O’Hara, for the agenda. It was approved unanimously by voice vote.
A. Procedures and Rules of Order, LeBlond, Wichman, Kresowik
Because of the unique nature of this combined meeting the rules of order regularly applied were not germane. Consequently, Professor Kurtz made a motion that the rules order be modified, seconded by Professor Thomas. The motion carried by unanimous voice vote.
B. Background on UI Presidential Searches, Jonathan Carlson
Professor John Carlson,
President LeBlond made some
additional remarks and then opened the meeting for discussion. His own comments included concerns about the
Board of Regents functioning as the Chair of the Committee and the fact that a
small number of faculty could not adequately represent the diversity of the
faculty present at the
V. New Business
A. Faculty Senate Resolution, Sheldon Kurtz
President LeBlond introduced
Professor Kurtz who motioned to accept a resolution outlining principles for
the upcoming presidential search.
Professor Ringen seconded the motion.
President LeBlond opened the floor for discussion. Several faculty and staff council members
voiced concerns about the search process that the Board of Regents was
utilizing at the
B. Staff Council Resolution, Mary Greer
Subsequently the Staff Council introduced a nearly identical motion by Mary Greer, which was seconded. This motion also carried by unanimous voice vote.
C. Advice and Counsel for Governance Leaders
President LeBlond opened the discussion to the members present at the meeting to help identify the reasons that the Faculty Senate, Staff Council and student leadership could articulate to the Board of Regents as a rationale for continuing the historical precedence. One of the salient issues noted was that the past process had been extremely effective in identifying quality candidates and ultimately university presidents. The fact that some of these presidents have gone on to presidencies at other institutions was identified as clear evidence of a successful process. Other ideas put forth were 1) a petition, 2) to extend an invitation to Board of Regents President Michael Gartner to visit with the UI community and 3) to articulate the distinct difference between UI and UNI and hence the need for a substantively different search process. Finally, it was recommended that the working together of the three leadership groups within the institution and with the Board of Regents should be continued.
There being no further business, President LeBlond adjourned the meeting at 4:41 pm.
Faculty Senate Secretary
Professor of Pathology