April 10, 2000
Volume 52, No. 28
Senate President John Boli convened the March 28 meeting by introducing President Bill Chace, who gave an update on dean searches. He said there were three finalists each for theology and graduate school deans, as well as for vice provost for International Affairs. Chace said a search committee for a new dean of Campus Life will convene soon to begin a nationwide search for a successor to Frances Lucas-Tauchar. "We're looking for another Frances," Chace said.
Boli reported that the change in Senate bylaws regarding student representation and terms of office for student representatives, approved at an earlier meeting, will be implemented this fall.
Rudolph Byrd of the honorary degree committee submitted nominations for 2001 degree recipients. The nominations were approved and the recommendations will be passed along to the Board of Trustees. (see Honorary degrees 2000)
The Senate then voted on new officers for the 2000-01 year, approving Susan Lee as secretary and Frank Vandall as president-elect. Current president-elect Claire Sterk will take over as president at the April meeting.
The ad hoc committee on workplace reported on its investigation into whether Emory should broaden its charitable campaign beyond the United Way. The committee presented a resolution expressing the desire for Emory to do just that, and a discussion followed on how this would be accomplished, which charities would be selected and how it would affect the University's overall giving.
"We are doing very, very badly," Chace said, referring to how Emory's philanthropy compares with peers like Georgia Tech, Georgia State, Duke and Tulane, even though the University exceeded last year's $365,000 United Way Campaign goal by $14,000. The Senate passed the ad hoc committee's resolution, which simply says Emory should expand its workplace--giving program without specifying particulars.
Student Tito Jackson presented a resolution for the Senate regarding the state flag of Georgia. The measure stated that Emory will not fly the flag until the Confederate "Stars and Bars" emblem is removed. Chace said the issue was moot since Emory does not currently fly the flag and has no plans to do so, regardless of whether it changes.
The Senate asked Jackson to amend the resolution to make it more of a position statement on the flag, then present it again at the April meeting. Bob Lee, chair of the President's Commission on the Status of Minorities, offered to hold a brown bag luncheon for students and Senate and PCSM members to discuss the revision.
Boli then adjourned the meeting. The final Senate meeting of the academic year will be April 18 in the School of Public Health.
- Michael Terrazas