April 2, 2001
Environmental vision wins senate approval
By Michael Terrazas email@example.com
President Bill Chace opened the March 27 University Senate meeting in
Woodruff Librarys Jones Room by heralding the tenure of Provost
Rebecca Chopp, who is leaving Emory this summer to become dean of Yale
Divinity School. Chace also announced the appointment of graduate school
Dean Bobby Paul to be Emorys first executive vice provost of arts
and sciences, with the charge of clarifying and understanding
the relationship of the shared faculty between Emory College and the graduate
In her remarks, Chopp expressed her appreciation for the Senate and how
its officers have collaborated with her during her time as provost. She
also updated the body on the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
(SACS) review process and said the Research at Emory commission,
similar to the teaching commission of a few years ago, will soon convene
and begin work on the accreditation process.
Next on the agenda was John Ford, new senior vice president for Campus
Life, who introduced himself to the Senate and discussed his plans for
the division. Ford said his goal is to further integrate the academic
and non-academic aspects of student life, and he hopes to build programmatic
bridges to do so, including forming a faculty advisory committee to Campus
Representing the honorary degree committee, Judy Raggi-Moore passed out
ballots so Senate members could vote on the slate of 2002 degree recipients.
All of the nominees, which are kept confidential, were approved almost
unanimously, Raggi-Moore said, and the list will now be forwarded
to the Board of Trustees for final approval.
The Senate also voted on new officers for the 2001-02 academic year,
and William Branch and Cathy Phillips were chosen president-elect and
secretary, respectively. Frank Vandall will serve as Senate president
Employee Council President Susan Cook-Prince, whose tenure was completed
in March, thanked the Senate for its help and support over the past year,
and she introduced her successor, Bill McBride of Facilities Management.
Michelle Smith, executive director of corporate relations, briefed the
Senate on possible changes to the workplace giving program. She said four
organizations have been targeted for inclusion in the program, and her
office is conducting due diligence to make sure the groups
meet the criteria to receive charitable donations through Emory paycheck
deductions. Chace thanked Smith for her work and said he looked forward
to the University having five options for workplace giving, and he hoped
Emory contributions to the United Way would also increase.
Finally, the Senate resumed debate on an issue tabled at the February
meeting. Peggy Barlett, William Buzbee, Karen Mumford and Julie Mayfield
all spoke in support of a newly revised and renamed environmental
mission statement that would serve as an expression of Emorys
overarching philosophy toward all matters environmental. Mayfield, a fellow
in the law schools Turner Environmental Law Clinic, stressed that
the statement deals with much more than simply capital construction.
Representing the medical schools Council of Chairs, William Casarella
said the eighth iteration of the statement is a tremendous improvement
over previous forms. Casarella said the med school still finds certain
phrases in the policy troublesome, but he said the school simply asks
that whatever body implements the statement policy work with all campus
constituencies to make sure their concerns are addressed before taking
any action under the statements rubric.
Following a brief debate, the Senate voted unanimously and with no abstentions to support the policy.
Immediately afterward, the Committee on the Environment introduced its
motion to create a campuswide task force charged with assessing current
environmental strategies and initiatives on campus and preparing a report
to recommend institutional structures and short- and long-term means
through which the University as a whole and its individual units can best
implement the mission statement. With minor amendments, this motion
also passed unanimously.
The next Senate meeting will be held April 17 at 3:15 p.m. in the Jones Room.