Chair William Branch convened the first Faculty Council meeting
of 2002–03 on Sept. 17 in 400 Administration, then introduced
interim Provost Woody Hunter.
Hunter announced that the search for a permanent dean of Emory College
has commenced with the formation of a search committee, chaired
by Elaine Walker of psychology. Other members include Sue Jinks-Robertson,
Marshall Duke, Gordon Newby, Dalia Judovitz, Vaidy Sunderam and
Richard Rubinson. Libraries Director Joan Gotwals and nursing Dean
Marla Salmon also will sit on the committee, as well as one trustee
yet to be named, Hunter said.
Hunter also said that, in accordance with the recommendations from
the Strategic Planning Committee for Arts and Sciences, he has reconstituted
the Council of Arts and Sciences—consisting of the provost
and the deans of both the college and graduate school. Finally,
Hunter touched on the ongoing budget equilibrium project and said
he has putting together a faculty consultative group to advise him
and “ensure that full attention is paid to core academic priorities.”
Branch then briefed the council on a summer undertaking, prompted
by the spring discussion about employee benefits, to gain greater
faculty representation on and communication with the Board of Trustees
(BOT). A group representing Faculty Council, Emory College and the
graduate school made a three-part request to the board, to which
Branch said BOT Chair Ben Johnson has responded positively. The
three parts include:
• having faculty appointed as full voting members to all main
• holding a regular forum at which faculty and trustees can
• ensuring faculty participation in all major searches.
Branch said he would keep the council updated on progress in these
In committee reports, Frank Vandall said the Carter Center liaison
committee has secured a commitment from President Jimmy Carter to
speak to faculty in March 2003. The form of this event—whether
it will be a larger, town hall-style gathering or whether Carter
will speak at a regular Faculty Council meeting—has yet to
Representing the faculty life course committee, Nanette Wenger said
the group’s main project at the moment is to secure permanent
funding for the Emeritus College, which is in the second year of
its two-year pilot status. Wenger listed a number of accomplishments
made by Emeritus College and its director, Eugene Bianchi, and Hunter
said, unless a compelling case is made against the project, he plans
to grant the college’s request for full funding over the next
Cy Wilcox of the University Research Committee announced the latest
round of winners for the committee’s research grants, and
he said the URC is expanding its Levy Research Awards program to
include distinctions for each of the disciplines represented in
the URC: biological and health sciences, humanities, social sciences,
math and natural sciences, and visual and performing arts.
The Levy Awards, Wilcox explained, are supported by an endowment
that provides monetary awards specifically for research in the sciences.
The expanded program in non-science fields would not carry monetary
awards at first, he added, but once the additional awards are established,
the URC plans to work with University development offices to secure
an endowment for them, as well.
In his remarks, President Bill Chace announced that John Temple,
executive vice president and chief operating officer, will retire
at the end of the academic year (see
story). Chace said a search committee has been
appointed in hopes of identifying Temple’s successor in early
In closing, Chace urged the council to charge a committee with exploring
the possibility of establishing an electronic forum for discussion
and communication—much like what Emory students have done
with LearnLink. Branch asked anyone interested in such an undertaking
to contact him.
The next Faculty Council meeting will be held Oct. 22 at 3:15 p.m.
in 400 Administration.
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