President John Snarey convened the years first
University Senate meeting Sept. 23 in the Woodruff Librarys
Jones Room by welcoming the new senators and inviting them to join
one of the bodys standing committees.
Snarey then used a PowerPoint presentation to introduce his theme
for the 200304 year: Strengthening Shared Governance.
Citing the Association of American University Professors, he said
shared governance is a necessary condition of academic
freedom, and that his two concrete goals were to obtain greater
transparency and consultation from the administration on decision-making,
and working to build effective partnerships with the Board of Trustees.
After approval of minutes from the final meeting of 200203,
University Secretary Gary Hauk reported on Senate recommendations
from last year. The Senates drug-testing recommendation was
declined by former President Bill Chace, and suggested revisions
to the Senate bylaws were approved by the BOT. Trustees chair Ben
Johnson is discussing ways to appoint faculty to nonvoting positions
on the boards major committees, Hauk said.
Mike Mandl, executive vice president for finance and administration,
introduced himself to the Senate. As hes begun his job at
Emory over the past three months, Mandl said one theme that has
emerged from his conversations is the need to recognize the primacy
of Emorys academic enterprise. He added that one goal is to
make more transparent the Universitys financial reporting
processes, saying this would both ease decision-making and enable
groups to look at Emorys entire budget rather than only sections.
President Jim Wagner made his first appearance before the Senate,
urging the body to grab opportunities for leadership. He encouraged
the group to pick a small number of issues, perhaps only one or
two, to push throughout the year. Wagner added that, in his short
time as Emory president, he has been surprised by a culture that
is somewhat lacking in communication; one reason for this, he suggested,
could be an overattention to structure, and Wagner said he would
like Emory to be unstructured in communication but very structured
Wagner also said the recently formed search advisory committee for
the provost position was due to meet for the first time on Oct.
2, and he urged senators to read and comment on the proposed vision
statement that is linked from the internal home page (www.admin.emory.edu/Vision/).
The Senate then heard reports from its standing committees about
their plans for the upcoming year:
Nancy Bayly said the group will focus on helping to enhance Emory
Village, forming a sculpture/public art subcommittee, recruiting
student members and helping update the Campus Master Plan.
Fringe Benefits: Sid Stein said the committee is working
with Human Resources to offer supplementary disability insurance
and also plans to revisit 2002s reductions of fringe benefits
Library Policy: Steve Strange congratulated Linda Matthews
on being appointed vice provost and director of University Libraries,
and said the committee will examine issues of library budgeting,
storage, network access and security, circulation, and alternate
uses for Woodruff Librarys first floor now that periodicals
have been moved to Candler Librarys Matheson Reading Room.
Parking and Transportation:
Lynn Magee said the group hopes to place route schedules next to
shuttle stops on campus, review its membership guidelines and develop
a mission statement.
Ruth Pagell said this committee will investigate starting a library
athletic program to help Emory student-athletes when they
must travel to events, and it will continue to examine issues of
financial aid and gender equity.
Environment: Tim Bryson said the committee hopes to formalize
its new relationship with Facilities Management in light of the
appointment of John Wegner as Emorys first campus environmental
officer, as well as help prepare a University energy policy and
Mark McLeod said the group will continue to focus on mental health
needs of Emory students.
Senate President-elect Sharon Strocchia now chairs the ad hoc committee
charged with examining Emorys drug-testing policy, and she
said Wagner has been open to continuing last years discussion
about this policy. Strocchia said the committee hopes to have a
recommendation to bring before the Senate in the October meeting.
After approval of 200304 committee rosters, Snarey adjourned
the meeting. The University Senate will next meet at 3:15 p.m. on
Oct. 28 in the Jones Room.
If you have a question or concern for University Senate, e-mail
President John Snarey at email@example.com.