November 28, 2005
is key to moving council forward
Partnership was the theme of the latest Employee Council
meeting, held Wednesday, Nov. 16, in
Gambrell Hall’s Agnor Room.
Strategic plan co-chair Woody Woodworth reviewed a
meeting he and council President Louis Burton had with Mike Mandl,
president for finance and administration.
Woodworth said Mandl was intrigued by the council’s creation of four working
groups (leadership; community and work/life balance; internal advancement and
training; and benefits), which came out of its own strategic planning process.
Woodworth said Mandl appreciated the council’s
offer to make these working groups available for consultation, and
Mandl offered the council some advice
in moving forward.
“He emphasized that success will depend on working with University leadership
and seeking out individuals across campus with whom to work in partnership,” Woodworth
The council hosted three guests. In response to several
questions, University Senate President Michael Rogers discussed benefits
(such as the addition
of a paid holiday in December); how the endowment is doing (Emory is diversifying
its portfolio; it has a lot of Coca-Cola stock, but that stock comes with restrictions);
and how much the Senate contributed to the newly revised Campus Master Plan
(the Senate offered some feedback but didn’t form a committee specifically
to address it).
Other guests included Vice President for Information
Technology and Chief Information Officer Rich Mendola, who gave a
outlining new campus
wide efforts in information technology. Quinton Ellsworth, director of internal
audit, introduced the council to the Emory Trust Line, a confidential hotline
employees may use anonymously to report suspected financial misconduct. Ellsworth
clarified that the trust line is specifically on financial matters. For issues
such as discrimination, he said, staff should contact Human Resources or the
Office of Equal Opportunity Programs.
Membership chair Laurie Asherman asked council members
to begin considering officer nominations for the 2006–07 academic
year. Special issues chair Ron Gatlin announced that council member
Kathleen Brennan had joined the Senate’s
parking and transportation committee. Communications chair Katherine Hinson
said the council website is being revamped with a launch goal of
Burton said a new council pamphlet has been reviewed
by the executive committee and soon will be released to the full
council for comment.
The most significant
change is the removal of council members’ names. This was done so that
the pamphlet would not have to be updated as frequently, since membership changes
each year. Council members’ names instead will be listed on the website.
The next Employee Council meeting will be held Wednesday,
Dec. 21, at noon in the Jones Room of Woodruff Library. Guests will
President Jim Wagner
and new Vice President for Human Resources Peter Barnes, who will be making
first appearance before the council.
If you have a question or comment for Employee Council,
send e-mail to President Louis Burton at email@example.com.