Emory Report
April 28, 2008
Volume 60, Number 29


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April 28, 2008
University governance roundup

By Leslie King

Employee Council holds election; learns about Grady link
Louis W. Sullivan, founding dean and first president of the Morehouse School of Medicine, was guest speaker at the Employee Council’s April 16 meeting.

New officers elected for 2008-09 are president-elect Nina Long, a LAN engineer in the School of Medicine’s Office of Information Technology Services; secretary-elect Yaffa Adiri, senior research specialist in the infections diseases division of the School of Medicine; and treasurer Margaret T. Murray, a business manager in the Department of Pediatrics.

Matt W. Engelhardt, senior director of development operations in Health Sciences Development, steps up to president.

Outgoing president Iruka Ndubuizu urged everyone to attend Staff Fest on May 16, where there will be hourly drawings at the council booth for dining at area restaurants.

Edith Murphree, vice president for finance, will be the speaker at the next meeting May 21 at Lullwater Estate.

Faculty Council discusses equity in hiring report, other issues
The University budget and strategic plan initiatives dominated the Faculty Council meeting April 22. President-elect Steven Culler said Provost Earl Lewis talked in-depth about how the initiatives would fit into this year’s budget.

“There were a variety of good comments” from council members about the equity in hiring report presented by Claire Sterk, senior vice provost for academic affairs and faculty development, about what other universities have done in terms of inclusion and what changes might need to be considered, Culler said.

A pilot study for a potential faculty club looked at 17 other universities’ approach. Culler said the general feeling is that one is needed if Emory is going to be a destination university. He expects a committee to be formed to investigate the possibility of some dedicated space on campus.

Council members were also urged to nominate members for a pool of people to serve as faculty counselors on Board of Trustees committees.

Recycling, mental health on University Senate agenda
The Senate, which meets April 29, is expected to hear an update on its recycling initiative, the main project for this year.

Steven Culler, who is also president-elect of the senate, said a physician from the counseling center will also make a presentation on mental health.

Fred Sanfilippo will talk about what he’s learned since taking over his position as CEO of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center and executive vice president for health affairs.

Culler said Tim Downes, athletic director, is also expected to make a presentation.

Senate members recently received “a very thoughtful and thorough research report addressing perceptions of policy and programming needs for Emory’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community,” according to Nadine Kaslow, Senate president.

The report is from the President’s Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender Concerns.