University Council Minutes

September 20, 1999

Present: Landrum Cross, Peter Eyre, Eileen Hitchingham, Jennie Reilly, Janet Johnson, Max Stephenson (for Paul Knox), Peggy Meszaros, Carole Nickerson, Len Peters, Minnis Ridenour, Mode Johnson (for Ray Smoot), Rich Sorensen, Charles Steger, Bill Stephenson, Andy Swiger, Tom Tillar, Pat Hyer, Mitzi Vernon, Richard Veilleux (for Julia Beamish), Irene Leech, Terry Herdman, Sean Blackburn, Jay Sullivan, Richard Bambach, Kamal Rojiani, Paul Metz, Tim Pratt, John Hillison, Rebecca Crittenden, Sam Hicks, Pat Devens, Suzanne Murrmann, John Seiler, Rodney Gaines, Jovette Gadson, Pete Martens, Donna Cassell, Anita Haney, Aaron Hill, Delbert Jones, Kimberly DeGuise, Tomoya Ochinero, Shawn Breck, Drew Lichtenberger, Taj Mahon-Haft, Aaron McClung, Peter Zippelius

Absent: Bob Bates, Erv Blythe, Greg Brown, Ben Dixon, Paul Torgersen, Cindy Harrison, Skip Fuhrman, Deborah Mayo, Dan Connolly, John Randolph, Bernard Feldman, Benjamin Poe, Dan Palmer, Laurie Steneck

Guests: David Ford, Laurence D. Moore, Linda Price

  1. Adoption of Agenda

    A motion was made and seconded to adopt the agenda. The motion carried.

  2. Announcement of approval and posting of Council Minutes of May 3, 1999

    Dr. Meszaros noted that the minutes from the May 3, 1999, University Council meeting have been voted on and approved electronically. Once voted upon, University Council minutes can be publicly accessed on the Governance Information System on the WEB. (/)

  3. Introductions

    Dr. Meszaros shared with members and guests that Dr. Torgersen is teaching his class today. Each person present introduced themselves.

  4. Council approved a packet of Commission minutes comprised of:

  5. For Information Only

    It was noted that the minutes of the University Advisory Council on Strategic Budgeting and Planning for May 6, 1999 and August 11, 1999, were distributed for information only.

  6. Announcements

    Reports from Commission Chairs

    Introduction of commission chairs and report from the chairs regarding their activities for the year.

    Administrative and Professional Faculty Affairs - Pat Hyer

    Classified Staff Affairs - Rich Sorensen reported on behalf of CCSA

    Faculty Affairs - Chair Mitzi Vernon

    Graduate Studies and Policies - Richard Veilleux reported for Chair Julia Beamish

    Outreach - Chair Irene Leech

    Research - Chair Terry Herdman

    Student Affairs - Chair Sean Blackburn

    Undergraduate Studies and Policies - Chair Jay Sullivan

    University Support - Carole Nickerson

    Provost Meszaros emphasized the importance of University Council and urged members to be present or have someone represent them with their proxy. It is important to have broad representation. Members were also encouraged to read the minutes to get a sense of the business of the university and to come to University Council prepared. Attention to quorum is important.

    Provost Meszaros shared that the accomplishments report is being prepared and feels we will be exceedingly proud of the targets reached and exceeded on every front from the quality of the student body brought to the University to the success of students measured through retention and graduation rates, awards to student and faculty, curriculum emphasis we have had, success of students moving on to a career, graduate school, etc. Research rankings moved to the 44th place in the NSF rankings. We will be the leading outreach university. International dimension: we have increased the number of undergraduate international students coming to the University, graduates remain constant, study abroad program has escalated. We are infusing this campus with a global view of the world. It is essential that students have this global perspective. We are a world leader in technology. Cross Cutting Initiatives: these are helping us position this University in a way that we will be known for our world class strengths and we will have a collaborative effort on campus that involves as many departments and faculty and colleges in these seven areas as wish to be involved. There have been case statements and gap analyses, with this year being the investment year. Each of the Cross-Cutting Initiatives did identify those recommendations for investments. We have made those investments and those committees are carrying out their work. The new Cross-Cutting Initiative material will soon be in colleges and departments. All of these pieces make up the academic agenda. We have achieved mightily this year. The accomplishment report will be out in early October. Plans for the year will be included.

    Carole Nickerson gave an overview of the workshop to follow today's University Council meeting. The workshop is for those new to the University Governance System, but anyone who would like to attend is welcome. The workshop includes a historical review by Larry D. Moore, how to write effective resolutions by Pat Hyer, and minutes preparation by Sandy Smith.

    Provost Meszaros noted that the two most important things facing us as a University are access and diversity. Access in the way we portray ourselves and our access ability -- diversity in both faculty and student body, as well as in intellectual thought. Provost Meszaros urged Commissions to keep these two topics before us as we conduct business throughout the year.

    Dr. Meszaros adjourned the meeting at 3:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Carole Nickerson
Executive Assistant to the President

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