CALL TO ORDER,
DETERMINATION OF A QUORUM, AND CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
Chairperson Panayotatos called the meeting to order at 1:16 p.m.
in the Multipurpose
Room of the Camden Campus Center, Camden Campus. He welcomed everyone
to the Camden Campus, and thanked and congratulated everyone on the
success of the campaign to defeat the recently proposed transfer of
Rutgers-Camden to Rowan University. He also thanked all who helped
achieve success with the recent higher-education bond referendum.
SECRETARY'S REPORT - Ken Swalagin, Executive Secretary of the
- Agenda: The meeting agenda was
amended to add an administrative report between the Camden Campus
report and reports of campus faculty liaisons, and was then approved.
- Minutes: The Minutes of the
October 19, 2012 Senate Meeting were approved as distributed
by the executive secretary.
Structure and Governance Committee (USGC) Response
to Charge S-1201 on Senate Size and Composition
- Peter Gillett and Jon Oliver, USGC Co-chairs
University Structure and Governance Committee Co-chairs Peter Gillett
and Jon Oliver presented the USGC response and recommendations on
Charge S-1201, on Senate Size and Composition. Gillett summarized the
report. The recommendations in the report included changes to Senate
bylaws and the Senate's enabling University Policies. In accordance
with established parliamentary procedure, the report was introduced and
discussed briefly at this meeting, but was not docketed for action
until the December 2012 Senate meeting.
to Amend Standing
Charge of the Budget and Finance Committee (BFC)
submitted by BFC Chair Menahem Spiegel - Menahem
Spiegel, BFC Chair
REPORTS OF REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS
OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES:
Budget and Finance Committee Chair Menahem Spiegel
summarized his committee's request to amend the BFC standing charge by
adding responsibility for presenting to the Senate an annual report on
the Rutgers budget. The amendment would constitute a change to Senate
bylaws by changing a committee's standing charge. In accordance
with established parliamentary procedure, the request was introduced
discussed briefly at this meeting, but was not docketed for action
until the December 2012 Senate meeting. The proposed amendment is
BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE
This Committee shall concern itself with all matters
related to budget priorities, allocations and general planning, as
provided in section 2.2.2. B of the University regulations. These
responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the
To select and study policy issues
associated with the University's budget, including priorities and
allocation of funds, and to develop recommendations to the Senate.
To evaluate the probable financial impact of proposed new programs
being considered by the Senate.
To receive, study, and make recommendations to the Senate, and through
it to the Board of Governors and Board of Trustees, with respect to
requests from members of the University community or others with a
legitimate interest regarding Rutgers University investments.
To consider, study, and make recommendations to the Senate, and through
it to the Board of Governors and Board of Trustees, with respect to any
investment policies of the University that may involve ethical and
moral principles as established by the Boards of Governors and Trustees.
To consider broad issues related to physical plant and infrastructure,
space, transportation, and safely on and among the three campuses.
Addition (exact language to be discussed at this Senate meeting):
Present to the Senate an annual report on the Rutgers University Budget.
Samuel Rabinowitz, Faculty Representative to the Board of
Governors, and Joseph Cashin, Student Representative to the Board of
Governors, reported that the Board of Governors had not met since the
previous Senate meeting, but would meet on the following Monday to act
on UMDNJ integration issues. Senator Martha Cotter, Faculty
Representative to the Board of Trustees, reported on the November 7, 2012
Board of Trustees meeting
at which the finances of the UMDNJ integration were discussed in closed
session, which excluded the student and faculty representatives to the
board. Paul Panayotatos noted that those representatives are also
excluded from the upcoming closed meeting of the Board of Governors..
CAMPUS FACULTY LIAISON REPORTS:
Samuel Rabinowitz, the first
chairperson of the newly created Camden Faculty Council, reported that
the council had been formed, had met and elected him chair, is working
on establishing its bylaws, and looks forward to deep and meaningful
meetings with Camden Chancellor Wendell Pritchett. Senator Daniel
O'Connor, chair of the New
Brunswick Faculty Council
reported on recent plans and activities of the New Brunswick Faculty
- Paul Panayotatos for President
President Barchi was excused from the meeting, but had sent to
Chairperson Panayotatos his written administrative report, which was
read by Panayotatos, and included comments on the following subjects:
- his thanks to all who helped pass the bond referendum;
- the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, its effects on Rutgers and the
State of New Jersey, his thanks to all who helped in dealing with the
storm emergency, and the beginning of a major review of Rutgers'
- the upcoming meeting of the Board of Governors and Board of
Trustees, at which there will be final discussion of the legal,
operational, and financial aspects of the higher education
restructuring legislation, followed by voting on the issue;
- the ongoing strategic planning process, including contracting
with Boston Consulting Group, and an anticpated interim report to the
boards and the Rutgers community in the spring; and
- searches for two chancellors' positions and a chief financial
- Camden Chancellor Wendell Pritchett
Camden Chancellor Wendell Pritchett presented a Camden Campus
Report. The report included comments on the following topics:
- his thanks to the University Senate for swift and effective
action in opposing the proposal to cede Rutgers Camden to Rowan
- encouraging all Senators to work on improving Senate attendance,
and his commitment to doing so himself;
- enrollment statistics;
- opening of a new student housing facility on Cooper Street;
- engagement in strategic planning for the Camden Campus;
- efforts to build programs in areas of strength;
- continued engagement with the City of Camden and the region;
- addition of new faculty and staff; and
- his thanks to the University Senate for its leadership.
Chancellor Pritchett then responded to questions, or heard comments, on
a variety of subjects, including:
- declining law school applications and admissions;
- the size of Camden's tenure-track faculty;
- potential competition from the new law school at Drexel
- how Rutgers-Camden recruits South Jersey and out-of-state
- facilities, public health, and sustainable practices on campus.
There was no old business.
There was no new
On motion, the meeting
adjourned at 2:33 p.m.
Minutes Written and Submitted by:
Executive Secretary of the University Senate