February 7, 2003

MEMBERS PRESENT:  Barone, Borisovets, Cotter, DeRosa, Hirsh, Rabinowitz (Vice Chair), Panayotatos (Chair), Scott, Swalagin (Executive Secretary)

EXCUSED:  Manhoff, Rijhsinghani

ALSO ATTENDING:  T. Cooper (Student Affairs Committee Co-chair), Kauffman (New Brunswick Faculty Liaison), McCormick (Administrative Liaison), Szatrowski (Budget and Finance Committee Chair), Walker-Andrews (Faculty BOG Representative), Wozniak (Faculty BOG Representative)

The regular meeting of the University Senate Executive Committee was held on Friday, February 7, 2003 at 1:10 p.m. in the President’s Dining Room, Brower Commons, College Avenue Campus.

1. Chairperson’s Report

Chairperson Panayotatos called the meeting to order, and asked that the agenda be reordered to place “New Business” immediately after the Administrative Report.  The committee agreed to the change.  He then updated the committee on actions and processes underway regarding the proposed restructuring of higher education in New Jersey, including formation of, and solicitation of nominations for, the advisory committee and working groups at Rutgers.  He said that charges on this issue had been sent to Senate committee chairs via e-mail.  Chairperson Panayotatos then moved to the Administrative Report.

2. Administrative Report

President McCormick delivered the administrative report, which included comments on:  the budget, primarily the impact of recently announced cuts in state funding, efforts to manage and prevent the cuts, priorities in distributing budget reductions, and the need to mobilize every possible resource to speak out against the reductions; ongoing activities related to the proposed restructuring of higher education in New Jersey; and planning for organizational changes in Rutgers’ central administration.

3. New Business

Chairperson Panayotatos led a discussion of planning a Senate response to the impending budget cuts, and distributed a list of “First-Draft Ideas on Response to Budget Issues” to the committee.  He said that the New Brunswick Faculty Council Executive Cabinet (NBFCEC) had met that morning, and had discussed the issue.  He shared with the Executive Committee the basic points raised during the NBFCEC discussion, and used it as a foundation for consideration of a Senate response.  The committee agreed that a Senate response to the budget reduction would be drafted and circulated via e-mail through the Executive Committee for approval and placement as an action item on the University Senate’s February 21, 2003 agenda.

4. Secretary's Report

Minutes:  The Minutes of the January 17, 2003 Executive Committee meeting were approved, with the following change:  Under “New Business,” the words “Big Ten” were deleted in the first sentence of the second paragraph.
5. Standing Committee Actions, Reports and Charges

6. Senate Meeting Agenda

The following items were docketed for the January 24, 2003 meeting agenda:

7. Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 3:12 p.m. by Chairperson Panayotatos.

Kenneth Swalagin
Executive Secretary of the Senate