M I N U T E S
November 18, 2011
MEMBERS PRESENT: Barraco, Borisovets, Bubb, Gillett, Gould,
McKeever, Muse, Panayotatos (Chair), Paterno, Puhak, Yoon
MEMBERS EXCUSED: Thompson
(Faculty BOT Representative), Edwards (Administrative
Rabinowitz (Faculty BOG Representative),
Shapiro (New Brunswick Faculty Liaison)
The regular meeting of the University Senate Executive Committee was
Friday, November 18, 2011 at 1:10 p.m. in the Executive Board Room of
Administrative Services Building-III, Cook Campus.
Ken Swalagin, Executive Secretary of the University Senate, was unable
to attend this meeting. These Minutes were prepared by Swalagin from
notes provided by Senate Vice Chair Ann Gould.
1. Chairperson’s Report
Senate and Executive Committee Chairperson Paul Panayotatos called the
meeting to order at 1:10 p.m. He summarized some of the discussions of
that morning's meeting of the Ad Hoc Shared Governance Task Force
(AHSGTF), and reported on the current status of the Medical School
merger and the Presidential Search Committee activities.
2. Secretary’s Report - [Prepared by Ken Swalagin, Executive Secretary of the Senate, who was unable to attend this meeting.]
3. Administrative Liaison
President McCormick presented an administrative report, which included
comments on the higher education facilities bond issue, and the
merger with the medical school.
4. Standing Committees
Charge to Research, and Graduate and Professional Education Committee
submitted by RGPEC Co-chair Gayle Stein, on research infrastructure: A
charge proposed by RGPEC Co-chair Gayle Stein, on behalf of the RGPEC,
on Rutgers' research infrastructure, was discussed. Interim Executive
Vice President Edwards said that he is currently working on this issue,
and would welcome input from the RGPEC and Senate. The charge was
issued, with a March 2012 reporting deadline, as follows:
In preparation for the Rutgers/UMD merger, investigate the status of the
research support infrastructure at Rutgers, including instrumentation,
equipment, maintenance contracts, site licenses, and shared data
storage. Provide recommendations that have the potential to reduce
associated costs and enhance opportunities for information, equipment,
and instrumentation sharing. Provide recommendations about research data
security and academic and non-academic support services.
Potential Charge to University
Structure and Governance Committee on the size and composition of the
Senate, and effects of adding the medical school,
based on discussions in the Ad Hoc Shared Governance Task Force: The
issues of the size and composition of the Senate, as well as the
effects of the merger with the Medical School, were discussed in the
context of a potential charge on those matters to the University
Structure and Governance Committee, but no charge was issued.
5. University Senate Agenda
The December 9, 2011 Senate agenda was discussed. Noting that there
were no action items docketed for the December Senate meeting, Natalie
Borisovets proposed using some of the time that would have been
allocated to the Senate meeting for extended committee meetings and
caucuses, and that the Senate convene later. There was a suggestion
that the Senate convene at 2:45, but the Executive Committee postponed
making a decision until receiving input from Ken Swalagin. [Note:
Swalagin later informed the Executive Committee that there would also
be no administrative report at the December Senate meeting, so the
December 9 Senate activities were dedicated entirely to committee
meetings and caucus discussions.]
6. Old Business
There was no old business.
There was no new business.
The meeting adjourned at 2:00 p.m.
Minutes submitted by Ken Swalagin, Executive Secretary of the University Senate
and prepared from notes provided by -- and with thanks to --
Ann Gould, Vice Chair of the University Senate