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Staff Senate History

In July of 1974, upon the recommendation of a University-wide governance committee composed of administrators, faculty, and staff, the Staff Senate of the University of Louisville was formed and met for the first time. THE REDBOOK Chapter 5.

In July of 1975, the Chair of the Staff Senate was invited to sit at all meetings of the Board of Trustees of the University, both open and closed.

In October of 1977, the Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution supporting staff representation on the Board of Trustees of the University of Louisville.

In January of 1978, the Board of Trustees adopted the revised version of the University Redbook which gave full credence to the University of Louisville staff as a partner in the governance process of the University.

In March of 1980, the Kentucky General Assembly passed legislation (House Bill 412 now included in KRS 164.820) giving the staff official representation on the University of Louisville Board of Trustees.

In May of 1980, the Staff Senate Chair, Carolyn Cochran, became the first voting staff member of a state University Board of Trustees.

In May of 1983, with the direction of the Plans and Policies Committee and the Staff Senate Chair, Robert Cochran, the first edition of the Staff Senate Fact Book was published and distributed.

In October of 1983, the Staff Senate began distribution of the Staff Senate Minutes to all staff. The Minutes were replaced by the Staff Senate Highlights in October, 1984, to provide a more timely and concise communication to the staff.

During the next twelve years, the Redbook, Article 5.7.1. and KRS 164.20 allowed the Staff Senate to responsibly and faithfully administer, review, and make recommendations on policies and objectives affecting the needs, concerns, and interests of all staff while representing staff in all aspects of University governance.

In January of 1995, the Board of Trustees recognized the need to establish a direct line of communication with representatives from the Staff Senate and charged them to craft a document that outlined staff issues and concerns and included possible solutions. The document crafted became the Improving Staff Morale Document (ISMD) which provided an opportunity for the Board of Trustees to do just that; help the Senate improve staff morale. The document lists 29 recommendations focusing in the areas of compensation, human resources, retirement, staff development/recognition, and tuition remission.

The elected Chairs of the Staff Senate and their term(s) of office:

1974-1975 Kenneth A. Lindsey
1975-1976 Kenneth A. Lindsey
1976-1977 Donald L. Belcher
1977-1978 Donald L. Belcher
1978-1979 Carolyn S. Cochran
1979-1980 Carolyn S. Cochran
1980-1981 Alan J. Sturtz
1981-1982 Carolyn S. Cochran
1982-1983 Robert L. Cochran
1983-1984 Robert L. Cochran
1984-1985 Patricia S. Terrell
1985-1986 Patricia S. Terrell
1986-1987 Jo Clark
1987-1988 Jo Clark
1988-1989 Michael Byrne
1989-1990 Michael Byrne
1990-1991 Ed Laster
1991-1992 Jenny Madden
1992-1993 Jenny Madden
1993-1994 Susan Barber
1994-1995 Susan Rhodes
1995-1996 Matt Landrus
1996-1997 Matt Landrus
1997-1998 Connie Braden
1998-1999 Connie Braden
1999-2000 Melissa Long Shuter
2000-2001 Melissa Long Shuter
2001-2002 Melissa Long Shuter
2002-2003 Virginia C. Brown
2003-2004 Virginia C. Brown
2004-2005 Bill Forman
2005-2006 Bill Forman
2006-2007 Beverly M. Daly
2007-2008 Brent Fryrear
2008-2009 Brent Fryrear

2009-2010 Brent Fryrear

2010-2011 Brent Fryrear

2011-2012 David James

2012-2013 Dhiane Bradley



As of 2011, the Vice President for Human Resources (VPHR) has been delegated the responsibility and authority to act as the President's liaison to the Staff Senate and to act for the President, as appropriate, in day-to-day management of operations and communications with the Staff Senate.

The Vice President for Human Resources (VPHR) and the Vice President for Business Affairs (VPBA) regularly attend and make report to monthly Staff Senate meeting.  

In addition, each of the Senate standing committees may communicate with University offices when appropriate while working on their particular projects. 

Further, the Staff Senate is one of the constituency review groups in the University's Strategic Planning effort.


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