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Faculty Senate March 2013 meeting overview

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The Faculty Senate met in regular session March 6 at in Chao Auditorium. Chair Joe Steffen opened the meeting.

The meeting was informational in nature; the senate did not take action.

Report Highlights

Bill Pierce, executive vice president for research and innovation: The Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation has spent two years analyzing everything it does with the help of consultants from Excelcor, the consulting firm that is helping UofL with the 21st Century Initiative. Based on the findings, the office changed the number of direct reports to the executive vice president so that  the EVPRI can focus more on strategy than day-to-day operating details; hired an associate vice president for technology and commercialization, who primarily will work at Nucleus and focus on business development and technology transfer; and hired  an individual to focus on grants administration. Pierce said he is waiting for outcomes from the 21st Century Initiative before proceeding with further changes.

President James Ramsey: A bill that gives public universities the ability to make their own bonds did pass the General Assembly and Gov. Steve Beshear signed it into law. The bill was project specific and UofL’s project is renovation of the Student Activities Center.

Vice President for Finance Mike Curtin has the FY 2013-14 budget ready to present to campus groups. There will be two campus tuition forums and a campuswide budget forum (dates TBD). The Council on Postsecondary Education has not set its budget parameters for public universities, but Ramsey said he hopes to wrap up the budget as much as possible while all faculty, staff and students are on campus so they can give feedback. The budget goes to the Board of Trustees finance committee in May and to the full board in June.

Tracy Eells, vice provost: Eells reported for Provost Shirley Willihnganz who was out sick and unable to attend. Dean searches are in various states. Craig Blakely starts as dean of Public Health on April 1. A College of Business dean candidate was to be forwarded to the Board of Trustees for a decision on March 7. (The board approved the appointment of Carolyn Callahan.)  The committee is being formed for A&S and a search will begin in earnest in the fall. The Dean of Medicine search is well on its way with eight to 12 candidates being brought in for “airport” interviews. Deans Marcia Hern (Nursing), John Sauk (Dentistry) and Terry Singer (Social Work) had their five-year reviews and the board approved their reappointments. Reviews are under way for Music Dean Christopher Doane and IT Vice President Priscilla Hancock.

Melissa Shuter: Shuter told the senators about the Pathways Women’s Leadership Conference that will take place May 17 on Shelby Campus. It is open to faculty and staff at UofL.

Joe Steffen, chair: Work on determining whether a robust summer session is a viable option for UofL students and faculty continues. Steffen had surveyed A&S faculty for their feedback and a student survey is going out soon.

The Faculty Senate is part of UofL’s shared governance system, which also includes the Staff Senate and the Student Government Association. Senators are elected by their peers. The senate will meet again Wednesday, March 6.

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