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Faculty Senate Overview November 2011

by UofL Today last modified Jan 04, 2012 11:17 AM

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 full body met in regular session Nov. 2 at the School of Dentistry.

Chair Bob Staat presided. This is what happened:


The senate had its first reading of School of Dentistry bylaw changes. A PDF is at

Reports to the Senate

Edward Halperin, dean, School of Medicine

Halperin’s talk on the proposed hospital merger was a follow-up to a presentation in September from President James Ramsey and David Dunn, executive vice president for health affairs. Halperin was unable to be at that meeting. Here are some of his points:

  • If merger doesn’t take place, trauma care, the James Graham Brown Cancer Center and indigent care are in jeopardy.
  • Merger is a national trend.
  • The Catholic Church will have no say on medical school curriculum content – no matter its form or where it is delivered.
  • In the issues of reproductive health care and end of life, the only thing that will change is tubal ligations that are scheduled to be performed after a Caesarian section delivery. The way in which those will change is in keeping with established practice. Patients will go to Baptist Hospital rather than University Hospital. UofL doctors have had practicing privileges at Baptist since 2001. That agreement recently was extended.
  • Doctors typically have admitting privileges at more than one hospital.
  • University Hospital will pay transportation costs to Baptist Hospital for indigent patients who cannot afford to get there on their own.

President James Ramsey

Here are some of his points:

  • Budget news from Frankfort is mixed good and bad. There is a surplus this year, but growth isn’t projected to continue at its current pace.
  • UofL wants to see the Big East conference be successful and is trying to do all it can to keep the Big East strong.
  • Charting Our Course campaign first quarter for fiscal year 2011-12 is not quite where he’d like it to be, but that should turn around if possible major gifts come through. Development and the president are looking for ways to maximize gifts through some sort of matching program similar to the Research Challenge Trust Fund (Bucks for Brains).
  • The hospital merger is awaiting Gov. Steve Beshear’s approval.

Shirley Willihnganz, executive vice president and university provost

Among her points:

  • Beth Boehm is moving to the post of vice provost for graduate affairs in light of Bill Pierce’s recent appointment to the post of executive vice president for research and innovation. She also is serving as interim dean for the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.
  • Other changes in her staff will be coming and she hopes to have them in place by the first of the year.
  • Students’ efforts to work with administration to implement a university-wide grading scale that gives them credit for earning an A+ has stalled because of various unit differences.
  • Their work has brought to light larger issues with the way UofL develops university-wide policies.
  • The provost is committed to a collegial system of governance in which all voices – faculty, student and administrators – are heard in such efforts.
  • She is looking for a system that will allow that to happen without bogging down from the complexity of the process.

The Senate will meet again Wednesday, Dec. 7 in Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library.

Prepared for the Faculty Senate by Janene Zaccone, internal communications manager.

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