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Staff Senate meeting overview: September 2012

by UofL Today last modified Sep 17, 2012 02:09 PM

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

The full body met in regular session Sept. 10 at the Founders Union Building on Shelby Campus after its annual retreat. Chair Dhiane Bradley presided. This is what happened:

Action items:

Senators approved senate committee and university wide committee appointments. The most up-to-date list of appointments is at  

Reports to the Senate

Sam Connally, vice president for human resources: Connally reported via live video stream from Boston that Human Resources is trying to tackle a projected $2.1 million deficit for the 2012–2013 fiscal year using several strategies:  

  • The university already has adopted a prescription drug management strategy that is expected to save $500,000–$600,000 this fiscal year.
  • UofL has rebid the health care related contracts. Those included COBRA direct billing, flexible spending, disease management, health management and health insurance. Some of the Request for Proposals still are under review. He said the university will remain with United Health Care for health insurance next year but will rebid the contract early in 2013.  

HR is examining all strategies to balance the health plan budget with the least impact possible. “We must be sensitive to employee impact,” Connally said.

Connally also reported that UofL has received approval for a pilot for a Community Service Leave Program. Under the pilot, employees could use one work day during this fiscal year to volunteer at any nonprofit community service organization, excluding those with political or religious affiliation. More information to come from HR.

Bob Staat, Faculty Senate liaison – Staat reported that the president and provost told faculty senators that a steering committee was being formed to review the goals under the 2020 Plan to determine if they needed to be revised. He also reported that he is working with University Advancement and selected members of the Board of Trustees to raise funds for a James R. Ramsey Endowed Chair in Business Economics within the College of Business. See the full September Faculty Senate recap here.

The Senate will meet again at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Health Sciences Center.


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