Executive Council

Membership and term in office:

As specified in the constitution and by-laws of the Senate: “The Executive Council shall consist of the President of the University, ex officio; the Provost of the University, ex officio; the immediate Past Chair of the Senate; the Chair of the Senate; the Chair-Elect of the Senate; seven at-large members elected from the Senate who serve for a [staggered] three-year term; and the chairs of the standing committees of the Senate.”


The Executive Council, as specified in the Constitution, has the responsibility for determining and publishing the number of Senate seats to which each school is entitled, setting the agenda for the meetings of the Senate, appointing members and chairs of standing and ad hoc committees, and acting on behalf of the Senate when there is a need for prompt action.

The Executive Council’s activities are central to making the Faculty Senate a substantial partner in University planning. Each spring the Council will organize a meeting to consider major institutional issues and will select a few for consideration by the Senate in the following academic year. Prior to the beginning of each academic year, the Council will meet with the President and Provost to review emerging institutional planning issues and to discuss priorities for the agenda in the year ahead. The Council will report on and/or propose to the Senate action on matters of university planning that affect the academic, physical, and aesthetic resources, issues, and policies of the University. The Council will serve as the coordinator for the Senate’s role in the implementation of the University’s Self-Study and will similarly review the implementation of recommendations of other standing and ad hoc committees. The Council will advise and consult with the President on matters pertaining to the University’s relationship to the Commonwealth and other external bodies. As necessary the Council will appoint ad hoc or standing committees to assist in the performance of its duties. The Council or a subcommittee will annually offer suggestions for nominations to the Board of Visitors.

Members (2015-2016)

Name Title Term Ends School Phone
Nina Solenski Chair, Associate Professor of Neurology (elected to 2016) 2018 Medicine 924-2783
Joe Garofalo Immediate Past Chair
Associate Professor and Co-Director, Center for Technology and Teacher Education
2016 Curry School of Education 924-0845
Margaret Riley Chair-elect; Co-Chair, Policy Committee
Professor of Law, General Faculty
2018 Law 924-4671
Stephen Arata Co-Chair, Policy Committee
Professor of English, Arts and Sciences
2017 Arts & Sciences 924-6670
Rasheed Balogun Chair, Faculty Recruitment, Retention, Retirement, & Welfare Committee
Professor of Medicine
2017 Medicine 924-5125
Silvia Blemker Co-Chair, Research, Teaching, and Scholarship Committee
Associate Professor
2018 Engineering & Applied Science 924-6291
Rae Blumberg Co-Chair, Planning Committee
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology
2016 Arts & Sciences 924-6527
George Cohen Chair, Academic Affairs Committee
Brokaw Professor of Corporate Law
2018 Law 924-3814
Jeffrey Corwin Co-Chair, Research, Teaching and Scholarship Committee
Professor (elected to 2017)
2017 Medicine 924-8364
Kathryn Laughon Associate Professor(elected to 2016) 2019 Nursing 924-1985
George Mentore Associate Professor of Anthropology (elected to 2017) 2017 Arts & Sciences 924-7038
Tom Nachbar Chair, Grievance CommitteeProfessor 2016 Law 924-7588
Wendy Novicoff Chair, Collaboration, Communication, and Engagement (CCE) CommitteeAssociate Professor 2018 Medicine 243-5653
Steve Patek Associate Professor, Systems and Information Engineering (elected to 2017) 2017 Engineering & Applied Science 982-2052
Rob Patterson Assistant Professor, General FacultyChair, Finance Committee 2018 Commerce 924-6169
Jennifer Stertzer Chair, General Faculty CouncilAssociate Editor, The Papers of George Washington 2016 Arts and Sciences 924-0523
Alfred (Alf) Weaver Professor of Computer Science (elected to 2016) 2018 Engineering & Applied Science 982-2201
Gweneth West Co-Chair, Planning Committee

Professor, Head of Costume Design,

Drama Department

2019 Arts & Sciences 924-8965
Michiko Wilson Professor (elected to 2017) 2017 Arts & Sciences 924-4642