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.”

Functions

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 (2016-2017)

Last First Title School Membership
Riley Margaret Professor, General Faculty School of Law Chair, Faculty Senate
Weaver Alfred Professor School of Engineering and Applied Science Chair-Elect, Faculty Senate
Solenski Nina Associate Professor of Neurology School of Medicine Immediate Past Chair, Faculty Senate
Arata Stephen Professor and Chair College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Committee Chair, Policy
Balogun Rasheed Associate Professor School of Medicine Committee Chair, FRRRW
Blemker Silvia Associate Professor School of Engineering and Applied Science Committee Chair, RTS
Cohen George Brokaw Professor of Corporate School of Law School of Law Committee Chair, Academic Affairs
Novicoff Wendy Associate Professor School of Medicine Committee Chair, CCE
Patterson Robert Associate Professor McIntire School of Commerce Committee Chair, Finance
Thornton Kathy Professor School of Engineering and Applied Science Committee Chair, Grievance
Brunjes Peter Commonwealth Professor of Psychology College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences At-Large Representative (until 2019)
Corwin Jeffrey Professor of Neuroscience School of Medicine At-Large Representative (until 2017)
Davidson Martin Johnson and Higgins Professor of Business Administration Darden School of Business At-Large Representative (until 2019)
Heinecke Walt Associate Professor of Education Curry School of Education At-Large Representative (until 2019)
Mentore George Associate Professor College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences At-Large Representative (until 2017)
Patek Stephen Associate Professor School of Engineering and Applied Science At-Large Representative (until 2017)
Wilson Michiko Professor College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences At-Large Representative (until 2017)
Sullivan Teresa President n/a Ex-Officio
Katsouleas Thomas Executive Vice President and Provost n/a  Ex-Officio
Alexander John Chair, General Faculty Council n/a  Ex-Officio