The Executive Council of the Faculty Senate AND The Research and Scholarship Committee of the Faculty Senate
Present: Robert E. Davis, Marcia Childress, Michael Smith, Robert J. Davis, Pamela Kulbok, Daniel Hallahan, Stephen Wilson, Rebecca Kneedler, Claire Cronmiller, Robert O'Connell, Robert Grainger, Larry Bouchard, Donal Day, Michael Fowler, Arlene Keeling, Houston Wood
Guest: Robert Sweeney, Senior Vice President for Development and Public Affairs
Robert E. Davis, Chair of the Faculty Senate, called the meeting to order. Mr. Davis gave welcoming remarks and an overview of the agenda. Introductions were made.
Robert O'Connell, Chair of the Research and Scholarship Committee
Mr. O'Connell opened the discussion with an overview of the initiatives the Committee is working on this year - faculty development, faculty recruitment and retention, and support for faculty research. He asked Mr. Sweeney what programs and/or faculty initiatives are being planned in the Capital Campaign in regard to these areas. Mr. O'Connell also asked how the Faculty Senate could be involved in setting these priorities.
Robert Sweeney, Senior Vice President for Development and Public Affairs
Mr. Sweeney started his discussion by citing some figures:
These figures represent the $1.43 billion that the University raised in the last capital campaign, $3 billion is the goal for this capital campaign, $1,027,045 is the amount the University needs to raise each day, 2,921 consecutive days to reach this goal. $370 million is the amount the University currently has raised. The Campaign will officially kick off on January 1, 2004, and run through December 31, 2011.
To accomplish the University's goals for the future, the University will need to undergo a change in governance with the State, create a more market-driven tuition, and create a private model for philanthropy. Mr. Sweeney said that faculty can help the administration to have the will to make the decisions necessary to be a great university. Mr. Sweeney spoke about unit-based projects that are planned to take place - the South Lawn Project, a major commitment to the arts, i.e., the Performing Arts Center, the role of athletics, the Back to the Lawn Project (Commerce School), rebuilding of the Curry School of Education, and new building facilities for the Architecture School.
The Pan-University's priorities include graduate fellowships ($10 million per year in additional support), greater involvement in undergraduate research, building the best integrated ethics program in the world, increasing science and technology initiatives, creating a new Shannon Center concept, bringing in academy-level new faculty, and putting a greater emphasis on quality of life of junior faculty. Mr. Sweeney commented that the University has to have a commitment of ownership from the deans in order for the University's priorities to work. The role of the faculty in creating this "new" University should include identifying crucial relationships/contacts with powerful people, knowing of the Campaign's goals, creating new alumni relations strategies, establishing a relationship with their school-based development officers, and envisioning a theme-based, rather than a school-based funding model.
Robert O'Connell asked what the Senate can be doing short and long term to advance these goals. It was decided that a small development committee of the Faculty Senate would be created. In addition, Mr. Sweeney agreed to develop a more routine system of scheduled reports to the Senate as the Capital Campaign goes forward.
Robert E. Davis, Chair of the Faculty Senate
Richard Warner, Co-Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, was unable to attend the meeting. Mr. Davis gave a brief report on the work of the Academic Affairs Committee. He reported on a new program that has come before the Academic Affairs Committee for approval, a joint degree program between the Department of Architectural History and the Department of Art History. The approval process has experienced some unusual circumstances, which will be addressed. The program approval will come before the Executive Council, and then the full Senate at the January 20th Faculty Senate meeting.
Mr. Davis spoke briefly to the group regarding the University's Benefits Committee. The Senate needs a representative on this Committee, Mr. Davis said. Mr. Davis is working with Gene Block, Vice President and Provost, in this regard. Michael Smith suggested that talking with Leonard Sandridge, Executive Vice President, could be beneficial. Mr. Smith agreed to write a letter to Mr. Sandridge.
The meeting adjourned at 1:40 p.m.
Submitted by Robert J. Davis, Secretary of the Faculty Senate