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Rebecca Kneedler called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. in
Room 200 at Ruffner Hall. In attendance were Susan McKinnon, Sharon
Utz, Jahan Ramazani, Michael Williams, Miles Townsend and Patricia
Werhane. Guests were Peter Low, Vice President and Provost, and
Muriel Poston, ACE Fellow.
The Executive Council discussed a draft policy on posthumous
degrees, and what language should be used in the policy. The
language for the policy was first drafted in 1996 by the Acadmeic
Affairs Committee, whith help from Peter Low and William Harmon, Vice
President for Student Affairs. There was some slight changes in the
wording of the draft, and the Executive Council voted unanimously to
approve the revised policy.
Rebecca Kneedler said she had received a letter from Nelson
Lichtenstein, Professor of History, asking for Ms. Kneedler, as Chair
of the Faculty Senate, to endorse a conference on workers rights,
being held at UVa. in late February. The Council decided that, both
as a general policy and in this particular case, it is not
appropriate for the Faculty Senate or the Executive Committee to
endorse events sush as conferences.
Ms. Kneedler informed the Executive Council that Diane Snustad
has resigned from the Academic Affairs Committee. The Academic
Affairs Committee and Ms. Snustad have recommended David Benjamin as
her replacement. A vote was called, and David Benjamin was
The Continuing Education Task Force report was distributed.
The document was briefly discussed.
There was a brief discussion on how the Council could be of
help to the administration in legislative monitoring. There was
also some discussion on the ongoing issue of faculty diversity and
The meeting adjourned at 10:40 a.m.
Submitted by Susan McKinnon, Secretary to the Faculty