Faculty Senate seeks seat on board
By Carol Wood
last time Faculty
Senate Chairman Michael J. Smith attended a board meeting,
he surprised members with an eloquent argument supporting a tuition
On Saturday, Smith again did the unexpected when he asked the
board to consider adding a non-voting faculty member to its ranks.
on the faculty would love to
participate, discuss and perhaps
influence your thinking on the vital issues facing this institution,
he said, adding that they were neither demanding nor legislating
such a move, but simply asking.
a professor of politics, said he was appealing to the boards
sense of community and shared governance when he suggested this
addition. A faculty member experienced in the ways of the University
could be a great resource to the board, he said.
can help to fill out your view of whats really going on
out there in Faculty Land, and, Im convinced, deepen your
understanding of the hopes and concerns of the people who make
a university what it is its faculty and its students.
said he hopes that over the years the Faculty Senate has proven
it could work well with the board and the administration. Throughout
that time, senate members also have avoided posturing and
point-scoring for their own sake satisfying as this sometimes
can be, he said. We all care too much about this place
to drive a needless confrontation.
his closing, Smith suggested that together, the board and the
faculty could do a better job promoting the advancement of the
University community and asked the board to give the Faculty Senates
request serious thought.
could have heard a pin drop.
was quick to break the momentary quiet with a humorous, Ive
stunned you into silence! Laughter ensued, but discussion
would have to wait for another day.