UTMB Faculty Senate
Members Present: T. Albrecht, J. Alperin, C. Baker, C. Boodley, U. Budelmann, B. Camune, A. Cass, J. Gallagher, P. Gallagher, K. High, R. Johnson, R. Leonard, S. Leitch, H. Li, R. Moore, K. Mossberg, M. Olson, V. Parisi, C. Phillips, R. Rahr, K. Rasmussen, J. Stobo, G. Weaver, and M. Winter.
I. Approval of Agenda of 7/10/06 – The agenda was approved.
II. Approval of Minutes of 5/8/06 & 6/12/06 – The 5/8/06 minutes were approved and the 6/12/06 minutes were tabled until the August 14 meeting.
III. President’s Comments
1 Dr. Stobo informed the Senate of changes to Presidential Faculty Leaves reported by Linda Phillips who chairs the committee. The committee wanted to increase the number and quality of applications. Faculty will now have three choices when it comes to Presidential Faculty Leaves which includes the traditional six month leave and now includes a three month faculty leave for tenure track faculty and a one to three month leave for non-tenure track faculty. This will allow faculty to study new techniques and approaches in their field. The Council of Deans will review the new leave policies which will inevitably cause a cycle to be missed. 2 Dr. Stobo provided a Navigant update and informed the Senate that UTMB knew of the financial target for 2007 of 130-140 million before Navigant was brought in. The Navigant recommendations call for a reduction of 1,300 FTE’s for FY 07. Navigant provided UTMB the outside validation and metrics needed to achieve the financial goal. 3 Dr. Stobo also informed the Senate that UTMB leadership are presenting their financial plans that consider the Navigant recommendations to the Strategic Executive Council (SEC) which is made up of Dr. Stobo, Dr. Valerie Parisi, Dr. Karen Sexton, Dr. M. Dean Kinsey, Dr. Garland D. Anderson, Dr. James R. Halpert, Dr. Ben G. Raimer, Jennifer Raeke and Cameron Slocum. 4 Dr. Stobo informed the Senate that while the cuts will be painful, UTMB will try to do this as quickly as possible. The bulk of it should be decided by September 1. Human Resources have experienced the first cuts. A resource center has been created to assist displaced employees with employment resources. 5 Dr. Stobo informed the Senate that UTMB needs to identify revenue that keeps pace with medical inflation, roughly four to five percent per year. The Navigant process showed that UTMB has areas in which productivity needs to improve. 6 In response to Dr. Gallagher’s question to Dr. Stobo regarding older faculty being asked to retire, Dr. Parisi gave the Senate an update on a letter that had been sent to faculty eligible to retire. Dr. Parisi informed the Senate that Legal Affairs has worked closely in this process. 7 Dr. Stobo informed the Senate that Craig Eiland, Kyle Janek and Mike Jackson want to help UTMB and a state performance review may or may not happen. UTMB is moving ahead with the three–year financial plan.
IV. UTMB Compact for the Period FY 07—08 – Rudy Guerrero
1 Dr. Winter informed the Senate that Rudy Guerrero was unable to attend the Senate meeting and had provided information regarding the UTMB Compact for the FY 07—08 via email. Senators are asked to participate in the Compact development process by accessing a web based survey to review the proposed priority initiatives and provide feedback. 2 The Executive Summary, detailed objectives and strategies for each priority are provided in a PDF download accessible through the survey. The survey can be accessed at: http://www.zoomerang.com/recipient/survey.zgi?p=WEB225AYZZTR5N 3 A copy of Mr. Guerrero’s email was circulated to the Senators present so they could access the survey through the provided link.
VII. Chair’s Comments – Dr. Winter
1 Dr. Winter informed the Senate that the Institutional Budget Committee had been dissolved and that the Senate would be informed of budgetary matters through the Strategic Executive Council (SEC). 2 Dr. Winter informed the Senate that he had sent the academic calendars to Dr. Parisi and the Council of Deans. 3 Dr. Winter informed the Senate that he had included the minor changes provided by the Senate in the Senate Resolution to support the Faculty Excellence Center proposed by the Core Committee for the Advancement of Women Faculty and Administrators. Dr. Winter will send the resolution to Dr. Stobo and the Council of Deans. 4 Dr. Winter informed the Senate that Scott Weaver had sent him a response directed to Dr. Patterson regarding concerns brought before the Senate regarding animal research and the role of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). The response will be sent to Dr. Patterson, Dr. Parisi, Dr. Witt and Mr. New. The Senate needs to endorse the response.
VIII. Chair-Elect Comments – Dr. Baker
1 Dr. Baker reviewed the nominations for Chair-Elect for FY 06—07 and asked the Senate if there were any other nominations. Dr. Budelmann declined his nomination. Christine Boodley read the statement prepared by Dr. Au who was not able to attend. Dr. Albrecht who was in attendance made his own statement. 2 Dr. Baker proceeded with the election. There were 19 Senators present who were eligible to vote. The votes were collected and Drs. Baker and Alperin left the room to count the votes. Dr. Baker announced that Dr. Albrecht had the most votes for Chair-Elect for FY 06—07.
IX. Committee Reports
• Governance 1 Barbara Camune provided the Senate with an update of revisions to the Senate By-Laws. Dr. Camune will send Sheryl Lashway the colored version of the By-Laws for distribution to the Senate. Dr. Camune informed the Senate that items in red were being deleted and items in black bold were being added. 2 Following the photo break, a motion was made, seconded, and passed to accept the By-Law changes suggested by the Governance Committee.
• Academic Affairs 1 Christine Boodley had no report.
• Faculty Quality 1 Dr. Rahr provided the Senate with notes from the June 12, 2006 Faculty Quality Committee Meeting and an agenda for the July 10 meeting but time ran out.
X. Other Business
1 John Glowczwski from Photography snapped a quick photo of the Senate for inclusion on the Senate web page.
Meeting adjourned at 6:25 p.m.
Committee meetings followed.
Next Faculty Senate Meeting: Monday, August 14, 2006, at 4:30 p.m. in the Caduceus Room.