UTMB Faculty Senate
Members Present: T. Albrecht, S. Ayachi, C. Baker, C. Christiansen, C. Cooper, E. Cuellar, J. Gonzalez, L. Grumbles, K. High, D. Hudnall, R. Johnson, R. Konig, A. Koutrouvelis, S. Leitch, S. Lewis, D. Munsell, G. Olson, M. Olson, C. Phillips, R. Rahr, K. Sandor, P. Watson, M. Winter, and C. Wisnewski.
I. Approval of Agenda of 11/13/06 – The November 13, 2006 agenda was approved.
II. Approval of Minutes of 10/9/06 – The October 9, 2006 minutes were approved via email.
III. Dr. Stobo’s Comments
1 Dr. Stobo informed the Senate that UTMB ranks 2nd in the State in unsponsored care and 18th in the country out of 80. Resources dictate how much unsponsored care that UTMB provides. UTMB provided $135 million in unsponsored care last year which amounted to 51,000 visits from 160 counties compared to $120 million this year. UTMB also sustained a $17 million loss to Hurricane Rita. The 3 Share Plan is one initiative that UTMB is implementing to address unsponsored care. 2 Dr. Stobo informed the Senate that the highest legislative priority will be unsponsored/indigent care, in addition to tuition revenue bonds and Hurricane Rita losses. UTMB’s Financial Improvement Plan is a stop gap measure – costs will continue to increase. 3 Dr. Stobo informed the Senate that members of the Strategic Executive Council include himself, Karen Sexton, Garland Anderson, James Halpert, Dean Kinsey, Jennifer Raeke, Ben Raimer, Cameron Slocum, Susan Coulter, Larry Revill, and Pam Watson. 4 Dr. Stobo informed the Senate that Dr. Garland Anderson had been selected as the Dean of the School of Medicine and Dr. Elizabeth Protas had been selected as interim Dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences until a Dean could be selected. 5 Dr. Stobo informed the Senate that the UT Board of Regents would be meeting on November 16 to establish the search committee. According to Regents Rules, the search committee would include members from the UTMB Faculty Senate, a student, and members from the Galveston community. Vice-Chancellor for Health Affairs Ken Shine has been interviewing search firms and hopes to have a President for UTMB by May of 2007. Because of confidential issues, Dr. Stobo informed the Senate that there would be no free exchange of information. 6 Dr. Stobo informed the Senate that construction on the Victory Lakes facility has been postponed by six months. Dr. Stobo also informed the Senate that space for the on-campus specialty care tower has been reduced from 600,000 square feet to 400,000 square feet. One-half of the cost will come from the Sealy and Smith Foundation. The tower will house operating rooms, an intensive care unit, a pediatric hospital, labor and delivery and a neonatal space.
IV. UTMB Institutional Budget – Mr. Larry Revill
1 Larry Revill informed the Senate that the Senate Finance Committee would meet in Austin on Tuesday. 2 Larry Revill informed the Senate that UTMB’s operating budget is $1.4 billion. Mr. Revill informed the Senate that while in 1997 UTMB made money, it sustained large losses from 1998-2001. In FY 2002, UTMB made a little money but then sustained annual losses in the $20 million dollar range. UTMB was not generating enough margin in operations. There has been a positive cash flow from operations, just not enough. 3 Mr. Revill informed the Senate that UTMB will continue to grow fund balances in total, that plant funds are increasing which drives growth in fund balances. An operating plant equals money and the balance sheet shows liabilities versus net assets. 4 Mr. Revill informed the Senate that our hospitals and clinics sustained the largest losses because of Hurricane Rita and our fours schools are all doing well and have made money. He also informed the Senate that our Auxiliary Services (bookstore, parking, etc.) have not had a rate increase while institutional support charges for services (Finance, HR, FOAM, Police, etc.) expenses exceed revenue. Reimbursements to our hospitals and clinics continue to decline. 5 Mr. Revill informed the Senate that each entity is responsible for budget development and that SACS requires that faculty have input on institutional budget matters.
V. Dean’s Corner
1 Dr. Cooper informed the Senate that graduate faculty in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences use the Faculty Compensation Plan that relates to their primary appointments with the other three schools. On average, GSBS students take five and one-half years to complete their degrees. 2 Dr. Christiansen introduced Dr. Elizabeth Protas as the interim Dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences. Dr. Christiansen is leaving UTMB for a new post on December 1 and the Senate wished him well in his future endeavors. Dr. Christiansen reported that all is well in the School of Allied Health Sciences. 3 Dr. Anderson was not able to attend the Senate meeting and give a report on the School of Medicine. 4 Dr. Watson reported that the SON Faculty Compensation Plan had been revisited and that they were struggling with the language. Problems have occurred with Part B because SON salaries are anchored by the nursing association. The Faculty Compensations Plans have been posted on the SON, SAHS, and SOM sites on iUTMB.
VI. SACS Update – Dr. Pam Watson
1 Dr. Watson reported on the handout provided on Organized Research Units which has budgets of more than $3 million. Dr. Watson informed the Senate that the Council of Deans is addressing this matter. 2 Dr. Watson informed the Senate that one of the SACS requirements is transcripts on file for all faculty. School of Medicine faculty are concerned about this requirement because it is difficult to obtain transcripts on faculty who received degrees from other countries. 3 Dr. Watson informed the Senate that she is UTMB’s SACS liaison and UTMB wants as much faculty involvement in the SACS reaccreditation process as possible. Dr. Watson also informed the Senate that UTMB has a SACS Leadership Group that meets regularly.
VII. QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan) for SACS – Drs. Gerik and Lieberman
1 Drs. Lieberman and Gerik presented a PowerPoint presentation on UTMB’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). 2 Dr. Lieberman informed the Senate that UTMB’s QEP represents values and priorities and focuses on student learning. The QEP must show what we want to accomplish and how the outcomes will be measured. 3 Dr. Lieberman informed the Senate that there is a QEP Blog up on the iUTMB website and that faculty can make comments on the Blog.
VIII. Chair’s Comments – Dr. Baker
1 Dr. Baker informed the Senate that Executive Vice Chancellor Ken Shine had requested three UTMB faculty representatives to serve on the President Search Committee. The Senators chosen by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee were Helen Li, Tom Albrecht and Richard Rahr. 2 Dr. Baker asked the Senators to please complete the form circulated at the tables on faculty representation on institutional committees. 3 Dr. Baker informed the Senate that she had asked Dr. Ken Shine, Vice-Chancellor for Health Affairs at UT Austin to host a UTMB All Faculty Town Meeting in December 2006 or January 2007.
IX. Chair-Elect’s Comments – Dr. Albrecht
1 Dr. Albrecht reported on the Faculty Advisory Council meeting at UT Austin on October 7 and 8, 2006. He reported that about 80% of discussion concerned UTMB Galveston. 2 Dr. Albrecht reported that Dr. Shine advised that the Faculty Compensation Plan had not been reviewed by faculty prior to distribution. 3 Dr. Albrecht informed the Senate that several resolutions were presented and discussed at the FAC meeting; most were tabled until the December meeting. 4 Dr. Albrecht informed the Senate that Dr. Yudof reported on tenure by part-time faculty while Dr. Shine reported on the issues at UTMB. Dr. Albrecht reported that Dr. Shine advised that the Faculty Compensation Plan was never intended to take away base salary, that UTMB cannot survive on an indigent care patient population, and that the FCP was designed primarily for clinicians, not researchers. 5 Dr. Baker informed the Senate that items emanating from the Senate must be discussed or voted on by the whole Senate – that no one individual should go forward as representing the Senate without prior approval from the UTMB Faculty Senate.
X. IACUC/ARC Revisited – Dr. Winter
1 Dr. Winter informed the Senate that he had met with Wayne Patterson to address past concerns with the ARC brought to the Senate. 2 Dr. Winter informed the Senate that faculty should contact Wayne Patterson or Bill New when problems arise. 3 Dr. Winter informed the Senate that in response to concerns the ARC has purchased more equipment and has hired more staff. The ARC will also be hiring a trainer. As part of the ARC’s long-term goals, a Good Lab Practice Business Plan will be implemented.
In the interest of time, Dr. Baker asked the Senate to table committee reports until the next meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 6:00 p.m.
Committee meetings followed.
Next Faculty Senate Meeting: Monday, December 11, 2006, 4:30—6:00 p.m. in the Caduceus Room.