1. The meeting was called to order at 3:10 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, 2009 in the President's Conference Room in Green Hall, Chairperson Martin presiding. All members were present except Senator Costello.
2. Minutes: Ms. Grubman reported that she was overwhelmed with deadlines and reports and had been unable to complete the minutes from Meetings #21 through #26 of the Executive Committee.
The Executive Committee discussed the lack of clerical support for the Faculty Senate Office. They agreed that this lack of support undermined effective shared governance, and that the Chair of next year's Executive Committee needs to make obtaining support for the Faculty Senate Office a priority.
3. Chairperson Martin distributed a list of Accomplishments Facilitated by the FSEC during Academic Year 2008-2009 (Made possible with the cooperation of Provost Don DeHayes). The Executive Committee reviewed, revised, and added to the list, below:
4. The Executive Committee met with President Carothers from 4:10-5:05 p.m.
The Executive Committee discussed with the President the events celebrating his presidency, his plans for the future, the presidential search, the library, the upcoming vacancy of the Commissioner of Higher Education, the location of the Research Park, the upcoming vacancy of the Dean of the College of Environmental and Life Sciences, the $5 million grant to establish the School of Communication, and any advice he might have for next year's Executive Committee.
The President discussed future efforts to raise funds for the library and his desire to learn more about library issues. With regard to the Research Park, the President noted the need for a comprehensive land use plan for the area north of Flagg Road and the need for the University to both pursue development and practice conservation.
When asked for advice for the future, the President stressed the need to change the culture at the University such that everyone is responsible for raising funds to support their work, not just deans and development officers. All need to cultivate outside interest in their activities, and collectively we need to change our mindset of relying on public money.
5. The Agenda for Faculty Senate Meeting #8, May 14, 2009, was distributed in preparation for the meeting next week.
6. The Executive Committee was brought up-to-date on the following matters of continuing concern:
a. The Presidential Search: Chairperson Martin distributed the letter she sent to Commissioner Jack Warner of the Board of Governors on behalf of the Executive Committee. The letter outlined the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate .
b. Following up on Ad Hoc Committees: Senator Swallow distributed to the Executive Committee the final copy of the report of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Site of the Research Park dated May 2, 2009.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:10 p.m.
Senator Andre J. Rathemacher