Meeting Minutes: May 12, 2004

Call-to-Order and Attendance

The Winter Semester General Faculty Meeting was called to order at 3:30 p.m. by Chancellor Richard Wallace in the Jesse Wrench Auditorium of the Memorial Union. Approximately 150 people were in attendance.

Opening Remarks by Chancellor Wallace

Wallace welcomed the attendees of this meeting then he introduced President Elson S. Floyd and turned the meeting over to him.

Report from President Elson S. Floyd

Floyd presented a preview of his Strategic Plan. He presented the redrafted "Mission" statement in which a wordage change included economic development. Floyd's vision is that we become one of the premiere excellent public research universities. His six components to the strategic plan are as follows:

  1. Access to learning. An expectation to increase student enrollment in the system by 10,000 within the next five years.
  2. Academic achievement and quality. Invest in selected programs, hire and retain ten additional national category faculty, and develop leadership in the life sciences.
  3. Community-University engagements. Coordination of academic calendars and an increase in public/private interactions.
  4. Value people.
  5. Improve the core process. An accent on increasing efficiencies in both the administration and academics.
  6. Develop and manage resources. Improvement of: campuses' physical plants; the financial performance of UMC hospital and clinics; tuition differential; external research funds with a goal of reaching $300 million; and, fund-raising to reach one billion dollars.

The Strategic Plan will also have built into it performance measures.

Floyd opened the floor for questions from the audience. Following the questions, Floyd discussed the search for the new Chancellor of the Columbia campus. Provost Brady Deaton will serve as Interim Chancellor starting September 1, 2004. A sixteen member search committee will be formed and it will be composed primarily by faculty. This committee will be chaired by a member of the General Counsel's office. In addition to this search committee the President will hire a consultant team to assist in this search.

Wallace introduced the Chair of the Faculty Council, Dr. Gordon Christensen.

Report from Faculty Council

Christensen's report appears in its entirety at:

After thanking all members of Council's Executive committee, the Council Chairs, and the Faculty Council for their service this past year, Christensen acknowledged and thanked the groups and members who worked on revisions of the faculty grievance process. Christensen introduced the current topics of faculty controversy and spoke to them. These issues include: non-regular faculty, the athletic scandal, faculty workload policy, revisions to the academic dishonesty policy, limitations in class size, revision to the charge to the honors college, and a new transfer policy. Additional items that have come to the attention of Council over the past academic year are: Program Viability Audits, a clarification of the plus/minus grading system, a bill before the state legislature on intelligent design, the Medical School, RADIL, and the Council Chairs group in establishing a line of leadership for that group. Christensen ended by asking a question of the faculty to not only think about what is best for MU but what is best for higher education for Missouri and how MU can foster pubic education for all who desire it.

Report from Provost Brady Deaton

Provost Brady Deaton will be assuming the role of Interim Chancellor on September 1, 2004. Deaton presented a summary of university activities and accomplishments, which included the following.

  1. The magazine, Illumination, celebrates our successes.
  2. There were ten Kemper awards and this is the 14th year of that program.
  3. The Corps of Discovery
  4. A year of rapid growth of external funding reaching almost $200 million and a sixteen percent growth in the research rate.
  5. New partnerships developing with the private sector.
  6. The assumption of the Extension Division by the Provost Office.

Dr. Deaton discussed briefly new challenges and opportunities, which include: new funding paradigms; student fees; the necessity of maintaining quality education; diversity; non-tenured faculty; RADIL; and, the need to increase medical school research growth. Deaton did not present his vision of solutions to the new challenges at this meeting.

Other Business and Adjournment

Wallace reported that he will be presenting a written report for public review regarding the progress made by the University of Missouri-Columbia. Wallace expressed his gratitude as being allowed to serve as the chancellor and would continue to work at the university following his retirement. Wallace received a warm standing ovation from the faculty following the conclusion of his comments.

The General Faculty Meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Respectfully Recorded,
Edward Adelstein, Recorder for the Faculty