Meeting Minutes: November 5, 2003

Call-to-Order and Attendance

The Fall 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 began the meeting with introductions of new faculty from the following departments: Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources; Arts & Sciences, Dean Richard Schwartz announced 14 new faculty with seven present; Business; Education, Dean Richard Andrews introduced seven new faculty; Engineering, Dean James Thompson introduced three new members; School of Health Professionals, Dean Richard Oliver introduced four new faculty members; College of Human Environmental Sciences, Dean Stephen Jorgensen introduced four new faculty members; Journalism, Law, Medicine, Nursing, and Veterinary Medicine. Following these introductions Wallace introduced Gordon Christensen, Chair of the MU Faculty Council, who reported on Council's activities.

Report from Faculty Council

Following these introductions Christensen in his welcome to the faculty handed out a copy of his text which is attached to these minutes. Christensen asked for straw votes regarding an Ombuds office for the faculty, consideration of some extension of faculty privileges to non-regular faculty, and to ask the faculty if they would like greater oversight and reform of intercollegiate athletics. Each straw vote received an affirmative faculty vote.

The status of the medical center was reviewed and the highlights follow: (1) The health program (Medical Center) is vital to the development fo life science. (2) It is in better shape today than last year. (3) It is financially improved. (4) The Hunter group has made a positive impact on the operation of the hospital. (5) A strong effort is ongoing regarding recruiting Chairs.

Report from Chancellor Wallace

Chancellor Wallace thanked Christensen and Faculty Council for their cooperation and their efforts. Wallace provided an update on the financial aspects of the University. Dr. Wallace noted that for FY 2004 MU received $1,362,471,693; 30.5 percent from operations, 31.5 percent from the hospital, 18 percent from auxillaries (housing and dining, KOMU, Physician Practice, etc.), 12.8 percent from restricted funds, and 7.1 percent from service operations. For the operations revenue, 40.5 percent was provided by state appropriations (down from 68 percent in FY 1966 and 41.5 percent from student fees. He noted that for the first time the education fees were greater than the state appropriation. Outside support has gone up in federal funding from FY 2002: $141, 770,632 to $166,140,590 for FY 2003. Dr. Wallace was anticipating the state appropriation for fiscal year 2005. An optimistic projection was no additional core cuts, but no increases. A pessimistic projection was a 10 percent core cut of 17.4 million, and a middle of the road projection is a 2.5 percent core cut of 4.4 million. Educational fees are projected to increase by 3.5 percent with salary increases of 2 percent. Our faculty and staff benefits are up 13 percent from this past year. Dr. Wallace also said F & A recovery would increase by 5 percent for FY 2005. There will be public forums to discuss the following: Program Viability Audits, Post-Tenure Review, and UM - MU merger. Finally, Wallace closed with the announcement that the Extension Division will be transferred from the university system to the Columbia campus and fall under the leadership of Provost Brady Deaton.

Other Business and Adjournment

Effective next fall, the university will begin a "Corps of Discovery" lecture program. The faculty will be involved in the selection of recipients and there will be a $5,000 honorarium.

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

Respectfully Recorded,
Edward Adelstein, Recorder for the Faculty

Report of the Chair of Faculty Council