Meeting Minutes: February 11, 2016


Members present: Andre Ariew, Shiela Baker, David Bergin, Tina Bloom, Cooper Drury, John Gahl, Trent Guess, Richard Guyette, Jung Ha-Brookshire, Berkley Hudson, Art Jago, Teng Lim, Tony Lupo, Camila Manrique, John Middleton, Nicole Monnier, Peter Nabelek, Jeffrey Rouder, Angela Speck, Anne Stanton, Mary Stegmaier, Ben Trachtenberg, William Wiebold, Robert Winholtz, Flore Zephir, Rebecca Graves (Librarians), Don Sievert (MURA), Galen Suppes (AAUP), and Rebekah Hart (Council Secretary). Members absent: Anna Ball, Naresh Khatri, Marty Steffens, Mahesh Thakkar, and Vitor Trindade.

Approval of Minutes

Chair Trachtenberg called the meeting to order at 3:31 p.m. The minutes of the 01-21-16 Faculty Council meeting were approved as presented.

Report of Officers

Trachtenberg reported to Council and asked that it be noted that the students, Bianca Zachary, Anurag Chandran, and Samantha Franks, who spoke at the Curators’ Breakfast on February 5, were and are a credit to the university.  Rebekah Hart, Council Secretary, was also recognized for her work in organizing the breakfast.

The Board requested four nominees, for the UM President Search Committee, from Intercampus Faculty Council (one name from each campus), due on February 19.  The Board took no action concerning Professor Click.  Executive Committee sent a letter to the Board on January 28 objecting to the Board’s action in this matter.    Chancellor Foley and Provost Stokes continue to examine leadership issues at the School of Medicine. The Interim VC of Health Affairs resigned.  The Provost announced that her office will be conducting standard reviews of deans with reviews starting with:  Hagglund, School of Health Professions; O’Brien, College of Arts & Sciences; and, Myers, School of Law.   Wechsler, Dean of Truman School of Public Affairs, is retiring.  

UM System announced pending changes to medical insurance for retirees.  Trachtenberg has been told that this is not a done deal; and he urges faculty to review information and give feedback to both Council and administration.  IRS recent announcement regarding graduate student health care provides a year of “safe harbor” for the university. 

Trachtenberg recommends faculty participate in the COACHE Survey of Faculty satisfaction as the data is for the faculty. 

UM System’s Legislative day is March 2nd.    

An ad hoc committee on protests, public spaces, free speech and the press has begun meeting. 

Action Items

UM & MU resolution – Jago & Gahl.  Jago presented background, noting that resolution is intended to examine if it makes sense to have the UM-MU relationship working as it does. Resolution is not looking for fraud or irregularities.  Could be found that system is valuable.  Resolution was duly moved and seconded. Discussion ensued regarding perception and politics of resolution and next steps should it pass.   Noted by IFC that other campuses took it very cynically.  Seen as MU wanting to break up the system.  Changes were proposed and discussed.  Proposal approved as amended: 

“Be it resolved:  That the University of Missouri Board of Curators should commission an independent examination of:  (1) the organizational structure of the UM System, and (2) the relationship between MU and the UM-System.  The examination should produce conclusions and recommendations for discussion among all stakeholders and for the Board to consider and act upon.  The Board may wish to consider delaying the UM presidential search until those examinations, discussion, and decisions can take place.”

Discussion Items

Guests:  Charles Henson, Interim Vice Chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity and David Mitchell, Professor of Law and Chair, UM System task force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.   Henson noted that work is going on at several levels: students, staff, faculty, City of Columbia and that these issues began months and year prior to last fall.  Henson also lifted up that there is no campus infrastructure for the work of diversity despite the work of Noor Azizan-Gardner who has been doing fantastic things.  Without a structure, the effort is for naught.   Henson listed upcoming events and meetings. 

Discussion centered on retention problem and expanding diversity training beyond search committees.

Mitchell said task force is an audit at the system level.  First phase is to identify individuals across the divisions.  Second phase will be presenting to campuses and Curators what System does.  Meetings will rotate across all UM campuses.

Discussion centered on scope of audit, and timeline for reports.  Looking at April or May. 

Marrero Resolution – Lupo.  Moved and approved to suspend voting rules.  Resolution approved.

Rules of Order proposed changes - Monnier, Lupo, Wiebold.   Postponed to next meeting.

Any Other Business

On Wednesday, February 10, the Board of Curators declared that graduate students would have to go to court if they wanted a union.  

Manrique noted concern on part of the School of Medicine faculty regarding Hal Williamson stepping down as interim Executive Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs.


Council went into closed session to discuss committee nominations and personnel matter at 5:06 p.m.  The meeting was adjourned at 5:14 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Rebecca Graves, Recorder