Meeting Minutes: June 27, 1996


Present: Craig Anderson, Allen Hahn, Peter Hall, Edward Hunvald, John Miles, Marian Minor, Johnetta Morrison, Alex Pickard, Ron Plain, Patricia Plummer, Jan Colbert (for Don Ranly), Ray Rothenberger, Dennis Sentilles, Mary Ellen Sievert, Harry Tyrer, Bob Almony (Librarians), Roy Utz (Retirees), and Mable Grimes (Black Faculty & Staff). Absent: Edward Adelstein, Gary Allee, Lloyd Barrow, Hardeep Bhullar, Benedict Campbell, Leonard Forte, Jere Francis, Nancy Knipping, Charles Knowles, Glenn Pierce, Michael Porter, Susan Taylor, Sara Walker, and Gilbert Youmans.

Opening of Meeting

Chairperson Patricia Plummer called the meeting to order at 3:40 p.m. in Room S110 of the Memorial Union.

Report of Officers

Chair Pat Plummer reported that the Hospital and Health Sciences Committee of the Board met yesterday and listened to a presentation supporting the hiring of APM as a consultant to provide "a second opinion" on the strategic planning underway at University Hospital. However, they decided to delay a decision until certain questions were answered and more specifics of the contract had been formulated. It is expected that the committee will have a recommendation to bring to the Board at its July meeting.

President Russell is quoted as saying... "he won't reconsider the changes he made to Executive Order #1". This Council will need to consider what steps it will take next with regard to this decision.

Pat also reminded the members of Council, and our guests (including those faculty who will assume their seats on Council at the end of July), that in our open sessions the media representatives are present. Our by-laws provide that the Chair can close any meeting or portion thereof that involves discussion of "the character or professional qualifications of specific persons in any manner such that public disclosure of the discussion would be likely to have an adverse effect" on the career or reputation of the people involved. Furthermore, our by-laws provide that by a 2/3 vote of those present, the Chair may close the meeting if the members find that contemporary public disclosure of the discussion would significantly impair the effective performance of Council's responsibilities.

Guest Speaker - Chancellor Charles Kiesler

Chancellor Kiesler spoke to Faculty Council for about 15 minutes expressing his appreciation for the support shown him by the Faculty Council and individual members of the faculty over the last several weeks. Chancellor Kiesler reported that he is meeting with individual members of the Board of Curators, and that he has 10 meetings scheduled with President Russell. The Chancellor reported that he is "guardedly optimistic" at this time.

Discussion Items

During the next 45 minutes, Faculty Council discussed two main items: 1) the new Executive Order #1, as issued by President Russell; and 2) the consideration of a new consulting firm by the Board of Curators for the MU Hospital, and the upcoming issuing of a large amount of revenue bonds for the Hospital.

Without a vote, Faculty Council has decided to wait until at least the July meeting of the Board to recontact President Russell regarding our resolution sent to him relative to Executive Order #1 (as recently revised). No official actions were taken regarding Executive Order #1 nor the upcoming new consulting firm for the hospital.


Faculty Council adjourned at 4:40 p.m.


Robert Almony