Meeting Minutes:November 4, 2004

Minutes of the November 4, 2004 Faculty Council Meeting


Present: Elizabeth Baker, Rex Campbell, Gordon Christensen, Edward Hunvald (for Pat Fry), Richard Hessler, Philip Johnson, Bill Lamberson, Glenn Leshner, Sudarshan Loyalka, Robert Bauer (for Kenneth MacLeod), Tom Marrero, Tom Phillips, Charles Sampson, David Schenker, Frank Schmidt, Laura Schopp, Wilson Watt, Robert Weems (Black Faculty & Staff), Dean Yarwood (Retirees), and Michael Muchow (Librarians). Absent: Edward Adelstein, Bruce Bullock, Bruce Cutter, Catherine Holland, Michael Kramer, Eric Landes, Steven Neal, Eileen Porter, Jenice Prather-Kinsey, Barbara Townsend, Flore Zephir, and Andrew Simpson (AAUP).

Approval of Minutes

The meeting was called to order by Chair, Gordon Christensen at 3:30 p.m. in room S203 Memorial Union. Christensen opened the meeting by reading a passage on "Responsibility" from the University of Missouri-Columbia, "A Statement of Values" authored by Dr. Mel George.

Discussion Items

Guest: Chancellor Brady Deaton discussion with Faculty Council regarding the University of Missouri-Columbia. Deaton opened his discussion with the Council on the topic of the series of questions from the Executive Committee of Council which were received prior to this meeting. Before addressing the questions he made some general comments stating that he had been talking to various groups about the need for additional funding for the Columbia campus. Currently, MU ranks last in the state for formula funding.

On the Provost Search process he said that the committee would be finalized the week of November 8, 2004. Deaton listed the qualifications that candidates for this position should have. The individual should be AAU (American Association of Universities) quality and should have well established academic credentials. He would not recommend to the committee that they use a search firm to recruit. Tom Phillips asked when we would expect to see candidates coming in. Deaton replied in the spring February or March 2005. The new Provost would not have the role of being Executive Vice Chancellor but would emphasize the academic role. Phillips requested more criteria for the position and Deaton replied the person should have administrative experience and an understanding of administrative centers and academics further he elaborated on intellectual capacity and integrity. The search would be open to everyone, including members of Columbia campus.

Deaton then turned to the subject of governance. He said that one of the required characteristics of the new individual would be to clearly communicate with the Deans and evaluate the Deans. He said he was willing to hire someone better than himself. Christensen asked about changes in the administrative structure of the campus. Deaton replied there would be a significant amount of changes in the next five years. Among the changes is the Extension Division whereby it would become a part of the campus. The search for a permanent Director is now underway. Every extension field staff should have an academic home on campus. Social Sciences need changes, Deaton thought that there are many very good things happening on campus that are scattered and do not work together. There is also a possibility there will be changes with the Medical School and there are talks underway now. Charles Sampson asked how these will occur. Deaton did not believe in forced mergers rather he preferred to build and used the Truman School as an example. Deaton said regardless of changes faculty should provide direct input and that he is always open to ideas. Laura Schopp asked about health care system changes on campus and Deaton said the Medical School and Hospital have very large budgets of $156 million (Medical School) and then he gave a breakdown of that and said it was '03-'04 budget. $12 million from state tuition and fees, $21 million from the general operating budget, $87 million from the clinical care budget, $14 million from University Hospital, and $26 million in grants and contracts. Deaton said at the present time the physicians report to the hospital but that may be changed. Deaton said that new chairs have been appointed in most departments but $100 million have been set aside for new hires in the Medical School. The hospital still reports to the U-wide but it uses many MU resources such as utilities. Christensen asked about University Libraries. Deaton said that he had given the Library high priority adding $500,000 of new rate money and $400,000 from IATS (Information and Technical Services). Deaton pointed out that the Library serves the entire University of Missouri system not just the Columbia campus. Because of this the Library received an addition $100,000 in additional funding. Schopp made the point that both Health Professions and the Nursing School are separate from the Medical School. Richard Hessler asked has there been any work done on a public health school. Deaton replied that there is a task force looking into this Kristofer Hagglund is chairing it. David Schenker said that the Humanities required a good Library and that staffing needs work. Deaton said that hours have been extended.

Deaton closed this discussion by telling the Council that he would come by as needed.

Guests: Jim Cogswell, Director of University Libraries and Bob Almony, Assistant Director for Administrative Services, Ellis Library. Christensen introduced Jim Cogswell to the Council. Cogswell made the following points. They are endeavoring to make the Library more user-friendly. As a result, student counts are up. Some of these changes are: The Information Commons, The Cafe, and a reading room. In addition some of the other achievements is that they are setting up better technology such as doing key word searches and increased student computer work stations. Tom Marrero queried them on the budget, and the reply was that they have lost 25 staff over the past five years. Cogswell further stated that there have been cost increases in journals in the past year and that Ellis Library is losing ground compared to other research libraries. Further projects: 1) Capital fund drive; 2) a curator of rare books; 3) they want to remodel the Journalism Library, the Health Sciences Library and they are currently remodeling the Engineering Library.

Standing Committee Reports

Academic Affairs: Bill Lamberson, Chair, gave the following report. He reported on the Academic Calendar for '06-'07.


The meeting moved into a closed session.

The meeting adjourned at 5:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Rex Campbell, Recorder