Meeting Minutes: August 27, 2009


Members Present: Clyde Bentley, Michael Diamond, John Dwyer, Art Jago, Jonathan Krieckhaus, Norman Land, John Lande, April Langley, Tom Marrero, Xiaoguang Ni, Joe Parcell, Leona Rubin, Stephen Sayers, Johannes Schul, Michael Taksar, James Tarr, Harry Tyrer, Adam Whaley-Connell, Bill Wiebold, Shelley Worden (Librarians), Edward Hunvald (Retirees), Stephen Montgomery-Smith (AAUP), Rebekah K. Hart (sec.). Members Absent: Leah Cohn, Ann Harrell, Rebecca Johnson, Alan Luger, Kenneth MacLeod, Rebecca McCathren, Douglas Wakefield, J. Wilson Watt, Ronald Wheeland, Ian Worthington, Fred Williams (NTT), Charles Nilon (Black Faculty & Staff).

Approval of Minutes

Chair Leona Rubin called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m., in S203 Memorial Union. The 7-30-09 Council minutes were approved as submitted. The agenda order was suspended to allow our guest to present first (see Discussion Items).

Report of Officers

Chair Rubin announced that the Provost will hold a reception for Council on Wednesday, September 16 from 4:30-6:30 p.m., location to be determined. Rubin announced two new committees: (1) Chancellor Deaton's "advocacy round table" committee; (2) Provost Foster established an H1N1 response committee. She also talked about three on-going committees that involve council or council members: (1) the course evaluation form committee that will revise forms and questions; (2) General Education Review task force that will examine the status of the General Education Program; and (3) Credit for Military Service committee which was established by Provost Foster and it will examine our policy on providing credit for certain skills learned in the military.

Rubin reported on the August 20, 2009 Board of Curators meeting which took place in the TelePresence conference room in Ellis Library. Discussed was (1) President Forsee's accountability system for MU. Curators were provided previews of metrics and forms that will be finalized later this fall after 2008 data are available. (2) P-20 task force on how to prepare students for college, and the Outside-in task force which will examine market needs and whether we are preparing students for the necessary work demands. (3) The UM System will hire new employees to handle license review issues including two new attorneys, four technicians, and four market analysts. (4) The Missouri State Auditor has been asked to perform a non-financial audit of higher education. It is not currently known who requested the audit. (5) Human Resources (HR, Betsy Rodriquez and Mike Paden) gave a comprehensive report on faculty and staff compensation. Full report located at ( This report was informational only for Board of Curators. HR expressed concerns about the future of the MU workforce. Presently, there are 19,000 benefit eligible employees and 23 percent of the workforce is over the age of 55. On the Columbia campus 33 percent of the ranked faculty areover the age of 55. These figures are similar on the other campuses. Data of salary, benefits and total compensation places Missouri at the bottom of AAU institutions, AAU-the west coast institutions and near the bottom of Big 12 institutions. Rubin indicated that Board members expressed new awareness that our benefits were not so exceptional that they compensated for poor salary. HR indicated multiyear "catch-up" is needed and the process will require a long term commitment. HR also recognized that work place issues are changing and the younger workers want different things from a workplace. An actuarial report from HR followed that described costs associated with defined contribution retirement plans vs defined benefit contribution plans. It appeared to NOT be cost effective for MU to consider any changes in existing plans.

Discussion Items

Guest: Professor Frank Schmidt for the United Way Campaign. Schmidt reported to Council on the upcoming United Way 2009-2010 fundraiser for the MU campus. Our area United Way serves seven north Missouri counties. Approximately three thousand MU employees participated in United Way last year and over $600,000 was raised. The University of Missouri-Columbia is a "vital part of United Way" and he cited multiple ways of giving monetarily and also giving service through the "Days of Care".

2009-2010 Standing Committee Assignments. Rubin commented on the committee assignments and that she endeavored to place everyone with their first choices.

2009-2010 Council Standing Committee Charges. Because Council did not hold the annual Workshop this year where committee assignments are normally presented and discussed, Rubin told Council members that she wished to meet with each standing committee during their first meeting this semester in order to discuss their charges for the year.


Council met for a brief closed session in order to make committee nominations and two additional Council offices were filled: Shelley Worden agreed to be the Recorder and Harry Tyrer agreed to be the Parliamentarian. The meeting adjourned at 5:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Shelley Worden, Recorder