Meeting Minutes: June 20, 1996


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

Approval of Minutes

Chairperson Patricia Plummer called the meeting to order at 3:45 p.m. in Room S110 of the Memorial Union. The minutes of the May 2, 1996, Council meeting were approved as presented.

Report of Officers and Board of Curators Report

Chair Pat Plummer reported that, at a meeting of the general officers, Vice President Caruso said the recurring and one-time IT (information technology) funding and expenditures are to be wrapped up by the time of the July Board Meeting. She further reported President Russell stated that support of faculty infrastructure and productivity will be a priority in the new Strategic Plan.

There was a lengthy discussion of Faculty and Staff English Language proficiency with the mandate that the campuses address the issue and come forward with a plan early in the Fall. Our representative to the legislature emphasized the urgency and importance with which the law makers view this issue and that only President Russell's intercession had kept them from passing legislation this session.

The Hospital and Health Sciences Committee of the Board of Curators will meet next Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the President's Conference Room at University Hall.

There will be a special meeting of the Council with Chancellor Kiesler as guest, next Thursday at 3:40 p.m.

The May 23 & 24 Meeting of the Board of Curators report was handed out by Gary Allee. Dennis Sentilles handed out a survey form for committee interest for next year of Faculty Council. Faculty members are asked to return these forms to Becky Flanders in the Faculty Council Office as soon as possible.

Executive Session

At 3:55 p.m. Faculty Council moved into closed session. Faculty Council returned to open session at 5:10 p.m. to discuss the new Executive Order #1. It was moved, seconded, and passed to suspend the rules to allow for the passing of a Faculty Council resolution on this item.

The following resolution was moved, seconded, and passed unanimously by the MU Faculty Council on University policy.

The UMC Faculty Council is concerned and disturbed by the issuance of a revised Executive Order #1. While the full extent and consequences of the document are not clear, this document does make substantial changes in the organizational structure of the University of Missouri, particularly with regard to the authority and role of the Chancellors. For example, the former Executive Order identified the Chancellors as the "line officers" and stated that they were the "chief academic and administrative officers charged with providing leadership and management on their campuses." The new Executive Order simply states that the Chancellors are the "chief academic officers charged with providing academic leadership and budgetary compliance on their campuses." This would make the Chancellors essentially Provosts with centralized administrative and budgetary authority, thus abandoning the former management philosophy that "to the maximum extent possible, decisions will be made by the officers most closely involved. Accordingly, University decisions will be made at the lowest possible administrative level consistent with the delegation of authority with the Board of Curators." The recorded language was in the former executive order, but is deleted in the new one. Such substantial changes in the relationship between system and campus administration should not be made without full and open discussions of the reasons for the advisability of such changes. We urge that Executive Order #1 not be put in effect until there has been adequate consideration by the entire University of Missouri community of the issues involved.


Faculty Council adjourned at 5:20 p.m.


Robert Almony