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Manoa Faculty Senate Executive Committee Minutes of August 22, 2005

The meeting was called to order around 3:00 p.m. by Chairman Robert Bley-Vroman, with Tom Schroeder, Martha Staff, Tom Hilgers, Barry Raleigh, Tom Ramsey, Jim Tiles, and Bill Lampe present. Staff member Charlotte Misutani was present until about 4:30 p.m. and Barry Raleigh until about 3:25 p.m. Near 4:30 p.m., the meeting adjourned for the SEC to meet with Chancellor Denise Konan until 6:30 p.m. The wide-ranging discussion with Konan focused on the selection of a permanent chancellor (process and desired immediacy), recent SEC actions, the ad-hoc UARC committee, the agenda of the August 31 Senate meeting, the estimated budget shortfall for Manoa of $6 million, the selection of an interim VCSA, the housing task force, alcohol policy, and RCUH personnel policy.

  1. Barry Raleigh, liaison to CFS, reported that CFS decided to fill SEC vacancies with the next-highest-vote-getter (NHVG) procedure. CFS decided against the option of having a special election. Raleigh reported that CFS noted that one vacancy had already been filled by the NHVG procedure. The replacement of Jim Dator for the remainder of a one year term is Noel Kent. The fall semester sabbatical replacement of Tom Ramsey is Robert Valliant. Linda Cox is the new chair of CFS; K. Bridges is the new elections officer with the mandate to move the Senate to electronic elections.
  2. The SEC prepared a negative response to proposed RCUH personnel changes, to be sent by the requested deadline of August 26.
  3. The minutes of August 15 were adopted.
  4. The chair Bley-Vroman (and sometimes Vice Chair Tiles) reported about numerous and productive meetings: Konan, COIA representation question, ACCFSC, HAP focus board, final version of a housing report, Hilo PhD status, meeting with John Madey and Eric Szarmes.
  5. The COIA representative question was referred to COA.
  6. The updated, final report of a CAB subcommittee on housing was sent to CAB; also sent to CAB was a report about investment of reserve funds by faculty housing and perhaps parking.
  7. The new overall head of the CC's is John Morton. His budget priorities were described.
  8. The SEC invited the new ACCFSC co-chair A. Spencer from Kauai to attend an SEC meeting.
  9. The SEC heard a plea from Kathy Cutshaw to give the faculty meeting space in Hawaii Hall to a new director for human resources (personnel management). The SEC thinks there are other ways to find space for personnel management.
  10. The Agenda for the August 31 Senate meeting was set.
  11. Bill Lampe presented documents that put the control of admissions policy in the hands of the faculty.

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