Manoa Faculty Senate Executive Committee Minutes of September 12, 2005
Present: SEC: Chairman Robert Bley-Vroman, Martha
Staff, Barry Raleigh, Jim Tiles, Bill Lampe, Noel Kent and Robert Valliant;
Albert Spencer, ACCFSC co-chair. Interim Chancellor Denise Konan and
Heather Crislip joined the meeting about 4:30.
Senate Secretary Charlotte Mitsutani was present.
The meeting was called to order at 3:05 p.m.
- The minutes for August 29 were approved.
- Chair's report. The chair reported on his discussions with the
Interim Chancellor. They revolved around two topics: the Hilo PhD
program and the search for a Manoa chancellor. He also reported on his
meeting with Joel Fischer, one of the leaders of the 'Stop UARC Save
Manoa' coalition. The coalition is generally ok with the Senate's
interim report on UARC.
- Business of the day
- Chancellor Search The Chair presented a handout that
offered a concise explanation of what is meant by ``Faculty-led,
Manoa-driven''. The committee discussed and modified the handout and
came up with a timeline to press for: name chair of search committee
by Sept 13; Have list of committee members by Sept 19; present to
Senate Sept 21.
- Committee Reports
- CSA (Staff) - CSA met, but has not elected a chair. A volunteer
will research alcohol policy.
- CAB (Raleigh) - Met last week. Discussed the JABSOM budget. The
budget will run a deficit of several million. Apparently President
McClain has approved JABSOM's capture of the entire RTRF generated by
JABSOM. Committee deferred discussion of the alcohol policy because
the chancellor did not seem interested.
- CFS (Raleigh) - Kent Bridges has forwarded two resolution on
election voting. They call on CAB to revise the Senate bylaws to
unambiguously permit electronic ballots are permitted and to endorse
flexibility in the ballot and counting procedures.
- CoA (Lampe) - CoA will offer a joint resolution on the alcohol
policy because CAB did not take it up. Instead CoA will look into
to. The committee invited the President to come before it -- without
informing the liaison.
- CAPP (Lampe) - Vice Chancellor Neal Smatresk will meet with CAPP
in October. He wants his office to deal with certificate revisions
directly and not pass them to CAPP. The committee is not in favor of
this. Lampe renewed his request to CFS for 4 more members for CAPP.
The committee also reaffirmed the role of the faculty in admissions
policy. CoA, CoS and CAPP are all involved in student admission. It
was suggested that a subcommittee of the SEC 3 standing committees
might be formed.
The SEC will seek funding for its representative to COIA from the
- GenEd (Kent) - The committee has decided it does not want to get
involved in the mentoring question and plans to focus on articulation.
- CPM (Tiles) - The committee discussed the State Legislature's
transfer of a tenure track position from the School of Education to
West Oahu. The committee recommended that the SEC write to President
McClain, asking him to use his authority to have the position moved
back to Manoa. The committee preferred a gradual approach to the
matter: first send a letter to the president. If there was no action,
then go public. The concern is that it might hurt UH accreditation if
the news gets out.
Tiles gave a draft letter to the SEC.
The SEC also discussed the action of the committee going directly to
the president and not informing with the Senate or the Chancellor. It
decided what when such a route of communication was necessary, letters
would go to the president 'via' the chancellor.
- Meeting with the Chancellor
Interim Chancellor Denise Konan and her assistant Heather Crislip
arrived about 4:30.
- The chancellor began by updating the SEC on the chancellor search. She
noted that she had talked with Raleigh. She agreed that the search
should not be linked to the presidential search. She was in
discussions with President McClain to find the best approach, to set
the parameters and thought she might have something on paper in a week
or so. She emphasized that she wanted an approach that all parties
would be comfortable with: the BoR, the deans and directors, etc. She
said that the deans wanted more involvement.
The SEC emphasized that it was concerned with too much presidential
interest in the search process and wanted it clear that the chancellor
should not be seen as the president's deputy. The chancellor
reiterated that she wanted something in writing that all parties were
Bley-Vroman explained the handout ``The concept of
Manoa-Driven/Faculty led''. He made it clear that neither the Senate
nor the SEC was in charge of the process. The chancellor was in
charge. The most the Senate/SEC had was a ``kind of veto''.
The question of consultation came up. The Chancellor noted that she
had other constituencies to consult: students, deans and directors,
Kuali'i Council. Some on the SEC felt that lengthy, if any,
consultations were unnecessary. It was the SEC's consensus that the
search should move forward with alacrity. The committee wanted
something to present to the Senate on Sept 21. The Committee felt that
the senate should only approve the process, not change it.
The Chancellor and SEC agreed that a written draft of the process was
necessary before any kind of meaning consultation could take place.
- Protocol matters. The SEC and the Chancellor both noted that
problems were creeping in with protocol. SEC standing committees were
going to the president and vice presidents without informing the
chancellor's office. The SEC members admitted it was also a problem
for them because they were not always informed. It was agreed that all
future requests by committees for meetings, etc should go through the SEC.
- Council of Governance Groups. The Chancellor said that she was
considering setting up a Council of Governance Groups. Many groups
were working on the same issues without knowing others were doing the
same. The goal was to improve communication.
- UARC. The SEC discussed ways of handling the UARC
question. Since the contract has not been signed there is little to
discuss. With no new information it should not be on the agenda.
- RCUH. The president has agreed that Chair Bley-Vroman will speak
at the BoR meeting. However, the senate's resolution is now
non-operative. The BoR is going back to the position of 1993. Raleigh
noted that UHARI is taking petitions to the BoR. Lampe noted that
since the Senate hadn't addressed the issue, it would be difficult for
the SEC to speak.
The meeting adjourned at 6:20pm.