Faculty Senate Passes Resolution on Presidential Search Process

Posted: November 11, 2011 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: November 11, 2011 at 6:35 am

At its monthly meeting on Nov. 9, the Faculty Senate passed a resolution calling for more faculty involvement on the search process for the university’s next president.

The resolution passed states that the senate “supports a search process that includes multiple final candidates’ participation in open meetings with faculty prior to selection of the next president and strongly disapproves a search process that does not include such meetings….” The resolution also points out that the Faculty Handbook specifically spells out that the  “search and selection process must include opportunities for the General Faculty to meet with candidates who are finalists for the presidency.”

The resolution goes on to say the senate’s position is that a candidate who does not meet with the faculty in an open meeting as part of the process will be seen as failing to show a commitment to transparency in university operations and to shared governance with the faculty.

The resolution will be sent to the chair and all members of the Presidential Search Committee.

In other business, the senate voted to endorse the proposed university policy on consensual relationships, which are sexual or romantic relationships between employees and students. The policy can be viewed on the Faculty Senate website as part of the Nov. 9 meeting agenda.

The senate also heard comments from Board of Visitors Rector Ernst Volgenau, Dean Jorge Haddock of the School of Management and Director Jim Olds of the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study on their respective areas.

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