State Faculty Senate Wants Faculty Reps on BOVs

Posted: November 20, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Emily Yaghmour

The Faculty Senate of Virginia has proposed legislation to include one or more nonvoting faculty members on the Board of Visitors (BOV) of every Virginia state college or university. Adding faculty representatives to BOVs would require amendment of Virginia law governing the composition of BOVs at state-supported institutions, says Esther Elstun, a professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and vice president of the Virginia Faculty Senate.

The senate submitted a draft of the bill to Morgan Griffith, a Republican from Salem, Va., who is majority leader of the Virginia House of Delegates. Griffith has expressed support for the bill, says Elstun.

“The Faculty Senate of Virginia has been interested for quite some time in ensuring that the faculty perspective is represented on BOVs throughout the state,” says Elstun, “and that interest has been particularly strong since the General Assembly took action to ensure that the student perspective has been represented.”

The Virginia Faculty Senate also wants to ensure that all BOV faculty representatives are appointed by their faculty peers, she says. The senate recommends that, at relatively small institutions, the faculty representatives be elected by the faculty as a whole and that, at large institutions, the representatives be appointed by the institution’s faculty senate. The Virginia Faculty Senate further recommends that faculty members elected to BOVs recuse themselves “in discussions of matters that represent a clear conflict of interest,” says Elstun.

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