Leadership Council Minutes
NOTE: At times, issues of
confidentiality may require that some items discussed in meetings be excluded
from these minutes.
Glenn Allen, Austin Asgill, Tom Ball, Bill Barnes, Richard Bennett, Renee
Butler, David Caudill, Lance Crimm, Tom Currin, Venu Dasigi, Ameen Farooq, Alan
Gabrielli, Steven Hamrick, Bob Homer, Ruston Hunt, Sonny Kim, Andrew McMorran,
Joyce Mills, Julie Newell, Mark Nunes, Ilseok Oh, Jeff Orr, Nikki Palamiotis,
Phil Patterson, Dawn Ramsey, Jeffrey Ray, Nancy Reichert, Han Reichgelt, Ronny
Richardson, Richard Ruhala, Becky Rutherfoord, Khalid Siddiqi, Denise Stover,
John Sweigart, Zvi Szafran, Andy Wang, and Tim Zeigler
MEMBERS ABSENT: Dawn Ramsey, Denise Stover
GUESTS: Ron Dempsey, Lawanda Coleman, and Christina Palaski
Item 1. Updates
Dempsey spoke briefly to the Council about what is going on currently in his
office. He reported that last year was
our best fundraising year ever and that we are 10% ahead of last year so
far. His office is focusing on the
strategic plan and working with the departments for donors for naming the new
ETC building and distributed brochures describing the Center and the naming
opportunities available. Dempsey also
announced that a new campaign development officer has been hired and will be
starting next week. He introduced
Christina Palaski, who talked briefly about new
I.R.S. regulations regarding fund raising events and encouraged everyone to
notify their office when preparing such events for the most current guidelines
and regulations. Lawanda Coleman talked
about budget reports, forms for processing check requests and where they can be
located on the web site, and what to do if a department has over $10,000 in a
foundation account and they want to convert it to a certificate of deposit. The Foundation office can help set this
up. They also informed the Council that
reimbursement requests under $25 to an employee can be handled by petty cash
instead of by check by using the same reimbursement form.
Szafran updated the Council on the following:
- Szafran stated that he is
a little behind on emails, etc. due to the unexpected closing of the University
and is trying to get caught up.
- Budget – as of this moment
the status of the budget is that the Governor is holding back more money –
approximately an additional 2%.
Szafran stated that he still expects to have end of year money and
that the departments should have departmental requests ready. However, next year’s budget outlook
looks grim at this time:
- We are losing stimulus
- The University System can
expect an additional budget cut of 8-9% in state funding relative to the
beginning of 2010-2011, amounting to an approximate 4% overall cut for
- The tuition increase percentage
probably won’t be announced until May.
The rumor is for a 13% increase but Szafran is not sure if this will
include the two existing mandatory fees or if this will be on top of
them. Students are already meeting
with the legislature to protest.
In addition there will be cuts to the HOPE Scholarship and associated
- In the Governor’s model
budget, there is zero formula funding allocated which could mean a more
than one million dollars additional cut for us.
- Searches – In light of the
current state of the budget, Szafran suggested that we may not even be
able to do half of the searches currently in progress for new
faculty. He promised to search for
unallocated money to help fund new faculty and look closely at positions
vacated by retirements/resignations to see if they are the highest
priority for filling or if it will be better to hire faculty elsewhere
where there is a greater urgency.
Szafran will meet with the deans once he has a clearer picture of
the budget but sees no need to bring candidates in for interviews until he
has determined which searches will progress and which ones will be
cancelled. He stated that the
department chairs should consult with their dean before inviting any
candidates for interviews. Szafran further suggested future ways to free up money
for new positions might be to:
- Increase class sizes
- Direct money from capital
- Cut back course releases
He hopes we won’t have to
resort to any of these. Szafran and the deans will work together to identify how we
could make up the shortfall. He also
stated that next year will be another year without raises. Szafran also talked about a trend among some
university systems to distribute formula funds based on graduation rates.
- Board of Regents –
Chancellor Davis will be gone effective June 2011 and Susan Herbst will
also be leaving around the same time.
- New CFO – the search for
our new CFO has concluded and Bill Prigge has
accepted the offer. He will begin
March 1, 2011.
- Out-of-State On-line
Students – Szafran talked briefly about Rule 609 of the Higher Education
Act which requires institutions with on-line students living out of state
to comply with all the rules, regulations, reporting requirements, etc. of
the student’s home state, which could be a large problem. More to come on this.
- UGA Presentation – Jeff
Orr and Zvi Szafran did a presentation at the University of Georgia on
desegregation recently and reported that it went very well. They will present the same talk on
campus as well as at the PSLSAMP meeting.
- Outstanding Engineering
Student – a mechanical engineering student in the Division of Engineering
won the outstanding engineering student of the year award from the
Engineering Alliance. SPSU
submitted two names for this award and the students were ranked first and
- Outstanding Engineering
Technology Student - a civil engineering technology student won the
outstanding engineering technology student of the year award.
- SACS – SPSU recently received
a letter stating that no follow up reports are needed and that everything
- New Core Curriculum – Alan
Gabrielli stated that the new core was approved but not all of the core learning outcomes were approved. Alan and his committee will continue to
work on these.
- Academic Integrity Open
Forum – there was low turn out at both open forums with the most
controversial issue brought out was that if this policy is adopted,
faculty will have less discretion to resolve issues around academic
integrity and will be forced to use the new process.
- Faculty Equity Adjustments
– the Faculty Senate has accepted the charge to look at the equity
adjustment process for faculty.
- Evening Engineering – Tom
Currin and Evening Engineering will be featured in tomorrow’s Atlanta
Item 2. QEP – SPSU 1001 Implementation
Rutherfoord stated that the syllabus for SPSU 1001 will go out soon and that the
departments need to decide if they will use SPSU 1001 or add it’s
content to an orientation course. Both must
meet the same learning outcomes. Zvi
will poll the departments to see which option they will choose. Faculty teaching SPSU 1001 will be paid extra
compensation if the course puts their workload over 12 hours. The rate for SPSU 1001 is $500 for the
Item 3. Search Concerns
were several complaints about the way the searches are progressing this year
and some suggestions for changes next year.
Dr. Szafran will talk to Human Resources and share concerns from the
Item 4. DegreeWorks
Hamrick updated the Council on the progress with DegreeWorks and announced that
Maralee Clark will be working with him on the
will also help with SmartCatalog. There will be training for everyone in early
April and Steve hopes to have all the undergraduate and graduate programs
finished by April.
Item 5. Selecting Faculty for
Various Development Activities
- Regents Teaching
Excellence Award – Szafran announced that the deans will review the
applications and choose one to submit.
- NSF Regional Grants Workshop
– Szafran will support a limited number of attendees for this workshop
Item 6. New Business
- Julie announced there will
be four workshops scheduled to help faculty with web reports for
advising. All full-time faculty can have access to web reports by submitting
the necessary form to IT.
- Game Jam will be this
weekend on our campus. Participants
will be locked up for 48 hours to write computer games.
- SACS – Bob Homer
encouraged all to do assessment and document the results in preparation
for our 5 year follow up report for SACS and to be sure faculty
credentials are updated.
- Julie Newell is working on
a hiring process project and asked everyone to let her know of problems
with the new on-line application system.
- University Closing for
Inclement Weather – need to establish a policy for dealing with on-line
classes when the University is closed due to inclement weather, etc.
adjourned at 4:01 P.M.