From the Senate Office
following statement is published in accordance with the Senate
Rules. Among other purposes, the publication of SEC Actions
is intended to stimulate discussion among the constituencies
and their representatives. Please communicate your comments
to Senate Chair Mitchell Marcus, or Kristine Kelly, Box 12
College Hall/6303, (215)
898-6943 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Taken by the Senate Executive Committee
November 6, 2002
Report. Senate Chair Mitch Marcus informed the Committee
that Provost Robert Barchi and Bonnie Gibson, Executive Director
of Administrative Affairs in the Office of the Provost, will
present a second Indirect Cost Recovery study to SEC in January.
Professor Marcus then updated SEC on the work of the President,
Provost and the three Senate chairs, working with Vice Provost
for Research Neal Nathanson, to form a joint administration/faculty
committee to review the University's Patent Policy. Professor
Marcus then shared a program that he would like to see implemented
at Penn--The Penn Fellows Program. The program (modeled on
a similar, successful program at Stanford) would aim to broaden
faculty and senior administrative staff members understanding
of the University by addressing and discussing issues related
to governance, institutional priorities, and relations with
internal and external constituencies.
Marcus next informed SEC that Secretary Louis Thomas has informed
SEC that he cannot fulfill his duties as Secretary after the
November meeting, and that he is therefore resigning as Secretary.
In accordance with Faculty Senate Rules, Vincent Price, Secretary-Elect,
will step into the role of Secretary to the Faculty Senate.
Chair next discussed the vacancy in the Committee on Academic
Freedom and Responsibility. According to the Faculty Senate
Rules, Professor Marcus will contact the Committee on Committees
who will then submit two candidates to fill the slot for the
remainder of the year. Additional nominations may be made at
the Executive Committee meeting at which the slate is being
discussed. A mail ballot will follow to select the committee
it was approved that all future Faculty Senate agendas and
minutes will be distributed via e-mail.
2. Past Chair's
Report on Academic Planning and Budget Committee and Capital
Council. Professor David Hackney was traveling and unable
to report to SEC.
from President Judith Rodin. President Rodin met with the
Committee and discussed the recent trustee meetings, issues
surrounding minority recruitment and retention of students
at Penn, faculty gender equity, and the effect on the University
of post 9/11 government regulations and policies.
from Peter Conn, Deputy Provost, and Wendy White, Vice President
and General Counsel. Peter Conn and Wendy White presented
an update on issues surrounding the proposed graduate student
5. New Business. There
is no new business at this time.
Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 12, November 12, 2002