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SENATE From the Senate Office

The following is published in accordance with the Faculty 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 Kristine Kelly, either by telephone at (215) 898-6943 or by e-mail at kellyke@pobox.upenn.edu.

Senate Executive Committee Actions

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Chair's Report. Faculty Senate Chair Charles Mooney updated the Senate Executive Committee (SEC) on the work of the tri-chairs. Meetings with the President and Interim Provost continue to be congenial and productive. Professor Mooney also informed SEC that the University Council Steering Committee has agreed to discontinue the Council Committee Calendar/Academic Year Plan.  Committees will now all work on an academic year cycle. The committee was also informed that the Faculty Senate website has been redesigned with the help of University Communications.

Past Chair's Report on Academic Planning and Budget and Capital. Past Chair Lance Donaldson-Evans reminded SEC that he is bound by confidentiality and cannot discuss the proceedings of AP&B. He did inform SEC that he is working on changing the rule of confidentiality, and also stated that many of the presentations he is seeing at AP&B are ones that will eventually come to SEC.

Update from President and Provost. President Amy Gutmann joined SEC and discussed her vision for moving Penn forward. She also updated the committee on a number of searches that are underway, including the Provost, SAS Dean and VP for Development. The President then discussed her plan for Graduate and Undergraduate Financial Aid. A brief question and answer period followed.

Interim Provost Peter Conn reported that he has followed up on SEC's request to look at the practice of faculty paying salaries off of grants. Vice Provost for Research Perry Molinoff is in the process of collecting data from the schools, and the Provost will have something substantive to report at a future meeting. The Provost next discussed the continuing problem of international students and visas.

University Council Committee on Committees. SEC voted on the faculty representatives to the University Council Committee on Committees.

Invitations to meet with SEC. Senate Chair Charles Mooney polled SEC as to who they would be interested in meeting with during the academic year. Suggestions were made to meet with: Vice President of Public Safety, the new Chief of Police, Dean of Admissions, Vice President for Finance and Treasurer, Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives, Senior Vice President for Facilities and Real Estate, and Vice Provost for Research, Chair of Provost Search Committee, Executive Vice President, Vice President for Government, Community, and Public Affairs, the Associate Provost and Assistant Provost for Minority Affairs, and the new Vice President for Development (once named).

 

 


  Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 10, November 2, 2004

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