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May 9, 2002

The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center

Minutes of the HSC Faculty Senate TTVN meeting

May 9, 2002

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Senators present: Robin Autenrieth, Larry Bellinger, Byron Benson, Peter Buschang, Alicia Dorsey, David Grogan, Geoffrey Kapler, Mingyao Liu, George Martinez, Tom McKinney, Cindy Meininger, Jeana O'Brien, Alan Parrish, Tom Peterson, Francisco Rivera-Hidalgo, Andrew Spicer, Kishore Wary

Senators absent: Jane Bolin, Paul Brandt, Clifford Buckley, Charlie Foulks, Larry Gamm, John Gelderd, Jose Gonzalez, Marvin Hirsh, Barbara Miller, Edward Miller, Robert Probe, Carolyn Wilson

Call to Order: Speaker Peterson called the meeting to order at 3:37 p.m.

Confirmation of a quorum: It was determined that a quorum was present.

Approval of minutes: there were no corrections to the minutes and they were approved unanimously.

Comments from the Chair: Speaker Peterson welcomed everyone to the meeting and introduced Denise Drosche, the new Administrative Assistant for the Faculty Senate. This will be her only meeting since she has accepted another position on the TAMU campus.

Speaker Peterson said that the HSC Executive Committee was trying to reduce the number of voting members of their committee; however, the Executive Committee will still have one voting member from the Faculty Senate (Speaker).

Dr. Eric Solomon is incorporating the SACS comments into the HSC's strategic plan. John Quarles is also working on incorporating the SACS comments into the GSBS strategic plan.

Old Business:

      CAFERRT: Speaker Peterson indicated that the document is still held up in the legal office of the System pending some modifications. After the modifications have been completed, the document will need to be approved and added to the books.

      Post-tenure Review Document: Speaker Peterson met with Dr. Bill Binnie regarding the Post-tenure Review document. The document is currently held up in the legal office of the System pending some issues. After the pending issues are resolved, the document will need to be approved.

      Proposed Amendment to Senate Constitution: the faculty Senate discussed the pros and cons of removing the GSBS Caucus from Senate representation. Deputy Speaker Dorsey quickly recapped the concerns expressed at the April meeting. Some members stated their concern of the GSBS not seeming to have any clear direction and they do not know their purpose. Other members stated that they believe that the GSBS has dual representation. Some indicated that there are items that could "fall through the cracks" if the GSBS Caucus is removed from the Senate. They indicated that there will be some issues that are special only to the GSBS Caucus and are not concerns of the other components. A question was raised regarding "what is the GSBS" since there appeared to be no clear picture in the minds of some of the Senators present. One reply given was that the GSBS is unique and still developing and evolving and the role of the GSBS will be different 6 months from now. Some senators expressed their feelings that the GSBS should not be removed from representation because they feel it should have a different voice because of possible conflict of interest in certain issues with doctoral faculty.

There was a quorum present for the vote on the proposed Constitutional Amendment: however, it would require a 2/3 vote of the full Senate for the amendment to pass. The Constitution required the Senate to vote on the issue at this meeting and after canvassing those present, the amendment was defeated. There were 12 votes for removing GSBS representation and 5 votes against.

      Report from Personnel and Welfare Committee: in the absence of Senator Bolin, Deputy Speaker Dorsey gave the report regarding the suggested changes in the original documents for the designation of Emeritus and Distinguished Professors. Both document's changes were approved unanimously. After some discussion regarding the criteria (is it a research award?) for awarding of the Distinguished Professor Award, she moved that the just approved document be returned to the Personnel and Welfare Committee to address this issue. This motion passed unanimously.

New Business:

      SACS Follow-up: Deputy Speaker Dorsey stated that some had expressed concern about the level of apparent inactivity in addressing the SACS recommendations. She indicated that there had been many committee meetings regarding the recommendations, especially the Information Technology Committee and that once all of the issues had been addressed, a report would be distributed. Dr. Kelly Hester will be invited to attend the July meeting to give the Senate an update of the progress of HSC response to the SACS recommendations.

      Regents Professor Award: the process of determining nominees for this award will be handled in each component by the Caucus Leader.

      Committee of the Whole: Deputy Speaker Dorsey opened the session and there was no business.


A motion for adjournment was made, all seemed to be in agreement, and the meeting adjourned at 5:10 p.m.


Tom McKinney


HSC Faculty Senate