February 3, 2011
A meeting of the University Council was held on Thursday, February 3, 2011, at 3 p.m. in the VCU Student Commons, Ballroom B, located at 907 Floyd Avenue.
The following members and alternates were present:
Officers: Dr. Michael Rao, Chair; Ms. Kelly Kerr, Recording Secretary; and Mr. David Ross, Parliamentarian.
Administration: Dr. Cecil Drain, Dr. Timothy Hulsey, Dr. Victor Yanchick, Mr. John Bennett, Dr. Laura Moriarty, Dr. Francis Macrina, Dr. Quincy Byrdsong, Dr. Henry Rhone, and Mr. John Duke.
Faculty: Dr. Amy Armstrong, Ms. Alma Hassell, Dr. Bruce Hammel, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Robert Andrews, Dr. Alfred Certosimo, Dr. Joan Pellegrini, Dr. Brent Arnold, Dr. Gabriel Reich, Dr. Krzysztof Cios, Dr. Frank Gupton, Dr. Linda Corey, Dr. Micah McCreary, Ms. Holly Price Alford, Dr. John Kneebone, Dr. Linda Haddad, Dr. Jeanne Walter, Dr. David Holdford, Dr. Mary Jane Kennedy, Dr. Pamela Kovacs, and Ms. Teresa Doherty.
Classified staff: Mr. Jose Alcaine, Ms. Melanie Boynton, Ms. Pam Mason, and Ms. Linda Johnston.
Students: Ms. La Juana Chambers, Ms. Adele McClure, Mr. Andrew Ephraim and Mr. Tobias Guennel.
Guests: Dr. Jan Chlebowski, Dr. Cathy Bradley, Dr. Myra Owens, Mr. Mark Rubin, Ms. Pamela Lepley and Ms. Anne Buckley.
Dr. Rao welcomed Council members. The minutes of the November 4, 2010, University Council meeting were approved.
A Proposal to Create a Ph.D. in Healthcare Policy and Research was presented. Dr. Bradley introduced the proposal, discussed highlights and responded to questions. It was noted that this proposal was “for information only” and would be brought back to University Council for approval.
A Report on the University Budget Priorities was presented. Mr. Bennett discussed highlights and noted that a summary of these budget priorities would be posted on the Finance and Administration website on Monday, February 7, 2011.
An Update on General Assembly and University Priorities was presented. Mr. Rubin discussed highlights and a general discussion followed.
Revisions to the University Council Bylaws were presented. Ms. Boynton discussed the revisions and responded to questions. A general discussion followed noting that these revisions were “for information only” and would be brought back to University Council for approval.
A Report of the President was presented. Dr. Rao discussed various items, to include his recent meeting with the faculty senate and the financial situation of the university. A general discussion followed with Dr. Rao responding to questions.
The meeting adjourned at 3:45 p.m.